This relaxed beachside town is known for its stellar seafood and proximity to a pair of contrasting national parks.
Just offshore, the Governor Island Marine Reserve is one of the best temperate diving locations in Australia, with kelp-covered reefs and spectacular sponge gardens. Aim for full immersion by diving or snorkelling from shore, or stay dry on a cruise on Bicheno’s Glass Bottom Boat.
Back on land, East Coast Natureworld has plenty of creatures to see, including Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, birds and reptiles.
Dusk is the best time to spot little penguins on the beach on scenic walks to Rocking Rock, the Blowhole and across the sandbar to Diamond Island Nature Reserve. Bicheno Penguin Tours offers a chance to visit a private rookery and get close to these charismatic birds without disturbing their nightly journey.
Bicheno is part of the East Coast Whale Trail and there are plenty of whale-watching spots from May to December along 3km of coastal walkway.
Bicheno is a 2hr 30min drive (182km) north-east of Hobart, and a 2hr drive (160km) south-east of Launceston.