East Coast Tour

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

This tour is our bestseller: You will cycle the 'classic' tourist route along Tasmania´s breathtaking East Coast, passing many outstanding empty white beaches in a mild, mostly dry and sunny climate. There are some hills between Richmond and Orford, the rest is "undulating". Experienced cyclists will find this tour easy to manage, however it depends a lot on the wind direction on that day. You have the possibility to visit the famous Freycinet National park by shuttle bus on a "day off" .
Please note, there are no bike trails in Tasmania, apart from the 26km long "North East Trail" near Scottsdale (see our "North East tour).
Usually, the quitest time is before Christmas and from March onwards.

Prices, Terms & Itinerary

Start- / Endpoint

Richmond / St. Helens


8 days, 7 nights (without flight)


from mid October to mid April

Departure dates

any day of your choice

Accommodation category

Price per person

booking code

Hostel / Budget category

$ 800 sharing

5 d

Economy category

$ 1,225 twin share

5 c

Comfort category

$1,590 twin share

5 a

Executive category

$ 2,080 twin share

5 b


bike hire incl. delivery/pick up

$ 165

electric bike hire* incl. delivery/pick up

$ 330

pannier rental

$ 25 per pair

daily luggage transport

$ 550 per booking (all items must fit in one car)

bag transfer from first to last hotel

$ 45 per item

supplement for one person in a room

295* / 610 / 790 / 990

(Hostel / Economy / Comfort / Executive - category)

* =for locations without hostel

ALL PRICES are displayed in AUSTRALIAN dollars (AUD)

7.5 % high season supplement applies for all nights between Dec 20th and Jan 15th

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Accommodation categories

Hostel/Budget:You will stay in a dorm where available, otherwise in basic hotels/motels (supplement applies here for single travellers). Always shared facilities.
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! But you only pay for what you get.

What we include

> comprehensive route description from door to door, customised to your tour and the hotels you are staying in
> 7 nights pre-booked accommodation in strictly selected premises, comfort and breakfast level depending on category (single rooms available for an additional fee)
> emergency telephone support 24/7
> Available for additional charge: well maintained rental bike with extensive tool kit, lock, pump, and helmet. Panniers are available 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: Independent Arrival - Richmond

This first day is an arrival day (accommodation included, but no transfer). You need to fly into Hobart Airport; from there it is only about 20 minutes by taxi. By the way: Richmond is closer to the airport than Hobart city. Depending on your arrival time you may can have a stroll through this charming historic village with it´s many old fashion shops, galleries and of course the oldest roadbridge in Australia still in use.
If you have stayed in Hobart before the tour you can get to Richmond either by public bus or by taxi.

Day 2: Richmond – Orford

Once you've warmed-up there are some hills to climb! This will be one of the most challenging days of your tour. There is some traffic, but there is no other option as this is the only road. You arrive at Tasmanias magnificent east coast at your destination town You accommodation is within walking distance of the beach. We recommend an additional night here so you ferry over to Maria Island and spent a day there. The entire island is National Park and can only be reached by boat. Minimum distance to cycle: 59km (36miles)

Day 3: Orford – Swansea:

Today you'll follow the coast road. This section offers the most spectacular ocean views for the entire tour and is quite flat except one short section. You can stop and explore Spiky Bridge (built by convicts), and/or drop into Kate's Berry Farm for a yummy ice-cream. If you are lucky to have a tailwind you will complete your cycling early. Minimum distance to cycle: 59km (36miles)

Day 4, Swansea – Bicheno

Today you need to ride around the Moulting Lagoon and over the relatively harmless Cherry Tree Hill towards the “tourist town” of Bicheno. There are several wineries located along the route, where you can taste their produce (one even has a wooden lookout-tower with spectacular views into the Moulting Lagoon). Minimum distance to cycle: 45km (30miles)

Day 5: Bicheno - Day off

We suggest visiting the famous Freycinet National Park (fees apply) by shuttle bus (fees apply, does not operate on weekends). There you can walk to the stunning Wineglass Bay lookout and return or continue to Wineglass Bay (voted one of the 10 best beaches in the world) and Hazard beach and return via a bush trek. After dusk, you may join a guided tour to a penguin colony (AU $40, pre-booking recommended).

Day 6: Bicheno – St. Helens:

You continue cycling north on the breathtaking, partly undulating coast road. Just 3km (2m) from Bicheno you can visit the award-winning “Nature World Animal Park” (AU $29), where you can see native animals, including the Tasmanian Devil. Fit riders may opt later to cycle up the steep Elephant Pass and come down the St. Marys Pass. After having enjoyed great coastal views you should stop in the small seaside town of Scamander to look at their fantastic beach (where whales and dolphins are often spotted from); and visit the nearby "Eureka Farm" where you can try their award-winning ice cream and other homemade products. 22 km later you will arrive in St Helens; the “capital” of the east coast (4500 inhabitants). This "Jewel of Tasmania's North-East" was voted "Tassie's Top Tourism Town" in 2020. Minimum distance to cycle: 75km (45miles)

Day 7: St. Helens - Day off

Today you can cycle the the nearby famous Bay of Fires (25 km return) and / or cycle inland to the farming community of Pyengana, where you can visit the local small cheese factory (free samles!), enjoy the treats in their lovely coffee shop and continue to the great St. Columba Waterfalls, Tasmania´s second highest (66km return). You could also check out the new Mountain Bike Trails in St. Helens or hire a kajak and so much more.
If you are short on time, you could leave out this day, but it would be a shame.

Day 8: independent Departure

You leave the rental bike at your hotel.
Your return flight should depart from Launceston. It is much easier, quicker and cheaper to get to Launceston airport than back to Hobart airport.
The bus service no 740 from "Calows Coaches" will get you to Launceston City Center (cost $ 31.60 p.p.). It departs at 8:15am Mo-Sa, and in addition at 06.15am Mon-Fri during school terms. The 8.15am bus arrives in Launceston City at approx 11 am. For Launceston airport you get off in Perth and use a taxi for the last 8 km, what saves time and money. By doing this you should be able to catch all flights from 12 noon with the 8.15am bus and all flights from 10am with the 06.15am bus. Launceston is a very small airport - it takes only a few minutes to get through security.
A private transfer to Launceston airport at any time can also be arranged for $ 250 for up to 4 people; add $ 40 for bigger groups of up to 8 persons.
For Hobart you have to use the 8.15am bus and change to a "Redline" bus at Epping Forest. You will arrive in Hobart city at around 12.35 pm. From there you take a taxi to the airport (about 40 minutes / $ 50). You should be able to catch all flights from 3 pm.

Distance covered: 255 to 385km (160 to 240 miles) depending on options chosen

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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 A2 Simeon Place, St. Helens, 7216 Tasmania, AustraliaPhone: +61 (0) 3 6376 3080E-mail: info@cycling-tasmania.com