The southern section of The Bay of Fires is in the Conservation Area, situated
along a 13 km stretch of coast between Binalong Bay and The Gardens.
The area was named by Captain Tobias Furneaux, an English naval captain, who
saw fires burning along the coast in 1773. It led him to believe that the
country was densely populated. Furneaux was accompanying Captain James Cook on
his second voyage of exploration.
There is plenty of evidence today of Aboriginal past habitation in the area,
such as the many Aboriginal middens (containing shells and bone) found in the
sand dunes. As they are protected sites, it is important not to disturb them.
Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service
of Fires Conservation Area
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contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more
attractions, tours, local maps and other information.