Found on the east coast of Tasmania, near the picturesque Freycinet Peninsula, the charming seaside resort town of Bicheno is gaining a world wide reputation as a perfect holiday destination because of its soft sand beaches, quality food and wine, and outstanding scuba diving.
The town is about a two-hour drive north of Hobart, and it provides an incredible number of holiday activities. From golf and hiking, to scuba diving and boating, to simply lazing around in the sun and going out for dinner, you will find countless ways to spend your days in the sun all around Bicheno.
Bicheno was first settled at the turn of the 19th century with the name Waubs Boat Harbour, a whaling centre making its living from the rich waters and the nearby migration of humpback whales. It was renamed Bicheno after James Ebenezer Bicheno in 1854 when coal was discovered in the region, however the town was quickly abandoned when the miners all left to pursue the gold rush. Today, tourism is the primary draw, with whale watching tours and sea kayak excursions escorting people out into amazing seas to observe the whales dive and play.
Bicheno is a natural playground. The coastal waters are home to incredible coral reefs and migrating humpback whales. On land, you will find dozens of lovely wineries, pristine golf courses and incredible nature hikes. The close by Freycinet National Park has incredible walks along the beautiful East Coast headlands, and nearby Wineglass Bay is said to be one of the best beaches in the world.
If youre looking for the right Bicheno accommodation, there’s something here for everybody, despite the fact that the town itself is home to barely about 700 permanent residents. From well-maintained campgrounds and caravan parks, to a homey guest cottage or a full-service beach resort, there are many options available for every kind of holiday.
Whether you are bringing the love of your life for romantic dinners, wine tours, and long walks at sunset along the soft beach in Wineglass Bay, or youre coming to explore the history of the town in the Old Court House and Gaol, your visit to Bicheno guarantees to be memorable.
Families will love visiting the kangaroos and native Tasmanian devils at East Coast Birdlife and Animal Park, as well as the walk at low tide to see the fairy penguins that make their home on nearby Diamond Island.
If you want to play in the water, you will find deep-sea fishing excursions, scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming as well as glass bottom boat tours. It’s also possible to spend hours exploring the shoreline and the waves in a sea kayak.
Make sure to work up an appetite! The rivers and coast line are rich with Australian salmon, scallops and abalone, which makes its way into the fresh and wonderful cuisine in the region’s world class restaurants.
No visit to Bicheno is complete without a trip to Rocking Rock, an enormous granite rock that rocks back and forth with the movement from the tide, creating a magnificent blowhole that will soak you if you get too close.
So regardless of whether youre planning an active family escape of swimming, scuba and sunshine, a golf trip with friends, or a relaxing vacation of fine dining and fine wine, you can find exactly what you need right in the heart of Bicheno, Tasmania.