One of Tasmania’s most popular seaside holiday towns, Bicheno boasts a beautiful setting overlooking Waubs Bay. In addition to its recreational water sports and penguin rookery, it makes an ideal base for exploring Freycinet and Douglas Apsley national parks.
Things to do in Bicheno
Bicheno’s beautiful beaches are a hive of activity during the summer months, with families splashing in the protected waters and kayakers exploring the coast. Don’t miss a visit to the Blowhole that spurts water dramatically into the air on the southern side of Bicheno’s headland.
The Governor Island Marine Reserve lies just offshore and is one of the best diving spots in Tasmania. Venture below the water’s surface to see its colorful sponge gardens and giant kelp forests or join a glass-bottom boat tour if you don’t want to get wet.
Bicheno is famously home to fairy penguins best seen at dusk as they return to the shores from a day fishing out at sea. Join a private rookery tour to watch as they head for home and learn about the vital conservation work being done by locals to ensure their survival.
Spend an afternoon exploring the walking trails of Douglas-Apsley National Park as they weave through its deep riverine gorge. If you want to see Tasmania’s most beautiful beach, head south to Freycinet National Park where the picture-perfect Wineglass Bay is located.
Getting around Bicheno
Bicheno is 2.5 hours’ drive north of Hobart or two hours from Launceston Airport. Regular buses travel throughout the area, although having your own vehicle is best for accessing the surrounding sights.