Situated an equal distance from the Hobart in the south and the city of Launceston in the north, Bicheno is a popular holiday destination for Tasmanian and interstate visitors alike. This part of Tasmania enjoys its own Mediterranean-like microclimate. It’s a couple of degrees warmer than the rest of Tasmania all year round. It’s out of the rain shadow of the West Coast and the highlands and its still anchorages and surfing beaches are where savvy Tasmanians go for rest and recreation.
Originally a whaling town, Bicheno is now home to a thriving fishing industry and is a vibrant tourist destination. Bicheno provides the perfect base for exploring the unspoiled beauty of the East Coast of Tasmania.
The Apsley Gorge National Park, the breathtaking Freycinet Peninsula and the quaint Coles Bay township are all a short drive from Bicheno. Couple that with a growing food, wine and microbrewery industry and you have the recipe for a burgeoning tourism industry.
Penguin tours www.bichenopenguintours.com.au (bookings required) are held nightly all year round 5 minutes walk from this magical location.
Diving and fishing charters operate out of Bicheno and a glass bottom boat shows off the magnificence of the kelp forests that grace the East Coast of Tasmania.
‘The Retreat’ is 2 km north of Bicheno adjacent to the Diamond Island nature reserve. The island is joined to the mainland by a short sand spit and subject to weather conditions and shifting sands is generally accessible at low tide.