Nestled on the east coast of Tasmania, near the picturesque Freycinet Peninsula, the quaint seaside resort town of Bicheno is gaining a world wide reputation as a perfect vacation spot for its soft sand beaches, quality food and wine, and incredible scuba diving.
Countryside around Bicheno
The town is about a two-hour drive north of Hobart, and it offers an incredible variety of holiday activities. From golf and hiking, to scuba diving and boating, to just lazing around in the sun and going out for dinner, there are endless ways to spend your days in the sun all around Bicheno.
The town was originally called Waubs Boat Harbour, named for an Aboriginal woman who is said to have saved two settlers whose boat smashed on rocks in a storm in the 19th century. Once a whaling centre , then a coal town, Bicheno was almost abandoned in the late 1800s when local miners left to follow the Victoria gold rush. For years, it stayed a sleepy fishing village, until the 1940s, when vacationers discovered the region was still rich in tourism possibilities.
Bicheno is natural playground. The coastal waters are home to incredible coral reefs and migrating humpback whales. On land, there are dozens of lovely wineries, pristine golf courses and incredible nature hikes. The nearby 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.
When it comes to finding the perfect place to stay, there are great Bicheno accommodation options for every kind of vacation. From pretty campgrounds and caravan parks, to vacation cottages and guesthouses, to full-service beach resorts, there are great choices available for everyone here.
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 you’re coming to explore the history of the town at the Old Court House and Gaol, your visit to Bicheno promises to be memorable.
The kids will love walking along the sandbar at low tide to spy on the colony of fairy penguins living on nearby Diamond Island, and a visit to the dozens of species making their home at the East Coast Birdlife and Animal Park.
If you want to play in the water, there are deep-sea fishing excursions, scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming and even glass bottom boat tours. You can also spend hours exploring the shoreline and the waves in a sea kayak.
Bicheno Foreshore Red Granite rocks
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.
You must also make sure to pay a visit to Bicheno’s famous Rocking Rock, a massive granite boulder that actually sways with the movement of the tide, creating a spectacular blowhole that will soak you if you get too close.
Bicheno Blow Hole and Rocking Rock
So whether you’re 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.