Bicheno is one of the most popular tourist spots on the East Coast being centrally located close to Freycinet and Douglas-Apsley National Parks as well as some amazing coast line. Bicheno is a great place to stay over night if you are doing a multiday road trip up the East Coast and a perfect base to explore from.
During the summer months there are plenty of amazing spots to go swimming with plenty of free beach side camp sites on offer and always proving popular with both interstate visitors and locals.
The waters off Bicheno offer some amazing fishing and diving with a beautiful reef being home to kelp gardens and home to an abundant array of marine life. On land you can check out Tasmania's native wildlife at East Coast Nature World.
If you are into sea food Bicheno has an amazing local catch on offer at eateries around town with local salmon, abalone and crayfish all on the menu.
A Brief History of Bicheno
The area around Bicheno was first used by European whalers from as early as 1801 with the township being officially established in 1866. During the 1800's the port at Bicheno was a central hub for shipping on the East Coast moving agricultural produce as well as coal from the mines at Denison River. Mining however quickly dried up with much of the work force moving away as the Victorian gold rush took off.
Our Local Tips
- Check out the penguin rookery at night as the penguins come into nest.
- Go for a swim over summer, the water is warm and crystal clear.
- Head south to Freycinet and climb Mt Amos for an amazing view of Wine Glass Bay.
- Head down to the Blowhole (expect to get a little bit wet).