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Bicheno - Cities, Towns and Localities
Bicheno was once a tiny village known as the Old Fisher. When James Bicheno, who was the Colonial Secretary of Van Diemans Land from 1843 to 1851 died, to honour him, Old Fisher was re-named Bicheno.

During the 1850’s the township of Bicheno became a progressive coal mining port, having previously been known to whalers and sealers who used to shelter at the Gulch from as early as the 1800s. In 1854 the Denison River Mines were opened and the coal was pulled along a three mile tramway, by horses to the bins at the Gulch. From there it was shipped to Hobart.

waiting for the Blowhole...

Those were thriving days for the township, with records showing that there were several hotels, a shop, and a wine and spirit store. The police station built at that time still stands today. However, eventually the mines closed and Bicheno faded from view until it gradually evolved into a fishing village and holiday resort just prior to World War II. The town then grew rapidly after the war and the fishing fleet increased from three boats to twenty. Due to its location and climate, it is also now a very popular holiday resort.

There is much to see and do in Bicheno and the surrounding region, with something for everyone including fishing, diving, bowls, animal parks, penguin tours, walks, and golf to name a few.

Famous for its mild climate throughout the year, it’s long white sandy beaches and clear blue water, you can also make Bicheno your base to see the surrounding countryside, including Freycinet National Park and Douglas Apsley National Park.

Check out our listing of Bicheno accommodation and East Coast accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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