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RAPID East Coast Tour





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This is our RAPID self-guided tour along the breathtaking Tasmania´s East coast.

The route is identical to our standard East coast tour, but the night in Hobart and the "day off" in Bicheno have been taken out to make it shorter. You will not see our capital Hobart but can still visit the famous Freycinet national park, when you use the small ferry over the Moulting lagoon. You will cycle the 'classic' tourist route along Tasmania´s breathtaking Eastcoast, passing many outstanding empty white beaches in a mild, and mostly dry and sunny climate. There are some hills between Richmond and Orford, the rest is undulated. Experienced cyclists will find this tour easy to manage, however it depends a lot on the wind direction on that day.



Prices, Terms & Itinerary

Start- / Endpoint

Richmond (via Hobart airport) / St. Helens

Duration

6 days, 5 nights

Season

mid October to end of April

Departure dates

any day of your choice

avoid around New year

Accommodation category

Price per person

booking code

Hostel / Budget category

$ 530 sharing

8 d

Economy category

$ 750 twin share

8 c

Comfort category

$ 980 twin share

8 a

Executive category

$ 1,390 twin share

8 b

Optional

bike hire incl. delivery/pick up

$ 130

electric bike hire incl. delivery/pick up

$ 270

pannier rental

$ 25 per pair

daily luggage transport

$ 500 per booking

bag transfer from first to last hotel

$ 35 per item

supplement for one person in a room

210* / 370 / 490 / 690

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

* =for locations 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 you have to ride over the CherryTree hill to the “tourist town” of Bicheno. There are some wineries located along the route, where you can taste their produce. One even has a lookout with a spectacular view When the ferry over the Moulting Lagoon goes or you are really fit you may do an excursion into Freycinet National Park (+ 5km with / 58 km without ferry), 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! After dusk you may wish to visit the penguin colony (AU $40, pre-booking recommanded). Minimum distance to cycle: 45km (30m)

Day 5, Bicheno – St. Helens:

You continue cycling 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

If you finish your tour you just leave the rental bikes at your hotel. 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 needs 2 1/2 hours to Launceston city ($31.60), 2 1/2 hours to Launceston airport (taxi the last 8 km) and 4 1/2 hours to Hobart ($45 p.p.). A private transfer can also be arranged to Launceston airport for $ 230 and to Launceston city for $ 260 (up to 4 people, add $ 40 for bigger groups up to 12).

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