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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 need to be dealt with, but if you are at least moderately trained they wont present a problem.

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Prices, Terms & Itinerary

Start- / Endpoint

St. Helens / Launceston

Duration

5 days, 4 nights (without flight)

Season

from mid October to end of April

Start dates

any day of your choice

rentalbike

$ 65 incl. delivery

luggage transport

$ 250 per booking

Accommodation category

Price per person

booking code

Comfort category

$720 twin share

6 a

Executive category

$840 twin share

6 b

Economy category

$535 twin share

6 c

budget category

$420 twin share

6 e

supplement for one person in a room

$440 / 340 / 215 / 160

(depending on category)

ALL PRICES are displayed in AUSTRALIAN dollars (AUD)

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Accommodation categories

Comfort: Comfortable feel-well properties, all rooms with shower/toilet (few exceptions).
Executive: Usually the best available accommodation in the given area, some with spa.
Economy: Nothing fancy, but good value for money, mostly with shower/toilet.
Budget: Quite basic, but you always have your own room. Usually shared facilities.
Hostel: You share your bedroom with others, usually dorm, shared facilities.
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
> 5 nights prebooked accommodation, comfort level depending on category, some including breakfast (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, admissions, National Park fees, excursions, personal spending



Tour itinerary

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).
If you have just concluded our East coast tour you will have a rest day to explore the stunning surroundings, including tourist icons like the Bay of Fires, Binalong Bay or Peron Dunes.

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).
When you think that may be too much for you, we can bring you up the Weldborough pass for a small charge.

Day 4, Scottsdale – Evandale:

A day of wild cycling on sharp bends among rainforest via the "Sidling". Today also offers some of the best scenery, including a spectacular view from a lookout at the top of the ascent; a great reward for your efforts! Then another reward; the long descent, first quite steep and then almost flat, — you'll love it! There is even a very nice picnic to be had at the Myrtle Recreation Area. 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 (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.
If you're continuing on our West Coast Tour then you can spend the day visiting Tasmania's second largest city, nearby Launceston.

Minimum distance to cycle: 186 km (112 m)

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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 variables.
We strongly recommend not undertaking this trip without advice or assistance. Some distances can be exhausting, you could run out of supplies while off the main roads or just not be able to make it to the next accommodation. In addition in some areas accommodation can be booked up for months in advance and the next available could be up to 50km (30m) away. It can be difficult selecting the really important highlights on your own so, let us organise your 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