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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

Start- / Endpoint

St. Helens / Launceston

Duration

5 days, 4 nights

Season

from end October to mid of April

Departure dates

any day of your choice

Accommodation category

Price per person

booking code

Budget category

$ 450 twin share

6 e

Economy category

$ 560 twin share

6 c

Comfort category

$ 680 twin share

6 a

Executive category

$ 890 twin share

6 b

Optional

bike hire incl. delivery & pick up

$ 120

electric bike hire incl. delivery & pick up

$ 250

pannier rental

$ 25 per pair

daily luggage transport from hotel to hotel

$ 300 per booking

bag transfer from first to last hotel ONLY

$ 35 per item

supplement for one person in a room

$ 225 / 280 / 340 / 450

(Budget / Economy / Comfort / Executive - category)

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 for single travelllers). Always shared facilities.
Economy: Nothing fancy, but good value for money, usually with shower/toilet.
Comfort: Comfortable feel-well properties, all rooms with shower/toilet and good breakfasts.
Executive: Usually the best accommodation available in the given area, some even with spa.
Please note: your chosen category will be substituted when not available!


What we include

> comprehensive route description ("roadbook") from door to door, customized to your tour and the hotels you are staying in
> 4 nights prebooked accommodation, comfort and breakfast level depending on category, (single rooms available for an additional fee)
> emergency telephone support 24/7
> Extra: Well serviced rental bike with extensive toolkit, lock, pump and helmet. Panniers are available on request for a small fee.

Not included in tour price

Flight, food and drinks, admissions, National Park fees, excursions, luggage transport, personal spending



Tour itinerary

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.
We strongly recommand an extension night in St. Helens to explore the stunning surroundings like the nearby Bay of Fires or / and the Peron Dunes.
If you have just concluded our East coast tour you can today explore the beautiful surroundings like the famous Bay of Fires or the endless Peron dunes.

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.
If you're continuing on our West Coast Tour than you can spend the day visiting Tasmania's second largest city, Launceston.

Minimum distance to cycle: 186 km (112 m)

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Notes:
All distances are approximate only and may vary. The cycling distances depend on your personal level of fitness, weather conditions, chosen options on that day, and other variables.
We strongly recommend not undertaking this trip without advice or assistance. Some distances can be exhausting, you could run out of supplies while off the main roads or just not be able to make it to the next accommodation. In addition in some areas accommodation can be booked up for months in advance and the next available could be up to 50km (30m) away. It can be difficult selecting the really important highlights on your own so, let us organise your trip for you!


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