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6
Moderate
Activities
  • 7 days cycling
Accommodation
  • 7 nights accommodation
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast

8 Days$1350AUD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to a maximum of 12-16 people


Trip Code: SOG5654

Trip highlights


  • Enjoy the independence of self-guided cycling with all logistics taken care of for you
  • Wheel along stretches of beautiful coastline past Bicheno and other small fishing villages
  • Explore the spectacular Freycinet National Park with an optional walk to the famous Wineglass Bay
  • Cycle a circuit of Maria Island or explore it on foot
  • Stop at vineyards, cheese-makers and berry farms to taste gourmet local food, including the famous Pyengana cheese
  • Optional activities out of the saddle available

Tasmania's East Coast offers access to some of the best experiences on offer on the island state and there are few better ways to take in all the highlights than by travelling by bike at your own pace on this well crafted self guided itinerary. After a thorough briefing from our guides in Launceston, you may choose to begin this self guided trip with a ride along a section of the Trail of the Tin Dragon driving route, which delves into the regions tin mining history and the arrival of the local Chinese population. Out of the saddle, stop to taste cheese in Pyengana and take an optional walk to Tasmania's highest waterfall, St Columbus Falls, before getting back on the bike for a spectacular coastal ride via picturesque Bicheno to Coles Bay, gateway to the Freycinet National Park. In Freycinet there is time to explore this special part of the East Coast by taking in some walks or kayaking on the azure waters. The highlights keep rolling on as you continue with time on Maria Island, where you can discover remnants of Tasmania's convict past and the island's extraordinary beauty on foot or a 22km circuit ride. Got more time? Ask about our 10 day itinerary that also includes the historical site of Port Arthur.

Activities:

Itinerary

Today you will start your tour in the historic city of Launceston, where you will be picked up at approximately 7:30 am and check that you have the correct bike size. You will be transferred to Scottsdale via the picturesque countryside and forests of North East Tasmania, where you will have a short briefing and demonstration of your hire gear. From here you saddle up and embark upon the first stage of your journey, travelling through beautiful agricultural heartlands before choosing to either stay on the Tasman Highway or get onto the 'rail trail'. The well maintained rail trail is for the more adventurous, taking you off road through extensive forested scenery before joining up again with the main road just outside of Branxholm. After passing through Derby, famous for its tin mining history, great flood of 1929, and now for it's epic mountain biking trails, you continue to cycle through spectacularly lush and fertile valleys and rainforests before reaching the famous Weldborough Hotel. Here you can rest your legs, have a shower and choose from the extensive range of local micro brewery beverages that this quaint pub has to offer. Cycle distance: 54 km Estimated cycle times: Via Rail Trail 4 hrs | Via Tasman Hwy 3 hrs 40 mins

Meals:  Nil

Starting the day with a hearty breakfast provided by your hosts, you once more jump aboard your trusty steel horse and head off towards the East Coast. The first recommended side trip today is at the magical Weldborough Pass; an easy and informative stroll through remnant Gondwanan rainforest. Next continue up the hill before cresting the ridge line and taking in your first glimpse of the East Coast. Enjoy an exhilarating descent to the flats of the Pyengana Valley. Here you can stop at the famous Pyengana cheese factory and enjoy a delicious ice cream whilst watching the happy cows being milked. A great option is to continue along the C428 to one of Tassie’s great short walks: St Columbus Falls which is Tasmania’s highest waterfall. Getting back onto the Tasman highway the vegetation starts to change and you will continue to see tantalising glimpses of the ocean. Passing below the Blue Tier you cycle through Goshen before starting the gentle descent to the East Coast's game fishing capital St Helens. Tonight and the following night you will be staying at Kellraine units. You can choose from the town’s range of restaurants and cafes where you can sample some of the sumptuous local seafood. Cycle distance: 44 km Estimated cycle times: 3 hrs plus side trips

Meals:  B

Today you can relax around the Bay of Fires area and explore the area in your free time Either by cycling or walking. See what is arguably Tasmania's finest stretch of coast in what is the finest way - by bike - cruising along the lichen-splashed shores of the Bay of Fires, where the beaches and headlands are palettes of colour. Allow plenty of time for beach stops. In the evening you will stay at Kellraine Units ready to head toward Bicheno tommorrow.

Meals:  Nil

Set out today with the sun on your back and the wind in your hair. The cycling today is relatively easy as you follow the glorious coastline, stopping at your leisure at the numerous little bays and uncrowded, wide sandy beaches for which the area is renowned. Passing through the seaside town of Scamander you will likely see locals fishing for bream from the bridge and you can stop for a drink or just to take in the serenity. Past Scamander is Henderson’s lagoon, a treat for bird watchers and with over seven kilometres of well marked trails. Further down the coast you can visit the sensationally situated Iron House Brewery where you can enjoy a light lunch and tastings of different beers made with local spring water. Moving on you pass through the Chain of Lagoons before choosing whether to take the unsealed Rosedale Road to visit the magnificent waterhole at Douglas Apsley National Park, or continuing on along the coast road for the final 3km of the day's ride to arrive at Bicheno by the Bay, your accommodation for the evening. Cycle distance: 77 km Estimated cycle times: 4 hrs 15 mins

Meals:  Nil

Today provides a change of pace with only a short ride along the coast before reaching Coles Bay, gateway to the world famous Freycinet National Park home of the incomparable Wineglass bay. Here you have the option of enjoying some of the extensive array of beautiful walks the park has to offer, taking it easy on the beach or enjoying a kayaking session on the crystal clear waters of Oyster Bay with the multi award winning Freycinet Adventures kayak company. After a day in the National Park you can relax in your accommodation at the Iluka Holiday Park or take a short stroll down to the Coles Bay pub for your evening meal. You could also visit Tombolo gourmet pizza restaurant, or even take some cheese and olives down to the beach for a peaceful and scenic waterfront dinner. Cycle Distance: 43 km Estimated cycle times: 3 hrs Walking times: From 45 mins to all day

Meals:  Nil

Feeling refreshed you will re-ride the Coles Bay Road before turning south again on the Tasman Highway. This morning you pass through premier wine growing country where you can stop at a number of vineyards to enjoy tastings or a well deserved coffee. From Devils Corner Vineyard you have a short and steep incline to the peak of Cherry Tree Hill – this route provides spectacular views back towards the magnificent pink granite peaks of the Hazards range and Great Oyster Bay. From here the route turns inland, undulating through eucalypt forest then descending again through a variety of rural landscapes and coastal panoramas. At approximately the 33km mark – after your decent from Cherry Tree Hill – you come to Glen Gala Road on the left. This peaceful country road takes you on a short detour over Swan River, bringing you out again to the Tasman Highway at Gala Estate Vineyard. Tonight your lodging will be close to the water at the Swansea Holiday Park. Cycle distance: 57 km Estimated cycle times: 3-4 hrs

Meals:  Nil

Having reached the halfway point of your cycle adventure today you are treated to one of the most spectacular sections of the Tasman Highway. You will be rewarded with view after stunning view of our unspoilt coastline. Ample opportunities exist for stopping at the numerous sandy beaches and sheltered rocky coves that are dotted along the coast. Look out for the famous ‘Spiky Bridge’, one of many remnants of Tasmania’s convict past. Passing through quaint rural hamlets as you approach Swanport the scenery changes again to picturesque country fields and gentle rolling hills. Looking south-east as you approach Triabunna you may catch glimpses of the silhouette of the renowned National Park of Maria Island. Triabunna is the only opportunity you will have to stock up on supplies for your stay in the National Park. Here you head to the jetty and wait to embark upon the Maria Island ferry at 4:15pm. Crossing the Mercury Passage takes about half an hour and provides you with an appreciation of how far you have come as you gaze north along Tasmania’s coastline. Upon arriving at Darlington it is only a short walk to the campground where you can set up your comfortable camp for the next two nights. Cycle distance: 51 km Estimated cycle times: 2 hrs 45 mins

Meals:  Nil

It is worth getting up before dawn and making your way to the Fossil Cliffs to watch a Tasman Sea sunrise before starting your adventures for the day ahead. If you are keen to do some more cycling you have the opportunity to ride the 22km of well defined trails plus some of the circuit routes across the Island. Or you can choose from one of the many walks the National Park has to offer including the astounding Painted Cliffs or the sublime peak of Bishop and Clerk. If snorkelling is your thing then the Darlington jetty is situated within the island's marine reserve and you can swim amongst the shoals of different fish species found within the crystal clear waters. The history of Maria Island is fascinatingly diverse and hours can easily be spent simply wandering through the ruins and restored buildings of Darlington learning of their past. Spending a second night at the Maria Island campground gives you time to stroll through the myriad open grassy pastures and marvel at the abundance of wildlife which populates the island... keep your eye out for the cheeky Tasmanian Devils that sometimes scamper through camp! Cycle distance: Your choice Walking time: 1.5 hrs to 7 hrs

Meals:  Nil

The last morning on Maria Island gives you a short while to take in the park's serenity before jumping aboard the 9:45am ferry and returning once more to the mainland. From here you will be transfered back to Hobart by one of our friendly staff. During your time in Hobart consider a visit to Mt Wellington for sensational views or a rainforest amble – alpine wilderness only half an hour from the bustle of Hobart's CBD. Alternatively you can opt for a cultural infusion and visit the internationally renowned MONA (Museum of Old & New Art). You can take the MONA Ferry from Brooke Street Pier, which takes you to MONA up the Derwent River with spectacular views of beautiful Hobart backed by the grand dolerite spires of Mt Wellington – a great way to get your bearings of the city. The peaceful Botanical Gardens are just a short walk from Hobart city centre... Or just relax by the waterfront at Salamanca Place with a well deserved drink, congratulate yourself on all you have achieved over the week, and watch the afternoon pass by!

Meals:  Nil


Inclusions

  • 1 breakfast - continental style
  • 5 nights accommodation in hotels / cabins and guesthouses on a twinshare basis with private facilities on most nights
  • 2 nights camping on Maria Island (all gear included)
  • Cycle 27-speed Avanti Explorer with helmet, lights (front and back), water bottle holder, rear panniers (pair), toolkit, pump and lock
  • Transfer ex Launceston to start of cycle
  • Transfer to Hobart at the end of cycle
  • Maria Island Ferry transfers
  • Expert pre-departure and gear briefing
  • National Park Passes

  • Flight travel to Launceston and from Hobart
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, car parking, towel etc
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals
  • shower on Maria Island - please allow a few dollars per shower ($1 coins required)

Bike information


Suitability

Moderate

6

This self guided trip involves cycling and some optional day walks if you prefer. Daily activity is usually between 5 and 7 hours but some days might be longer depending on your overall pace on riding a bike with panniers, which will house all your needs for the trip. Being a self guided trip you determine the pace and schedule. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and good health and be a very confident and capable cyclist to complete the distances. Be prepared for potential variable weather conditions which can also add to the timing and comfort of a trip, for example riding into a head wind will take more time than when the wind is behind you.


Departure dates

Departs daily September - April

Total Priceper person from

$1350AUD

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Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Ecki Hermann Self Guided cycle trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

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Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.