The island of Tasmania is wonderful biking country, with fabulous beaches and magnificent mountains. Visit National Parks, enjoy close encounters with unique Australian wildlife, and learn about Australia's colonial history while staying at the very best lodges in the State.
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Day 1: Tour begins in Hobart
Highlights: IntroductionsThe 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.
Day 2: Hobart to Orford
Highlights: Coal River Valley, views of Maria Island & The Thumbs
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.
Hobart to Sorell (lunch): 45 km / 28 mi
Hobart to Orford: 104 km / 65 mi
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.
Orford to Swansea: 58 km / 36 mi
Via Boreen Point ferry: 87 km / 54 miOrford to Freycinet: 119.5 km / 75 mi
Day 4: Freycinet Peninsula
Highlights: Rest day in Freycinet National Park, sea kayaking optionThe 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.
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.
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
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.
St Helens to Derby: 56 km / 35 mi
St Helens to Derby: 68 km / 42 mi
St Helens to Scottsdale: 102 km / 62 mi
Day 7: Scottsdale to Launceston
Highlights: Views of 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.
Top of Sideling Range to Launceston: 48 km / 30 miScottsdale to Launceston: 64 km / 39 mi
Day 8: Tour ends in Launceston
Highlights:Our tour ends after breakfast. We wish you "bon voyage" and happy biking.
HighlightsFreycinet Lodge, vineyards, coastal roads
IncludesUse of a quality 24-27 speed bicycle, 8 days, 7 nights accommodation, 7 dinners (excluding drinks), 2 lunches, & 7 breakfasts, bike rental
Arrive/DepartHobart Int'l Airport (HBA) / Launceston Int'l Airport (LST)
Total Distance148-312 miles (258-526 km)
Daily Distance26-75 miles (42-122 km)
What to ExpectSome long days, with shuttles for those who want shorter mileage.
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|*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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