Situated right at the east of Bicheno, the picturesque Governor Island poses as an exemplary marine environment that deserves every tourist’Äôs awe. Mainlanders and foreigners from around the globe frequent the island for its rock formations ’ÄúHairy Wall’Äù and ’ÄúThe Castle,’Äù wildlife that includes Australian fur seal, penguins, silver gulls, kelp gulls and other island species, and diving spots prominent for the caves and swim throughs. Standing as the breeding nest of crested terns, Governor Island becomes an essential faction for marine reserve.
In winter when¬ÝDiving¬Ýis best, with water visibility reaching 30 metres and more, you may have the pleasure of¬ÝDiving¬Ýamongst schools of dolphins or to swim alongside the whales who use¬ÝBicheno¬Ýas a stopover during their migration.
Peggy Point was used as a base for sealers and whalers from 1803. Their settlement became known as Waub’Äôs Boat Harbour. The first permanent settlement began in 1849 after coal was discovered and began being mined at nearby Douglas River. More coal was discovered at Denison River in 1854 and a 7km horse-drawn tramway was constructed to the mine. Both mines fell into decline in the mid 1850s when the miners left to join the Victorian goldrush. Between the World Wars, Bicheno was revived as a cray (lobster) fishing and tourist centre.
East Coast Natureworld
East Coast Natureworld is a natural wildlife and Ecology park near Bicheno, on Tasmania’Äôs east coast. Experience the freedom to roam and relax in 160 acres of parkland and lagoon, or get involved and hand feed some of the free ranging Kangaroos.
The multi-award winning park is located , north of Bicheno. Here, you can see native Australian wildlife up close, including Tasmanian Devils, Tassie Tigers (Snakes and cats of course), wombats, kangaroos, bettongs, koalas, pademelons, lorikeets, pelicans, Cape barren Geese, Eagles, Owls, Native & Exotic Parrots and much more, Natureworld also operates as a rescue, breeding and rehabilitation sanctuary for orphaned or injured wildlife. Other features include Devilworld, a state of the art, interactive interpretation center focusing on the Tasmanian devil. You can see over 200 snakes and lizards in Reptileworld and witness the after-dark habits of Australian native animals like the Spotted Tail Quoll & Ring-tailed possum in Nocturnalworld. Devil Feeding times are at 10am 12:30pm and 3:30pm each day.
The East Coast Heritage & Mining Display replicates an 1850’Äôs mine & rescued mining Equipment, while learning about coastal History. Natureworld also has a playground, Old McDonalds Farm, scenic lookout, and walk-through aviaries. Take a scenic flora walk through the forest, or enjoy homemade soup with damper and ’ÄòDevil Cream Teas’Äô at the Devil’Äôs Den cafe.
The park is located on 65 hectares (150 acres) of natural parkland and lagoons at 18356 Tasman Highway, north of Bicheno.