Helens is a town on Georges
Bay, and is the largest town on the north-east coast of
Tasmania, Australia. It lies on the Tasman Highway, about 150 km east of Launceston.
George's Bay and Barway
It has a population of 2049, and in the
early 2000s it was one of the fastest growing areas of Tasmania.
The town is part of the Break O'Day
. The locality usually includes the surrounding
areas of Binalong
Bay and Stieglitz.
The town was first used as a whaling
the early 19th century. When tin
in the surrounding area in the 1870s, St Helens became the shipping port
for the mines.
This was the first time a coach service had been introduced to the
town; previous access had only been by sea.
Today St Helens is a popular resort for fishing
other aquatic activities. Its economy is based largely on tourism,
fishing and timber
was named after St Helens, Isle of
St Helens has a mild temperate climate, with four distinct seasons.
Summers are warm and sunny and winters are quite cool. Rainfall
throughout the year is very consistent, with an average of 54.2mm
in February and 76.2mm in June. Being on the East Coast, St Helens
winter temperatures are warmer than most parts of Tasmania. Summer
temperatures however are not as warm as inland areas, although they
are still warmer than Tasmania's capital, Hobart.