Map of Cycle Tasmania's East Coast including Australia

Explore the coastal beauty of the island state from bike height

Take your local ride into a higher gear with this bike-powered adventure along Tasmania’s East Coast, from Launceston to Hobart. Days will be filled with revitalising rides through beautiful surrounds and memorable landscapes, and dropping into local producers for a taste of Tasmania’s celebrated harvest. The scent of lavender fills the area near Scottsdale, fresh seafood fills the plate in St Helens and Bicheno, and crisp, fresh air will fill your lungs as you cycle to country towns, along the coast, and to Freycinet National Park where clear waters lap secluded shores. This cycling adventure is the perfect way to get out of town and explore all that Tasmania has to offer.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Launceston, Australia
Finish
Hobart, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Original
Theme
Cycling
Code
PZXT
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Get outside and reconnect with nature and your body as you discover the ultimate way to experience the East Coast of Tasmania – cycling through pristine, unspoilt beauty and the slow pace of Apple Isle life.

  • Spend two nights in peaceful Coles Bay, gateway to the iconic Freycinet National Park. Sit back and relax after your days of cycling, or explore the surrounding wilderness.

  • Experience the many contrasts Tasmania has to offer, from the cosmopolitan cities of Launceston and Hobart to the stunning coastal scenery beside the Tasman Sea.

  • Get a real taste of Tasmania as you visit local producers, wineries, oyster farms, lavender farms and wildlife sanctuaries along the way.

  • Enjoy and optional hike to Wineglass Bay, consistently rated as one of the ten best beaches in the world.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

  • For Cycling trips these changes are usually around finding even better roads to ride on, which can alter the distance/time we spend riding on a day to day basis, but can sometimes even extend to overnight locations.

  • To complete this trip it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.

  • This trip covers quite some distance – you’ll be cycling for up to 50 kilometres a day on varied terrain, so this trip is for the reasonably fit. Or book an e-bike!

  • There’s the possibility of a few hiccups along the way – a puncture here and there maybe – but there’s no doubt this is an incredibly rewarding adventure.

  • If you’re confident in your cycling ability, then you can opt to do longer rides on most cycling days.

  • The weather in this region can be varied. Be prepared to get sweaty and for the occasional rainstorm, which may require a change of plans.

  • If you feel like doing all the riding but with less effort we have the option of hiring an electric bike (e-bike) on this trip.

Itinerary

Welcome to your Intrepid Cycling adventure in the beautiful surrounds of Tasmania. Your trip starts today in Launceston. There will be a Welcome Meeting at 6 pm this evening as you meet with your leader and fellow travellers for a brief run-down of the days ahead. If you arrive early, there are a heap of things to do in Tasmania’s second city. You could cruise along the placid Tamar River and through spectacular Cataract Gorge, get a taste of Tasmania at a famous nearby winery or brewery, or explore colonial history at the Queen Victoria Art Gallery. This evening, choose to get to know your new riding team better with an optional group dinner out on the town.
Optional Activities
  • Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery - AUD8
  • James Boag Brewery Experience - AUD35
  • Cataract Gorge Criuse - AUD40
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be checking insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late, please let an Intrepid representative or your travel agent know.
Today is a good introduction to riding in Tasmania as you will avoid most of the hills and save your legs for later in the trip. Transfer by vehicle out of Launceston to Scottsdale, before enjoying your first bike ride through tall forest and tree fern-lined embankments, along the gentle undulations and smooth gravel of the North East Tasmania Rail Trail. You’ll cycle all the way to the former station of Tulendeena – at the trail’s highest point you can look out to Bass Strait and on clear days see the mountain peaks on Flinders Island – before returning to Scottsdale for the evening. Surrounded by green fields and forest-covered mountains, Scottsdale is a key hub of agriculture and forestry and hosts a number of attractive turn-of-the-century heritage buildings. Later today you’ll visit a nearby lavender farm, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. While at its most spectacular during the lavender bloom in December and January, it’s ornamental gardens, manicured fields and native bushland against a Mount Arthur backdrop are beautiful all year round.
Included Activities
  • Lavender Farm visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s riding distance is approximately 42 kilometres/26 miles, undulating, with approximately 550 metres/1800 feet of elevation gain.
Today you have two cycling options, depending on how fit you are feeling. It’s your choice of a 43- or 73-kilometre ride. After breakfast, to avoid busy roads (and a big hill!), transfer by vehicle to your chosen starts at nearby Branxholm (longer option) or the shorter and flatter Weldborough option. From Weldborough there’s an initial uphill section followed by an enjoyable long descent towards the east coast, passing through forest reserves and rolling farmland to arrive into tonight’s final destination of St Helens. Just south of the beautiful Bay of Fires and nestled in sweeping Georges Bay, laid back St Helens is Tasmania’s second largest fishing port. That means there’s no shortage of fresh seafood to taste at the local eateries, or even directly from a local fisherman. If you’re still feeling energetic, why not ride out via the St Helens Point Conservation Area to Beer Barrel Beach and look over the sprawling Peron Dunes and the seemingly endless beaches nearby.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s riding distance is approximately 43 kilometres/27 miles, initially uphill then mostly downhill, with approximately 430 metres/1400 feet of elevation gain. You also have the option of a longer (and hillier) 73 kilometre/45 mile ride should you choose.
Today follow the relatively flat (by Tassie standards at least!) coastal road south, past the delightful coastal town of Scamander and Chain of Lagoons. With the Tasman Sea and wide sandy beaches on your left and the rolling hills and forest of the Douglas-Aspley National Park on your right, the views are as spectacular as they are diverse. Again you have the option to ride the full length of the ride (75 kilometres) or opt for the shorter 45 kilometre option and make use of our support vehicle – either way the views are amazing as you make your way to Bicheno. This is a split personality town – part thriving fishing port, part popular beachside holiday town. While we love the beaches and the endless ocean views, it’s the seafood that bring us back – especially the world-class oysters. It’s not exactly your typical post-ride meal, but it’s definitely worth it. If you have time (and energy) there is plenty to do here – why not get close to fairy penguins at dusk or take a walk out to the Bicheno Blowhole and nearby Rocking Rock. If you’re feeling more energetic try the short walk up to Whalers Lookout Scenic reserve for wonderful views of Bicheno and the ocean, especially at sunset.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s riding distance is approximately 45 kilometres/28 miles, undulating with approximately 330 metres/1080 feet of elevation gain. A longer 75 kilometre/47 mile option is also available.
Today enjoy a shorter, easier but no less spectacular ride as you head partly inland through green farmland and the gentle wetlands of the Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve – home to over 8000 black swans – and on to Coles Bay, gateway to the iconic Freycinet National Park. Set between the blue waters of Great Oyster Bay and the craggy Hazards mountain range, this small but thriving town is a perfect place to sit back, relax, and recharge your battery after a few days on the road.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s riding distance is approximately 40 kilometres/25 miles, mostly flat with a few short but sharp inclines, approximately 100 metres/300 feet of elevation gain.
Today you’ve got the choice to relax in town or swap your cycling shoes for hiking boots (normal shoes will suffice), head into Freycinet National Park and go by foot on any of the many walking trails that surround the area. If your legs are up for it, it’s definitely recommended getting out to the famous Wineglass Bay lookout, or even the beach itself. Consistently rated as one of the ten best beaches in the world, the views over the green hills, white sand and multi-blue water are what postcards and screensavers are made of.
Optional Activities
  • Hike to Wineglass Bay - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After starting with a vehicle powered transfer to the hilltop town of Apslawn (approximately 30 minutes), choose your ride length as you leave Freycinet behind. Head further south along the coast south to the scenic port-side town of Triabunna, which sits at the northern tip of Spring Bay. Sheltered by the nearby Maria Island – once a harsh convict colony but now an idyllic National Park – Spring Bay is known for producing some of the best mussels in the world. Like with the oysters, it’s really recommended to give them a try (maybe with a nice wine from the nearby Darlington Vineyard). You can also get a deeper appreciation of the area's rich Aboriginal history at the local information centre.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s riding distance is approximately 48 kilometres/30 miles, initially downhill the lightly undulating with approximately 290 metres/950 feet of elevation gain. A longer 73 kilometre/45 mile option is also available.
Today is your last day on the bike, and it’s a mostly hilly one. Leave the coast behind and head to Tasmania’s charming yet cosmopolitan capital of Hobart. Once again the route has options for longer or easier rides and takes you through historic Richmond and the Coal River Valley, before getting back in the vehicle for the drive into Hobart (approximately 1 hour). The rest of the day is free for you to explore the capital, and maybe choose to enjoy a final night’s dinner with your new cycling friends and reflect on the last week’s cycling experience.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s riding distance is approximately 43 kilometres/27 miles, undulating with one long climb, approximately 755 metres/2500 feet of elevation gain. A longer 88 kilometre/55 mile option is also available.
Your East Coast cycling adventure comes to an end today. There are no activities planned and you are free to leave after checkout.
Optional Activities
  • MONA Museum - Free
  • Hobart Kayak Tour - AUD95
  • Salamanca Market - Free
  • Hobart Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour - AUD30
  • Bruny Island Day Tour - AUD175
  • Cascade Brewery - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
For those staying on there is always plenty to do. While small compared to other big Australian cities Hobart offers so much more than its diminutive size would suggest – from the bustling Salamanca Market to the idiosyncratic Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) to the 200 year old Cascade Brewery. Stay active with a kayak tour or for a quieter experience perhaps enjoy a walk along Constitution Dock or in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens while Australian history buffs may enjoy a visit to the Mawson's Huts Replica Museum or – further afield – a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site.

Meals

8 breakfasts

Transport

Bicycle (e-bike available, subject to availability), Support Vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel/Guesthouse (8 nights)

Included activities

  • Lavender Farm visit

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Important notes

1. Bicycles are included on this trip but you are welcome to bring your own bike should you choose. A discount of $AUD100 will apply to those people bringing their own bike - please ask your travel consultant for more details.
2. To complete this trip it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
3. This trip caters for all levels of cyclists, with longer optional rides for stronger riders on most days should you wish.
4. On this trip, we have a single leader that rides with the group.
5. This trip has a support vehicle and your luggage is transported for you each day.
6. Our riding is done on a combination of well-graded and maintained gravel cycle paths and tarmac roads, so there are no technical cycling skills required.
7. As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same gender. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details.
8. An e-bike option (at additional cost) may be available on this trip. We have limited numbers of these bikes available and they are an 'on request' basis only. A request does not guarantee an e-bike, only a confirmed booking. Please ask your agent for more details at the time of booking.

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