Located a few kilometers north of the Freycinet National Park, the fishing and beach resort town of Bicheno is surrounded by 20 kilometers of beautiful beaches and is a popular holiday destination.
With somewhere around 850 permanent residents, some are involved in the local fishing industry and some servicing the regular tourists and holiday makers visiting the town.
Originally a whaling port from the beginning of the 19th century (quite possibly Australia’s first) and which expanded in importance and facilities after the discovery of coal in the area in 1848. The high point of the Bicheno port was short lived, however, with many of the residents leaving for the Victorian gold rush. The town then became the fishing port which it remains today.
The township was originally called Waubs Harbour or Waubs Boat Harbour and winds around what is now known as Waubs Bay. In addition to the striking coastal features in the wind and wave worn limestone cliffs of “The Porches,” the township has scenic beaches north and south. The rocks of the bay get their distinctive red color from lichen.
The township also boasts its own golf course.
There is a penguin colony on nearby Diamond Island (Cod Rock) which sits a few hundred meters off the coast and which can be viewed on tours run out of the township.