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St Helens

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  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
May 21, 2020

"Coastal Town with Plenty to Do"

St Helens is the largest town on Tasmania's east coast and is the business hub of the region.
The greater area of St Helens includes the suburbs of Akaroa and Stieglitz.
St Helens is on the shores of Georges Bay and as you travel east toward Stieglitz and Akaroa you'll end up at the open ocean.
The central residential area of St Helens is primarily long term permanent residents, while Stieglitz and Akaroa are a good mix of permanents and holiday makers
The people of St Helens at laid back, friendly and nothing is ever too much trouble.
There is a district school covering Kindergarten to Year 12 as well as the adult trade training centre. Boasting a 10 bed district hospital, dentist, vet and doctors surgery - all your essential need are met.
With two IGA supermarkets, newsagency, chemist, real estate agents, laundromat, surf shops, gift shops and many other speciality retail stores there is a very vibrant shopping district.
St Helens is very well known for it's excellent dining options, with Australia's 2019 best regional restaurant of the year, Furneaux, located overlooking the bay in St Helens. In addition to Furneaux there are many other excellent options as well as the freshest local fish and chips available on St Helens wharf.
With primarily outdoor adventures on the agenda, you'll enjoy mountain bike riding on the St Helens Mountain Bike Trail Network (shuttles & bike hire available locally), fishing charters, golf, beach and jetty fishing, climbing Peron Dunes, exploring the hinterland of the Blue Tier temperate rain forest, beach walks, abundant bird watching and more. If it's based on the sand or the water it's here in St Helens.
Employment is wide and varied with primarily blue collar workers. Anybody who wants to work, has work! There's an abundance of hospitality, cleaning and general maintenance work available year round.
All up, St Helens is a happy little town that enjoys a thriving tourist trade and is a beacon for people looking for a quieter lifestyle in a corner of paradise.

Submitted by Heidi Howe
Property Sales Representative
Harcourts St Helens
38 Quail St, St Helens
Ph 0409823524
Email: [email protected]
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Apr 14, 2020

"Friendly Harbour town"

Great hub for Binalong Bay to get food, lunch, bank, fresh seafood, and a great place to live.

New hospital with flying doctor and fly in fly out medical doctors. Library, chemist, internet centre, working fishing harbour.

The Parkside restaurant is excellent. The RSL is good for a meal.

The best areas are Akaroa, Halcyon Grove and Bayvista Rise areas. I personally wouldn't buy on the flat especially near river sides or in the town centre.

St Helens has bowls club, fishing, lots of other clubs too. Needs a swimming pool! A nice walk around the Bay.

The town itself is a little run down with shoddy amenities and loos. Money needs to be spent on these to keep the upmarket targeting of international tourism with bike trails and Binalong bay. (Binalong bay needs a very good deep clean, especially the glass on the beaches and litter from campers).

St Helens main Street needs a clean up too.

Otherwise a lovely location with friendly locals and a very welcoming place to live with a very helpful council who assists every step of the way with planning and building. The local tradesmen are knowledgeable, professional and helpful, be careful of the real estate agents, as always!

Basically a friendly place with lovely nearby beaches and lots to do.
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lesliee2 Interesting read especially about the grottiness of the town - surely the council arnt that slack? And the scrupy agents one who gave this town a good review previous comment. They hedge their bets with buyers. Not ethical at all. Beware !
Oct 26, 2020
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"Fantastic town to live in"

St Helens has everything you need and more situated around Georges Bay. There's the no.1 beach in Tasmania only a 10 min drive to the bay of fires and in 2009 voted the best in the world by Lonely Planet, also great for camping. Plenty of shops throughout the town with local doctors, dentists and a hospital, great community to raise a family with schooling from pre-school right upto year 11/12 and also great for those retiring. It is also named Tasmanias Game Fishing Capital. There is something for everyone especially when it comes to sport with its own clubs for Tennis, Bowling, Fishing and Football just to name a few.Fantastic town to live in