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Self-guided bicycle tours


These tours are perfect for you if you prefer to travel at your own pace is and leaving the organizing work to professionals.

You donŽt have to do any planning or hotel bookings by yourself, we do all that for you. We also give you honest advice on every aspect of your tour.
You can book a tour as offered on this website or ask us to make changes or add ons. Just let us know your special wishes and we will try to implement them into our suggestion. We only charge for the number of nights, not for the additional work.
We do create a very detailed route-description for you. It personalized to your tour and the hotels you are stayin in. Beside hotel details and how to get there also altitude charts and tips for excursions, tourist attractions, shops and restaurants.

Benefits

* You can start ANY day of your choice.

* You do not have to worry about bike-transportion The rental bike will wait for you at the first hotel; you just leave it at the last hotel.

* We offer tours in different regions of the island for different fitness levels. Each tour can be booked individually or combined with the adjoining tour up to a fascinating round trip.
* You can carry your luggage on your bike or book our daily luggage transport (not available on the West Coast tour).
* Our prefered direction is anti-clockwise, but you can also ride in clockwise direction.

How it works

* You select a tour and and accommodation category and contact us by email (prefered) or phone.
* We discuss any changes / options if required.
* We issue your confirmation / invoice and you pay only a 10% deposit (if departure is more than 4 weeks away).
* We book and pay for your accommodation.
* After the balance has been paid you will receive a pdf copy of your personal route description with the hotel adresses and a printed version later at the first hotel.
* We can supply a well-maintained rental bike, covered by RACT (the Tasmanian automobilclub) roadside assist.
* If you have a problem just call our 24/7 helpline.




Fitness level required

Depends on the route chosen, see tour description. Here an overview:
East coast: For all cyclists with a bit of touring-experience. Mostly almost flat with some climbs, mostly between Richmond and Orford.
North-east: For all cyclists who are moderately fit, it is quite hilly (often up and down)
West coast: For experienced cyclists only! Some areas are quite isolated. Distances are longer and there are long climbs
Please note: Of course it makes a difference if you carry your luggage on the bike or not, but much more relevant in some sections is the wind direction and strength, which cannot be predicted.


Journey overview

For indepentent information about the region click on the maps.


East-coast tour
North-east tour
West coast tour

The East coast is the 'classic' tourist route, more or less flat with many lovely, empty, white beaches and a mild, dry and sunny climate.
Experienced cyclists will find it easygoing, but if you have never done a long tour before, you may find some sections harder than expected if unpleasant weather occurs.

The 8 day tour tour starts with an arrival day in Hobart. While this can be any day of your choice, if you select a Friday you can visit the famous Salamanca outdoor market next morning. In addition you will met less trucks on the route to Orford. In any case you have enough time for a short stroll through the city before you begin to cycle to Richmond.
The guests from our Rapid East coast tour will get directly from Hobart airport to Richmond and start their cycling here. The next destination is Orford on the east coast what is reached after cycling over some nasty hills. We recommend an additional night here to visit Maria Island.
You will continue to the seaside town of Swansea having breathtaking sea views, before continuing over the Cherry Tree hill to the tourist town of Bicheno. You visit the famous Freycinet National Park the next day for a walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout, voted one of the best beaches in the world (8 day tour only).
You may visit the Natureworld Wildlife park just 3 km outside Bicheno where with a bit of luck you can pet a Tasmanian devil. From Bicheno its a pleasant ride to the east coast capital of St Helens (pop. 4,500) with sone of the best seaviews of this tour. You can end the trip in St.Helens and take the bus to Launceston or Hobart the next morning at 8.30 am (weekdays only). If you continue on our Northeast tour, you can spend the following day exploring the stunning surroundings, including the famous Bay of Fires.
Duration: 8 days
Starting-point: Hobart
End-point: St.Helens


Duration: 6 days
Starting-point: Richmond (close to Hobart airport)
End-point: St. Helens


This section takes you inland across the beautiful north-east; an astonishing contrast of rolling, green hills with temperate rainforest and many places worth visiting.
Some long ascents need to be managed. As compensation, most daily distances are short. This will present no real problem if you have already done our east coast tour.

The tour starts in St. Helens on the north-east coast with an arrival day. If you have just finished the East coast tour, you will have a rest day to explore the stunning surrounding coast, including the famous Bay of Fires or Peron Sand Dunes.
The first cycling day is fairly short; just 28 km to a country pub in the farming community of Pyengana. You can visit the 90m high St. Columba falls which you can reach after a short but spectacular walk through temperate rainforest. The following day is quite tough; you will need to climb 500m in one go. You will stay in the busy market town of Scottsdale. You should not miss the astonishing wood carvings at Legerwood. For the last 26 km you can use the "North east trail", a converted railway line. The surface is a bit roigh but it will save you many hills. On the last cycling day you will have to ascend the steep and winding "Sideling". The reward is the view from the lookout. Going down the other side, through dense forest, is a pure pleasure. Your destination is the quiet, historic village of Evandale, just 4km (2m) from Launceston airport.
Duration: 5 days
Starting-point: St. Helens
End-point: Launceston
Distance: minimum 186 km (112 m)


"Lonely planet" has classified the Westcoast as the second best cycling-region in the world! The route will take you through very dramatic scenery, lots of it in World Heritage listed areas and alpine regions. Everything is different here: More hills, more rain, a much smaller population density and longer distances between settlements.
The terrain is mostly hilly with some long ascents, it can be isolated in places and some daily routes are quite long. There is a good chance of bad weather, especially rain.

This trip starts with an arrival day in historic and quiet Evandale (close to Launceston airport). If you have just finished the north-east tour then you have a rest day to explore the nearby city of Launceston.
The first day's cycling is long, but mostly flat. You will stay in the laid-back village of Mole Creek. The next day takes you up into high country where you stay in a remote and lovely location. Next day youŽll arrive at famous Cradle Mountain National Park at around lunchtime, where you can walk around romantic Dove Lake or other walks. From now on it goes more downhill than uphill.
After a stop-over in the old mining town of Roseberry, you will head to the 'tourist-magnet' of Strahan for 2 nights. There you will have the opportunity to take a half-day cruise into the spectacular wilderness of the Gordon River: one of the worlds last remaining pristine rivers. The following section through dense forest to Queenstown (which looks like a lunar landscape) is short but features 273 bends.
The section to Derwent Bridge (just 3 houses!) is quite tough but offers some extremely nice walks. After you have visited nearby Lake St.Clair National Park the next morning, you continue on the "Wild way" to the little town of Ouse. For the last day, on the way to New Norfolk you can visit Mount Field National Park with its famous Russel Falls and many significant tall trees. Next day you cycle to nearby Hobart and have some time to enjoy TasmaniaŽs capital.
Duration: 13 days
Starting-point: Launceston
End-point: Hobart
Distance : minimum 615 km (372m)





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G R E E NI S L A N DT O U R ST A S M A N I A3 Simeon Place, St. Helens, 7216 Tasmania, AustraliaTel + Fax: (+61) 03- 6376 3080E-mail: git_tas@tassie.net.au