What is the Bicheno Blowhole? Good question, because it gets lots of mentions in promotional material about the town on the east coast of Tasmania. So it must be significant. And do you know what else (or should I say who?) gets mentioned a lot when people find out you’re heading that way? The butcher and the baker! We’re firm believers in the adage: when in Rome, do as the Romans do. So while in Bicheno, we thought we’d check out the Big B trio.
Originally, we had planned a title along the lines of Butcher, Baker and Candlestick Maker. Yes, we are hilarious. And yes, we spend way too much time on our articles. But in the end, we couldn’t find a suitable candidate in the latter category, so we’ve adapted. And really, the Bicheno Blowhole is definitely worthy of an article.
Usually on holidays in Tasmania, you hope for a calm day. If you’re going out fishing in a boat, you want minimal swell. But if you’re going to visit the Bicheno Blowhole, you want a really big swell, because that’s when you see the best action! Along the esplanade, not far from the Gulch, is a huge boulder on the foreshore, shaped a bit like a diamond. As if it’s been strategically placed, to mark the spot!
I don’t think that would be the case, because the signs from the road do an equally good job of pointing the way. But once you’re at the Bicheno Blowhole, approach with caution. Because if the ocean swell is big enough, water can shoot 20 metres in the air; and it’s very hard to escape as it rains down over the lichen-covered rocks. If you time it right, you can capture some terrific photos or videos. There’s plenty of examples to be found on the internet.
Shopping in Bicheno: Butcher
The Blowhole is a stone’s throw from the Bicheno holiday house we told you about earlier. Rob and Louise gave us a list of things to do for the weekend, and they made particular mention of the local butcher, Rob Breier. Debbie from Bicheno Ocean View Retreat also gave a glowing endorsement of Sir Loin Breier Gourmet Butcher, Deli and Seafood. Both times, we took heed of local knowledge, and sampled some of the delicacies. With smoked quail, gourmet hand-made sausages, fresh crayfish and local wines on the menu, why wouldn’t you?
And you can’t eat sausages from the BBQ without some lovely fresh bread to wrap them in. So we also ventured into the Blue Edge Bakery, which is almost next door to the butcher. The baker (Ian Cunliffe, who is also the owner) sells the things you’d usually expect to find in a bakery, such as award-winning pies, cakes and loaves. But you’ll also find a few extra specialties, like raspberry and rhubarb tarts and choc-filled croissants. Pretty hard to resist, even if you do set out just to buy bread.
So there you have it. The Bicheno Blowhole, Butcher and Baker. Not your traditional trio, but a worthy collection all the same. We would visit all three again next time. Actually, we’ll probably visit all three EVERY time we visit Bicheno. And we still have more things to share with you about the east coast seaside town. Maybe this will be a series by alphabet? Stay tuned…
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Map: Bicheno Blowhole, Butcher & Baker…