St Helens is a city in the northeast of the Australian state of Tasmania . It is the largest city on the northeast coast of the island and is located on Georges Bay . The Tasman Highway (A3) runs through St Helens, which is about 160 km east of Launceston . In the early 21st century, St. Helens was one of the fastest growing cities in Tasmania. The 2016 census found a population of 1,449. St. Helens is the administrative center of the Local Government Area Break O'Day Municipality .
At the beginning of the 19th century, St Helens initially served as a whaling base . When tin ore was found in the area in the 1870s , the settlement became an ore port. During this time, a stagecoach line passed through the city for the first time, which was previously only accessible by sea. The city was named after the place St. Helens on the Isle of Wight .
Today St Helens is popular with swimmers, recreational fishermen and other water sports enthusiasts. The main industries are tourism, fishing and the timber industry.
St Helens has a mild, temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are warm and sunny and winters are relatively cool. The rainfall is very constant all year round; by 54.2 mm in February and by 76.2 mm in June. Because St. Helens is on the east coast, winter temperatures are higher than most other parts of Tasmania. In the summer, however, it is not as warm as inland, although warmer than in Hobart .