St Bees Island
St Bees Island
Located within the Cumberland Island Group, lies St Bees Island. Known as a quiet volcanic isle fringed with reefs, rainforests, and dense grasslands. It is the perfect private retreat which is only accessible via private boat.
A world-famous Koala population, wallabies, and ample bird species make it a popular attraction for animal and nature lovers. The animals are familiar with human activity and generally not scared of people, so it is a great place to get up close and personal with these beautiful animals in their natural habitat.
The island is 1100 hectares in size, that is mostly national park. Popular activities when visiting the Island include bushwalking, fishing, or snorkelling around the reefs. There are lots of beaches and bays on this tropical island with all types of beautiful coral and marine life.
Whales attend St Bees Island from July to September each year as they migrate north to warmer waters to mate and calve. Many can be spotted close to “Eagle Rock” the southern point of Homestead Bay.
If you are looking for a comfortable stay St Bees Island Resort is a Hotel located in Homestead Bay. The resort has a barbecue and sun terrace and offers a private beach area.
Alternatively, if you want to experience true Island life there is suitable camping at the northern end of the island, which accommodates up to 24 campers however does not offer any facilities.
The Cremer can be found off St Bees Island after running aground in a storm in 1943. Luckily, there were no casualties, but the ship was stripped and then abandoned, later taken from the shore, and laid to rest near St Bees. It was rediscovered in 1984 under a cliff on St Bees Island and it is now a popular site for snorkelling and diving. The wreck is home to many Sweetlips, Honeycomb Groupers, and turtles.
We believe St Bees to be the perfect secluded holiday destination before you visit one of the more touristic islands.