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This is our SUPPORTED GROUP-TOUR through the fascinating diversity of the green north-east and along the breathtaking dry and sunny east coast of Tasmania.

The north east with its temperate rainforests is a "hidden treasure" with very few tourists but many places to discover like the Myrthle forest walk and the St. Columba Falls.
The east coast is the 'classic' tourist route. You will cycle on more or less flat roads and will experience endless empty white beaches in a mild climate. You will also vist 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

Launceston / Hobart

Duration

11 days, 10 nights (without flight)

Tour dates

On demand only - any day of your choice

bike hire (optional)

$ 175

support vehicle, tour guide

included

Accommodation category

Price per person

Conditions

Hostel / Budget category

$1,790 sharing

Displayed prices

Economy category

$2,480 twin share

are valid for 6

Comfort category

$3,080 twin share

participants.

Executive category

$3,680 twin share

A rebate applies for

single supplement (one person per room)

$ 420* / 710 / 900 / 1150

larger groups!

(Hostel / Economy / Comfort / Executive ategory)

* = only for three nights where a dorm (hostel) is not available

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 participants. If the goup is bigger, the price per person will be less; If the goup is smaller, the price per person will be higher . To top up the number of parcipants and to get the rebate we can try to fill it up with other participants who enquired with us.

What we include

> Road book containing all details of the tour
>10 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 mentionend in the itinerary
> knowledgeable tourguide (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 and trips not mentioned in the itinerary and personal spending.



Tour itinerary

B=breakfast, L=picnic-style lunch

Day 1, Arrival

We will pick you up from Launceston airport or your accommodation in Launceston city between 12 noon and 4 pm and will bring you to your accommodation in the nearby historic quite village of Evandale. After check in we´ll met for a briefing, bike adjustment and a quick test-drive of rental bikes. Later we have dinner together (not included).

Day 2, Evandale - Scottsdale (B/L)

You cycle through the outskirts of Launceston to meet up with the lonely and beautiful Tasman Highway, which winds it´s way up through picturesque, hilly countryside. After our lunch in the romantic Myrthle recreation ground there is a long but not so steep climb on a narrow windy road through dense rainforest. Some of our guests prefer to use our support vehicle. The reward for the climb is a breathtaking view from the “Sideling” lookout. After a steep descent and a last hilly section you finally arrive in the district town of Scottsdale. Cycling: 56 km (35 m), + Bus 26 km (16 m)

Day 3, Scottsdale - Pyengana (B/L)

An adventure packed day: The first 19 hilly km are quite hilly. Our first destination are the Legerwood carvings, which were done by chainsaw, followed by a beautifull cycling through farmland. In Branxholm we could walk to overgrown remains of a viaduct. We bypass Derby on a lovely back road and leave the Tasman temporarely to get to our picnic spot in Pioneer. Later you will wind our way up on a narrow and winding road through dense forest to the settlement of Weldborough. It becomes steeper from there. Later we take a short stroll through a magic myrtle rainforest. The highlight of the day is a spectacular 10 km downhill ride!! A beer-drinking pig await´s us at the 'basic' accommodation; the “Pub in the Paddock” in a spectacular location. Cycling: 54 km (33 m), + Bus 19 km (12 m).

Day 4, Pyengana - St. Helens (B/L)

At first short bus excursions to famous St. Columba Falls (Tasmania´s second highest), followed by cheese tasting in the local cheese factory. Back on the bike it´s more downhill than uphill to St Helens, the “capital of the east coast” (4,500 inhabitants). Cycling: 30 km (20 m), + Bus 18 km (11 m). On the afternoon you have plenty of time to visit the nearby Bay of Fires or to explore the town.

Day 5, day off (B)

Today you can relax and do your personal shoppings. Shops, banks and public internet connection are available. You also also visit the local "History room", when you want to know about the area. And / or you can explore the beautiful surroundings. On one side of the Georges Bay there is the Bay of Fires, on the other the "St. Helens Light" from where you have a spectacular 360 degree view, and the Peron Dunes with its endless beaches.

Day 6, St. Helens - Bicheno (B/L):

We bring you out of town by bus as the road is very narrow. Later we can visit the Eureka Farm with its award winning icecream. The fit cyclists could prove themselfs while cycling up the St Marys andElephant Passes. But they would miss out on the spectacular costal scenery and breathtaking beaches along the mostly flat coastroad. 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 7, Bicheno - Swansea (B/L)

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. There we´ll leave the trailer at the roadside and continue to the renowned Freycinet National Park, where we walk to the famous Wineglass Bay Lookout (the beach is rated as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world). After lunch we have to go around the Moulting Lagoon over a hill. Several wineries are en 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 8, Swansea - Eaglehawk Neck (B/L)

This section offers of the coast road offers the most spectacular ocean views of the entire tour and is rather flat except one short section. The ride 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 9, 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 10, Eaglehawk Neck - Hobart (B/L)

At first we will bring you up a big hill, then you are cycling out of this peninsula. From Dunally our route continues along the coast with beautiful views, but contains also some hilly sections. A short part, about 2 km, is still gravel road (usually in good condition). In Dodges Ferry you will 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 11, departure or day off (B)

For those who leave us we can arrange a transfer to the airport.
If you stay you can explore Hobart. 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, do a trip onto Mount Wellington and/or the spectacular Tahune Airwalk, a plane excursion into the remote wilderness of the South-West or visit MONA (musum for old and new art), which has become a tourist magnet.


About 450 km per bike / 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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