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Bicheno, Australia

Bicheno Blowhole

Granite rocks that concentrate waves into powerful jets. 

A picturesque seaside resort town on Tasmania’s east coast with a mild climate and white sandy beaches that work together to draw in a number of tourists and locals, Bicheno is known for its laid-back lifestyle and outdoor activities.

Visitors to Bicheno participate in motor tricycle tours, wine tours, bird watching, sea kayaking, and more. Despite all of these recreational options, though, most come to see the Bicheno Blowhole, a hole in the granite rocks which concentrates even small waves into powerful jets of water. The Bicheno Blowhole is located right next to the water, along the sandy and granite coastline.

Bicheno is a town that began as a sealers post and was, at that time, known as Waubs Bay Harbor, named for an Aboriginal woman, Waubedebar, who was enslaved by the sealers to do their work in the early 19th century. The name was eventually changed to Bicheno to honor James Ebenezer Bicheno, a colonial secretary. The sealers were replaced by miners who left in the 1850s when they joined the Victorian gold rush. It took nearly a century before the site was developed into a holiday destination, which it is still considered today.