Explore the Activities And Attractions around Bicheno Tasmania - Travel - Destinations

Explore the Activities And Attractions around Bicheno Tasmania   by Sidney Morgan

in Travel / Destinations    (submitted 2011-03-17)

Bicheno is not a household name like other holiday hotspots and Tasmania is not usually known for its temperate climate. These are both excellent reasons for discovering the town of Bicheno, found on the east coast of Tasmania. While this little crayfishing town having a population of just under 650 is not on the general tourist's list of "must see" locations, it is on the "must go back and stay longer" list of everyone who has been there.

Bicheno isn't hard to get to. It's just 115 miles (185 kilometers) northeast of Tasmania's capital city, Hobart, but lots of overseas visitors to Tasmania overlook it. The northeast coastline of Tasmania is warmer and much more sheltered than other parts of the island and is blessed with an abundance of wildlife, both in the water and on land. Bicheno, located on the northern side of the Freycinet Peninsula, is a Tasmanian gem, with fantastic beaches, an abundance of sea life and spectacular scenery at its doorstep.

One of the most popular attractions for the whole family in Bicheno is the Penguin Tour. Fairy Penguins are beautiful "miniature" penguins that are best be viewed at dusk when they come home from a day of fishing out at sea. The guided fairy penguin tours are planned with the penguins' welfare foremost in mind. While observing them is no threat to them, free access to the fairy penguins threatens their environment and causes them to look elsewhere for a home. By operating guided tours led by professionals, many tourists can enjoy the privilege of seeing the penguins going about their daily business in their natural habitat. It is a "win win" situation for both the visitors as well as the fairy penguins.

Governor Island Marine Park is well-known to divers round the world. From Bicheno, qualified divers can be taken to the amazing dive places around Governor Island to explore the rocky ocean floor some 100 feet (30 meters) below the surface. While in the past, the rock lobsters these waters are so well known for nearly disappeared, since it was declared a protected Marine Park, they've returned in abundance. While you swim through schools of butterfly perch and explore the nooks and crannies among the rocks, you discover an amazing range of invertebrates, sponges and other interesting sea life. Less experienced divers are taken to neighboring Bird Rock to explore underwater caves and overhangs with the aid of flashlights.

Back on land, Bicheno is the starting point for a hike to the famous Wineglass Bay lookout. The view is magnificent and the extensive silvery sands of Wineglass Bay have been rated as among the top 10 beaches in the world by Outside magazine. Wineglass Bay is located in Freycinet Peninsula National Park. The long, narrow Freycinet Peninsula is home to rare varieties of birdlife, including the white bellied sea eagle and Australasian gannet, which makes it a sought after destination for bird lovers from around the world.

Bicheno isn't the kind of town you want to visit for only a day. Once you get there, you will not wish to leave. When you see the types of Bicheno accommodations that are available, you will never wish to leave. Choose between caravan and tent parks, farm stay accommodation, resorts, lodges, backpackers hotels and charming bed and breakfast accommodations. Be ready to have the time of your life discovering the magic of Bicheno and the rest of the northeast coast of Tasmania. You won't believe your eyes.