4 reasons to cycle Tasmania and where to go

Cycling along the Tasmanian east coast | Oscar Bedford
Cycling along the Tasmanian east coast | Oscar Bedford

Looking to explore Tasmania in an active way? Why not hit the Apple Isle's scenic trails on two wheels – there are plenty of benefits when choosing a cycling holiday where all the logistics are covered.

Tasmania’s diverse terrain is ideal for cycling, so whether you’re after cross country cycling, mountain biking madness, or relaxing rides along quiet roads with scenic views and cool coastal air, there are plenty of options for avid cyclists to beginner riders. Read on to find out why you should grasp Tasmania's natural landscapes by the handlebars and pedal your way along these majestic island destinations.

1. Endless East Coast views

Anyone who has visited Tasmania’s east coast will attest to the spectacular views along its coastline. So why not make the most of them? Instead of glimpsing the scenery by car at 80 kilometres an hour, consider a cycle trip from Launceston to Hobart. Take your time to visit idyllic beaches, vineyards, open grassy pastures with opportunities to spot wildlife.

Experience it: East Coast Self Guided Cycle – Feel the wind in your hair as you cycle past the scenic east coast on this eight-day self-guided cycling adventure with optional activities out of the saddle available. If you're pressed for time, the six-day Self Guided Cycle East Coast Highlights adventure takes in the similar highlights of Freycinet National Park, Maria Island and the coast. 

2. Well-maintained roads

If you’ve had any experience cycling on main roads, you’ll know how pleasant it is to find well-maintained roads with stunning views. Plus, the small population of Tasmania means that there are fewer vehicles on the roads. This means you can have fun with your downhill descents and take your time on the uphills cycling past some of the best scenery. 

Experience it: Bruny Island Food, Hike and Bike – If you want to combine quiet cycling roads with even quieter walking tracks, this five-day adventure is our top pick. Best of all, this active adventure is combined with gourmet foodie experiences such as visiting oyster bars, boutique chocolate factories, whiskey tasting and winery stops.

3. Explore interesting places with ease and confidence

Whether you’re interested in exploring the small seaside lookouts, quaint rural towns, numerous great cafes, historical epicentres, superb wineries or artistic precincts, Tasmania has them all – and at achievable distances. By choosing an experienced tour operator for added support and who can cover all the logistics, you can better focus on the ride ahead. Plus, with e-bike upgrades available this can be a welcomed helping hand for powering up hills or keeping up with the back.


Experience it: Cycle, Kayak and Walk Tasmania – If you want to jam-pack as much adventure into your next trip, you can’t go past our most popular multi-activity adventure in Freycinet National Park and Maria Island. Over six days, this active adventure traverses all the great spots from Launceston to Hobart.

4. Epic descents

Thrill-seekers, rejoice! Tasmanian has a plethora of downhill descents guaranteed to give you an adrenalin rush. From Mt Wellington near Hobart, St Mary’s 10-kilometre windy pass, to mountain biking down Ben Lomond, there are plenty of places to let gravity do the work so you can sit back and enjoy the ride!

Experience it: Ben Lomond Mountain Bike Descent – This is a one-day epic cycling trail down Jacob’s Ladder, an exhilarating, sharp and winding road down Ben Lomond.

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