Discover the Island of Tasmania

island of tasmaniaThe island of Tasmania, just south east of Australia, still prides itself of its unspoiled natural beauty from its abundant national parks to reservation areas, both forest and marine.  It is even considered among Australians as their "Island of Inspiration," which has also captured the inspiration of travelers from far and wide.

Recently, the Lonely Planet has released a special list containing the Best Travel Destinations for 2009 and it included Tasmania’s Bay of Fires, an extensive natural reserve on the island’s eastern coast known for its unspoiled beaches.  The revered travel guide describes the place as having "white beaches of hourglass-fine sand, Bombay Sapphire sea, an azure sky, and nobody." 

This forest-fringed cove extends from Binalong Bay in the south to Eddystone Point in the north.  Its unusual name was given by Captain Tobias Furneaux in 1773, when he noticed numerous fires along the coast, leading him to believe that the country was densely populated.  Today, about 300 people live along the coast, most of them are Aboriginals.

The Bay of Fires is divided into three sections:  the north, middle, and south.  The northern section, from north of the outlet of Ansons Bay to Eddystone Point, is within the Mount William National Park.  Spend a day on Abbotsbury Beach, which is a 15-minute walk over the sand dunes.  Play along the long coastline, go surfing, watch the birds inhabiting the forest, or have a wonderful tan without any care in the world. 

Take note that there are no facilities on this section of the Bay of Fires, so you need to bring enough food and drinking water.  If you want to spend a night, you can find camping facilities at Deep Creek, which is located near the Eddystone Lighthouse.  Also, dogs are prohibited in this protected area.

The middle section of Bay of Fires is part of a conservation area and many tourists camp out on Policemans Points Campground.  Here you can camp out among the trees, and have the beach as your getaway.  Do note, however, that there are no shops or other facilities in the area so you need to have enough food, water, and equipment with you (including firewood and even your own toilet).

However, if you are not into basic camping and would just like to stay in Bay of Fires with more-than-enough comforts, go to the southern section where there are several accommodations, from campsites to cottages, are built.  Situated along a 13-kilometer stretch of coast from Binalong Bay to The Gardens, the southern section of Bay of Fires is known for scenic views.

Whether to camp out or stay in, the Bay of Fires is an ideal place where you enjoy what nature can offer without the maddening holiday crowds.

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