West coast Tour
This is our SUPPORTED GROUP TOUR through the rugged wilderness of the West coast and the Highlands.
It goes through very dramatic scenery, lots of it in World Heritage listed areas or alpine country. It is very lonesome, with long distances between settlements, many hills and a high chance of rain. You don´t need to be exceptionally fit because you can join our support vehicle whenever you like.
Prices, Terms & Itinerary
Economy: Nothing fancy, but good value for money, mostly with shower/toilet.
Displayed prices are valid if the group, who booked the tour, has 6 participants. If there are more, the price per person will be lower, if there are less participants, the price per person will be higher. To increase the number of participants we can try to fill up with participants outside your group. The outside participants will never pay less than the displayed 6 person price.
What we include
> Road book containing all details of the tour
What we do NOT include
Flights, airport transfers, evening meals and drinks, additional excursions and coffee stops, personal spending, trips not mentioned in the itinerary
Day 1, arrival
You need to make your own way to Hobart. Depending on your arrival time you´ll have time to enjoy the open-to-the-world atmosphere of Tasmania’s capital and it´s people, visit the oldest brewery in Australia, enjoying the view from the top of Mount Wellington, or visit MONA (museum for old and new art), which fast became a tourist magnet. On the late afternoon we will meet for a briefing, bike adjustment and a quick test-drive of rental bikes. Later we can have dinner together (not included).
Day 2, Hobart - Bronte Park (B/L)
Transfer out of the city to the small town of New Norfolk (approx. 1 hour). Just a few km out of there the traffic has eased and you will start cycling. The landscape becomes more open and wilder all the time. Around noon we will visit the Mount Field National Park with its famous Russel Falls and many tall trees. There is a brilliant lunch spot, too, beside a river. Later we will follow the “Wild Way”, one of the most fascinating roads in the world, going through World heritage area. Just before the highway we will load you into our support vehicle and drive you to a remote location in the highlands. Unfortunately 2017 the only pub burnt down so we have to prepare our dinner by ourselfs.TOTAL 155 km (96 miles). On average our guests do cycle 55km (34 miles) and use our support vehicle for the remaining 100km (62miles).
Day 3, Bronte Park - Queenstown
We continue cycling through this untouched World Heritage Area: the Wild Rivers National Park. There are many long descents. It's also a day for short walks in superb locations (e.g. Lake St Claire National Park, Donaghys Lookout [360° round-view] and the famous Nelson Falls).
TOTAL 119km (74 miles). On average our guests do cycle 55km (34 miles) and use our support vehicle for the remaining 6km (40miles).
Day 4, Queenstown - Strahan
In the morning there is time for checking out the town. Than we do a 6 hour long walk along the wild Bird River through very beautiful rainforest (weather permitting). If you prefer cycling you will be pleased: you can cycle on a narrow, winding road with 243 curves, most of it through beautiful and dense forest. Generally speaking there is more downhill than uphill! Usually our guests do cycle the entire 42 km (26 miles) .
Day 5, day off
A day for doing what you like. We strongly recommend the half-day
Gordon River cruise into the untouched Gordon River (approx $115). Another option is to go on a day tour with restored ABT 'Wilderness Railway' steam train instead (approx $ 155). You can also visit the nearby endless Ocean Beach, with 33 km length Tasmania´s longest. There are other excursions you can do, including a helicopter ride, or just relax. Lunch is on yourself today.
Day 6, Strahan - Tullah
Today’s route is also very beautiful and more or less the flat for the first 42 km. We will have a lunch-break in Zeehan, where we can visit the fascinating local heritage- and mining museum. Alternatively we could do the 3 hour return walk to the 104m high Montezuma Falls with its suspension bridge, which is a highlight for many guests (weather permitting). From the small mining town of Roseberry we will drive you to our accommodation, a former dam workers settlement, which is situated at the very edge of a crystal-clear lake (swimming permitted).
TOTAL 89km (55 miles). On average our guests do cycle 55km (34 miles) and use our support vehicle for the remaining 34km (21miles).
Day 7, Tullah - Cradle Mountain
We will drive you the first 20 km up the Murchinson Highway, then you can cycle the very hilly rest to the tourist icon Cradle Mountain National Park at 900 m altitude. We will arrive at around noon. After lunch you can walk around romantic Dove Lake (about 2.5 hours with shuttle bus) or do even longer walks by yourself.
TOTAL 46 km (28 miles). On average our guests do cycle 26km (16 miles) and use our support vehicle for the remaining 20km (12miles).
Day 8, Cradle Mountain - Mole Creek:
You can start by bike through an open, almost alpine landscape (more downhill than uphill). However, there are some very steep sections where you can use our support vehicle if you prefer. We will have our lunch in the small country town of Sheffield, where you can have a look at the many murals. Later it goes up and down on a very narrow and windy road back into warmth to the small romantic village of Mole Creek. If time allows we could do a 40 mins return walk to the Alum Cliffs, or you could visit an interesting animal park. Depending on accommodation availability we will either stay in Mole Creek or in Evandale, which we will reach after approx. 75 min driving on the old highway.TOTAL 83 km (53 miles). On average our guests do cycle 68km (42 miles) and use our support vehicle for the remaining 15km (9miles).
Day 9, departure:
In the morning we we will bring you to Launceston City, Tasmania's second largest city (pop. 80,000), or Launceston airport. Please make sure your flight does not depart before 11 am.
Please note: the displayed cycling distances are the average of all previous tours and do vary a lot from tour to tour, depending on your personal fitness level, wind direction and other weather conditions, chosen options on that day, and other variables.
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