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This is our self-guided EASY GOING TOUR along the breathtaking East Coast of Tasmania.

We now offer this new tour after many requests for a tour with shorter daily distances. You do not have to worry about the ongoing hills between Orford and Richmond - you will conquer them by bus!! You are cycling on the 'classic' tourist route along Tasmania´s East Coast, with many outstanding empty white beaches in a mild, mostly dry and sunny climate. A visit of the famous Freycinet National Park is possible. This tour can be shortened by up to 3 days, without increasing the daily mileage.



Prices, Terms & Itinerary

Start- / Endpoint

St. Helens / Hobart

Duration

11 days, 10 nights (without flight)

Season

from mid October to mid April

Departure dates

any day of your choice

see Hobart restrictions

Accommodation category

Price per person

booking code

Hostel / Budget category

$ 990 sharing

5 d

Economy category

$ 1,490 twin share

5 c

Comfort category

$ 2,080 twin share

5 a

Executive category

$ 2,630 twin share

5 b

Optional

bike hire incl. delivery/pick up

$ 185

electric bike hire incl. delivery/pick up

$ 390

pannier rental

$ 25 per pair

daily luggage transport

$ 450 per booking (all items must fit in a car)

bag transfer from first to last hotel

$ 35 per item

supplement for one person in a room

290* / 750 / 1,040 / 1,320

(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 for single travellers). Always shared facilities.
Economy: Nothing fancy, but good value for money, usually with shower/toilet.
Comfort: Comfortable feel-well properties, all rooms with shower/toilet and good breakfasts.
Executive: Usually the best accommodation available in the given area, some even with spa.
Please note: your chosen category will be substituted when not available!

Under all circumstances you should avoid our capital Hobart between Christmas and Jan 5th.
If you cannot avoid this period you may have to accept a lower hotel quality and / or a surcharge.


What we include

> comprehensive route description from door to door, customised to your tour and the hotels you are staying in
> 10 nights prebooked accommodation in stricly 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 toolkit, 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, luggage transport, personal spending



Tour itinerary

Day 1: Independent Arrival in St. Helens

This first day is an arrival day (accommodation included, but no transfer). Your start point St. Helens is the "Jewel of Tasmania's North-East" and won "Tassie's Top Tourism Town" competition for 2020. You are best best to fly into Launceston Airport, take the airport shuttle or a taxi to the "Transit Center" in Launceston City, Tasmania's second largest city. From there use the service no 740 from "Calows Coaches", which goes directly to St. Helens. It departs 4.15 pm Mon-Sa and and 7.10 pm on Sun PLUS 1.30pm Mo-Fr during school terms, It costs AU $31.60 p.p. and arrives in St. Helens around 2 1/2 hours later. A private transfer can also be arranged directly from Launceston Airport for $ 250 and from Launceston City for $ 280 (for up to 4 people; add $ 40 for bigger groups up to 8 people).
Your hotel in St. Helens is located within walking distance from the bus stop. If booked, your rental bike(s) will be waiting at your first hotel.

Day 2: St. Helens - Day Off

Today you can recover from yesterday´s jouney. We strongly suggest visiting nearby Bay of Fires (25 km return), which has become a tourist icon; and /or the endless Peron Dunes at the other side of the bay (20 km return). If you are short on time you could leave out this day, but it would be a pity to miss the beauty. Minimum distance to cycle: 0 km

Day 3: St. Helens - Ironpoint

Today you cycle down the beautiful mostly flat East Coast, passing spectacular beaches along the way. After 22 km 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 to visit the nearby "Eureka Farm" where you can try their award-winning ice cream and other homemade products. Guests of all categories will stay at an exclusive resort with private beach access. Minimum distance to cycle: 37 km (23 miles)

Day 4: Ironpoint - Bicheno:

After some 10 km the road moves away from the coast but you may take a stroll on the spectacular "Lagoons beach" before that happens. Just before todays destination Bicheno, you can visit the award-winning “Nature World Animal Park” (AU $29). Here you see native animals, and at 3.30 pm watch the feeding of Tasmanian Devils. With a bit of luck you can even pet one! Minimum distance to cycle: 39 km (24miles)

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 the penguin colony (AU $40, pre-booking recommended).
Note: If you are short on time we could leave out this day but you would not be able to see the park. Minimum distance to cycle: 0 km

Day 6: Bicheno - Swansea

Today you need to ride around the Moulting Lagoon and over Cherry Tree Hill. 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). The first 15 km are flat. Minimum distance to cycle: 45km (28miles)

Day 7: Swansea - Little Swanport

Today´s section contains one of the best sea views along Tasmania´s Eastcoast road. After about 30 km the road turns away from the coast but the environs is still lovely. Guests of all categories will stay in economy style bush-cabins in an adventure park; the breakfast has to be self-prepared with own food. Minimum distance to cycle: 34 km (21miles)

Day 8: Little Swanport - Orford

A lovey inland cycle. If you arrive early you should not miss visiting the nearby Spring Beach. Minimum distance to cycle: 31 km (19miles)

Day 9: Orford - Day Off

Today you can rest. We suggest visiting Maria Island by boat (approx $ 50) from nearby Triabunna (7 km - 4 miles). The entire island is National Park and contains some fantastic features like the "painted cliffs". Can walk on the island or hire a mountain bike (our bikes are not suitable). If you are short on time you could leave out this day, but it would be a pity. Minimum distance to cycle: 0 km

Day 10: Orford - Hobart

Leave the rental bike(s) at your hotel. The bus service no 737 departing from the roadhouse at 10:15 every day, will get you to Hobart City Center at 11:45am (accommodation is included, but not the bus fare). In the afternoon you might look around Tasmania's interesting capital. For instance, you could drive through the city on a double decker bus, hop on and off as you choose or maybe visit MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), which has quickly become a major tourist attraction. You can get there with a regular ferry from the harbour. Minimum distance to cycle: 0 km

Day 11: Independent Departure

You can use one of the shuttle buses from curtain bus stops or call a taxi to your hotel to get to Hobart Airport (approx 35 minutes).



Distance covered:> 186 to 283km (114 to 173miles) depending on options



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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 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