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This is our SELF-GUIDED TOUR along the breathtaking East coast of Tasmania.

This tour is our bestseller: You will cycle the 'classic' tourist route along Tasmania´s breathtaking East Coast, passing many outstanding empty white beaches in a mild, mostly dry and sunny climate. You have the possibility to visit the famous Freycinet National park by shuttle bus on your "day off". There are some hills between Richmond and Orford, the rest is undulating. 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

Hobart / St. Helens

Duration

8 days, 7 nights (without flight)

Season

from mid October to mid April

Departure dates

any day of your choice

see Hobart restrictions

Accommodation category

Price per person

booking code

Hostel / Budget category

$ 690 sharing

5 d

Economy category

$ 1,040 twin share

5 c

Comfort category

$1,460 twin share

5 a

Executive category

$1,890 twin share

5 b

Optional

bike hire incl. delivery/pick up

$ 160

electric bike hire* incl. delivery/pick up

$ 335

pannier rental

$ 25 per pair

daily luggage transport

$ 600 per booking (all items must fit in a car)

bag transfer from first to last hotel

$ 35 per item

supplement for one person in a room

230* / 520 / 730 / 950

(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


On booking you agree to our Terms & Conditions

* We do NOT deliver electric bikes to Hobart due to the high risk they might get stolen. Instead, you will start cycling in Richmond. You can proceed from Hobart to Richmond by public bus or a taxi.





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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 travellers). 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) and good breakfast.
Executive: Usually the best available accommodation in the given area, some with spa.
Please note: your chosen category will be substituted when not available!

Under all circumstances you should avoid Hobart between Christmas and Jan 5th.
If you cannot avoid this period you may have to accept a lower hotel quality and / or a surcharge.


What we include

> comprehensive route description from door to door, customised to your tour and the hotels you are staying in
> 7 nights pre-booked accommodation in strictly selected premises, comfort and breakfast level depending on category (single rooms available for an additional fee)
> emergency telephone support 24/7
> Available for additional charge: well maintained rental bike with extensive tool kit, lock, pump, and helmet. Panniers are available 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: independent Arrival - Hobart

This first day is an arrival day (accommodation included, but no transfer). You are best to fly into Hobart Airport; from there it is about 35 minutes drive to the city centre. Travel either by shuttle bus to certain bus stops or by taxi directly to your first hotel (flight/transfer not included in tourprice). If booked, your rental bike(s) will be waiting for you at the first hotel.
If you arrive early in the day you might look around Tasmania's interesting capital. For instance, you could drive through the city on a double decker bus, hop on and off as you choose or maybe visit MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), which has quickly become a major tourist attraction. You can get there on the bike path or with a regular ferry from the harbour.
Should you arrive later in the day we suggest you stay an additional night to enable you to explore Hobart the next day. We are happy to book this addtional night for you in the same hotel.

Day 2: Hobart – Richmond

This is an ideal starting trip, not too long. If today is a Saturday you really shouldn't miss the famous Salamanca Market this morning before you set off on the tour. You leave Hobart via the only cycle-way and the iconic Tasman Bridge, avoiding the main road. About half way, a 3,5km (2.5m), rather steep ascent (8%) starts. Once down the other side, you are almost at your destination; the small, historic town of Richmond. If you arrive early you should explore this interesting small historic town with it´s many old fashioned shops, galleries, lolly shop, prison museum and of course the oldest bridge in Australia (still in operation). Minimum distance to cycle: 30km (20m)
Please note: some part of the route run on bike tracks, on other sections you have to cycle on busy suburban roads. Some customers did complain about the amount of traffic. If you wish to avoid this you could travel by public bus or a taxi to Richmond, where you pick up your rental bike and leave the next morning. This will save some bike rental and luggage transport fees (if booked). However, you need to tell us at the time of booking.

Day 3: Richmond – Orford

Once you've warmed-up there are some hills to climb! This will be one of the most challenging days of your tour. There is some traffic, but there is no other option as this is the only road. You arrive at Tasmanias magnificent east coast at your destination town You accommodation is within walking distance of the beach. We recommend an additional night here so you ferry over to Maria Island and spent a day there. The entire island is National Park and can only be reached by boat. Minimum distance to cycle: 59km (36miles)

Day 4: Orford – Swansea:

Today you'll follow the coast road. This section offers the most spectacular ocean views for the entire tour and is quite flat except one short section. You can stop and explore Spiky Bridge (built by convicts), and/or drop into Kate's Berry Farm for a yummy ice-cream. If you are lucky to have a tailwind you will complete your cycling early. Minimum distance to cycle: 59km (36miles)

Day 5, Swansea – Bicheno

Today you need to ride around the Moulting Lagoon and over the relatively harmless Cherry Tree Hill towards the “tourist town” of Bicheno. There are several wineries located along the route, where you can taste their produce (one even has a wooden lookout-tower with spectacular views into the Moulting Lagoon). Minimum distance to cycle: 45km (30miles)

Day 6: Day off

We suggest visiting the famous Freycinet National Park (fees apply) by shuttle bus (fees apply, does not operate on weekends). There you can walk to the stunning Wineglass Bay lookout and return or continue to Wineglass Bay (voted one of the 10 best beaches in the world) and Hazard beach and return via a bush trek. After dusk, you may join a guided tour to the penguin colony (AU $40, pre-booking recommended).

Day 7: Bicheno – St. Helens:

You continue cycling north on the breathtaking, partly undulating coast road. Just 3km (2m) from Bicheno you can visit the award-winning “Nature World Animal Park” (AU $29), where you can see native animals, including the Tasmanian Devil. With a bit of luck you can even pet one! Later in the day you may opt to cycle up the steep Elephant Pass, where you can visit the well known Pancake Barn. After having enjoyed great coastal views you should stop in the small seaside town of Scamander to look at their fantastic beach (where whales and dolphins are often spotted from); and visit the nearby "Eureka Farm" where you can try their award-winning ice cream and other homemade products. 22 km later you will arrive in St Helens; the “capital” of the east coast (4500 inhabitants). This "Jewel of Tasmania's North-East" was voted "Tassie's Top Tourism Town" for 2020. Minimum distance to cycle: 75km (45miles)

Day 8: independent Departure

We do recommend an extension night in St. Helens to explore the stunning surroundings, including the nearby famous Bay of Fires, the Peron Dunes or the newly build Mountain Bike Trails. You can even go an a day tour to Pyengana to see the St. Columba Falls (Tasmanias second highest) and to taste the products of the local cheese factory. If you continue on our North-East Tour you can visit these today.
If you return home you leave the rental bike(s) at your hotel.
Your return flight should depart from Launceston. It is much easier, quicker and cheaper to get from St. Helens to Launceston airport than back to Hobart airport.
The bus service no 740 from "Calows Coaches" will get you to Launceston City Center (cost $ 31.60 p.p.), and via a connection to Launceston Airport and Hobart city. It departs at 8:30am Mo-Sa, and at 06.15am Mon-Fri during school terms. The 8.30am bus arrives in Launceston City at approx 11 am. For Launceston airport you get off in Perth and use a taxi for the last 8 km, what saves time and money. By doing this you should be able to catch all flights from 12 noon with the 8.30am bus and all flights from 10am with the 06.15am bus. Launceston is a very small airport - it takes only a few minutes to get through security. A private transfer to Launceston airport can also be arranged for $ 250 for up to 4 people; add $ 40 for bigger groups of up to 8 persons.
For Hobart you have to use the 8.30am bus and change to a "Redline" bus at Epping Forest. You will arrive in Hobart city at around 12.30 pm. From there you take a taxi to the airport (about 40 minutes / $ 50). You should be able to catch all flights from 3 pm.

Distance covered: 285 to 405km (172 to 245miles) depending on options chosen



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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 variable.
We strongly recommend not to undertake this trip without advice or assistance. Some sections can be very exhausting, you could run out of supplies while off the main roads or just not make it to the next accommodation. In some areas all accommodation can be booked up months in advance and the next available could be up to 50km (30m) away. It can be hard to know which of the really important highlights to select as well so, better let us organise the trip for you!


G R E E NI S L A N DT O U R ST A S M A N I A2 Simeon Place, St. Helens, 7216 Tasmania, AustraliaPhone: +61 (0) 3 6376 3080E-mail: info@cycling-tasmania.com