meeting day in hobart
Today you will meet your tour guide and your fellow cyclists. Your guide will talk you through your tour including Tasmania’s attractions and what you can expect to see in the next few days. They will also help you unpack your bike or fit you to the rental bike should you not bring your own. Tonight you will stay in the cultural center of Hobart. Take a walk along the waterfront or simply settle in to your accommodation in preparation for tomorrow.
One Nights Accommodation: Hotel Lenna, Hobart
hobart to orford
Our route follows the original stagecoach line towards Port Arthur. We leave the city on a cycle path, cross Grass Tree Hill and descend to Richmond, the perfect town for a mid morning break. The town is nestled in the Coal River Valley and is famous for its Georgian architecture. The scenery this afternoon consists of pastoral farms with forest sections, then thick bush with mountains and river views.
The holiday township of Orford lies at the mouth of the Prosser River opposite beautiful Maria Island. The majestic Maria Island National Park is just a short ferry ride from Tasmania’s east coast yet a world away from the 21st century. Today the island is a wildlife refuge, home to the threatened Cape Barren goose, Forester kangaroo and Flinders Island wombat. (Distance: 104 km)
One Nights Accommodation: Riverside Cottages, Orford
oRford to freycinet
Depending on time, we might visit Maria Island where many kangaroo roam among the convict ruins. This is a full day trip. Peninsula rises spectacularly from the sea, forming Great Oyster Bay. Here you will find pink granite mountains rising straight from the sea to form a magnificent sheltered waterway and one of the top ten beaches in the world. Freycinet National Park teems with wildlife: wallaby, birdlife, reptiles and aquatic animals. The terrain is undulating with several small climbs. We cycle by pastoral farms and wineries with spectacular coastal views and forested hills.(Distance: 87 km)
Two Nights Accommodation: Freycinet Lodge
Today is free for you to relax. Freycinet Peninsula boasts many activities including fishing, water skiing sailing, bush-walking, swimming, cycling and rock climbing. It is known for its beautiful shorelines and is one of Tasmania's most visited attractions. Take a 2 hour walk to the beautiful Wineglass Bay, or extend your walk to the Wineglass/Hazards Circuit (5 hours).
freycinet to st helens
We will enjoy an easy ride today along a scenic coastal road without major hills. We will travel through Bicheno, a fishing and tourism town set among rolling hills and white beaches. Those who want a challenging ride can head up Elephant Pass. It is steep and narrow but scenic, with an 8 km descent back to the coast road. After Chain of Lagoons we will arrive in St Helens tonight. St Helens became an important fishing port during the following years. Today, the fishing industry and tourism are the lifeblood of this seaside town. (Distance: 70 km)
One Nights Accommodation: Tidal Waters Resort
St helens to scottsdale
We leave the coast and head into the mountains of the North-Eastern Highlands. This part of Tasmania will awe you by its diversity: from dry bushland to lush dairy country of Goshen and Pyengarna. After climbing Weldborough Pass we gain spectacular views featuring Mount Victoria to the left, Blue Tier and Goulds Country to the right. From Weldborough to Derby the cycle path continues up and down through impressive forests of mighty eucalyptus, Myrtle and giant ferns.
We arrive in Derby, a former mining boom town, before continuing to wind through scenic hills, passing through Branxholm. There will be a dramatic change in scenery today with more lush vegetation after Weldborough and hop fields near Scottsdale. (Distance: 68 km)
One Nights Accommodation: Anabel's Lodge
Scottsdale to Launceston
After admiring spectacular views of Bass Straight and Scottsdale, we make the descent to Myrtle Park.
Farmland changes to bush country as we climb up to enjoy views of the stunning Myrtle Forest at Weldborough Pass. We will also see some of the oldest myrtles and most densely populated ferns in Australia. Another wonderful day of biking! (Distance: 64 km)
One Nights Accommodation: Clarion City Park Grand
Your cycling tour ends in Launceston. Launceston is home to a range of Victorian buildings and the Queen Victoria Museum. Just out of the city is the wine region of the Tamar Valley as well as the Cataract Gorge. For those who are seeking adventure, head north to the Mersey River for an exhilarating white water rafting experience. If you are leaving in the morning your guide will be happy to drive you to the airport.