This is our SELF-GUIDED TOUR through the diversity of the north-east taking in it's unique temperate rainforest.
The trip takes you inland into an astonishing contrast of rolling, green hills and rainforest with many places worth visiting. Some long ascents make this tour more difficult than our East coast tour, but if you are at least moderately trained they won´t present a problem for you.
Prices, Terms & Itinerary
Budget: Quite basic, but you always have your own room. Usually shared facilities.
What we include
> Extensive preparatory material (fully comprehensive, pre-travel guide)
Not included in tour price
Flight, food and drinks, admissions, National Park fees, excursions, personal spending
Day 1, Arrival or Day off
If you are starting this tour, the first day is an arrival day. There is a bus from
Launceston, Tasmania's second largest city (pop. 80,000), leaving Mon-Thu at 4pm, Fri 5pm and at 12.30 pm on school days. It costs AU $31.50 p.p. and arrives in St.Helens 2 1/2 hours later. A private transfer can also be arranged ($ 190 for up to 4 people).
Day 2, St. Helens – Pyengana
You'll leave the coast and cycle into hilly country to the farmers’ settlement of Pyengana, where there's much to see, including a small cheese factory where you can taste samples. You could also visit the St. Columba Falls (Tasmania’s second highest waterfall) . You'll stay in a heritage protected, 'basic' country hotel, the “Pub in the Paddock” which boasts a beer-drinking pig as its mascot! Minimum distance to cycle; 30km (20m) plus excursions.
Day 3, Pyengana – Scottsdale
Today is a test of strength! After 3 kilometres you start to climb the Weldborough pass, were you gain almost 500m (1500ft) on altitude during 10 km! After enjoying the view there is a long descent on a bendy road through forest. Don´t forget the short myrtle-forest walk. You'll pass through the lovely old mining town of Derby, where all the houses are made from timber. A nice place for your lunch. In Branxholm, 9 km flat km later, you should take a short detour to the amazing woodcarvings of Legerwood, which were done by chainsaw. Afterwards you follow the quite hilly Tasman Highway as it winds through an open landscape, your destination being the small regional shopping town of Scottsdale (pop 8500). Minimum distance to cycle: 74km (43m).
Day 4, Scottsdale – Evandale:
Today´s start is very strenuously as there is a bit up and down followed by a steep climb. Your efforts will be rewarded with a spectacular view from the “Sideling” lookout at the summit. This is followed by a long descend with sharp bends through rainforest The rest of the day goes through an open landscape, a little bit downhill for most of the time - you'll love it! There is even a very nice picnic spot, the Myrtle Recreation ground. Later on you'll ride around the outskirts of Launceston, Tasmania's second largest city (pop 80,000). You'll spend the last night in the quiet, historic village of Evandale, just 3km from Launceston airport. Distance to cycle: 82km (50m) Launceston, Tasmania's second largest city (pop 80,000). You'll spend the last night in the quiet, historic village of Evandale, just 3km (2m) from Launceston airport. Minimum distance to cycle; 82km (50m)
Day 5, Departure
If finishing the trip here the airport is just 3 km (2m) away.
Minimum distance to cycle: 186 km (112 m)
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