West coast Tour
This is our SUPPORTED GROUP TOUR through the rugged wilderness of the west coast and highlands.
It goes through very dramatic scenery, lots of it in World Heritage listed areas or alpine country. Its very lonesome, with long distances between settlements, many hills and a high chance of rain. You don´t need to be exceptionally fit because you can join the support vehicle whenever you like.
Prices, Terms & Itinerary
Hostel: You share your bedroom with others, usually dorm, shared facilities.
What we include
> Extensive preparatory material (a fully comprehensive, pre-travel guide including road book)
What we do NOT include
Flight, airport pickup in Hobart, evening meals and drinks, additional excursions and trips not mentioned in the itinerary, personal spending.
Day 1, arrival
You have to get to your hotel in Hobart by yourself.
Day 2, Hobart - Bronte Park (B/L)
Bus transfer out of the city and the dense traffic to New Norfolk, where you can enjoy cycling again. The landscape becomes more open and wilder all the time. Around noon we visit the Mount Field National Park with its famous Russel Falls and many tall trees. Its a brilliant lunch spot, too. Later we follow the “Wild Way”, one of the most fascinating roads in the world going through world heritage area. Overnight we stay in the highlands in a remote location. Cycling: 55 km (34 m), + Bus 100 km (62 m)
Day 3, Bronte Park - Queenstown (B/L)
We continue cycling through this untouched World Heritage Area; the Wild Rivers National Park. There are many long descents. It's also a day for short walks in superb locations (e.g. Lake St Claire National Park, Donaghys Lookout [360° round-view] and the famous Nelson Falls). Cycling 55 km + Bus 64 km (40 m)
Day 4, Queenstown - Strahan (B/L)
In the morning there is time for checking out the town. Than we do a 6 hour walk along the wild Bird River through very beautiful rainforest (weather permitting). You may prefer to take a ride on the recently restored ABT 'Wilderness Railway' instead (at extra cost). If you are into cycling you will be pleased: our route follows a narrow, winding road with 243 curves, most of it through beautiful and dense forest. Generally speaking there is more downhill than uphill! Cycling: 42 km (26 m)
Day 5, day off (B)
A day for relaxing or tours. We recommend the half-day
Gordon River cruise into the untouched Gordon River, do other excursions or have a rest day. One option is to take the railway trip described in yesterday’s itinerary (all at extra cost and pre-booking is required). You must not forget to visit Ocean Beach, with 33 km length Tasmania´s longest.
Day 6, Strahan - Tullah (B/L)
Today’s route is also very beautiful and more or less on the flat for the first 42 km. There will be a lunch-break in Zeehan, where we can visit the local mining museum. It is possible to do the 3 hour return walk to the 104m high Montezuma Falls (with a suspension bridge crossing). Later we take a coffee break in the old mining town, Roseberry. Our accommodation is situated at the very edge of a crystal-clear lake (swimming permitted). Cycling: 55 km (34 m), + Bus 34 km (21 m)
Day 7, Tullah - Cradle Mountain (B/L)
We will drive you the first 20 km up the Murchinson Highway, than you can cycle the hilly rest to the tourist icon Cradle Mountain National Park at 900 m altitude. We will arrive at around noon. After lunch we can walk around romantic Dove Lake (about 2 hours) or do even longer walks. Cycling: 26 km (16 m), + Bus 20 km (12 m)
Day 8, Cradle Mountain - Evandale (B/L):
You can start by bike again though an open, almost alpine landscape (more downhill than up), however there are some very steep sections where you can use our support vehicle if you like. At lunch we will arrive at the small country town of Sheffield, where you can have a look at the many murals. Later it goes up and down on a quite narrow and windy road back into warmth to the small romantic village of Mole Creek. If time allows we could do a 40 mins return walk to the Alum Cliffs, visit the
honey farm in Cluddah (there are over 50 different types of honey) or an interesting animal park. This trip ends with a 90 mins long transfer to the historic village of Evandale, only 3 km from Launceston airport. En route we can visit the interetsing Copper Gallery in Carrick if time allows.
Cycling: 68 km (42 m), + Bus 101 km (61 m)
Day 9, departure (B):
In the morning we we will bring you to Launceston airport or to a destination of your choice in or around Launceston City, Tasmania's second largest city (pop. 80,000). We are sure you'll take home lots of lovely memories.
G R E E NI S L A N DT O U R ST A S M A N I A3 Simeon Place, St. Helens, 7216 Tasmania, AustraliaTel + Fax: (+61) 03- 6376 3080