Nestled on the picturesque east coast of Tasmania, Bicheno is a beautiful coastal town that captivates visitors with its stunning coastal landscapes, vibrant marine life and laid-back atmosphere. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a foodie or someone seeking a weekend of relaxation, Bicheno has something for you.
From natural wonders to delicious seafood, scenic hikes to engaging community events, Bicheno has a diverse range of attractions to suit every taste. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the 34 best things to do in Bicheno for an unforgettable experience.
1. Gaze in Awe at the Bicheno Blowhole
Start your Bicheno adventure with a visit to the famous Bicheno Blowhole. Witness the power of the ocean as it propels water high into the air through a natural rock formation. Situated on the rocky coastline, just a couple of minutes away from the Bicheno town centre, the close proximity makes this attraction a must add to your list of things to do in Bicheno.
For thousands of years the Tasman Sea has smashed into the granite here carving out a small cave and a small hole in the ceiling of that cave. Now as waves rush into the cave and smack into the cave walls, water erupts from the hole and flies into the air. It’s a spectacular display that’s testament to the raw power of the Tasman Sea.
The Bicheno Blowhole is just a short walk from the car park, making it a quick but memorable stop for your Bicheno journey.
There are no fees for visiting the Bicheno Blowhole making this a fantastic free thing to do in Bicheno.
2. Walk Across a Sand Bar to the Stunning Diamond Island
Amidst the many wonderful attractions of Bicheno is the opportunity to embark on a coastal walk to the stunningly beautiful, Diamond Island. This small island, situated just off the coast of Bicheno, becomes accessible during low tide when a natural sandbar emerges, inviting walkers to tread the path from the coast to the island.
Upon reaching Diamond Island, a sanctuary of untouched beauty unfolds. Take the time to rock hop your way around the island, explore tidal pools and observe the many birds who call Diamond Island home. Make sure you only traverse the outskirts of the island, sticking to the rocks. Diamond Island is a nature reserve and a penguin rookery so it’s important not to trample on the island to prevent harming the flora and fauna.
Diamond Island is approximately 250 metres off Redbill Beach, making this an easy walk for many. It’s crucial to be mindful of tide times and plan your walk accordingly to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
There are no fees for walking to Diamond Island making this another great free thing to do in Bicheno.
3. Enjoy a Window to the Underwater World with Bicheno Glass Bottom Boat Tours
A highlight of any visit to Bicheno is the immersive experience offered by the glass bottom boat tours operated by Bicheno Glass Bottom Boat. This unique excursion unveils the treasures beneath the surface, providing an unparalleled view of the marine wonders that thrive in the pristine waters around Bicheno.
Embarking on a 40-minute journey aboard the Bicheno Glass Bottom Boat is a journey into an aquatic realm like no other. The boat’s glass bottom design allows passengers to peer directly into the crystal clear waters, offering a captivating perspective on the underwater world below. What sets this experience apart is the informative commentary provided by the knowledgeable boat captain who shares insights into Bicheno and the local wildlife.
At the time of writing this (December 2023) the tour costs $35 per adult, $15 per child (3-17 years old) and children under 3 are free. The tours are family friendly making this a great thing to do in Bicheno as a family.
4. Connect with Tasmania’s Unique Wildlife at East Coast Natureworld
For those yearning to connect with Tasmania’s unique wildlife, a visit to East Coast Natureworld is a must during your time in Bicheno. Located just a short 5 minute drive north of Bicheno, this wildlife sanctuary provides an enriching experience, blending education and immersive encounters as you connect with Australia’s native wildlife.
With 150 acres of natural bushland, you can enjoy wandering around the sanctuary at your own leisure. Meet their unique resident animals (including; Tasmanian devils, wombats and echidnas) on your own time, join one of their daily feeding tours or book in for an additional experience. They have a range of additional experiences on offer such as devil in the dark feeding tours, baby devil encounters, echidna encounters, wombat encounters and more.
At the time of writing this (December 2023) general admission fees are $32 per adult, $19 per child (3-15 years old) and children under 3 are free. They also have family passes available, for two children this is $89 and for three children this is $99.
5. Challenge Yourself with the Mount Amos Hike
For adventure seekers and experienced hikers looking for things to do near Bicheno, the Mount Amos hike in Freycinet National Park is an exhilarating and rewarding experience that shouldn’t be missed. Just a 35 minute drive south of Bicheno, this iconic trail promises awe-inspiring views, challenging terrain and an opportunity to immerse oneself in the untouched beauty of the renowned Freycinet Peninsula.
The trail begins with a gradual ascent through native bushland, eventually reaching the more challenging and rocky terrain that Mount Amos is known for. Upon leaving the bushland and reaching the open granite section, the trail becomes much steeper with numerous sections that are near-vertical, requiring multiple points of contact to get up. If you’re interested in seeing what the Mount Amos trail is actually like make sure to check out our YouTube video where we hike Mount Amos.
Despite being rewarded with incredible views throughout, the highlight of the Mount Amos hike is undoubtedly the panoramic views awaiting hikers at the summit. Overlooking the world famous Wineglass Bay, the vantage point of Mount Amos provides a breathtaking perspective of the pristine white sands, the azure waters and the surrounding granite peaks.
A parks pass is required for entry to Freycinet National Park. At the time of writing this (December 2023) a daily pass is $44.75 per vehicle (up to 8 people), 2 month holiday passes are $89.50 per vehicle, an annual pass is $95.30 per vehicle and a two year pass is $121.75 per vehicle. If you’re visiting multiple national parks or spending multiple days at a national park during your time in Tasmania, getting one of the longer passes would be better value.
6. Indulge Your Taste Buds at the Bicheno Food and Wine Festival
Attending the Bicheno Food and Wine Festival is a must for foodies. Taking place annually in November, this culinary celebration invites locals and visitors alike to indulge in a feast for the senses. The town is transformed into a gastronomic haven, showcasing the best of Tasmania’s produce and makers.
From succulent seafood to wood fired pizzas, artisanal beers, gourmet ice cream and handcrafted wines, attendees are treated to a culinary journey that reflects the rich and varied offerings of the region. Beyond just the incredible food, the festival features live music from a talented selection of artists who enhance the overall ambiance, creating a lively and fun atmosphere for all.
Tickets for the 2023 festival were $35 for adults, $17 for youth (10-17 years) and free for children (0-9 years old).
7. Pay Your Respects at Wauba Debar’s Grave
A poignant and historical excursion awaits those seeking a unique and reflective experience in Bicheno, a visit to Wauba Debar’s grave. Wauba Debar, an Indigenous woman of Tasmania, holds a special place in Bicheno’s history. Her grave is situated within Lions Park, a peaceful and scenic location where you can pay your respects.
As a teenager, Wauba Debar was one of many Aboriginal women who were kidnapped by sealers and whalers for free labour and to be wives or partners to these men. Known for her strength and for being a strong swimmer, she was known historically for saving the lives of two men who were struggling off the coast of Bicheno. After tragically losing her life at a later date a gravestone was erected to commemorate her story, it was the only gravestone erected for a Tasmanian Aboriginal person during the 19th century.
The gravestone stands as a silent witness to the passage of time, inviting visitors to connect with the history that lies beneath the soil. When visiting Wauba Debar’s grave, respect the sacred nature of the location and approach the site with cultural sensitivity and reverence.
8. Have an Enchanting Evening Watching Penguins Return to Shore with Bicheno Penguin Tours
For an unforgettable and heartwarming experience in Bicheno, embarking on a penguin tour with Bicheno Penguin Tours should be added to your list of things to do in Bicheno. As the sun sets over the Tasman Sea, this guided tour invites you to witness the magical spectacle of little penguins returning to shore after a day of fishing.
With expert guides leading the way, the tour provides an insightful and respectful encounter with the endearing penguins in their natural habitat at Bicheno Penguin Tours’ private penguin rookery. Knowledgeable guides share fascinating insights into the lives of little penguins, their behaviours and the conservation efforts in place to protect these charming creatures. There’s nothing more incredible than getting up close to these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
At the time of writing this (December 2023) tours cost $66.50 for adults and $26.50 for children during summer season (September-January), $49.50 for adults and $23.50 for children during winter season (February, April-August) and $42.50 for adults and $19.50 for children during low season (March).
9. Dine on a Delicious Meal at Lobster Shack
Indulging in a delicious meal at the Lobster Shack stands out as a quintessential experience for food enthusiasts visiting Bicheno. Nestled along the scenic coastline, this seafood haven offers not only a feast for the taste buds but panoramic views of the Tasman Sea, making it the perfect spot to eat lunch or dinner.
A truly authentic ‘ocean to plate’ experience, enjoy the region’s premium seafood at this popular Bicheno attraction. From succulent lobster to fresh prawns and fish of the day, every dish is a testament to the restaurant’s commitment to quality and flavour. Upstairs Lobster Shack features a small museum with a visual narrative into Tasmania’s and more specifically, Bicheno’s historic fishing industry, making this a fantastic all-rounder attraction in Bicheno.
At the time of writing this (December 2023) Lobster Shack is open 7 days a week from 11am-7pm.
10. Appreciate the Beauty of Bicheno from Whaler’s Lookout
For those seeking an awe-inspiring perspective of Bicheno’s coastal splendour, a visit to Whaler’s Lookout is an absolute must. Perched high above the town, this vantage point has two lookout platforms, offering unparalleled views of the ocean, the western beaches and the town below. Sunrise and sunset visits, in particular, offer a magical ambiance that transforms the scenery into a breathtaking spectacle.
If you’re lucky you may be rewarded with sightings of local wildlife. Sea birds soaring overhead, dolphins playing in the waves and during certain times of the year, migrating whales off in the distance. Beyond its popularity for sightseeing, Whaler’s Lookout provides a tranquil space for reflection. Whether you’re drawn to the lookout for solitude, to appreciate the beauty of Bicheno or to simply soak in the natural serenity, Whaler’s Lookout is a fantastic attraction in Bicheno.
Just a short and moderately steep walk from the parking area, with no entry fees, visiting Whaler’s Lookout is a fantastic free thing to do in Bicheno.
11. Witness the Majestic Giants of the Ocean with Whale Watching in Bicheno
Nestled along Tasmania’s breathtaking east coast, visit during the right season (May-July or September-December) and Bicheno is also a fantastic destination for whale watching. Offering an opportunity to witness the majestic giants of the ocean, Bicheno provides an unforgettable experience that captivates nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.
Bicheno is part of the East Coast Whale Trail, which is exactly what it sounds like, a trail of towns along the east coast that are good spots for whale watching. In Bicheno; Waubs Bay, the Bicheno Blowhole and Whaler’s Lookout are all flagged as great spots for whale watching. Humpback whales and southern right whales are regularly seen however Tasmania’s east coast has also recorded sightings of orcas and blue whales.
As with any animal experience, sightings aren’t guaranteed but if you’re visiting during the right season and spend a lot of time near the coast you have a good chance so make sure to keep this on your list of things to do in Bicheno.
12. Swim in Serene Waterholes, Waterfalls and Gorges at Douglas-Aspley National Park
A pristine sanctuary for nature lovers, hikers and adventure seekers alike. A visit to Douglas-Aspley National Park not only unveils a breathtaking landscape of waterholes, waterfalls and gorges but also provides a fantastic opportunity for refreshing swims and bushland exploration. Immerse yourself in the park’s tranquility and create lasting memories during your time in Bicheno.
Appreciate the natural beauty of Tasmania with the huge array of bushwalks catering to various skill levels. From short 15 minute strolls through the open forest to the iconic Apsley waterhole to more challenging half day and multi-day trails to secluded corners of the park. A visit to the national park has something for everyone; swim in natural waterholes, explore gorges, embark on bushwalks or camp beneath the stars.
A parks pass is required for entry to Douglas-Aspley National Park. At the time of writing this (December 2023) a daily pass is $44.75 per vehicle (up to 8 people), 2 month holiday passes are $89.50 per vehicle, an annual pass is $95.30 per vehicle and a two year pass is $121.75 per vehicle.
13. Honour Heroes at Bicheno’s Memorials
At the heart of Bicheno, three monuments stand; the Bicheno War Memorial, the Merchant Navy Memorial and the Bicheno Lone Pine Memorial. Each memorial invites visitors to pause and reflect on the sacrifice of the service men and women who served their country.
- The Bicheno War Memorial commemorates those who served in the various conflicts that Australia has been involved in.
- The Merchant Navy Memorial commemorates the Merchant Navy, featuring a steel sculpture in memory of the Merchant Navy Forgotten Fleet of 1942-1945.
- The Bicheno Lone Pine Memorial showcases the lone pine tree that was planted by Councillor Bertrand Cadart in remembrance of those who served their country in all conflicts.
A visit to these landmarks not only pays homage to the brave souls who served their nation but also provides a moment of reflection and remembrance in the midst of this coastal town’s vibrant spirit.
14. Sip Delicious Wines at One of Bicheno’s Nearby Wineries
A day of ‘cellar door hopping’ at the vineyards surrounding Bicheno is the perfect thing to do around Bicheno for wine lovers. Indulge your senses in a wine tasting extravaganza as you sample the incredible wines produced by local vineyards. From crisp and aromatic whites to robust and velvety reds, each sip encapsulates the craftsmanship and dedication of Tasmania’s winemakers.
Some wineries in the region go beyond the wine tasting experience, featuring on-site restaurants or cafes that offer farm to table culinary delights. Pair your favourite wines with locally sourced produce, showcasing the gastronomic richness of the east coast.
Below is a list of some of the amazing wineries surrounding Bicheno:
- Devil’s Corner
- Spring Vale Vineyard
- Gala Estate
- Milton Vineyard
- Harvey Vin
- Craigie Knowe Vineyard
- Freycinet Vineyard
15. Soar to New Heights with Freycinet Air
Elevate your time in Bicheno to new heights on a scenic flight with Freycinet Air. A scenic flight with Freycinet Air promises a bird’s-eye view of the region’s stunning landscapes, creating memories that linger long after your feet touch the ground. A highlight of the trip for many, a scenic flight of the region is nothing short of sensational, breathtaking and exhilarating.
The experienced and knowledgeable pilots of Freycinet Air enhance the already incredible journey with insightful commentary on the landscapes unfolding below. Enjoy the breathtaking perspective of Tasmania’s coastal beauty and natural wonders, while the pilot’s narrative adds an educational layer to your flight, further enriching your appreciation for the region.
Freycinet Air offer a variety of scenic flight options to suit different preferences. Whether you opt for a short scenic flight of Wineglass Bay or a more extensive customised flight covering other areas, the flexibility ensures that your aerial adventure aligns with your desired experience.
The cost of a scenic flight with Freycinet Air will vary depending on the length and type of tour you’re interested in. At the time of writing this (December 2023) Freycinet Air have a short 25 minute Wineglass Bay scenic flight available that costs $325 per passenger and a longer 50 minute scenic flight of the Freycinet Peninsula which costs $695 per passenger. While a scenic flight won’t fit in everyone’s budget, if you’re looking for a luxury experience or a way to celebrate a special occasion, a scenic flight is the perfect thing to do in Bicheno.
16. Take in Freycinet’s Coastal Beauty at the Cape Tourville Lighthouse
Perched on the edge of Freycinet’s captivating coastline, Cape Tourville is as an iconic attraction offering visitors to Bicheno a panoramic spectacle of the Freycinet Peninsula. Built in 1971, the striking structure adds a touch of maritime history to the landscape. The short 600m circuit of elevated boardwalk around the lighthouse and along the coast takes visitors right to the cliff edge, offering breathtaking views of the pristine waters and stunning coastline of Freycinet.
Enhancing the visit is the presence of interpretive signage along the boardwalk about the lighthouse, surrounding geological formations, flora and fauna. Make sure to also keep an eye out for sea birds soaring overhead, dolphins frolicking in the pristine waters and during certain times of the year, migrating whales off in the distance.
Just to note, the drive to the lighthouse is via a narrow unsealed road. Also a parks pass is required for entry to Freycinet National Park. At the time of writing this (December 2023) a daily pass is $44.75 per vehicle (up to 8 people), 2 month holiday passes are $89.50 per vehicle, an annual pass is $95.30 per vehicle and a two year pass is $121.75 per vehicle.
17. Marvel at the Architecturally Quirky Spiky Bridge
If you’re looking for things to do near Bicheno, don’t pass up on a trip to the Spiky Bridge in Swansea. A peculiar and historic landmark that beckons travellers to step back in time, the Spiky Bridge is just a 40 minute drive south of Bicheno. The contrasting textures of the weathered stones against the backdrop of the surrounding landscape create a captivating scene.
Built by convicts in the mid 19th century, the bridge stands out as a prime attraction due to its historical significance and unusual design which features uniquely placed field stones and upright stones, giving the bridge a ‘spiky’ appearance. Informational signs at the site provide detailed information on convict labour, the Spiky Bridge and the Rocky Hills Probation Station.
There are no fees for visiting the Spiky Bridge making this a great free thing to do near Bicheno.
18. Watch the Night Sky Transform into a Vibrant Canvas of Light at Bicheno Beams
Throughout the month of July, in the heart of Bicheno, a nightly spectacle unfolds, captivating locals and visitors alike. This spectacle is Bicheno Beams, a community-driven event that transforms the night into a vibrant canvas of light. If you’re visiting Bicheno while the event is running make sure to drop by and watch the town come to life with this spectacular laser light show.
As darkness falls, the beams come to life, casting a spectacular show across the night sky. Locals come together to enjoy the visually stunning display, fostering a sense of community pride and shared enjoyment. The relatively new event has already become a beloved tradition, drawing residents and visitors to witness the magic of the nightly light show.
Bicheno Beams is a free event, hosted at Bicheno Lions Park, making this another fantastic free thing to do in Bicheno.
19. Uncover the Magic of Whisky Making at Waubs Harbour Distillery
Sat on the edge of the ocean in the beautiful coastal town of Bicheno is a haven for whisky enthusiasts, Waubs Harbour Distillery. For those seeking a memorable and flavoursome experience, a guided tasting or tour at this distillery is the perfect thing to do in Bicheno. Uncover the artistry behind their premium Tasmanian whisky, savour the unique flavours and indulge in their rich history of craftsmanship.
On a guided tasting experience knowledgeable staff will lead you through a curated selection of their recently released whiskies, sharing insights into the flavour profiles and unique characteristics that set these Tasmanian whiskies apart.
On the tour and tasting experience you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the production process, perfect for those who are eager to delve deeper into the specifics of whisky-making. The tour is then concluded with a guided tasting of their recently released whiskies in their ocean-view tasting room.
At the time of writing this (December 2023) their tour and tasting experience costs $70 per person and their guided tasting costs $40 per person. The tours and tasting are available from Tuesday-Saturday
20. Paddle Through the Pristine Waters of Freycinet with Freycinet Adventures
For those looking for a unique way to explore Freycinet National Park, join Freycinet Adventures on a kayaking tour. The perfect blend of excitement and tranquility, gliding along the pristine coastal waters of Freycinet beneath the iconic pink granite mountains is an experience you won’t forget.
Tasmania’s east coast is teeming with marine life and kayaking offers a unique perspective to witness this first hand. As you paddle your way through the crystal clear waters, watch out for playful dolphins, curious seals, elusive sting rays and a variety of seabirds.
One of the highlights of kayaking with Freycinet Adventures is the guidance and commentary provided by their experienced and knowledgeable instructors. Not only do they make the experience fun for all (including those with no kayaking experience), they provide fascinating commentary about the region and its unique wildlife.
At the time of writing this (December 2023) the Freycinet Paddle kayaking tour runs for 3 hours and costs $135 per adult and $110 per child (7-15 years).
21. Stroll Along Bicheno’s Iconic Waterfront on the Bicheno Foreshore Footway Trail
Along Bicheno’s iconic waterfront is a tranquil pathway, known as the Bicheno Foreshore Footway, providing a perfect escape for those seeking a leisurely stroll amidst nature. More than just a walk, it’s a journey that unveils the picturesque landscapes of Bicheno’s foreshore, offering a delightful escape and a chance to connect with the serene beauty of Tasmania’s east coast.
Beyond the panoramic vistas of azure waters, sandy beaches and the orange lichen covered rocks that define Bicheno’s coastline, you’ll also pass some of Bicheno’s most popular attractions, such as; the Bicheno Blowhole, the Gulch and Peggy’s Point. You’ll also get fantastic viewpoints of Governor Island.
The trail is a relatively short 3km one way so take your time and fully embrace the experience. With public toilets, barbecues and rest areas along the trail you can make a full day of your visit, just wear comfortable shoes and pack a picnic.
There are no costs involved with the Bicheno Foreshore Footway making this another good free thing to do in Bicheno.
22. Set Sail to the Iconic Wineglass Bay with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
Set sail on a Wineglass Bay Cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. Departing from Coles Bay, the cruise gives you front-row seats to the mesmerising beauty of the region. Prepare to be awestruck as the 4.5 hour cruise glides along the crystal clear blue waters around the spectacular coastline of the Freycinet National Park to the world famous Wineglass Bay.
A relaxing and fun experience, enjoy listening to your guide uncover the rich history of the region as you take in your stunning surroundings, with unrivalled panoramic vistas. Upon reaching Wineglass Bay you’ll anchor for lunch, enjoying delicious local produce while nestled between granite peaks, at the iconic crescent-shaped beach.
As you’re admiring the breathtaking granite mountains, pristine white sandy beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters keep your eye out for the unique wildlife that calls this region home, such as sea eagles, dolphins, cormorants, fur seals, whales (during season) and more.
At the time of writing this (December 2023) the Wineglass Bay Cruise costs $175 per adult and $105 per child (3-16 years) including lunch in the vista lounge, $155 per adult and $95 per child in the vista lounge if you bring your own food and $290 per adult in the sky lounge.
23. Treat Yourself to Tasmania’s Finest at The Farm Shed East Coast Wine Centre
In the heart of Bicheno lies The Farm Shed East Coast Wine Centre, beckoning wine enthusiasts and curious travellers alike to savour the flavours of east coast Tasmania’s renowned vineyards. The popular attraction serves not only as a showcase of the region’s exceptional wines but also as a cultural hub, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the incredible artisanal products, art and produce of the region.
Indulge in a tasting experience of wine, whisky or gin and tantalise your taste buds with the nuanced flavours. Additionally, you can enjoy Tasmanian whisky, gin, cider and beer on tap. The Farm Shed also stocks artisanal snacks and cheeses if you want to enjoy your own charcuterie board alongside the drinks. That’s not all, the venue has retail space for Tasmanian artists and craftspeople, so make sure to browse their products and take something special home for yourself (or a loved one).
Throughout the year the Farm Shed often hosts fantastic dining events and has local musicians to add to the vibe during summer.
At the time of writing this (December 2023) The Farm Shed is open Monday-Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Wine tastings are 5 for $29, whisky tastings are 5 for $69 and gin tastings are 6 for $39 or 8 for $49.
24. Get Off the Beaten Track with All 4 Adventures
For those seeking an adrenaline fuelled adventure amid the rugged beauty of east coast Tasmania’s landscapes, an ATV tour with All 4 Adventures is the ultimate ticket to excitement. Explore the coastal wonders of Freycinet aboard an all-terrain vehicle, combining thrills, scenic exploration and a dash of off-road adventure for an unforgettable experience.
The tours emphasise on the rich cultural, historical and environmental heritage of the national park, adding an extra layer of excitement and appreciation to the journey. Taking you to stunning, remote locations that few people are able to access, with All 4 Adventures you get to traverse terrains that are off the beaten path. The thrill of riding meets the beauty of nature, creating a dynamic experience that engages all the senses. If you’re looking for adventure and exploration add this on your list of things to do near Bicheno.
At the time of writing this (December 2023) their 2 hour ATV tour is $229 per driver and $129 per passenger. Their half day ATV tour is $329 per driver and $179 per passenger. You need at least a provisional drivers licence to drive the ATV.
25. Hop In to The Pondering Frog Cafe and Ice Creamery for a Bite to Eat
A charming eatery with a unique frog theme, if you’re looking for a bite to eat drop by The Pondering Frog Cafe and Ice Creamery. Promising delicious food, laid-back ambiance and a touch of whimsy, a visit to The Pondering Frog shouldn’t be missed during your time in Bicheno.
From the moment you hop into The Pondering Frog, you’re enveloped in a warm and inviting atmosphere. There’s something for everyone here with an RV stop over area, a kids playground, outdoor seating, friendly goats and of course, the iconic cafe and ice creamery.
With a full menu for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, you can enjoy a delicious meal no matter what time you drop by. Indulge in one of their iconic ice cream sundaes, have a filling breakfast to start your day, pop by in the afternoon for an alcoholic drink, grab a coffee for a pick me up or just enjoy a refreshing iced drink.
At the time of writing this (December 2023) The Pondering Frog is open every day of the week from 8am-7pm.
26. Walk Your Way to Scenic Paradise at the Wineglass Bay Lookout
For those eager to lace up their walking shoes and embrace the outdoors, the Wineglass Bay Lookout trail is a must-see attraction near Bicheno. This scenic trail promises not only an invigorating walk but also the reward of panoramic views that encapsulate the breathtaking beauty of Wineglass Bay and its surroundings.
A fantastic thing to do near Bicheno for those who aren’t comfortable taking on the challenge of Mount Amos but still want to see the beautiful Wineglass Bay on foot. The trail is 2.6km return, taking approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete. The trail is a moderately steep uphill walk but is suitable for anyone with reasonable fitness, just make sure to take rests along the way. The lookout offers a vantage point that showcases the stunning Wineglass Bay, its turquoise waters and the pristine white sand. It’s a breathtaking sight that’s worth the trek.
A parks pass is required for entry to Freycinet National Park. At the time of writing this (December 2023) a daily pass is $44.75 per vehicle (up to 8 people), 2 month holiday passes are $89.50 per vehicle, an annual pass is $95.30 per vehicle and a two year pass is $121.75 per vehicle.
27. Tee Off at the Bicheno Golf Club
Golf lovers must add a trip to the Bicheno Golf Club to their list of things to do in Bicheno. Nestled just 5 minutes north of Bicheno, this golf course offers not just a fun day out but a tranquil retreat surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Whether you’re an avid golfer or a casual player, a visit to the Bicheno Golf Club promises a leisurely day in the embrace of nature.
The course currently consists of 9 holes and 18 tees with well manicured fairways and greens. Unwind and have fun as you play amongst the tall trees, soaking in the fresh sea breeze that Bicheno is known for. After a round, pop by the Bicheno Golf Club’s clubhouse for refreshments. Relax with fellow players and share stories of great shots over a drink (or two).
At the time of writing this (December 2023) visitor green fees are $25 per day or $75 per week for unlimited holes. Kids under 16 are free as long as they’re accompanied by an adult.
28. Explore the Spectacular Underwater World at Governor Island Marine Reserve
Just off the coast of Bicheno, is an aquatic haven, known as Governor Island Marine Reserve. Beckoning adventurers from near and far to discover the mesmerising beauty beneath the waves, the reserve is acclaimed as one of Australia’s best temperate diving destinations. Boasting a diverse underwater landscape and over 35 recognised dive sites, a dive at Governor Island Marine Reserve promises an unforgettable underwater experience.
Governor Island Marine Reserve is a treasure trove of marine wonders, dive beneath the crystal clear waters to reveal a vibrant world beneath the surface. Encounter schools of shimmering fish, rock lobsters creeping amongst the rocks and cliff faces covered in colourful sponges and sea whips.
There are no fees for diving at Governor Island Marine Reserve, just make sure you’re setup with the appropriate diving equipment. If you’re not an experienced diver, consider joining a diving company who can provide guidance and assistance.
29. Check Out Bicheno’s Other Popular Beaches
Renowned for its pristine beaches, exploring the incredible beaches around Bicheno and along Tasmania’s east coast is an absolute must. With a diverse collection of amazing beaches, whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure or sight seeing, there’s a beach for you. Enjoy days of fishing, snorkelling, swimming, surfing, kayaking, bodyboarding or sunbathing at one (or multiple) of the many amazing spots.
Below are just a few of the great beaches in and near Bicheno that are worth visiting:
- Waubs Beach
- Redbill Beach
- Denison Beach
- Rice Beach
Not quite a beach but still worth a visit is the Bicheno Marina and Jetty. Additionally, while we’ve mentioned Freycinet National Park quite a bit already, if you have the time, we’d definitely recommend checking out some of the beaches there also. Known for its spectacular, calm, vibrant blue waters and bright white sand, below are just a few of the beaches we’d recommend checking out in Coles Bay and Freycinet:
- Wineglass Bay Beach
- Hazards Beach
- Friendly Beaches
- Sleepy Bay
- Muirs Beach
- Richardsons Beach
30. Shred the Day Away at the Bicheno Skatepark
A hub for skateboard enthusiasts, Bicheno’s recently opened skatepark is the perfect place to shred and carve the day away. A lively community space for locals and visitors to come together for some outdoor fun. Seasoned skaters and curious beginners alike will have an exhilarating experience at the Bicheno Skatepark.
The park features bowls, rails, ledges, manual pads, spines, transitions and more. For beginners, it’s an excellent place to gain confidence and for experts, it’s a playground to showcase their skills. If you’re looking for a fun outdoor activity add a visit to the Bicheno Skatepark on your list of things to do in Bicheno.
31. Make Memories on a Four Day Walking Tour with Freycinet Experience Walk
Take your trip to Bicheno to the next level with a transformative four day walking tour that immerses you in the untouched beauty of Tasmania’s east coast. This guided walking tour, offered by Freycinet Experience Walk, transcends the ordinary, inviting participants to explore the spectacular landscapes of Freycinet National Park like never before.
The planned hikes for each of the four days take adventurers through diverse terrains, with hikers exploring mountain ranges, rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, diverse forests and dense bushland. More than just a walk, each hike is an immersive journey to unwind and connect with your surroundings.
At day’s end, retreat to the eco-friendly comfort of the Friendly Beaches Lodge, a secluded, 130-hectare private sanctuary that is only occupied by walkers and staff on the tour. Here you can have a hot bath, enjoy a delicious meal made from local produce and spend a night chatting with your new friends.
At the time of writing this (December 2023) the Freycinet Experience Walk standard rate is $3200 per adult. While this may be out of budget for some, it’s definitely worth adding to your list of things to do in Bicheno if you have the means and want a truly unique experience.
32. Embark on a Gastronomical Journey in Bicheno
Besides captivating with its natural beauty, Bicheno is a great spot to tantalise your taste buds with an array of dining spots available. Embark on a delightful gastronomic journey as you explore the diverse and delectable offerings of Bicheno’s restaurants and cafes, where each bite is a celebration of incredible local produce and culinary expertise.
While we’ve already discussed a few of the incredible restaurants and cafes in Bicheno, if you’re wondering where to eat in Bicheno we’ve put together this list below of more places worth checking out:
- Food & Brew Bicheno
- Sealife Restaurant & Cafe
- Tasmanian Coastal Seafoods
- Blue Edge Bakery
- Bicheno Bowls and RSL Club
- Governors Bicheno
- Rainy Day
- Little Bay Patisserie
33. Spoil Yourself with a Day of Shopping
Merging coastal charm with a small, but vibrant shopping scene, Bicheno invites you to indulge in a day of retail bliss. As you wander through Bicheno’s streets, uncover the town’s unique boutiques, shops and local markets.
Below are a few of Bicheno’s shops that could be worth checking out during your time in Bicheno:
- Log Cabin General Store
- Long Point Surf Shop
- Islander Art Home Fashion
- Little Meraki Boutique
34. Cheer on Swimmers or Join the Competition at the Devil of a Swim Event
For those seeking a splash of excitement during their time in Bicheno, make sure to check out the Devil of a Swim event. An annual event, taking place in April each year, it’s perfect for the seasoned swimmer ready to take on the challenge or spectator, eager to witness the aquatic prowess on display.
First created by multi olympic gold medalist Shane Gould in 2009, today adventurous swimmers travel from near and far to navigate Bicheno’s pristine waters and conquer the challenging course. The event features varying distances to accommodate swimmers of different skill levels with a 5km, 2km, 1km and kid’s swim available.
Even if you’re not donning a swim cap and goggles, the Devil of a Swim event offers an exciting spectacle for spectators. Find a vantage point along the coastline or join the cheering crowd at designated viewing areas to witness the swimmers bravely taking on the challenge.
There are fees for entering the competition, these prices vary depending on your time of booking and which swim distance you’re booking.
Enjoy Your Trip to Bicheno!
The coastal town, Bicheno, is a symphony of experiences, each note echoing the unique charm and natural beauty that define Tasmania’s east coast. Bicheno invites visitors to immerse themselves in a tapestry of adventure, relaxation and discovery. From nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers, to food lovers and those seeking the tranquility of coastal living, there’s something for everyone in Bicheno.
Whether you’re savouring delicious seafood, traversing scenic trails or simply relishing in the sense of community, Bicheno stands as more than a destination; it’s a journey that will leave an indelible mark on your soul.
We hope that our list of the best 34 things to do in Bicheno has helped you prepare for a remarkable journey. If you’re interested we’ve also put together some answers for frequently asked questions about Bicheno below.
Where is Bicheno Tasmania?
Bicheno is located on the east coast of Tasmania, just north of the Freycinet Peninsula.
What is Bicheno Known For?
Bicheno is known as a relaxed coastal town with the iconic pristine white sandy beaches and clear vibrant blue waters that’s characteristic of Tasmania’s east coast.
How Far is Bicheno from Hobart?
Bicheno is approximately 178km from Hobart, which is about a 2.5-3 hour drive away (depending on traffic and which route you take).
How Far is Bicheno from Launceston?
Bicheno is approximately 161km from Launceston, which is about a 2-2.5 hour drive away (depending on traffic and which route you take).
How Far is Bicheno from Coles Bay?
Bicheno is approximately 37km from Coles Bay, which is about a 30 minute drive away (depending on traffic and which route you take).
How Far is Bicheno from Freycinet?
Bicheno is approximately 41km from Freycinet, which is about a 35 minute drive away (depending on traffic and which route you take).
How Far is Bicheno from Saint Helens?
Bicheno is approximately 76km from Saint Helens, which is about a 1 hour drive away (depending on traffic and which route you take).
What is the Population of Bicheno?
Bicheno has a population of 1,049 (according to the 2021 Census).
What are the Best Things to do in Bicheno?
There are lots of incredible things to do in Bicheno (and the surrounding area), including:
- Visiting the Bicheno Blowhole
- Walking across a sand bar to Diamond Island
- Going on a glass bottom boat tour
- Visiting East Coast Natureworld
- Doing the Mount Amos hike
- Going to the Bicheno Food and Wine Festival
- Visiting Wauba Debar’s grave
- Going on a penguin tour with Bicheno Penguin Tours
- Enjoying a meal at Lobster Shack
- Going to Whaler’s Lookout
- Going whale watching
- Swimming or hiking in Douglas-Aspley National Park
- Visiting the Bicheno War Memorial, Merchant Navy Memorial and Bicheno Lone Pine Memorial
- Going to nearby wineries for tastings
- Taking a scenic flight with Freycinet Air
- Going to Cape Tourville Lighthouse
- Visiting the Spiky Bridge
- Attending Bicheno Beams
- Going for tastings and a tour at Waubs Harbour Distillery
- Going on a kayaking tour with Freycinet Adventures
- Strolling along the Bicheno Foreshore Footway Trail
- Going on a cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
- Going to The Farm Shed East Coast Wine Centre for tastings
- Going on an ATV tour with All 4 Adventures
- Enjoying a bite to eat at The Pondering Frog Cafe and Ice Creamery
- Hiking to the Wineglass Bay Lookout
- Playing golf at the Bicheno Golf Club
- Diving at Governor Island Marine Reserve
- Visiting Bicheno’s popular beaches
- Skating at the Bicheno Skatepark
- Going on a four day walking tour with Freycinet Experience Walk
- Enjoying delicious food at one of Bicheno’s restaurants and cafes
- Spending the day shopping
- Attending or competing in the Devil of a Swim event
Watch Us Explore Bicheno and Freycinet
If you’d like to you can watch us explore Bicheno and take on the Mount Amos hike in our YouTube video below.