Stu Gibson
Tasmania
BichenoBicheno is a delightful seaside village that's perfect for families and outdoor enthusiasts. With some of the country's best diving and fishing, foodies will be delighted by the access to fresh crayfish, abalone, and salmon.
Bicheno is a seaside holiday town known for its laid-back lifestyle and outdoor activities. Just north of Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania's stunning East Coast, the town has lots to see and do, good accommodation, excellent fishing and is close to wildlife. Since its early days, fishing has been the lifeblood of the town with catches including crayfish, abalone, scallops and trevally and for fishing enthusiasts there is excellent surf, rock, sea and estuary fishing. Offshore, Governor Island Marine Reserve has some of the best dive spots in Australia with kelp-covered reefs and spectacular sponge gardens. You can also experience this water wonderland by kayak or glass-bottomed boat. For those interested in nature, a walk out from the main beach at low tide to Diamond Island Nature Reserve, a small low granite island, will reveal a colony of fairy penguins while at the local wildlife park there's a wide array of fauna including Tasmanian devils. Whalers Lookout, on the edge of town, offers good views and in October and November, you'll find beautiful rock orchids native to the East Coast. You'll also find the impressive Blowhole and Rocking Rock - a huge 80 tonne piece of granite naturally balanced that rocks with the movement of the tide. Nearby is Douglas-Apsley National Park with waterfalls, tranquil lakes and river ravines. Also within easy reach is Freycinet National Park, home to Wineglass Bay - perhaps the world's most photographed beach. Bicheno is a 2 hr 30 min-drive (182 km) north-east of Hobart.
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Watch the fairy penguins return home for the night
Bicheno Penguin Tours takes you to see fairy penguins at dusk on Tasmania's East Coast! The nightly evening tours offer a rare and thrilling chance to visit a private rookery. You can watch the fairy penguins (also known as the little penguin) emerge from the ocean and head for their homes. Established by Bicheno locals to protect the penguin population, the tour lets you get close to the penguins without disturbing their nightly journey. Tours operate daily except Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. Tours depart at dusk and penguin numbers vary seasonally. Bookings are essential for penguin tours.
Get a different perspective aboard Bicheno's Glass Bottom Boat
Bicheno's Glass Bottom Boat operates from Bicheno, on Tasmania's East Coast from September through April. The cool temperate waters offer excellent viewing of the creatures that live there and the luxuriant and rarely seen plant life is a spectacle itself. Your guide has many years of experience and can offer a comprehensive and knowledgeable interpretation. Every day is different and the effect of the East Australian current is at times dramatic with many different life forms travelling in it. The trips are subject to weather, so please telephone ahead for a daily update on conditions. You can also check the blackboard at our office/museum at the Gulch in Bicheno. Tours take 45 minutes. Tours depart at 10 am-noon, and 2 pm daily from September to April.
Visit Bicheno Blowhole
If you want a blast of some of the freshest air in the world, the Bicheno Blowhole is a must-do. Bicheno is a family seaside holiday town situated on the east coast of Tasmania which offers visitors a lot to see and do, good accommodation, excellent fishing and close to wildlife. A visit to the Bicheno Blowhole is accessible from the esplanade and there is also car parking close by. If you want a blast of some of the freshest air in the world, the Bicheno Blowhole is a must-do. Bicheno is a family seaside holiday town situated on the east coast of Tasmania which offers visitors a lot to see and do, good accommodation, excellent fishing and close to wildlife. A visit to the Bicheno Blowhole is accessible from the esplanade and there is also car parking close by.
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