We arrive in Bicheno

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Because we had stopped at Ross it meant we were going to have a rather late lunch. Our driver took us to the Bark Mill Tavern Café attached to a service station.  It was quite a large place inside which was just as well with our horde to feed.  It was also very hot inside.  We chose to sit indoors but in hindsight outdoors might have been better.  I don’t know if they didn’t have air-conditioning or if it was simply not working.  Either way it was hot indoors and out.

I know it was 2 p.m. but the staff weren’t even willing to make me a toasted cheese and ham sandwich. I was told I had to opt for something that was ready made and there was very little to choose from. I ended up with a small bowl of very average potato salad (I said the choices were very limited, didn’t I) for $5.50. Ian snared a ham and salad roll which was large but cost $10.  He said it tasted good.  You would think that with the profit they would have made from our bus load of patrons they would have been able to make a toasted sandwich, but no.

The Swansea Bark Mill Museum is here but we never got to see it, nor did we drive into Swansea.  We really don’t know why as we had time up our sleeve because we hadn’t gone to Port Arthur.  Apparently the Bark Mill used to make tannin from black wattle bark and ship it to the UK to die hides.  Perhaps next time we tour Tasmania we can go to the museum. We certainly wouldn’t go back to the café.


Bicheno here we come

En suite at Best Western Beachfron Bicheno Our lovely en suite bathroom at the motel

It was a very short journey from Bark Mill to Bicheno. We were going to be staying at the Best Western Beachfront Bicheno Motel.  Evergreen had very smartly organized an extra night’s accommodation for us all at this motel. Remember we were supposed to be at Port Arthur that night. I really don’t know how the motel staff and restaurant staff organized to urgently fit in a bus load of tourists for an extra night at such short notice. But all praise to them. They did a magnificent job.  Our rooms were clean and later on they even had a superb 3-course meal ready for us at 7 p.m.


We were so close to the ocean The view from our balcony


After unpacking our gear and settling in we set off for a walk down to the beach. It was quite warm in the late afternoon. We found some rocks with an orange growth on them

Beach at Bicheno The beach at Bicheno






A bright orange growth on the local rocks
Rocks with orange growth


We thought our unit at the motel was great. We had a terrific en suite and only the road separated us from the beach. We had a balcony with table and chairs. What more could you want? At the start we were worried that we might cop noise from a tavern next door to our room but the tavern was closed before bed time, so there were no noise issues at all. The motel also has a pool and in the tavern/bistro there are poker machines, if you are into that sort of thing!

Bicheno is a popular seaside town. It started off as a whaling and sealing town and later became a coal mining port. Crayfishing is now the main industry. Bicheno is approximatley equi-distant from Hobart and Launceston. Hopefully we'll investigate the town more tomorrow.


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View over Bicheno from
Whalers Lookout

View over the town of Bicheno in Tasmania