Bay of Fires

The Bay of Fires (indigenous name: larapuna) is a bay on the northeastern coast of Tasmania in Australia, extending from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point. The bay was given its name in 1773 by Captain Tobias Furneaux in Adventure,[1] who saw the fires of Aboriginal people on the beaches.

Bay whaling activities were carried out in the area in the 1840s.[2]

The Bay of Fires is a region of white beaches, blue water and orange-hued granite (the colour of which is actually produced by a lichen). The northern section of the bay is part of Mount William National Park; the southern end is a conservation area.[3]

A wide range of activities can be pursued in the Bay of Fires area, including camping, beach activities, boating, bird watching, fishing, swimming, surfing and walking.[4][5][6]



  1. Sprod, Dan (2005). "Furneaux, Tobias (1735 - 1781)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 5 May 2008.
  2. Evans, Kathryn (1993). Shore-based whaling in Tasmania historical research project: Volume 2; site histories. Hobart: Parks & Wildlife Service. p. 66.
  3. Fitzgerald, Nick; Bay of Fires Coastal Preservation Lobby (Tas.); North-East Bioregional Network (Tas.) (2009), The Bay of Fires a new national park for Northeast Tasmania, North-East Bioregional Network, retrieved 10 January 2013
  4. "Bay of Fires". North East Tasmania. Archived from the original on 9 January 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2008.
  5. "Bay of Fires Conservation Area". Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania. Retrieved 13 January 2008.
  6. Richardson, Garry (2006), The Bay of Fires, St Helens and the Hinterland : a brief history and activities to enjoy, G. Richardson,c[2006], retrieved 10 January 2013

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