Map of Cycle Tasmania's South East Coast including Australia

Explore the coastal beauty and fascinating history of the Apple Isle by bicycle

Take your local ride into a higher gear with this bike-powered adventure along Tasmania’s South East Coast from 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 the forest fills the area outside Hobart, fresh seafood fills the plate in Triabunna, 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. Coupled with a fascinating insight into history at Port Arthur and Maria Island, this fully-guided cycling adventure is the perfect way to get out of town and explore all that Tasmania has to offer.

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Start
Hobart, Australia
Finish
Hobart, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Original
Theme
Cycling
Code
PZXE
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 11

Why you'll love this trip

  • Get outside and reconnect with nature and your body as you discover the ultimate way to experience the South 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 city of Hobart and history of Port Arthur 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.

  • Spend a comfortable night 'Glamping' in a place that is helping turn industry back into a place of beauty and nature

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 a range of cycling distances - from 20 to 50 kilometres – so this trip is suitable for most levels of fitness. 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.

  • This trip features 1 night (Day 4) in comfortable permanent tents with shared communal toilet and shower facilities.

Itinerary

Welcome to your Intrepid Cycling adventure in the beautiful surrounds of Tasmania. Your trip starts today in Hobart. 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 biggest city. You could wander the bustling Salamanca Market or the idiosyncratic Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), or perhaps get a taste of Tasmania’s finest at the 200 year old Cascade Brewery. This evening, choose to get to know your new riding team better with an optional group dinner out on the town.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
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.
Start your day early and after breakfast take the vehicle inland through the hilly centre of Tasmania, past rolling fields and along tree-lined roads before turning east through the River Wye Conservation Area as you make your way to Bicheno. This is a split personality town – part thriving fishing port, part popular beachside holiday town and the perfect place to start your first bike ride. Cycle past perfect beaches and endless ocean views as you make your way down the coast then 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 batteries.
Accommodation
  • Hotel/Guesthouse (1 night)
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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel/Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Wineglass Bay - Hike to Wineglass Bay - Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
No included cycling today.
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.

Tonight's accommodation is a special and unique experience. Leave town behind and head along the shores of Spring Bay and Windlass Bay to a very different type of accommodation. Once home to the world’s largest wood chip mill, this 43-hectare waterfront site has been taken over by people intent on charting a more sustainable path, restoring the natural landscape, growing wholesome, healthy food and celebrating the stark, rugged landscapes that surround this unique environment. Your home for the night is one of the unique ‘glamping’ tents. These aren’t your normal tent though – these permanently-located lotus-bud shaped tents are spacious, standing height, comfortable beds, and electricity – a close-to-nature experience with plenty of creature comforts.
Accommodation
  • Glamping (1 night)
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.

Tonight’s accommodation has shared camp facilities, including indoor and outdoor showers and a toilet block.
Enjoy a ride with a difference as you take the morning ferry to nearby Maria Island. This offshore National Park with it’s long sandy beaches, crystal clear water, mountaintop panoramas, and abundance of wildlife, such as wombats, wallabies, kangaroos and the recently introduced Tasmanian Devil is a wonderful opportunity to ride in a pristine and vehicle-free environment. Enjoy a picnic lunch then ferry back to the mainland, ending the day with a transfer (approx 1.5hrs) south to historic Port Arthur.
Accommodation
  • Hotel/Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Maria Island Cycling
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
The cycling on Maria Island will be unsupported as our vehicle will stay in Triabunna.
Today is your last day on the bike as you enjoy a final ride of the Port Arthur area. With more than 30 historic buildings and ruins this World Heritage site is Australia’s most intact and haunting convict site. Cycle across the peninsular to one of Tasmania’s finest beaches, White Beach and finish in the small rural town of Nubeena. Pack up the bikes and jump back in the vehicle for the drive into Hobart (approximately 1.5 hours). The trip finishes on arrival so you have the rest of the day free to explore the capital, or maybe choose to enjoy a final night’s dinner with your new cycling friends and reflect on the last week’s cycling experience.
Optional Activities
  • Hobart - MONA Museum - Free
  • Hobart - Hobart Kayak Tour - AUD95
  • Hobart - Salamanca Market - Free
  • Hobart - Hobart Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour - AUD30
  • Hobart - Bruny Island Day Tour - AUD175
  • Hobart - Cascade Brewery - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s riding distance is approximately 25 kilometres/16 miles, with a sharp climb after 4kms, then downhill/ lightly undulating with approximately 430 metres/1400 feet of elevation gain.

Meals

4 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

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

Accommodation

Hotel/Guesthouse (4 nights), Glamping ( night)

Included activities

  • Maria Island Cycling

Dates & availability

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Important notes

All travellers on Intrepid trips (outside Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands) are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. From 1 December 2021, all travellers on Intrepid trips, including in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

1. Bicycles are included on this trip but you are welcome to bring your own bike should you choose.
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 shorter rides for the more casual 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.
9. This trip features 1 night (Day 4) in comfortable permanent tents with shared communal toilet and shower facilities.

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