ST MARYS

St Marys is encounted when traveling the Launceston to St Helens/Bicheno (or vice versa) Fingal Valley route. St Marys is a very old town that supported railway growth in the very early days. St Marys is a tiny town nestled under the impressive St Patrick's Head, the most prominent rocky outcrop in the district.

The first European contact with the district occurred when Captain Tobias Furneaux sighted and named the 694 metre St Patrick's Head in 1773. The early settlement of Van Diemen's Land, which mostly occurred between Hobart and George Town, took little interest in the St Marys area.

It wasn't until the 1840s that a probation station, housing 300 convicts, was built at Grassy Bottom between the town and St Mary's Pass. They were assigned to build the road across the mountains to the east coast. This was done between 1843 and 1846. The arrival of the railway in 1866 led to town's increasing importance as a service centre. The railway line which was once so vital to the health of the town is now closed although the railway station (as a museum) still stands.

The town has few attractions and its centre point is very clearly the large and gracious St Marys Hotel which stands at the crossroads. It was built in 1916.

The Catholic Church and Anglican are modern; the United is an old wooden building. On the outskirts there is an historic Anglican.

The St Marys War Memorial is near the school and is a nice acknowledgement.

When passing through St Marys there is that church, museum and pub to get your interest.

 

 

 

  Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
  Internet   Caravan
  Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities   Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
  Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
  Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
  Rotary Club Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
  Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course