BICHENO is an interesting, old whaling town on the central east coast of Tasmania. It has a number of attractions and they are all easy to access. These include a wildlife park and 2 national parks. There are facilities and some accommodation at Bicheno.
It is part of a long strip of towns, including; St HELENS, St MARYS, COLES BAY, SWANSEA and ORFORD that make up a geographic unity called the EAST COAST. Driving on the straight A3 Tasman Highway is easy.
From Bicheno the DOUGLAS APSLEY National Park is just to the North. You are 30 minutes from FREYCINET National Park, SWANSEA, LAKE LEAKE and MEETUS FALLS. You are 50 minutes from St MARYS. You are one hour from ORFORD, MARIA ISLAND and CAMPBELL TOWN and 80 minutes from St HELENS. Nearby places are described in the EAST COAST REGION page.
View Region East Coast of Tasmania 3 in a larger map. Unfortunately, you need to go to the Google Page 2 map to see some of my marked features.
FACILITIES: There is a full shopping precinct, as well as much accommodation at BICHENO
TOURIST information is located at 41 Foster Street, Bicheno. Telephone (03) 6375 1500 or www.tasmaniaseastcoast.com.au
SIGHTS: Bicheno is the centre of the east coast fishing industry. It is a former whaling town. Many fishing charters are based in Bicheno. The area also has excellent beaches and their associated water activities. The rocks around Bicheno are famous for their red streaks. This is why Bicheno is a major holiday area for Tasmanians.
Bicheno is also in the centre of the EAST COAST area, so it is a great place to stay for touring the other sights of the East Coast of Tasmania. The attractions in or near Bicheno include the;
AQUARIUM is on the foreshore just east of the Bicheno CBD,
BLOWHOLE is on the foreshore just east of the Bicheno CBD,
DOUGLAS ASPLEY National Park is just north of Bicheno. Telephone (03) 6256 7000
FORESHORE Walk is on the foreshore just east of the CBD,
NATURE WORLD animal & bird park is just north of Bicheno. The telephone is (03) 6375 1311 or the Internet contact is www.natureworld.com.au
PENGUIN TOURS from the town centre. The telephone is (03) 6375 1333 or www.bichenopenguintours.com.au
SEA LIFE CENTRE is just west of the Bicheno CBD,
WHALERS & SCENIC lookouts are just east of the CBD,
SPRING VALE VINEYARD is located at Spring Vale Road, Cranbrook (west of Bicheno): (03) 6257 8208
- NATURE WORLD
1/ Bicheno is on the east coast of Tasmania. It is a major pleasure boat haven and a popular beach holiday resort. It dates from a whaling town founded in the 1850s.
2/ This view looks north from Bicheno across McClean Bay to the north east coast beyond.
3/ Note the variety of rocks, shapes and colors that make the coast near Bicheno so interesting.
4/ This view shows the famous red rocks of the east coast of Tasmania.
5/ The Blowhole of Bicheno throws a jet of water high into the air. Photographers love to capture the interesting splash patterns it forms. The rock on the left is at least 4 metres high.
6/ This view is from the whalers lookout of Bicheno. It looks across Waubs Gulch to the Governor Islands.
7/ This is looking south from the whalers lookout at Bicheno. The trees to the left are ancient pencil pines.
8/ This view looks North from Bicheno into the setting sun across Waubs Bay towards Diamond Island.
9/ Bicheno boasts a large number of modern shops.
10/ This is the modern Bendigo Bank building of Bicheno.
11/ The RSL hall (a war veterans club) is decorated with a British 25 pounder howitzer.
12/ This is the Bicheno Community Church. It is shared between the Catholics and Anglicans.
13/ These boilers once processed whale fat. Bicheno was once a whaling town. Note the child for a size comparison.
14/ The east coast of Tasmania near Bicheno suffered bush fires in 2012. This photo shows the effects of the fires in a strangely beautiful way.
1/ Nature World is just north of Bicheno. It has a great selection of animals. In this photo you can see an emu, two kangaroos, a Shetland pony and a goose all living together in peace.
2/ Budgies are beautiful birds that come in a huge variety of colors. They are popular with many people as pets. This one at Nature World Bicheno looked quite friendly.
3/ You really don't want to step on this large snake. Fortunately, snakes usually avoid contact with people. You can see a selection of Tasmania snakes at Nature World Bicheno