This small town is a popular stop on the east coast. It is conveniently situated as an ideal base for exploring both the Douglas Apsley and Freycinet National Parks.
Penguin spotting tours are the main attraction in Bicheno.
The Oval, Burgess Street, Bicheno
Tel (03) 6375 1892
Open Tue 10am-1pm, Thu 9am-noon, Fri-Sat 10am-2pm
Tassielink (tel 1300 300 520) buses run between Bicheno and Hobart and Bicheno Coach Service (tel (03) 6257 0293) has buses to Coles Bay.
11 Morrison Street, Bicheno
Tel (03) 6375 1651
29 Banksia Street, Bicheno
Tel (03) 6375 1247
You can rent mountain bikes ($10 1st hour, $5 each additional hour, $35 per day); body boards ($10 1st hour, $5 each additional hour, $35 per day); kayaks ($15 1st hour, $5 each additional hour, $40 per day) and surfboards ($15 1st hour, $5 each additional hour, $40 per day) from Bicheno Backpackers (11 Morrison Street, Bicheno; tel (03) 6375 1651).
Bicheno Penguin Tours (tel (03) 6375 1333) is a unique experience where you are taken in a small group to see little penguins waddle in from the sea at dusk. It’s highly recommended as it is a much more intimate experience than penguin viewing centres in Victoria or New Zealand and the number of penguins is relatively high, particularly between July and November. Penguin tours cost $20.