St Marys

St Marys is a beautiful town at the head of the Fingal Valley. The friendly and easy-going locals are proud of their town, its bush surrounds and its history. The local arts group, Break O’Day Regional Arts, hosts many events, including touring exhibitions and live performances. The annual highlight is the St Marys New Years Pacing Cup. Well into its second century, the event triples the town’s population of 800. The town also boasts tennis, golf, lawn bowls, cricket, netball and football facilities St Marys is steeped in history. The route to the east coast known as St Marys Pass was built by hundreds of convicts, labouring for 4 years. St Patrick’s Head, Australia’s first Irish named location, on 17 March 1773 by Captain Tobias Furneaux, dominates the town. St Marys is the setting-off point for a range of excellent walks and lookouts, and is only 15 minutes from the East Coast’s scenic beaches via St Marys Pass or 25mins down Elephant Pass. St Marys Map St Patrick’s Head elevation 683m. Heading up the Fingal Valley on the eastern edge of St Marys along Irish Town Rd, enjoy a challenging 2 to 3 hour return climb/walk to the summit. Your efforts will be rewarded with brilliant 360-degree views. South Sister elevation 832m and just 6 km north of St Marys along German Town Road. A 10 minute walk from the car park to the lookout provides panoramic views north to St Helens and the Bay of Fires, west to Ben Lomond National Park and south to Bicheno and Freycinet National Park. North Sister – 1km north of South Sister the 2 hour return walk is rugged with some rock climbing to be done. Great views again. St Marys Pass and State Reserve 450 convicts built the pass from 1842 to 1846. 300 worked down from the  ‘Grassy Bottom Probation Station’ which was located half way between the township and the top of the pass. The other 150 were stationed at Falmouth and worked up through the steep bush. The road still follows the old winding track. At the top of the pass is a parking area with picnic and BBQ facilities. It is also the start to an easy 10min walk to view the Grey Mares Tail Water Fall, with glimpses to the coast.