Despite boasting beaches and ocean colours worthy of framing, Bicheno (bish-uh-no) is very much a functioning fishing port with a holiday habit. With brilliant ocean views and lovely beaches, it's madly popular with holidaymakers, but it retains an appealing lack of polish. A busy fishing fleet still comes home to harbour in the Gulch with pots of lobsters and scaly loot. Accommodation prices here will seem realistic if you're heading north from Coles Bay.
European settlement began here when whalers and sealers came to the Gulch in 1803. The town became known as Waubs Bay Harbour, to honour an Aboriginal woman, Waubedebar, who rescued two drowning men when their boat was wrecked offshore. After her death in 1832, the settlement bore her name until the 1840s, when it was renamed after James Ebenezer Bicheno, once colonial secretary of Van Diemen’s Land.