Tasmania is the smallest and only island state in Australia. It is wonderful biking country with its low population density and wide variety of magnificent scenery, from fabulous beaches to magnificent mountains.
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Day 1: Tour begins in Launceston
Highlights: Introductions, bike fittingWe'll fit your bicycles and tour leaders will tell you a little about Tasmania and what you can expect to see and do in the days ahead.
Day 2: Launceston to Sheffield
Highlights: Sheffield, eucalyptus forest
Leaving Launceston, we cycle on quiet roads to Sheffield, a small town known for its murals. We pass through farmland and forest.
Prospect to Kimberley: 74 km / 45 mi
Launceston to Kimberley: 80 km / 50 miLaunceston to Sheffield: 106 km / 64 mi
Day 3: Sheffield to Cradle Mountain National Park
Highlights: Cradle Mountain National Park
Today's ride is short but includes a tough climb. The reward is magnificent mountain scenery. There is time in the afternoon to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and take a short walk in Cradle Mountain National Park.
Sheffield to Cradle (sag hill): 52.5 km / 33 mi
Sheffield to Cradle Mountain Lodge: 58 km / 36 mi
Day 4: Cradle Mountain to Tullah
Highlights: Hiking in Cradle Mountain National Park, downhill ride to Tullah
Early risers have a chance to climb Cradle Mountain while the rest head off on day hikes in the National Park. This afternoon, we continue cycling through the rugged and isolated mountains of the West Coast. Much of the day is downhill!
Bicycling Options:Cradle Mountain to Tullah: 58.5 km / 36 mi (downhill)
Day 5: Tullah to Strahan
Highlights: Views of Mt. Murchison
We head for Roseberry, with Mt. Murchison on the left. The West Coast of Tasmania is rich in minerals and today the three main industries are mining, tourism and forestry. There is an optional cruise at Strahan.
Black Hill to Strahan: 60 km / 38 mi (avoids all hills)
Top Mt Black to Strahan: 81 km / 50 mi (avoids a major hill)Tullah to Strahan: 91 km / 57 mi
Day 6: Strahan to St. Clair
Highlights: Views of Lake Burbury, the Franklin River, and the King William Saddle
Today's ride is through superb mountain scenery. We stop at Lake Burbury for lunch. We cycle along the Franklin River, famous for its white water rafting. We climb the King William Saddle and head across the central plateau and cross Derwent Bridge. Feel free to stop for a drink at the pub before the last 5 km of gentle climbing.
Strahan to Lake St Clair: 78 km / 49 mi (taking the van over hills)Strahan to Lake St Clair: 140 km / 88 mi
Day 7: St. Clair to Hamilton
Highlights: Lake and mountain views
We cycle past several lakes and mountain ranges to the heart of Tasmania's hydro-electric generating area. We will enjoy a picnic together. The ride continues through thick highland bush followed by open farming country.
St Clair to Hamilton: 88 km / 54 mi (taking the van over hills)
St Clair to Hamilton: 109 km / 68 mi
Day 8: Hamilton to Hobart
Highlights: Arrival in Hobart, Molesworth Hill
We continue to Hobart, along attractive, quiet roads. We can either head directly into town or take the tough climb over Molesworth Hill.
Hamilton to New Norfolk: 39 km / 24 mi (via A10)
Hamilton to New Norfolk: 60.5 km / 38 mi
Hamilton to Hobart: 98 km / 61 mi
Day 9: Tour ends in Hobart
Highlights:Our tour ends in Hobart after breakfast. We wish you "bon voyage" and happy biking.
HighlightsMountain scenery, coastal villages, Cradle Mountain National Park, St. Clair National Park
IncludesUse of a quality 24-27 speed bicycle, 9 days, 8 nights accommodation, 8 dinners (excluding drinks), 4 lunches, & 8 breakfasts, bike rental
Arrive/DepartLaunceston Int'l Airport (LST) / Hobart Int'l Airport (HBA)
Total Distance246-392 miles (395-631 km)
Daily Distance24-86 miles (39-140 km)
What to ExpectWonderful food, great rides in the wild west of Tasmania
Some long days, with shuttles for those who want shorter mileage.
|Jan 18 - 26, 2014||AUS$3810||AUS$890||Book It|
|Feb 15 - 23, 2014||AUS$3810||AUS$890||Book It|
|*We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.|
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