St Marys is a small township nestled beneath an impressive rocky outcrop with spectacular scenery, great bushwalking and a rich heritage, all a short drive from the beautiful beaches of Tasmania's East Coast.
At 600 metres above sea level, the township is surrounded by mountains, forests and valleys. It's also full of colour, creativity and stories of its former days as a convict working station.
There are some lovely old buildings along the main street including the original railway station, now a quirky museum of local relics and oddities.
The locals are friendly and there are some great cafes, quaint shops with local craft and a grand old pub in the heart of town. It's also close to some excellent nature walks at St Patrick's Head and South Sister Peak, with panoramic views of surrounding forest, coastline and the Tasman Sea.
Take a drive up through the Fingal Valley to the Evercreech Forest Reserve for spectacular trees, ferns and mountain streams, and the White Knights - the tallest white gums in existence.
Also nearby is Douglas-Apsley National Park, a place of surprising contrasts with deep river gorges and waterfalls, pockets of rainforest, colourful heathland and a dolerite-capped plateau.
St Marys is a 1 hr 40-min drive (128 km) east of Launceston.
- Visit nearby waterfalls including Mathina Falls, with its four spectacular 17 metre drops
- The Coalminers' Heritage Wall at the tiny settlement of Cornwall is a monument to the hard working miners of the past and the scenic Fingal Valley is well worth exploring