St Helens Tasmania

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St Helens Tasmania
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St Helens Marine Rescue Base

St Helens is the northern most port on the east coast of Tasmania. The town is on the western edge of the large enclosed Georges Bay. It is a substantial regional centre, with a full range of services and good bus connections to the rest of the state.

There is a thriving fishing industry and a small marina, with a reasonable range of support services including a slipway. Access to Georges Bay is restricted by a very dangerous bar, but the local Volunteer Marine Rescue group, will, on request escort you over the bar.

When approaching from the north, either from a Bass Strait crossing or from further north in Tasmania, if you have traveled utilising an easterly weather system, conditions may be poor for crossing into Georges Bay and you may find it necessary to bypass St Helens. When approaching from the south, you are more likely to be utilising a weather system that favours a bar crossing, so long as there isn't a persistent eastery swell.

Charts

See Tasmania.

Weather

See Tasmania.

Passages

See Tasmania.

Islands

See Tasmania.

Communication

See Australia.

Navigation

Contact St Helens Marine Rescue before attempting to enter Georges Bay.They monitor VHF 16 and 2524 on HF. Phone: +61 3 63762443.

If you are not familiar with the St Helens Bar, you should not attempt to cross it without assistance. Ideally cross in the last couple of hours of a rising tide. Easterly and North Easterly swells can break badly on the bar, making it unnavigable. To obtain guidance on the bar, call St Helens Marine Rescue on VHF 16. They will arrange to send a boat out to guide you over the bar. After the bar is crossed, there is a narrow channel leading into Georges Bay. Sections of this are very shallow (especially around Pelican Point) and should only be attempted on a high and rising tide by vessels with any significant draft.

Approaching Georges Bay from south, St Helens Island and St Helens Rocks are dangers to be avoided. Merrick Rock lies about 1nm east of St Helens Point.

Note that St Helens Marine Rescue are a voluntary organisation, relying on sponsorship and donations for funding. After they help you across the bar, drop by their office, say hello and make a generous donation.

Berthing

St Helens Jetty

Jetties

Jetties/wiki/St_Helens_Tasmania#Jetties
Harbour icon Jetties [[St Helens Tasmania#Jetties|Jetties]] 41°19.620'S, 148°14.981'E
The two commercial jetties south of the marina are generally available for casual berthing at quite a cheap rate, but you need to be prepared to share with the local fishing fleet and should not impede them. Good fenders and fender boards are essential. Ask at the MAST office in the same building as St Helens Marine Rescue for instructions on where to moor and costs. There are showers and toilets a short distance away.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

St Helens Marina

St Helens Marina

St Helens Marina/wiki/St_Helens_Tasmania#St_Helens_Marina
Berth icon St Helens Marina [[St Helens Tasmania#St Helens Marina|St Helens Marina]] 41°19.556'S, 148°15.032'E
St Helens Marina is a small (around 20 floating berths) marina just north of the commercial jetties. It is very close to town and in a very sheltered part of the bay. There is a limited number of free berths. There are no dedicated facilities beyond the marina itself. In April 2012, costs were $40 / day or $120 / week for casual berths.

Anchorages

List anchorages including the ones of nearby islands list under "Islands" above. If there is more then 1-3 paragraphs for a given anchorage, create a dedicated page for it (Port/Stop Template). Remove this section if not applicable.

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Amenities

Facilities
Water Good water is available on both jetties and the marina
Electricity 240 V is available on both jetties and the marina
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry ?
Garbage The St Helens Council provides limited number of rubbish bins around the waterfront, obviously not intended for disposing of large quantities of rubbish
Supplies
Fuel If you are prepared to haul fuel, it can be obtained from a Service Station less than a 5 minute walk from the water front
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers ?
Services
Repairs ?
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity Public internet is available at the library.
Vehicle rentals ?

Provisioning

  • There are 2 IGA Supermarkets on the main street less than 5 minutes from the jetties.
  • There is a good market each Saturday in the Library carpark.

Eating out

  • Crossroads Winebar and Cafe 5/34 Quail St. Good food and live music on the weekends.
  • Something Fabulous Licensed Cafe in the forum complex. Good food.

Transportation

  • Callows Coaches run daily to Launceston and connect to Redline and Tassielink coaches to Hobart.

Tourism

History

Give a short history of the port.

Places to Visit

List places of interest, tours, etc.

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

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Links

References & Publications

See Tasmania.

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