Tasmania: 16 Day Tour  (TourzPlus™)

Tasmania: 16 Day Tour (TourzPlus™)

The island of Tasmania is wonderful biking country, with fabulous beaches and magnificent mountains. This tour visits four National Parks where you'll enjoy close encounters with unique Australian wildlife. Learn about Australia's colonial history and bicycle to the very best lodges in the State.

Learn more about our TourzPlus™ partner tours and how they differ from regular ExperiencePlus! bicycle tours.

There are no upcoming tours scheduled at this time.

Book This Trip Now Hold-A-Space/Questions Download Itinerary Request Custom Date

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 16 Days
  • Total Distance / 394-704 miles (653-1158 km)
  • Avg. Distance / 19-86 miles (31-140 km) per riding day
  • Tour Level / 1.0
  • Countries / Australia
  • Begin/End / Hobart/Hobart
  • Price / From AUS$5675
  • Tour Summary
  • Daily Itinerary
  • Travel Information
  • Map
  • Reviews
  • Similar Tours
Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    • Freycinet Lodge
    • ,
    • vineyards
    • ,
    • Maria Island
    • ,
    • coastal roads

    Keep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

    Some long days, with shuttles for those who want shorter mileage.
  • Includes
    16 days, 15 nights accommodation, 14 dinners(excluding drinks), 6 lunches, & 15 breakfasts. Hybrid or road bike rental available for an additional fee
  • Arrive / Depart
    Hobart Int'l Airport (HBA) / Hobart Int'l Airport
  • Overall Tour Level
  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    **Distance/Gain
    mi/ftkm/m

    Terrain

    Day Level

    Notes

    1
    0km / 0m
    difficulty level
    2
    0km / 0m
    difficulty level
    3
    0km / 0m
    difficulty level
    4
    0km / 0m
    difficulty level
    5
    0km / 0m
    difficulty level
    6
    0km / 0m
    difficulty level
    7
    0km / 0m
    difficulty level
    8
    0km / 0m
    difficulty level
    9
    0km / 0m
    difficulty level
    10
    0km / 0m
    difficulty level
    11
    0km / 0m
    difficulty level
    12
    0km / 0m
    difficulty level
    13
    0km / 0m
    difficulty level
    14
    0km / 0m
    difficulty level
    15
    0km / 0m
    difficulty level
    16
    0km / 0m
    difficulty level

    Tour Level Note:

    **We use Ride With GPS (ridewithgps.com) to calculate elevation and mileage information. Due to variance between mapping technologies, totals may differ slightly across devices and applications

Terrain Legend

Mostly flat Mostly flat

Rolling hills Rolling

Hilly Hilly

Very hilly Very hilly

Mountainous Mountainous

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Tour begins in Hobart

Highlights: Introductions, colonial Hobart

The tour starts in the city of Hobart (pop. 195,000) Australia's second oldest state capital. Straddling the mouth of the Derwent River and backed by Mt. Wellington, Hobart combines the benefits of a modern city with the rich heritage of its colonial past. Hobart was founded as a European settlement in 1804. The imposing Georgian buildings, the attractive harbour and the relaxed atmosphere make Hobart a very enjoyable city. You will meet your guide who will tell you about Tasmania and what you can expect to see and do in the days ahead.

  • Meals: Dinner

DAY 2: Hobart to Orford

Highlights: Richmond, views of The Thumbs and Maria Island

We start cycling along the original stagecoach line to Port Arthur. We descend into Richmond, one of the most historic and attractive towns in Tasmania. We pass through the Coal River Valley, which supplied the area with produce in colonial times. Orford is the southern Gateway to the East Coast and is situated at the mouth of the Prosser River. The Thumbs (a mountain range to the south), and the majestic Maria Island dominate the topography. Maria Island is 20 km offshore and rises high enough to create its own weather and supports many alpine and rainforest plants found otherwise only in the distant west and southwest.

Bicycling Options:

Hobart to Sorell (lunch): 45 km / 28 mi

Hobart to Orford: 104 km / 65 mi

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3: Orford to Freycinet

Highlights: Freycinet National Park

Freycinet Peninsula rises spectacularly from the sea. This massive granite outcrop, with its red and white peaks, soars to a height of 700m. The Great Oyster Bay area boasts many activities including fishing, water skiing, sailing, bush-walking, swimming, cycling and rock climbing. It also provides a haven for boats of all sizes. We cycle through farmland to arrive at Freycinet National Park, teeming with mammals, birdlife, reptiles and aquatic animals. This will be our home for two days.

Bicycling Options:

Orford to Swansea: 58 km / 36 mi

Via Boreen Point ferry: 87 km / 54 mi

Orford to Freycinet: 119.5 km / 75 mi

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: Freycinet Peninsula

Highlights: Rest day in Freycinet National Park, sea kayaking option

The day is free to explore the National Park or simply relax on the beach. Optional activities today include hikes, both short and long, sea-kayaking tours and cycling day trips.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5: Freycinet to St. Helens

Highlights: Bicheno, Chain of Lagoons, Elephant Pass option

Today we ride the scenic coastal road up the peninsula. We travel to Bicheno (Bish-en-oh), a fishing town set among rolling hills and white beaches, and then continue along the coast along past the Chain of Lagoons. Those who want a challenging ride can head up Elephant Pass, a steep and narrow but scenic route with an 8 km descent back to the coast road.

Bicycling Options:

Coles Bay Turnoff to 4m Creek: 56 km / 35 mi

Coles Bay Turnoff to Scamander: 70 km / 44 km

Freycinet to St Helens: 118 km / 73 mi

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: St. Helens to Scottsdale

Highlights: Weldborough Pass, views of Mt. Victoria, eucalyptus forests

We leave the coast and head into the mountains of the North-Eastern Highlands. We pass through dry bushland at first, then into the lush dairy country of Goshen and Pyengarna. After Pyengarna, we climb Weldborough Pass where there are spectacular views - Mt. Victoria to the left, Blue Tier and Goulds Country to the right. The road winds through forests of towering eucalyptus (Gum trees) and giant ferns. We cycle through fields of hops as we approach Scottsdale.

Bicycling Options:

St Helens to Derby: 56 km / 35 mi

St Helens to Derby: 68 km / 42 mi

St Helens to Scottsdale: 102 km / 62 mi

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: Scottsdale to Launceston

Highlights: Bass Straight

Our routes affords us spectacular views of Bass Straight and then a long descent through forests of myrtle and eucalyptus. The landscape changes from farmland to eucalyptus forest.

Bicycling Options:

Top of Sideling Range to Launceston: 48 km / 30 mi

Scottsdale to Launceston: 64 km / 39 mi

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8: Rest day in Launceston

Highlights: Launceston, The Gorge

A rest day brings an opportunity to walk to "The Gorge" or visit the village of Evandale, site of the annual Penny Farthing bicycle race.

  • Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9: Launceston to Sheffield

Highlights: Murals of Sheffield

Leaving Launceston, we cycle on quiet roads to Sheffield, a small town known for its murals. We pass through farmland and forest.

Bicycling Options:

Prospect to Kimberley: 74 km / 45 mi

Launceston to Kimberley: 80 km / 50 mi

Launceston to Sheffield: 106 km / 64 mi

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10: 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.

Bicycling Options:

Sheffield to Cradle (sag hill): 52.5 km / 33 mi

Sheffield to Cradle Mountain Lodge: 58 km / 36 mi

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: Cradle Mountain to Tullah

Highlights: Cradle Mountain National Park, downhill 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)

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: Rest day in Strahan

Highlights: Coastal village, Gordon River cruise

Spend a day in Strahan enjoying its delights; try a ride on the West Coast Wilderness Railway, get out on a river cruise on the Gordon River, or walk along the beach.

  • Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13: Strahan to St. Clair

Highlights: Lake Burbury, Franklin River, 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.

Bicycling Options:

Strahan to Lake St Clair: 78 km / 49 mi (taking the van over hills)

Strahan to Lake St Clair: 140 km / 88 mi

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14: 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.

Bicycling Options:

St Clair to Hamilton: 88 km / 54 mi (taking the van over hills)

St Clair to Hamilton: 109 km / 68 mi

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15: Hamilton to Hobart

Highlights: Return to 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.

Bicycling Options:

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

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16: Tour ends in Hobart

Highlights:

Our tour ends in Hobart after breakfast. We wish you "bon voyage" and happy biking.

  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

What's Included

For a full list of what's included before, during and after your bike tour, visit our What's Included page.

Keep in Mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

Some long days, with shuttles for those who want shorter mileage.

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To do right after you booked!

6 to 3 Months Prior to Tour Start Date

  • Check the online itinerary of your trip and review the arrival and departure information under the "Travel Information" tab to see meeting place and time, if a reservation on a complimentary ExperiencePlus! Shuttle (if applicable) is required, and other important information to help you plan your arrival and departure.
  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program: https://www.experienceplus.com/blog/travel-planning/bicycle-tour-training/
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 to 2 Weeks Prior to Tour Start Date

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

What to Expect on Tour

Bicycles

Your bike will be equipped with: a men's or women's saddle, a quick release style seat post adjustment, rear rack and expandable pack, pump, patch kit, spare tube, cable lock, cyclometer, rear lights, a water bottle cage (or two) and a water bottle (or two) and in some cases a bell. If you would like to bring your own pedals and shoes we recommend doing so—your tour leaders will install them during the bike fitting. We have flat pedals with or without cages available. For safety and hygiene reasons you are responsible for bringing a helmet.

Daysheets

Each day you'll receive a daysheet with information on the day's activities, meals and ride. These also include Tour Leader phone numbers, hotel information and interesting historical and cultural information about sites that you may want to stop and see along the route. Your Tour Leaders will also post daily announcements in the hotel lobby with information about sightseeing in town or restaurant recommendations for dinners on your own as well as important information about breakfast, luggage down and "arrows down" time.

Navigating on Tour

Each day we will provide you with a route map with the day's ride highlighted route. Of course, we also mark the route every day with our signature chalk dust arrows. Our arrows make navigating very easy—you may never need to look at the map! The arrows also allow you to ride at your own pace. There is no need to "keep up" with the group—this is your ride!

But what if it rains? What happens to the arrows? In a light rain, the arrows actually "set up" and become more permanent. In a heavy rain, they do wash away. If that happens, we'll re-group to cycle together for those who want to continue cycling while those who prefer to stay dry can shuttle.

For the tech-loving riders out there we offer the opportunity to download GPS tracks of most tour routes to your personal GPS device using RideWithGPS.com. Tracks are available upon request approximately three to four weeks prior to the departure.

Van Support

The van carries luggage and supports cyclists. It also has water, fruit and snacks. Though the van has snacks, we encourage you to stop and enjoy markets and find your own favorite local specialty.

Hotels

We have carefully chosen all of our accommodations for their charm and location. They are typically small, family run hotels that offer you a glimpse into the local culture.

We prefer hotels near interesting sites in the center of town located along the best cycling route in the area. Because many of the hotels are small not all of the rooms will be exactly the same. We keep this in mind and do our best to distribute rooms fairly by the end of the tour. Our itinerary lists our primary hotels. On rare occasions, listed hotels are subject to change.

Meals and Restaurants

Breakfasts: we work hard to arrange complete breakfasts but some hotels still serve continental style breakfasts; cycling is energy intensive so we do recommend you plan for a morning or mid-morning snack on the road at a local café or market.

Water is OK in almost all hotels and in country fountains; if there is a problem, we will advise you.

We'll recommend lunch locations en route and most itineraries include a few group picnics. We limit the number of picnics so you don't feel pressured to be at a certain place in the middle of your ride.

Dinners together are often pre-planned and pre-ordered. We'll ask you prior to your trip if you have special dietary requirements. Preplanned meals allow us to provide a variety of regional specialties and facilitate efficient service. Water, wine and beer are included.

Tipping Your Tour Leader Team

If you feel your tour leader team has demonstrated great expertise and service, common practice within the travel industry is to tip. Tipping is voluntary and greatly appreciated, and gratuity amounts vary widely. Should you decide to leave a tip, as a guideline, we suggest 5% of the tour cost per traveler – this for the entire tour leader team, not each Tour Leader. If you’d like to show your gratitude for your Tour Leaders’ excellent service you can give the tip to any member of the tour leader team, as they share it evenly. In order to avoid social tensions, we encourage you to tip as individuals and not as a group. If you feel your Tour Leaders did not quite meet your expectations, then we would like to know about it. You will also have the opportunity to leave your comments in our evaluation survey which we email to you after your trip.

Photos

By reserving space on tour, you agree that ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours may use, re-use and reproduce any images, photos or videos that you send to us, or that are taken by our guides and/or other travelers of you individually or in a group, in any medium, including but not limited to print, electronic media, or Internet, free of charge and without your right to inspection, for promoting and publicizing our travel products and services worldwide. If you do not want us to use any images of you that are taken by us or other participants during the tour, you must inform us or your tour leader in writing at the start of the tour.

Map

Map

Reviews

Reviews

Similar Tours

Similar Tours

Awards, Memberships and Reviews