Located 176 kilometres south east of Launceston and 182 kilometres north east of Hobart (via the Tasman Highway), Bicheno is a charming seaside resort town noted for its good motels, its excellent fishing facilities, its safe and attractive beaches and its interesting coastal walks which include some superb rocky outcrops and spectacular blowholes.

Bicheno was established as a whaling centre as early as 1803. The sealers and whalers actually predated the first official settlement of Van Diemen's Land. They lived a primitive and dangerous life and were known to be particularly cruel to the local Aborigines who they enslaved and prostituted.

The town was named after James Ebenezer Bicheno, the British Colonial Secretary for Van Diemen's Land from 1843-1851. Bicheno died in Hobart in 1851 and bequeathed his substantial library to Tasmania. It was incorporated into the first Tasmanian Library.

Dating from around this period is the Old Court House/Gaol House, now a National Trust building, in James Street. It is one of the few historic buildings left standing in Bicheno. Built in 1845 it is a simple stone building with unusual twelve pane windows.

Fishing has continued to be the lifeblood of the town and although and the local fishing industry's catch includes substantial quantities of abalone, crayfish, scallops and trevally.

This single small church services all denominations.

The hotel is a modern hotel/motel complex.

When visiting be sure to check out the motor cycle museum.

The Bicheno War Memorial is at the local RSL and is quite well done.

When visiting, this is the sort of place to have an extended holiday stay. This is a really nice place.

Heritage diary




Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities   Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course