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RAPID East Coast Tour





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This is our RAPID SELF-GUIDED TOUR along the breathtaking east coast of Tasmania for guests with less time.

The route is identical with our standard East coast tour, but the nights in Hobart and the second night in Bicheno have been taken out to make it shorter. You wil neither see Tasmania capital nor Frycinet nationalpark! It's the 'classic' tourist route and goes through more or less flat country with many lovely, empty white beaches and a mild, dry and sunny climate. Experienced cyclists will find this tour easy, beginners may find some sections harder than expected, due to some hills or the wind. NO rest day!



Prices, Terms & Itinerary

Start- / Endpoint

Richmond (via Hobart airport) / St. Helens

Duration

6 days, 5 nights

Season

from mid October to end of April

Start date

any day of your choice

avoid around New year

Accommodation category

Price per person

booking code

Hostel / Budget category

$ 490 sharing

8 d

Economy category

$ 725 twin share

8 c

Comfort category

$ 1,000 twin share

8 a

Executive category

$ 1,200 twin share

8 b

Optional

bike hire incl. delivery/pick up

$ 100

pannier rental

$ 25 per pair

daily luggage transport

$ 450 per booking

bag transfer from first to last hotel

$ 35 per item

supplement for one person in a room

250 / 380 / 460 / 580

(Hostel* /Economy / Comfort / Executive - category)

* =for places without hostel

ALL PRICES are displayed in AUSTRALIAN dollars (AUD)

7.5 % high season supplement applies for all nights between Dec 20th and Jan 15th


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Accommodation categories

Hostel/Budget:You will stay in a dorm where available, otherwise in basic hotels/motels (supplement applies here for single travelllers). Always 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).
Executive: Usually the best available accommodation in the given area, some with spa.
Please note: your chosen category will be substituted when not available!


What we include

> Extensive preparatory material (fully comprehensive, pre-travel guide)
> comprehensive route description
> 5 nights prebooked accommodation, comfort level depending on category, some including breakfast (single rooms available for an additional fee)
> emergency telephone support 24/7
> Extra: Well serviced rental bike with toolkit, lock, pump, helmet (panniers on request for a small fee)

Not included in tour price

Flight, food and drinks, admission and National Park fees, excursions, personal spending



Tour itinerary

Day 1: Arrival - Richmond

From Hobart airport you take a taxi to the Richmond, what is shorter than to Hobart (15 km). I you arrive early you have enough to exlore this intersting small historic town with it many old fashion shops, galleries and of course the oldest bridge in Australia (still in operation). Your rental bike is waiting for you at your first accommodation.

Day 2, Richmond - Orford

Once you've warmed-up there are some hills to climb. This will be one of the most exhausting days of the tour and there is some traffic, but there is no alternative available. You hit the magnificent east coast at your destibation town. Minimum distance to cycle: 59km (36m)

Day 3, Orford – Swansea:

You'll follow the coast road with spectacular views out over the ocean. It’s rather flat except for the first and last sections. You can stop and explore Spiky Bridge (built by convicts), and/or drop into Kate's Berry Farm for a yummy ice-cream. With tailwind you will arrive early. Minimum distance to cycle: 59km (36m)

Day 4, Swansea – Bicheno:

Today offers a remarkable, but hilly route around Moulting Lagoon to the “tourist town” of Bicheno. There are some wineries en route where you can do some tasting. When you are really fit you may do an excursion into Freycinet National Park (+ 58 km), where you can walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout, which is voted by Lonely planet as one of the 10 best beaches in the world! Even when you do not go, you may wish to visit the penguin colony (AU $25, pre-booking required). Minimum distance to cycle: 45km (30m)

Day 5, Bicheno – St. Helens:

Than you continue north on the breathtaking, partly undulated coast road. Just 3km (2m) from Bicheno you can visit the award-winning “Nature World Animal Park” (AU $20), where you see Tasmanian Devils and other native animals.Later in the day you can opt to go via Elephant Pass and visit the reknowned Pancake Barn.After having enjoyed great coastal views you will pass a long beach, at the small holiday town of Scamander, before arriving in St Helens; the “capital” of the east coast (4500 inhabitants). Minimum distance to cycle: 75km (45m)

Day 6, Departure

There is a bus connection to Launceston and Hobart, Mon-Fri at 06.15 am (during school terms only) and 8:30 am, Saturday 8.00 am (during school terms only). It costs $31.60 / $50.50 p.p. and needs 2 1/4 hours to Launceston airport, 2 1/2 hours to Launceston city and 4 1/2 hours to Hobart. A private transfer can also be arranged ($ 190 to Launceston, $ 320 to Hobart for max 4 people).

Distance covered: minimum 238 km



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Notes:
All distances are approximate only and may vary. We recommend you have previous touring experience. Some sections can be exhausting, depending on weather conditions.


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