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This is our SUPPORTED GROUP-TOUR along the breathtaking and sunny East coast of Tasmania.

You will cycle on more or less flat roads and will experience endless empty white beaches in a mild climate. You will also visit Freycinet Nationalpark and Port Arthur. Fitness level is not an issue because you can use our support vehicle whenever you like.



Prices, Terms & Itinerary

Departure- / Endpoint

St. Helens / Hobart

Duration

7 days, 6 nights (can be shortened to 5 days)

Departure dates

On demand only - any day of your choice

bike hire (optional)

$ 140

support vehicle, tour guide

included

Accommodation category

Price per person

Conditions

Hostel /Budget category

$ 1,135 dorm / twin share

Displayed prices

Economy category

$ 1,585 twin share

are valid for 6

Comfort category

$ 2,065 twin share

participants.

Executive category

$2,450 twin share

A surcharge applies to

single supplement (one person per room)

200* / $ 445 / 620 / 815

smaller groups!

(Hostel / Economy / Comfort / Executive category)

* =for locations without hostel

ALL PRICES are displayed in AUSTRALIAN dollars (AUD)

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Accommodation categories

Hostel: You share your bedroom with others, usually dorm, shared facilities.
Economy: Nothing fancy, but good value for money, mostly with shower/toilet.
Comfort: Comfortable feel-well properties, all rooms with shower/toilet (few exceptions) and good breakfast.
Executive: Usually the best available accommodation in the given area, some with spa.
Please note: your chosen category will be substituted when not available!

Itinerary

Above itinerary is just a suggestion. We can adjust it to your wishes and to match your flights.

Prices

Displayed prices are valid for a group of 6 full paying participants. If the goup is smaller, the price per person will be higher. If your group has more then 6 participants the price per person will be lower. To top up the number of participants we can make your departure date public and try to fill up with other participants who enquired with us.

What we include

> Road book containing all details of the tour
> 6 nights in double/twin bed rooms with breakfast, comfort level depending on booked category. Note: Some breakfasts are to be prepared by the participants.
> picnic style lunches, unlimited snacks and drinks (incl. alcoholic beverages) from tour bus until arrival.
> all transfers, luggage and bicycle transport
> national park entry fees and other admission mentioned in the itinerary
> knowledgeable tour guide (driver), fully insured minibus (with air-conditioning) and purpose-built trailer
> minimum 2, maximum 12 guests.
> Extra: well serviced rental bike with helmet

What we do NOT include

Flight, evening meals and drinks, additional excursions, trips not mentioned in the itinerary and personal spending



Tour itinerary

Day 1, Arrival

You need to make your own way to St. Helens. There are buses from Launceston transit centre: Mon-Fr at 12.30 pm (school terms only) , Mo-Thu 4.00 pm, Fri 5 pm, Saturday 4.00 am (during school terms only) and Sunday at 7.30 pm. Costs are $ 31.50 p.p., duration 2 1/2 hours. Please allow 90 minutes from touchdown at Launceston airport to the bus departure.
We will pick you up from the bus station in St. Helens, bring you to your hotel and give you a short briefing. Depending on arrival time you may be able to explore the beautiful surroundings like the famous Bay of Fires or the Peron sand dunes.

Day 2, St. Helens - Bicheno

Today you will cycle down the beautiful and mostly flat east coast, passing spectacular sea views and breathtaking beaches along the way. We will drive you out of town by support vehicle as the road is very narrow. At Scamander we will visit the Eureka Farm with its award winning ice cream. Just before our destination Bicheno you can visit the award-winning “Nature World Animal Park”, where you can at 3.30 pm watch the feeding of Tasmanian devils and maybe even pet one. Entrance fee is included in tour price! Cycling: 60 km + Bus 17 / 33 km

Day 3, Bicheno - Swansea

Most guests prefer to cycle the entire 37 km to Coles Bay, but in case you get tired, you can of course use our support vehicle. From Coles Bay you will cycle the last 3 km into the Freycinet National Park to the beginning of the walking treks. You can walk to the famous Wineglass Bay Lookout (the beach is rated as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world). After your return we will have lunch in Coles Bay beside the beach. When you cannot cross the Moulting Lagoon by boat we have to go around it - over the Cherry tree hill. Several wineries are located along route and can be visited. You do not have to cycle the entire distance, we can drop you off at the summit! Cycling: 61 km (38 m), + Bus 47 km (30 m)

Day 4, Swansea - Eaglehawk Neck

The ride on this coast road is an absolute pleasure, not uncommon that guests are screaming for fun. After about 30 km the road turns away from the coast. We may do a short detour to Tribunna to see the cute harbour. Just after Orford we are having our lunch at the lovely Spring beach, where you can have a walk afterwards. Than we pack up for a 2 hours long bus transfer. If time allows we can make a small detour to Richmond where we´ll give you some time to explore this lovely historic small town. Cycling: 62 km (39 m) + Bus 107 km (67 m)

Day 5, day off (B/L)

In the morning you have the choice of either visiting the historic penal settlement of Port Arthur, now world heritage status, or to do a cruise on a boat along one of Australia´s most beautiful coastlines (both extras). On the afternoon we offer a round tour by bus were you will see the impressive natural wonders like the Remarkable Cave, Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole. You may also have a stroll on beautiful White Beach. Bus 93 km (56 m).

Day 6, Eaglehawk Neck - Hobart

At first we will bring you up a big hill, then you can cycle out of this peninsula. From Dunally our route run on a back road along the coast with beautiful views. It is very nice but contains some hilly sections and a short part, about 2 km, is still gravel road (usually in good condition). In Dodges Ferry you can have a last beach walk before we drive you to the nearby lunch point. From there we bring you straight into Hobart via the famous Tasman Bridge Cycling: 38 km (23 m), + Bus 31 km (19 m).

Day 7, departure or day off

For those who leave us we can arrange the airport transfer.
If you stay on you can enjoy the open-to-the-world atmosphere of Tasmania's capital and it´s people or visit the oldest brewery in Australia, do the mini-cruise to Peppermint Bay, enjoy the view from the top of Mount Wellington or visit MONA (musum for old and new art), which quickly became a tourist magnet.


About 450 km per bike and 600 km per bus. All distances are approximate and may vary. The cycling distances depend on your personal level of fitness, weather conditions, chosen options on that day, and other variables.

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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