Many people know Bicheno as a beautiful seaside village, famous for its seafood. It’s a family-friendly town, close to Freycinet National Park and roughly halfway between Launceston and Hobart. It can be a fun location to break up the trip.
Here are my top recommendations.
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Bicheno Foreshore Walkway
This walkway links Redbill Beach, Waub’s Bay, The Gulch, the Rocking Rock and Blow Hole and Rice Pebble Beach. Keep your eyes on the ocean along the way for sightings of whales, dolphins, penguins or maybe even seals. The walkway follows the coast from Redbill Beach at the end of Gordon Street in the north to Rice Pebble Beach at the end of Weily Avenue in the south. You can access the walk at various locations between these beaches.
The walk goes for only 3 kilometres but easily can take 2+ hours to do if you stop and look at all the sights along the way. It covers the popular attractions, such as the blowhole and rocking rock.
The blowhole is one of Bicheno’s natural wonders where you can view saltwater blasts from the top of this unique geological feature. Air is blown through a small hole at the surface due to pressure differences between a closed underground system and the surface. When the seas are pumping, the blowhole puts on a spectacular display! The 80 tonne boulder next to the blowhole rocks with the tide.
The blowhole is considered to be one of the areas top attractions and is often photographed. Online reviews have been mixed, though. Some say it doesn’t stand up compared to other blowholes and only really shines when the weather is bad. They do emphasise that it is the blowhole combined with the location that does make it stand out.
But once you’re at the Bicheno Blowhole, approach with caution. Because if the ocean swell is big enough, water can shoot 20 metres in the air; and it’s very hard to escape as it rains down over the lichen-covered rocks.
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Bicheno Penguin Tours
Bicheno penguin tours offer a quieter affair than some of the interstate penguin attractions, such as Phillip Island. There is a decent sized colony located on private property close to the township.
The boardwalk allows you to get quite close, closer than with many other experiences. The conservation backstory is also really fascinating.
When they began in 1992, the penguin colony had been reduced to 40 birds because of the assault of feral cats and local dogs. In their first season, Male and Wardlaw culled more than 40 cats and today no more than two or three still roam that part of the coast. Now as many as 600 birds come ashore at the peak of the season, and year round there is a continuing presence.
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Bicheno’s Glass Bottom Boat
Tourists rave about the tours on the glass bottom boat in Bicheno and with good reason. The staff are really knowledgeable and friendly. The diversity in the shores around Tasmania is just amazing and this tour allows you to get an up-close view without actually having to go in the water. You can see kelp, seals, stingrays, fish and a wide array of other animals.
Highly recommended as a family activity.
Going to whalers lookout doesn’t actually increase your chance of seeing whales, however you still get lovely views. There are two lookout here, east and west, looking over Waubs Bay and Governer Island. In October and November, you can find rock orchids.
Governers Island Marine Park
The marine reserve at Governor Island provides some of the best diving in Australia. Shallow kelp-covered reef quickly drops down to spectacular sponge gardens. Butterfly perch and other fish swarm across the bottom. Granite boulders and ledges provide habitat for kelp in the shallows and colourful invertebrates below 25 to 30 metres. Depth and exposure in much of this reserve means that it is most suited to experienced scuba divers and boat operators. Less challenging dives down to around 24 metres can be found around the smaller islands such as Bird Rock. At these sites, a small torch will help you investigate the numerous overhangs and small caves which are covered by colourful sponges, zoanthids and other invertebrates.
Governor Island is also an important sea-bird rookery. One of Tasmania’s largest breeding populations of crested terns nest on the island.
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Douglas Apsley National Park
Douglas-Apsley National Park is incredibly diverse, with river gorges and waterfalls, eucalypt forest and heathlands overlooked by a dolerite-capped plateau. The park also supports many rare and endangered species that only exist here.
Short strolls from the Waterhole take in water views and the picturesque Apsley Gorge, with its tranquil pools and undisturbed river scenes. Longer walks lead through wildflower marshlands, wet gullies and deep gorges to spectacular waterfalls.
Douglas-Apsley National Park is a good example of the dry eucalypt woodlands found across much of the eastern Tasmania. With an interesting diversity of eucalypts (the park contains over half of the Tasmania’s species), the main types included Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulas), White (Manna) Gum (E. viminalis) and the endemic Black Peppermint (E. amygdalina).
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You can read more about it at the Parks Tasmania website
Diamond Island Nature Reserve
Off the northern end of Redbill Beach is this photogenic granite outcrop, connected to the mainland via a short, semi-submerged, sandy isthmus, which you can wade across. Time your expedition with low tide – otherwise you might end up chest-deep in the waves trying to get back!
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It is popular with visitors because it is home to colonies of little penguins (200 pairs in 2002), short-tailed shearwaters and sooty oystercatchers. It is a popular walk (or wade) for visitors and is particularly rewarding for birdwatchers
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When driving north from Bicheno the turnoff to the Apsley River heads off to the left just past the town boundary. A great place for swimming in the summer. The Bicheno Golf Course is opposite the turnoff. A couple of kilometres further on is the very popular Natureworld which includes the Devil’s Island project. Another couple of kilometres further north the road crosses Denison Rivulet. There is a car park on the northern side of the bridge. A 30 minute walk north along the beach are Porch Rocks and the formations known as The Porches.
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Devils in the dark tour
This amazing animal can be seen at many parks and zoos but the opportunity to see this nocturnal animal come to life after dark in an as wild as possible setting is very special and unique. This tour allows you to visit the park at night, and see devils displaying wild behaviours within a natural setting, enabling visitors to watch devils at their best. It’s as close as you can come to the real thing and is brilliant for those who don’t have time to go mammal-spotting.
Tours depart Bicheno each evening. You can book online up to 30 minutes prior to the departure time. You can find more information on their website.