Tasmania self-guided cycling tours, East Coast

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Tasmania self-guided cycling tours, East Coast

Embark on a self-guided cycling tour taking you across the scenic east coast of Tasmania from Hobart to St. Helen's


Tour ItineraryTasmania self-guided cycling tours, East Coast


Day 1: Arrival

You need to make your own way to Hobart. If you arrive by plane you can use one of the shuttle buses. If booked, your rental bike(s) will be waiting for you at the first night's accommodation. If you arrive early enough there will be time to stroll through Tasmania's interesting capital.


Day 2, Hobart – Richmond:

This is an ideal starting day; not too long. If its a Saturday today you really shouldn't miss the famous Salamanca Market this morning before you set off on the tour. You will leave Hobart via the only cycle-way, crossing the iconic Tasman Bridge, avoiding the main road. After 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. There should be enough time left in the day to explore. Minimum distance to cycle: 30km (20m)OPTION: if you are fit you may skip the night in Richmond and continue to Orford. 


Day 3, Richmond – Orford:Tasmania self-guided cycling tours, East Coast

Once you've warmed-up there are some hills to climb. This will be one of the most exhausting days of the tour, but there is no available detour. You hit the magnificent east coast when you reach Orford. Minimum distance to cycle: 59km (36m)


Day 4, 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 5, Swansea – Bicheno:

Today offers a remarkable, but hilly route around Moulting Lagoon to the “tourist town” of Bicheno. There are some wineries en route where you can do some tasting. After dusk you may wish to visit the penguin colony (AU $25, pre-booking required). Minimum distance to cycle: 45km (30m


Day 6, Day offTasmania self-guided cycling tours, East Coast

We suggest visiting the nearby, famous Freycinet National Park by shuttle bus (fees apply) and to do the walk to Wineglass Bay, which is voted by Lonely planet as one of the 10 best beaches in the world! Return via a round trip along the coast.


Day 7, Bicheno – St. Helens:

Than you continue north on the breathtaking, partly undulated coast road. Just 3km (2m) from Bicheno you can visit the award-winning ldquo;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 8, DepartureTasmania self-guided cycling tours, East Coast

If you finish your bike tour here you can go to Launceston or via connection to Hobart by bus, which leaves Mon-Fri at 06.15 am (school terms only) and 8:30 am, Saturday 8.00 am (schoolterms only). It costs $31.60 / $45 p.p. and needs 2 1/4 hours to Launceston airport, 2 1/2 hours to Launceston city and 4 1/2 hours to Hobart. A private transfer can also be arranged ($ 200 to Launceston, $ 260 to Hobart for max 4 people).


What we include

  • Extensive preparatory material 
  • Fully comprehensive, pre-travel guide and route description
  • 7 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


Accommodation categories

  • 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.
  • Economy: Nothing fancy, but good value for money, mostly with shower/toilet.
  • Budget: Quite basic, but you always have your own room. Usually shared facilities.
  • Hostel: You share your bedroom with others, usually dorm, shared facilities.

Please note: your chosen category will be substituted when not available!


Please enquire for accomodation category costs