This is our SELF-GUIDED TOUR through the diversity of the north-east taking in it's unique temperate rainforest.
This tour takes you inland into rolling, green hills and rainforest - an astonishing contrast to the coast. Some long ascents make this tour more difficult than our East coast tour, but if you are at least moderately trained or have just completed our East coast tour this should not present a problem for you.
Prices, Terms & Itinerary
Hostel/Budget:You will stay in a dorm where available, otherwise in basic hotels/motels (supplement applies for single travelllers). Always shared facilities.
What we include
> comprehensive route description ("roadbook") from door to door, customized to your tour and the hotels you are staying in
Not included in tour price
Flight, food and drinks, admissions, National Park fees, excursions, luggage transport, personal spending
Day 1, Arrival or Day off in St. Helens
If you are starting this tour, this first day is an arrival day. If you come from outside Tasmania you best fly to Launceston airport. From
Launceston city (Tasmania's second largest city (pop. 80,000)), there is a bus leaving Mon-Thu at 4pm, Fri 5pm and at also 12.30 pm on school days. It costs AU $31.50 p.p. and arrives in St. Helens 2 1/2 hours later. A private transfer can also be arranged from Launceston airport for $ 230 (up to 4 people, add $ 40 for bigger groups up to 12).
If booked, your rental bike(s) will be waiting for you at the hotel.
Day 2, St. Helens – Pyengana
You'll leave the coast and cycle into hilly country to the farmers’ settlement of Pyengana, where there's much to see, including a small cheese factory where you can taste samples. You could also visit the St. Columba Falls (Tasmania’s second highest waterfall) , which you will reach after a short but spectacular rainforest walk. (+15 km). You'll stay in a basic, heritage protected country hotel (rooms are small and not en-suite), the “Pub in the Paddock” which boasts a beer-drinking pig as its mascot! Guests of our Executive category will spend the night in St. Helens again. Minimum distance to cycle: 30km (20m) plus possible excursions.
Day 3, Pyengana – Scottsdale
Today is a test of strength! After 3 kilometres to climb to the Weldborough pass starts, were you gain almost 500m (1500ft) on altitude during 10 km! The descent is steep at first and on a bendy narrow road through thick rainforest. You can have a rest at the rustic Weldborough Pub. Later you will pass through the old mining town of Derby, where you could try out one of the new Mountain bike treks. Branxholm, 9 km flat km later, is a nice place for your lunch. After your brake you should take a short detour to the amazing woodcarvings of Legerwood, which were done by chainsaw. Afterwards you follow the quite hilly Tasman Highway as it winds through an open landscape, your destination being the small regional shopping town of Scottsdale (pop 8500). Alternatively you can use the "Northeast trail" (a converted railway trek) for the last 26 km. Minimum distance to cycle: 74km (43m).
Day 4, Scottsdale – Evandale:
Today´s start is very strenuously as there is a bit up and down at first followed by a steep climb. Your efforts will be rewarded with a spectacular view from the “Sideling” lookout at the summit. This is followed by a long descend with sharp bends through rainforest The rest of the day goes through an open landscape, a little bit downhill for most of the time - you'll love it! There is even a very nice picnic spot, the Myrtle Recreation ground. Later on you'll ride around the outskirts of Launceston, Tasmania's second largest city (pop 80,000). You'll spend the last night in the quiet, historic village of Evandale, just 4 km from Launceston airport. Minimum distance to cycle: 82km (50m) Launceston
Day 5, Indepentend Departure
You leave the rental bikes at your hotel. Launceston airport is just 4 km (2.5m) away in case you are departing.
Minimum distance to cycle: 186 km (112 m)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org