Moderate +
Grading
65-88 km/day
Avg Distance
October to April
Best season
5 Days/ 6 nights
Duration

East Coast Tasmania

Discover the wilderness of the island rich Tasmania. Experience five of Australia’s world heritage convict sites, local gourmet food and world-class wine. Tasmania is the place where adventure, culture, heritage and luxury converge. Cycle from Launceston to Hobart on a 6 day cycle tour encompassing the raw natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of this unique island.

Tasmania is an island roughly the size of West Virginia or Switzerland, located 240 km off the south-east corner of mainland Australia, with its neighbor being Antarctica, 2000 km south this is a very special place to visit. On this extraordinary cycle tour, you’ll coast along peninsulas weaving together pristine white sandy beaches, relict rainforest, fossil- filled cliffs, azure waters, pink granite peaks and famous national parks, our Tasmania coastal tour will completely dissolve you in the true essence of Tasmania. Our six- day journey down the East Coast from Launceston to Hobart offers challenging riding days, infused with dramatic landscapes, historic villages, charming accommodations and an abundance of local Tasmanian delicacies. Savor superb food and delicious wines along the way to tempt any gourmet guru. Compared to the rugged mountainous west coast, the east is blessed with a calmer, mild climate with ever-changing terrain and scenery. This East Coast cycling tour takes you through a temperate natural paradise nearly 300km from north to south.

“The five day Launceston to Hobart tour is a perfect introduction to tour cycling or if you are time poor. We cycled around 450kms of the east coast and took options for side visits such as the World Heritage site of Port Arthur courtesy of a car trip with Adam, our wonderful support and guide. With all the details taken care of by Cycling Tours and with Adam ferrying our clobber from point to point, we were free to make the most of the un-spoilt coastline, white beaches, aqua waters, ancient rain forests and tiny villages of Tasmania.”

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Day 1: Launceston to St. Helens

Distance: 47 km Altitude gain: +20/-447 m  Weldborough to St Helens – The scenic journey begins amidst farm land, wineries and classified historic towns. Arrive at the relaxed coastal town of St Helens and discover Australia’s most spectacular beaches at the neighboring bay of fires..

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St Helens to Bicheno

Distance: 77.2 km Altitude gain: + 824/-802 m
St Helens to Bicheno – Stunning coastal views prevail as you hug the coastline all the way to the character infused seaside town of Bicheno.
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Bicheno to Freycinet National Park

Distance: 40.4 km Altitude gain: +312/- 319 m
Bicheno to Freycinet National Park – Experience the beautiful and remote wineglass bay where the shimmering crescent of white sand fringes a perfect turquoise sea.

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Day Walk in Freycinet

Distance: 9.3 km Altitude gain: +113 m
Day Walk in Freycinet – Freycinet National park is one of Tasmania’s oldest National Parks founded in 1916, featuring stunning red and pink granite formations and a series of jagged granite peaks, called “The Hazards”.
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Swansea to Port Arthur

Distance: 57.5.3 km Altitude gain: +557/-572 m
Swansea to Port Arthur – The tracts of eucalyptus forest and the scenic coastline of Triabunna will be at your side this morning. Pursued by a vehicle transfer down to Tasman Island. Take in the sights at the Devils Kitchen and the Tasmanian Arch. Explore the cultural heritage of Port Arthur.

Peppers Seaport

In the lively Seaport Precinct in the heart of Launceston, where the North and South Esk Rivers meet, sits Peppers Seaport Hotel. Built on the site of an old dry dock, this stylish and contemporary Launceston accommodation is designed in the shape of a ship, giving it a distinct nautical ambience.

Your accommodation in Launceston will have spectacular views from your room and from the restaurant. You’ll have the contemporary comforts of a hotel in Launceston with all the entertainments of the city at your door.

In a vibrant new district of Launceston, overlooking the wharf strip and marina, Peppers Seaport Hotel puts you right amongst the action. This deluxe Launceston accommodation is located just 5 minutes from the city centre and is a short 15-minute drive from Launceston Airport.


Tidal Waters Resort

Tidal Waters enjoys a perfect waterfront setting surrounded by three hectares of natural lagoons and gardens. Looking out at the bay, you can enjoy an amazing range of birdlife which includes pelicans, swans, egrets, herons, eagles, fairywens and so many more.

It comprises 60 elegant guest rooms on two floors, each with ensuite bathroom and private balcony with sea or garden views. All rooms have remote control colour TV, DVD and every appointment you’d expect to find in a quality hotel. Our restaurants offer an A La Carte Menu, with an emphasis on fresh, local seafood and the finest Tasmanian produce. The walk-in wine cellar invites you to handpick a bottle from the wide range of Tasmanian, regional Australian and international wines to have with dinner or to take home as a reminder of your stay.


Bicheno By The Bay

Bicheno by the Bay family-styled facilities include a outdoor pool (heated from 1 Sept to 30 April), full size tennis court, pirate playground, orienteering course and communal fire pit. Close  proximity to town and attractions. Only 3 minutes walk to the town of Bicheno, the attractions like the  Blow Hole, Whalers Lookout and the Foreshore Walking Track.

Freycinet Lodge

Time stands still and your cares will wash away from the moment you arrive at Freycinet Lodge. Overlooking the blue waters of Great Oyster Bay and with the rugged Hazards mountain range as your backdrop, the location of Freycinet Lodge’s accommodation in Freycinet National Park is second to none.

Meredith House

Your hosts, Neal and Noel, welcome you to our hosted bed and breakfast accommodation in Tasmania’s East Coast town of Swansea. From its elevated position overlooking the town, it is but a short walk to white sandy beaches, stylish cafés and award-winning restaurants.

Meredith House has provided accommodation for visitors to Swansea for over 100 years. Extensively renovated, Meredith House now offers every comfort for the discerning traveller including free WiFi and internet access.

Stewarts Bay Lodge

Stewarts Bay Lodge is nestled between a beautiful beach, a forest, the calming ocean, a world heritage listed national park and Australia’s profound Port Arthur Historic Site. Stewarts Bay Lodge is a 9 hectare (22 acres) property on the shores of Stewarts Bay at Port Arthur just 90 minutes from Hobart in the beautiful region known as the Tasman Peninsula.

 

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