Find stunning beaches, rolling surf, rich marine life and a colony of fairy penguins at this gateway to Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay.
Bicheno is a sleepy little fishing village on Tasmania’s eastern coast, known for its beautiful beaches studded with orange lichen-covered rocks, fascinating wildlife and fresh local seafood. A relaxed beach town with its own charms, Bicheno is also a great base for exploring Tasmania’s renowned east coast. Discover Freycinet National Park, Apsley Gorge and, just outside town, wineries that produce some of Tasmania’s premier pinot noir and sauvignon blanc.
A former whaling port, Bicheno’s maritime history stretches back to 1803. Spot whales in Waub’s Bay between July and November or find out about the local Aboriginal woman after whom the bay was named at her gravesite, located near the beachside tennis courts. Stroll along the gorgeous main beach and peer into rock pools. The orange lichen set against the blue of the ocean makes this spot a favourite among nature photographers. Trek along the Foreshore Walking Track to the peak of Whalers’ Lookout for magnificent views.
Join the locals taking part in the daily early morning ocean swim at Waub’s Bay Beach. When the swell is up, take out a surfboard. You can also go diving in the nearby Governor Island Marine Reserve and see schools of fish in the clear waters.Wander through Bicheno’s main street to find fishmongers selling crayfish, abalone and scallops, and providores specialising in local produce. Pack a picnic and collect some local wines.
As dusk falls, join a fairy penguin tour to see the little creatures coming in from a day in the ocean to their rookery on the beach. Tours can be booked in the town centre.
Time your visit with the Bicheno Food & Wine Festival, held every November, to experience some of the region’s excellent local produce.
Bicheno is just under 2 hours by car from Launceston Airport, which has car rental facilities. Catching a charter bus from Launceston or Hobart is another option. You can explore Bicheno village on foot. Shuttle buses leave daily for Freycinet National Park. Surrounding hiking trails and beaches are within a 40-minute drive.