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Moderate

Traveller Rating

 

Activities
  • 7 days cycling
Accommodation
  • 7 nights accommodation

Price

8 daysfrom

$2095AUD

 
 
Trip Code: ECC

Trip highlights


  • Enjoy the independence of self-guided cycling with all logistics taken care of for you
  • Wheel along stretches of beautiful coastline past Bicheno and other small fishing villages
  • Explore the spectacular Freycinet National Park with an optional walk to the famous Wineglass Bay
  • Cycle a circuit of Maria Island or explore it on foot
  • Stop at vineyards, cheese-makers and berry farms to taste gourmet local food, including the famous Pyengana cheese
  • Optional activities out of the saddle available

Tasmania's East Coast offers access to some of the best experiences on offer on the island state and for experienced cyclists there are few better ways to take in all the highlights than by travelling by bike at your own pace on this well crafted self guided itinerary. After a thorough briefing from our guides in Launceston, you may choose to begin this self guided trip with a ride along a section of the Trail of the Tin Dragon driving route, which delves into the regions tin mining history and the arrival of the local Chinese population. Out of the saddle, stop to taste cheese in Pyengana and take an optional walk to Tasmania's highest waterfall, St Columbus Falls, before getting back on the bike for a spectacular coastal ride via picturesque Bicheno to Coles Bay, gateway to the Freycinet National Park. In Freycinet there is time to explore this special part of the East Coast by taking in some walks or kayaking on the azure waters. The highlights keep rolling on as you continue with time on Maria Island, where you can discover remnants of Tasmania's convict past and the island's extraordinary beauty on foot or a 22km circuit ride.

Itinerary

Today you will start your tour in the historic city of Launceston, where you will be meet at our office at 8:30 am for your briefing to and check that you have the correct bike size. You will be transferred to Scottsdale via the picturesque countryside and forests of North East Tasmania, where you will have a short briefing and demonstration of your hire gear. From here you saddle up and embark upon the first stage of your journey, travelling through beautiful agricultural heartlands before choosing to either stay on the Tasman Highway or get onto the 'rail trail'. The well maintained rail trail is for the more adventurous, taking you off road through extensive forested scenery before joining up again with the main road just outside of Branxholm. After passing through Derby, famous for its tin mining history, great flood of 1929, and now for it's epic mountain biking trails, you continue to cycle through spectacularly lush and fertile valleys and rainforests before reaching the famous Weldborough Hotel. Here you can rest your legs, have a shower and choose from the extensive range of local micro brewery beverages that this quaint pub has to offer. Cycle distance: 54km Estimated cycle times: Via Rail Trail 4 hrs | Via Tasman Hwy 3 hrs 40 mins

Meals:  Nil

Starting the day with a hearty breakfast provided by your hosts, you once more jump aboard your trusty steel horse and head off towards the East Coast. The first recommended side trip today is at the magical Weldborough Pass; an easy and informative stroll through remnant Gondwanan rainforest. Next continue up the hill before cresting the ridge line and taking in your first glimpse of the East Coast. Enjoy an exhilarating descent to the flats of the Pyengana Valley. Here you can stop at the famous Pyengana cheese factory and enjoy a delicious ice cream whilst watching the happy cows being milked. A great option is to continue along the C428 to one of Tassie’s great short walks: St Columbus Falls which is Tasmania’s highest waterfall. Getting back onto the Tasman highway the vegetation starts to change and you will continue to see tantalising glimpses of the ocean. Passing below the Blue Tier you cycle through Goshen before starting the gentle descent to the East Coast's game fishing capital St Helens. Tonight you will be staying at Kellraine units. You can choose from the town’s range of restaurants and cafes where you can sample some of the sumptuous local seafood. Cycle distance: 44km Estimated cycle times: 3 hrs plus side trips

Meals:  B

Set out today with the sun on your back and the wind in your hair. The cycling today is relatively easy as you follow the glorious coastline, stopping at your leisure at the numerous little bays and uncrowded, wide sandy beaches for which the area is renowned. Passing through the seaside town of Scamander you will likely see locals fishing for bream from the bridge and you can stop for a drink or just to take in the serenity. Past Scamander is Henderson’s lagoon, a treat for bird watchers and with over seven kilometres of well marked trails. Further down the coast you can visit the sensationally situated Iron House Brewery where you can enjoy a light lunch and tastings of different beers made with local spring water. Moving on you pass through the Chain of Lagoons before choosing whether to take the unsealed Rosedale Road to visit the magnificent waterhole at Douglas Apsley National Park, or continuing on along the coast road for the final 3km of the day's ride to arrive at Bicheno by the Bay, your accommodation for the evening. Cycle distance: 77km Estimated cycle times: 4 hrs 15 mins **Note: the road out of St Helens, at times, has no shoulder. You should wear bright clothing, follow the road rules at all times and ride single file.

Meals:  Nil

Today provides a change of pace with only a short ride along the coast before reaching Coles Bay, gateway to the world famous Freycinet National Park home of the incomparable Wineglass bay. Here you have the option of enjoying some of the extensive array of beautiful walks the park has to offer, taking it easy on the beach or enjoying a kayaking session on the crystal clear waters of Oyster Bay with the multi award winning Freycinet Adventures kayak company. After a day in the National Park you can relax in your accommodation at the Iluka Holiday Park or take a short stroll down to the Coles Bay pub for your evening meal. You could also visit Tombolo gourmet pizza restaurant, or even take some cheese and olives down to the beach for a peaceful and scenic waterfront dinner. Cycle Distance: 43km Estimated cycle times: 3 hrs Walking times: From 45 mins to all day We can book an extra night in Coles Bay to allow you more time to explore Freycinet. A supplement applies. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like an extra night in Coles Bay.

Meals:  Nil

Feeling refreshed you will re-ride the Coles Bay Road before turning south again on the Tasman Highway. This morning you pass through premier wine growing country where you can stop at a number of vineyards to enjoy tastings or a well deserved coffee. From Devils Corner Vineyard you have a short and steep incline to the peak of Cherry Tree Hill – this route provides spectacular views back towards the magnificent pink granite peaks of the Hazards range and Great Oyster Bay. From here the route turns inland, undulating through eucalypt forest then descending again through a variety of rural landscapes and coastal panoramas. At approximately the 33km mark – after your decent from Cherry Tree Hill – you come to Glen Gala Road on the left. This peaceful country road takes you on a short detour over Swan River, bringing you out again to the Tasman Highway at Gala Estate Vineyard. Tonight your lodging will be close to the water at the Swansea Holiday Park. Cycle distance: 57km Estimated cycle times: 3-4 hrs

Meals:  Nil

Having reached the halfway point of your cycle adventure today you are treated to one of the most spectacular sections of the Tasman Highway. You will be rewarded with view after stunning view of our unspoilt coastline. Ample opportunities exist for stopping at the numerous sandy beaches and sheltered rocky coves that are dotted along the coast. Look out for the famous ‘Spiky Bridge’, one of many remnants of Tasmania’s convict past. Passing through quaint rural hamlets as you approach Swanport the scenery changes again to picturesque country fields and gentle rolling hills. Looking south-east as you approach Triabunna you may catch glimpses of the silhouette of the renowned National Park of Maria Island. Your accommodation for the next 2 nights is in the small town of Triabunna. Make sure you visit the local IGA to get some lunch to pack for Maria Island tomorrow. Cycle distance: 51km Estimated cycle times: 2 hrs 45 mins

Meals:  Nil

Pack your panniers for a day trip to Maria Island, do not forget lunch and snacks as there are no options for buying food once you disembark the ferry. You will be booked on a 8.30am ferry from the Wharf at Triabunna, try to arrive 20 minutes early to check in and get you ticket printed. You will have the choice today to take your bike with your or leave it at your accommodation and set off on foot. If you are keen to do some more cycling you have the opportunity to ride the 22km of well defined trails plus some of the circuit routes across the Island. Or you can choose from one of the many walks the National Park has to offer including the astounding Painted Cliffs or the sublime peak of Bishop and Clerk. The history of Maria Island is fascinatingly diverse and hours can easily be spent simply wandering through the ruins and restored buildings of Darlington learning of their past. Wander and explore to your hearts content, just be back in time for your ferry off the island at 4.15pm. Cycle distance: Your choice Walking time: 1.5 hrs to 7 hrs

Meals:  Nil

Enjoy a lay in on your final morning, or treat yourself to some coffee and cake at the local café. Your vehicle transfer will meet you at your hotel at 10am to take you to Hobart. During your time in Hobart consider a visit to Mt Wellington for sensational views or a rainforest amble – alpine wilderness only half an hour from the bustle of Hobart's CBD. Alternatively you can opt for a cultural infusion and visit the internationally renowned MONA (Museum of Old & New Art). You can take the MONA Ferry from Brooke Street Pier, which takes you to MONA up the Derwent River with spectacular views of beautiful Hobart backed by the grand dolerite spires of Mt Wellington – a great way to get your bearings of the city. The peaceful Botanical Gardens are just a short walk from Hobart city centre... Or just relax by the waterfront at Salamanca Place with a well deserved drink, congratulate yourself on all you have achieved over the week, and watch the afternoon pass by! Option to transfer back to Launceston instead of Hobart at no extra charge.

Meals:  Nil


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 1 breakfast - continental style
  • 7 nights accommodation in hotels / cabins and guesthouses on a twinshare basis with private facilities on most nights
  • Cycle 27-speed Avanti Explorer with helmet, lights (front and back), water bottle holder, rear panniers (pair), toolkit, pump and lock
  • Transfer ex Launceston to start of cycle
  • Transfer to Hobart at the end of cycle
  • Maria Island Ferry transfers
  • Expert pre-departure and gear briefing
  • National Park Passes

  • Flight travel to Launceston and from Hobart
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, car parking, towel etc
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals
  • Face masks and hand sanitiser

Bike information


Grading

Moderate  
6

This self guided trip involves cycling and some optional day walks if you prefer. Daily activities are usually between 5 and 7 hours but some days might be longer depending on your overall pace when riding a bike with panniers, which will house all your needs for the trip. You will cover up to 77km in a day, often on undulating and winding roads. You will need to be confident cycling on roads and it is essential that you have road cycling experience. The route followed on this trip is on roads that will, at times, have no shoulder. Being a self guided trip you determine the pace and schedule. You will need a good level of fitness and good health and be a confident and capable cyclist to complete the distances. Be prepared for potential variable weather conditions which can also add to the timing and comfort of a trip, for example riding into a head wind will take more time than when the wind is behind you.


Departure dates

Daily departures (except Friday and Sunday) from October to April

Notes

H
High Season
HS
Holiday Season
S
Surcharge
1
Electric Bike Hire also available.
Note:
If you are travelling on your own a single traveller surcharge will apply.
DN3
A high season supplement will apply from 1 December to 15 February and for any trip that overlaps a public holiday. December and January dates are enquiry only due to limited availability.
DN4
You can choose to extend the trip with an extra night at Coles Bay, so you have more time to explore Freycinet. A supplement applies. Speak to our staff for details.

Want to organise a customised tour?

School groups, friends, family trips, corporate events or just tailoring a trip to suit your own needs - learn how you can tailor your own Customised Tour.

Total Priceper person from

$2095AUD

Options & Supplements*
  • Discount for camping on Maria IslandAUD$-90
  • Extra night in Coles BayAUD$90
  • Single TravellerAUD$720
  • Single SupplementAUD$1130
*Prices listed are per person and also from

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed East Coast Self Guided Cycle trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you need to be a capable cyclist. You will cover up to 77km in a day, often on undulating and winding roads. You will need to be confident cycling on roads and it is essential that you have road cycling experience. The route followed on this trip is on roads that will, at times, have no shoulder.


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Why cycle with us

SELF GUIDED EXPERTS

As the pioneers of self guided active travel in Australia you can expect a seamless experience. Our quality tour notes and logistical expertise sets us apart and ensures a quality experience for you.

TRUSTED LOCAL ADVICE

Our team is passionate about cycling and their extensive knowledge and experience means you get the very best advice - every time. We will help you tailor the right cycling itinerary for you.

Quality services

Expect first-class and flexible support both on and off the trail. We've sourced the highest quality bikes and most authentic accommodations so you can enjoy a stress free cycling trip.


Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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