West Coast Tour
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.
Prices, Terms & Itinerary
Hostel/Budget:You will stay in a dorm where available, otherwise in basic hotels/motels (supplement applies here for single travelllers). Always shared facilities.
Hobart restrictions (for the higher accommodation categories)
- Please avoid one night stays on weekends
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 -Evandale OR day off
The first day is an arrival day. The historic small town of Evandale is located just 3km from Launceston airport, a nice place to recover from the flight.
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 budget / 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) OPTION: Stay here for 2 nights to be able to do the 3 hours to the Montezuma Falls and its suspension bridge.
Day 6, Rosebery - Strahan
At around lunch time you will have reached the little town of Zeehan, where there is a great heritage 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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