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This is our SELF-GUIDED TOUR along the breathtaking east coast of Tasmania.

This is our bestseller: cycling on a 'classic' tourist route, through more or less flat country with many lovely, empty white beaches in a mild, and mostly dry and sunny climate. You will have time to spend on world class beaches. Experienced cyclists will find this tour easy, beginners may find some sections harder than expected, due to some hills or the wind.



Prices, Terms & Itinerary

Start- / Endpoint

Hobart / St. Helens

Duration

8 days, 7 nights (without flight)

Season

from mid October to mid of April

Start date

any day, Friday recommended

as arrival day

Accommodation category

Price per person

booking code

Hostel / Budget category

$ 650 sharing

5 d

Economy category

$ 980 twin share

5 c

Comfort category

$1,290 twin share

5 a

Executive category

$1,550 twin share

5 b

Optional

bike hire incl. delivery/pick up

$ 100

pannier rental

$ 25 per pair

daily luggage transport

$ 500 per booking (all must fit in a car)

bag transport from first to last hotel

$ 40 per item

supplement for one person in a room

200* / 470 / 660 / 800

(Hostel / Economy / Comfort / Executive - category)

* =for places without hostel

ALL PRICES are displayed in AUSTRALIAN dollars (AUD)

7.5 % high season supplement for all nights between Dez 15th and Jan 15th

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Accommodation categories

Economy: Nothing fancy, but good value for money, mostly with shower/toilet.
Comfort: Comfortable feel-well properties, all rooms with shower/toilet (few exceptions) and good breakfast.
Executive: Usually the best available accommodation in the given area, some with spa.
Please note: your chosen category will be substituted when not available!


What we include

> Extensive preparatory material (fully comprehensive, pre-travel guide)
> comprehensive route description
> 7 nights prebooked accommodation, comfort and breakfast level depending on category (single rooms available for an additional fee)
> emergency telephone support 24/7
> Extra: Well serviced rental bike with toolkit, lock, pump, helmet (panniers on request for a small fee)

Not included in tour price

Flight, food and drinks, admission and National Park fees, excursions, personal spending



Tour itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

You need to make your own way to Hobart. If you arrive by plane you can use one of the shuttle buses. If booked, your rental bike(s) will be waiting for you at the first night's accommodation. If you arrive early enough there will be time to stroll through Tasmania's interesting capital.

Day 2, Hobart – Richmond:

This is an ideal starting day; not too long. If its a Saturday today you really shouldn't miss the famous Salamanca Market this morning before you set off on the tour. You will leave Hobart via the only cycle-way and the iconic Tasman Bridge, avoiding the main road. After about half way, a 3,5km (2.5m), rather steep ascent (8%) starts. Once down the other side, you are almost at your destination; the small, historic town of Richmond. I you arrive early you have enough to exlore this interesting small historic town with it´s many old fashion shops, galleries and of course the oldest bridge in Australia (still in operation). Minimum distance to cycle: 30km (20m)


Day 3, Richmond – Orford:

Once you've warmed-up there are some hills to climb. This will be one of the most exhausting days of the tour and there is some traffic, but there is no alternative available. You hit the magnificent east coast at your destibation town. Minimum distance to cycle: 59km (36m)

Day 4, Orford – Swansea:

You'll follow the coast road with spectacular views out over the ocean. It’s rather flat except for the first and last sections. You can stop and explore Spiky Bridge (built by convicts), and/or drop into Kate's Berry Farm for a yummy ice-cream. With tailwind you will arrive early. Minimum distance to cycle: 59km (36m)

Day 5, Swansea – Bicheno:

Today offers a remarkable, but hilly route around the Moulting Lagoon to the “tourist town” of Bicheno. There are some wineries en route where you can do some tasting. After dusk you may wish to visit the penguin colony (AU $25, pre-booking required). Minimum distance to cycle: 45km (30m)

Day 6, Day off

We suggest visiting the nearby, famous Freycinet National Park by shuttle bus (fees apply) and to do the walk to Wineglass Bay, which is voted by Lonely planet as one of the 10 best beaches in the world! Return via a round trip along the coast.

Day 7, Bicheno – St. Helens:

Today you continue north on the breathtaking, partly undulated coast road. Just 3km (2m) from Bicheno you can visit the award-winning “Nature World Animal Park” (AU $25), where you can see Tasmanian Devils and other native animals. Later in the day you can opt to go via Elephant Pass and visit the renowned Pancake Barn. After having enjoyed great coastal views you will pass a long beach, at the small holiday town of Scamander, before arriving in St Helens; the “capital” of the east coast (4500 inhabitants). Minimum distance to cycle: 75km (45m)

Day 8, Departure

If you finish your bike tour here you can go to Launceston or via connection to Hobart by bus, which leaves Mon-Fri at 06.15 am (during school terms only) and 8:30 am, Saturday 8.00 am (during school terms only). It costs $31.60 / $45 p.p. and needs 2 1/4 hours to Launceston airport, 2 1/2 hours to Launceston city and 4 1/2 hours to Hobart. A private transfer can also be arranged ($ 190 to Launceston, $ 320 to Hobart for max 4 people).
If you are going to continue on our North-east Tour you will have the day to explore the many remote and beautiful beaches like the Bay of Fires, Binalong Bay or Peron Dunes.

Distance covered: 285 to 405km (172 to 245m) depending on the options taken.



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Notes:
All distances are approximate only and may vary. The cycling distances depend on your personal level of fitness, weather conditions, chosen options on that day, and other variable.
We strongly recommend not to undertake this trip without advice or assistance. Some sections can be very exhausting, you could run out of supplies while off the main roads or just not make it to the next accommodation. In some areas all accommodation can be booked up months in advance and the next available could be up to 50km (30m) away. It can be hard to know which of the really important highlights to select as well so, better let us organise the trip for you!


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