St Marys

Travel Guide
St Marys showing farmland and tranquil scenes

Discover Tasmania’s eclectic side at the local museum, hike up St. Patricks Head, explore Fingal Valley’s rainforests and relax on the East Coast beaches.

The small town of St. Marys is nestled beneath St. Patricks Head, a short distance from the crashing waves and white sand beaches of the East Coast and the rainforest walks of Fingal Valley and Douglas-Apsley National Park. Enjoy St. Marys’ small town charm, from the local galleries and museum to the historic railway station and heritage buildings.

Orient yourself with a hike to the top of St. Patricks Head, which overlooks St. Marys. The round-trip up a forested trail takes about 2 to 3 hours. Take a camera along to photograph the panoramic views of the Fingal Valley, the coastline and the Ben Lomond Plateau.

Visit the Cranks and Tinkerers Museum, started by a local collector, which showcases vintage cars and bikes, model airplanes, antique musical instruments and a menagerie of interesting collectables. Ask the proprietor if he will play the banjo for you. Afterward, head to the historic hotel on Main Street, built in 1916, for a drink. Stay in one of the hotel’s cozy rooms and listen for the resident ghosts.

From St. Marys, drive about 15 minutes to the beach at Falmouth. Wander along the beach and up the cliff for views over the Tasman Sea or go fishing at Four Mile Creek.

Farther south of Falmouth, pass the Chain of Lagoons before reaching the pristine Douglas-Apsley National Park. Take the rainforest trails through gorges, cool off with a swim in a waterhole and enjoy scenic lookouts and waterfalls. The park has a small entrance fee.

While St. Marys’ population is small, the town has several dining options, including the St. Marys Hotel on Main Street, a historic bakery and a few deli cafés as well as a fudge shop and ice-cream shop with sweet treats.

Drive to St. Marys from Launceston in about 1.5 hours, going through the St. Marys Pass, built by convict labor in the 1840s. Following the east coast from Hobart takes about 3 hours.

St Marys Hotel and Bistro
St Marys Hotel and Bistro
2.5 out of 5
48 Main Street, St Marys, TAS
The price is AU$86 per night from 4 Dec. to 4 Dec.
Situated in St Marys, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of St Patricks Head State Reserve, St Marys Pass State Reserve and Cheeseberry Hill Conservation Area. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (18 reviews)
"wonderful friendly staff everything was wonderful very relaxing time while we was there"

Reviewed on 17 Apr. 2021

St Marys Hotel and Bistro
Lumera Chalets
Lumera Chalets
4 out of 5
182 Gillies Road, St Marys, TAS
Situated by the ocean, this cabin is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from St Patricks Head State Reserve and 6.6 mi (10.7 km) from Nicholas Range Regional Reserve. Little Beach ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Had a wonderful time - Would love to return
"Had a wonderful time here. We stayed one night. There was an amazing balcony overlooking the valley and sea. We sat on the balcony with a bottle of red and cheeses. We then enjoyed a sky full of stars and then enjoyed the fire place. At breakfast we fed friendly wallabies. Relaxing and memorable. ..."

Reviewed on 11 Apr. 2021

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Scamander Beach Resort
Scamander Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
158-164 Scamander Ave, Scamander, TAS
The price is AU$97 per night from 14 Dec. to 14 Dec.
Nestled on the beach, this Scamander motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Scamander Beach and Scamander River Golf Club. Winifred Curtis Scamander Reserve and Henderson ...
3.8/5 Good! (179 reviews)
"Great stay! We only stayed for 1 night but from checkin and throughout the stay we were made to feel so welcome and that we were part of the family. The staff at reception, in the bar and the restaurant were so friendly and very helpful. As we were travelling for my birthday they even took the time ..."

Reviewed on 24 Sep. 2021

Scamander Beach Resort
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Bicheno East Coast Holiday Park
Bicheno East Coast Holiday Park
2 out of 5
4 Champ Street, Bicheno, TAS
The price is AU$104 per night from 1 Dec. to 1 Dec.
This family-friendly Bicheno campsite is located near the beach, within a 5-minute walk of Bicheno Penguin Tours and Waubs Beach. Whalers Lookout and Bicheno's ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (222 reviews)
"Great place to stay so close to Port Arthur and the water. Lots of wildlife. Magic. Loved our Deluxe Waterview Cabin. Highly recommend"

Reviewed on 21 Aug. 2021

Bicheno East Coast Holiday Park
Lumera Chalets
Lumera Chalets
4 out of 5
182 Gillies Road, St Marys, TAS
Situated by the ocean, this cabin is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from St Patricks Head State Reserve and 6.6 mi (10.7 km) from Nicholas Range Regional Reserve. Little Beach ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Had a wonderful time - Would love to return
"Had a wonderful time here. We stayed one night. There was an amazing balcony overlooking the valley and sea. We sat on the balcony with a bottle of red and cheeses. We then enjoyed a sky full of stars and then enjoyed the fire place. At breakfast we fed friendly wallabies. Relaxing and memorable. ..."

Reviewed on 11 Apr. 2021

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Bicheno by the Bay
Bicheno by the Bay
3 out of 5
The Esplanade, Bicheno, TAS
The price is AU$140 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Situated near the beach, this cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Lookout Rock State Reserve, Governor Island Marine Nature Reserve and Bicheno Blowhole. Whalers ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (448 reviews)
"Close to the centre of town. Walking distance."

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2021

Bicheno by the Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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