4 reasons to cycle Tasmania

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

Want to cycle Tasmania? 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 the avid cyclist. If you’re looking for your next handlebar adventure and not sure where to go, check out our top four reasons why Tasmania should be at the top of your cycling holiday bucket list!

Endless East Coast views:

Anyone who has visited Tasmania’s east coast will attest to the spectacular views along the east coast. So why not make the most of them? Instead of glimpsing the coastal views by car at 80kms an hour, consider a cycle trip along the stunning east coast, taking your time to visit the beaches, lookouts and take in the views from handlebar level. 

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 or if you are pressed for time the 6 day Self Guided Cycle East Coast Highlights adventure takes in the similar highlights of Freycinet National Park, Maria Island and the coast. 

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’s fewer on the roads, which 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 visits to wineries.

Lots of interesting places to explore:

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! 

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 the Cycle, Kayak and Walk Tasmania trip. Over six days, this active adventure traverses all the great spots from Launceston to Hobart.

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 10km 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 1 day epic cycling trail down Jacob’s Ladder - an exhilarating, sharp and winding road down Ben Lomond.

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