Northeast / East Coast Tour
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.
Prices, Terms & Itinerary
Hostel: You share your bedroom with others, usually dorm, shared facilities.
Above itinerary is just a suggestion. We can adjust it to your wishes and to match your flights.
Displayed prices are valid for a group of 6 participants. If there are less participants, the price per person will be less; if there are more, the price per person will be higher . To increase the number of participants we can try to fill up with participants outside your group.
What we include
> Road book containing all details of the tour
What we do NOT include
Flight, evening meals and drinks, additional excursions and trips not mentioned in the itinerary and personal spending.
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 a picturesque, hilly countryside. After our lunch at the romantic Myrthle recreation ground there is a long but not so steep climb on a narrow windy road through dense rainforest. Only a few 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. If you use a bike with wider tyres you can use the flat alternative, the "north east trail" (an converted railway line). Our first destination are the Legerwood carvings, which were done by chainsaw, followed by a beautifull cycling through farmland. We can bypass the small town of Derby on a lovely back road. Later we will leave the Tasman temporarely to get to our picnic spot in Pioneer. After lnuch you will wind your 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 and Elephant 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. 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 we cannot cross the Moulting Lagoon by boat you 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 8, Swansea - Eaglehawk Neck (B/L)
This section 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.
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: email@example.com