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Bicheno

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Bicheno is a town on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia, 185 km north-east of Hobart on the Tasman Highway, with a population of 853. It is part of the municipality of Glamorgan/Spring Bay. The town is primarily a fishing port and a beach resort.The town was named after James Ebenezer Bicheno, the British Colonial Secretary for Van Diemen's Land from 1843 to 1851.The first historical reference to the place that was to become Bicheno was made by Brian May during his circumnavigation of Van Diemen's Land. He landed here (when it was known as Waubs Harbour) to dry his provisions. From 1803 Waubs Harbour was used as a whaling port. Bicheno was proclaimed a township in 1866. Bicheno Post Office opened as a receiving house on 1 January 1855.Near the tennis courts is the grave of Wauba Debar (after whom Waub's Harbour was named), an aboriginal who was stolen from her tribe as a teenager to become a "sealer's woman". Her bravery in rescuing two sealers in a storm is commemorated by a headstone.The hinterland was established for farming in the mid-1840s, which continues today. Coal was discovered in 1848. In 1854, the harbour was expanded to provide port facilities for the coal mines at Denison River. The coal was transported to the port via a 5‑km horse-drawn tramway.The use of Bicheno as a coal port was short-lived. The discovery of gold in Victoria saw most of the residents depart in 1855 and for nearly a century, Bicheno became a sleepy little fishing village. Fishing has continued to be the lifeblood of the town with substantial quantities of crayfish, abalone, scallops and trevally. In recent times it has become a popular tourist destination, with a range of accommodation, craft shops, two small aquaria, and a visitor centre. Visitors are also attracted to the little penguin colony on adjacent Diamond Island A nearby point of interest is the Bicheno Blowhole. A famous resident is the world champion swimmer Shane Gould.
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Bicheno Blowhole ©
Landmark
Bicheno Blowhole
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
East Coast Natureworld ©
Wildlife Area
East Coast Natureworld
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Sea-All Fishing and Marine Tours ©
Dolphin / Whale Watching
Sea-All Fishing and Marine Tours
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Bicheno

Freycinet National Park ©
National Park
Freycinet National Park Coles Bay
4.8
Duration: 8 hours
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching Coles Bay
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports Coles Bay
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Maria Island National Park ©
Island
Maria Island National Park Tasmania
4.9
Duration: 8 hours

Hidden gems in Bicheno

Denison Beach ©
Beach
Denison Beach
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Whalers Lookout ©
Lookout
Whalers Lookout
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Bicheno's Motorcycle Museum & Restoration ©
Specialty Museum
Bicheno's Motorcycle Museum & Restoration
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Douglas-Apsley National Park ©
National Park
Douglas-Apsley National Park
4.3
Duration: 8 hours

Wildlife in Bicheno

Bicheno Dive Centre
Scuba / Snorkeling
Bicheno Dive Centre
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Museums in Bicheno

Waubs Bay Gallery
Art Gallery
Waubs Bay Gallery
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes

Wineries in Bicheno

Freycinet Vineyards ©
Winery / Vineyard
Freycinet Vineyards
3.5
Duration: 2 hours
Bicheno Blowhole ©
Landmark
Bicheno Blowhole
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Trail
Wineglass Bay Lookout Coles Bay
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
Mt Amos Climb ©
Landmark
Mt Amos Climb Coles Bay
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Freycinet Marine Farm ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Freycinet Marine Farm Coles Bay
3.9
Duration: 2 hours

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