Do blowholes excite you? If they do, you’ll like the Bicheno blowhole. Blowholes are quite the tourism feature, and this blowhole is the main attraction for Bicheno, on Tasmania’s east coast.
We’ve seen three blow holes on our trip so far, two in Tasmania and one in South Australia.
Blowholes always get hyped up by the tourism brochures and sometimes the conditions mean the blowhole just doesn’t meet the hype. The first one we saw this trip wasn’t really blowing – that was on the Tasman Peninsular in Tasmania.
The Bicheno blowhole was the second blowhole we saw – the one I’m sharing with you today. Fortunately, Bicheno’s blowhole had a bit of height when we visited. It also made a bit of a waterfall when it landed, with a whoosh-splat kind of sound.
They say, that when the conditions are right, the Bicheno blowhole can shoot up to 20 meters high. While I don’t think that happens often, it pays to check the conditions before getting too close, as it can be a dangerous place. Adrian isn’t a bad marker in the photo above – he is 191cm tall. So, I’d say the Bicheno blowhole was about 4-5 meters high when we were there. It does shoot up with a bit of force and the rocks are a bit slippery, so caution is advisable.
The third blowhole we saw was on the Cape Bauer Loop drive near Streaky Bay in South Australia. It was the most impressively blowing blowhole of the lot… some may say, it blew my low expectations into the air. But enough about that for now, I’ll be telling you a lot more about South Australia – all in good time.
Back to Bicheno! It has a lovely coast line, don’t you think?
I’m terribly sorry about the watermarks all over my pictures. You see, by chance, I found one of my pictures (from the Bruny Island post) somewhere it shouldn’t have been: on someone else’s webpage without attribution. Flattering, but rude. I never really thought that would happen to me.
PS: We’re in the Northern Territory now! I know… how did that happen!? I’m sorry that the blog is still in Tasmania. I really must get a wiggle on and try to post more often. There are so many tales I can’t wait to tell you. Internet connectivity is getting a little harder to come by in the NT, so things are moving slowly.1 Did you like this?