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This is our SELF-GUIDED TOUR through the wilderness of the west coast and highlands.

It goes through very dramatic scenery, much of it in World Heritage listed areas and alpine regions. You can expect long distances between settlements, many hills and a lot of rain. This section is only suitable for really fit cyclists. Due to the remoteness, the daily distances are longer and the terrain is mostly hilly with some long ascents. There is a good chance of bad weather, especially rain.

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Prices, Terms & Itinerary

Start- / Endpoint

Launceston / Hobart

Duration

13 days, 12 nights (without flight)

Season

from mid October to mid of April

Start dates

any day of your choice

rentalbike

$ 160 incl. delivery

Accommodation category

Price per person

booking code

Comfort category

$2,180 twin share

7 a

Economy category

$1,580 twin share

7 c

Budget category

$1280 twin share

7 d

Hostel category

$790 sharing

5 e

supplement for one person in a room

$1,050 / 750 / 580 / 250*

(depending on category)

*for 5 nights where no dorm (hostel) is available

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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
> 12 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

The first day is an arrival day. Launceston airport is just 3km from the accommodation.
If you have concluded our north-east tour then you can have a rest day to explore the nearby city of Launceston, Tasmania's second largest city (pop. 80,000). If you are not interested in cities we can skip this day.

Day 2, Evandale – Mole Creek

The route takes you westwards on very flat, narrow country roads with little traffic, via the lovely shopping town of Doleraine, to the village of Mole Creek. You will pass the interesting honey farm in Cluddah (more than 50 types of honey with free tasting), an interesting animal park and a 40min return walk to the fascinating Alum Cliffs. Minimum distance to cycle: 98km (60m)

Day 3, Mole Creek - Cradle Mountain Nationalpark

Today there is a lot of climbing until you get into "high country".You'll be rewarded by breathtaking scenery. The final ascent to the Cradle Mountain National Park features some extremely steep sections. If this is too much for you may stay in Gowrie Park (only hostel and economy category) and continue the last 24 km tomorrow. This way you can also visit the nice little town of Sheffield with its many murals. Minimum distance to cycle: 71 km (43 m)

Day 4, Cradle Mountain Nationalpark:

You can spend all day for exploring this impressive park. A níce short walk (2 hours) is the loop around romantic Dove Lake. You can even continue to the summit.

Day 5, Cradle Mountain National Park - Rosebery

Today's route is quite long and hilly, but goes more downhill than up through a wonderful landscape. The last 10km, however are really exhausting. Minimum distance to cycle: 70km (43m)

Day 6, Rosebery - Strahan

At around lunch time you will have reached the little town of Zeehan, where there is a great museum. It's quite hilly, but the last 40km are almost completely flat with a constant downhill. Minimum distance to cycle: 75km (58m)

Day 7 Strahan - day off

You can take a half-day Gordon-River-Cruise into the untouched Gordon River. On the afternoon you can visit nearby Ocean beach, with 33 km Tasmania´s longest. Or just have a rest day.

Day 8, Strahan - Queenstown

This stretch is a highlight for every cyclist, a narrow road winding through dense forest with 273 bends, to the old mining town of Queenstown, unfortunately more uphill than downhill. The surroudings of the destination look like a lunar landscape. Alternatively you can use the historic ABT-Wilderness Railway (costs about $115). Minimum distance to cycle: 42km (26m)

Day 9, Queenstown - Derwent Bridge

A quite exhausting but extremely pleasant section through World Heritage area with many opportunities for fantastic short walks. Your destination is the 3-houses settlement of Derwent Bridge. Minimum distance to cycle: 88km (55m)

Day 10, Derwent Bridge - Ouse

In the morning you can undertake a walk in the nearby Lake St.Clair National Park and later you'll follow the "Wildway" highway eastwards, more downhill than uphill. Minimum distance to cycle: 81km (50m)

Day 11, Ouse - New Norfolk

Today takes you back to civilisation. We strongly suggest an excursion to the Mount Field National Park and visit famous Russell Falls and the 'tall trees' (the tallest hardwood trees in the world). You will stay in the small city of New Norfolk. 62 km (39m)

Day 12. New Norfolk - Hobart

Its only 28km to your hotel in Hobart. For the last 12 km you can use a new bike trek, what was once a railway line. On the afternoon you got plenty of time to explore Tasmania´s capital. Minimum distance to cycle: 28 km (17m)

Day 13, independent departure

Minimum distance to cycle: 615 km (372m)

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Note:
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 and assistance. Some distances can be absolutely 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 some areas accommodation can be booked up months in advance and the next available could be up to 50km (30m) away. It can also be difficult to know which are the really important highlights 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