National Parks

Bicheno is surrounded by 2 spectacular National Parks, rich for walking, swimming, meandering and exploring.

The closest is the Douglas Apsley National Park, located inland from Bicheno where you can choose short walks including the Apsley Waterhole and Lookout (2-3 hours return), Apsley-Myrtle Rainforest walk (30+ minutes) or the more challenging overnight walk to Heritage Falls and the Rainforest Circuit (7-9 hours return).

Just a little south is world renowned Freycinet National Park with a range of easily accessible walking tracks, starting at stunning Friendly Baches, just 10 minutes drive from Bicheno.  You could take the short walk to Wineglass Bay Lookout (two hours return), and half or full day walks including Wineglass Bay Beach, Mt Amos, Hazards Beach and the Wineglass Bay/Hazards Beach circuit walk.  (Things to do / places to stay)

If you want to head a little further south still, you will find Maria Island National Park, a  short ferry ride from Triabunna.  Here, you can spend a day (or several) encountering native wildlife and exploring diverse landscapes and convict heritage, including the World Heritage-listed Darlington convict probation station. Take the short walks (1-2 hours return) to Painted Cliffs and Fossil Cliffs or ascend to the top of Bishop and Clerk (3-5 hours return) or Mount Maria (6-7 hours return).

You can buy your Parks Pass online here.

Image: Lisa Kuilenburg & ECRTO

National Parks, Tasmania, East Coast