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Cycle Tour of Tasmania's East Coast

15 - 27 March 2022 (13 Days / 12 Nights)

Our bike tours are all about finding the right balance. The perfect mix of cycling, sightseeing, cafes, restaurants, and rest. RIDE Holidays promise a fantastic 13 days along the scenic east coast of Tasmania. Non-riding partners are very welcome and will be well looked after. You will have a dedicated Team Mac (non-riding) guide.




Overview of the Tour

Our tour starts in Tasmania's capital city - Hobart before travelling north to Launceston. Let's take in this vibrant hub of food, wine and culture before heading east to St Helens - renowned for their oysters and big game fishing. As we make our way south back to Hobart, we won't be short of activities and amazing scenery along the way. We will spend 2 nights at one of Tasmania's oldest National Parks - Freycinet, 1 night at the seaside village of Orford, 2 night in Eaglehawk Neck before enjoying 3 nights back in Hobart. We'll feast on some of the best seafood, produce and wine this region has to offer, tackle the challenging climb of Mount Wellington, visit the Heritage sites of Port Arthur and yes.. experience the famous Salamanca Markets and MONA!

Like all Ride Holidays trips, there will be espresso, latte and cappuccino ride distances to choose from. There will be some relaxed days and some challenging riding.

We look forward to showing you around.









Tour of Tasmania | Tour Details


Our Cycle Tour | Inclusions and Highlights

  • Ride up Mt Wellington - Hobart
  • Famous Salamanca Markets
  • Cycle one of Australia's oldest National Parks
  • Walk to the scenic Wineglass Bay
  • Hand-picked cafes and restaurants
  • Multiple ride options for varying abilities
  • RIDE Holidays cycle jersey and souvenir tour booklet
  • GPS routes available for uploading to bicycle computers
  • Explore Port Arthur Historical sites
  • Various wine and beer tastings
  • Local tour guide, separate vehicle for Team Macchiato
  • Quality, central accommodation
  • Specific training program from a professional coach
  • All Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 11 Dinners
  • Ferry to Maria Island
  • Entry to MONA Museum, Port Arthur & Freycinet National Park

    The Tour Price Excludes

    • Airfares
    • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Travel insurance

    The Tour Cost

    • Cost: NZD5650 (Twin Share)
    Want your own room? Single supplement NZD1500.00 extra for your own room.

      OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

      Bike hire Approx. $110 AUD per day Please contact Dean for more details.

        Payment terms…

        There is no deposit until 120 days prior to departure. We will monitor the COVID situation and keep you posted if things change. We are happy for you to book flights. Balance is due 60 days prior to departure.




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          Tasmania Tour Itinerary

          Day 1, Tuesday 15 March

          Welcome to Tasmania

          Home to just 500,000 people, the island of Tasmania is as intimate as it is beautiful. Believe us, this will be an unforgettable trip.

          Ideally, you would arrive in Hobart by mid-afternoon. It's then a short transfer to our waterfront hotel.

          This afternoon, we have organised a walking tour to explore Hobart's waterfront and surroundings. Victoria Dock, (a working fishing harbour) Elizabeth Street Pier, and Constitution Dock's which is the famous finish to the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht race.

          Tonight, we've picked a local restaurant for our welcome dinner where we will run through the next few days and introduce the team.

          / Accommodation: Somerset on the Pier
          / Meals Included: Dinner


          Day 2, Wednesday 16 March

          Transfer - Tasmania Midlands

          The plan today is simple. We will get on the road early so we can have more time to explore Launceston at the other end. Our transfer is approx. 3 hours following the Heritage highway through Tasmania's Midlands.

          Being one of the oldest cities in Australia, Launceston was settled by Europeans back in March 1806. Some little known facts, it had the first use of anaesthetics in the Southern Hemisphere, along with Australia's first city to have underground sewers and lit by hydroelectricity. Thanks Lonnie!

          This afternoon, we'll help you assemble the bikes and then pop out for a short ride along the Tamar River to make sure there are no mechanical issues.

          Team Mac - Launceston has a slice of wilderness right on its doorstep, approx. 1.5km from the city's centre. So, this afternoon, you will head out to explore the stunning Cataract Gorge.

          / Accommodation: Peppers Silo Hotel
          / Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner


          Day 3, Thursday 17 March

          Fish Shop 40

          We've pretty much got one day to show you Launceston and its surroundings. So, after a relaxed breakfast (6am) we'll time trial it for 80km. Nah, just kidding.

          Let's look at today as being a coffee day. Launceston's favourite ride is called the "Fish Shop 40 km" and involves country roads to Exeter and back. The locals-only bike 40km however we'll need a bit more, so we'll offer 50 and 80km options for today. Both rides finish where the locals finish - the Aromas Coffee shop. RH is lucky enough to have a few clients based in Launceston, so they'll join us today.

          Team Mac - we suggest that you join the cyclists in Exeter for coffee however like the next 9 days we certainly don't expect you to simply be following cycling legs bobbing up and down. So, your day consists of Exeter, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and of course - one of the vineyards that stretch northwest along the Tamar River.

          Tonight, we've booked a private boat for a dinner cruise… Why not!! We are on holiday and I don't recall it being a weight loss program.

          / Accommodation: Peppers Silo Hotel
          / Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner Cruise

          Day 4, Friday 18 March

          The Pearl of Tasmania

          The total distance today is just over 160KM but don't worry, we won't make you cycle the whole distance on day 2. (unless you want to of course) The plan (for normal people) is to load up the vans and drive 60KM to the small town of Scottsdale. While we prepare the bikes, you have time to grab a coffee from the local Art Café. The shorter ride option simply means that we drop you further up the road. Along our 100km route, will find the perfect location for our picnic lunch.

          Our home for tonight is St Helens. The largest town on the northeast coast with a population of about 2000 people and 6million oysters. What's for dinner you ask? Yep, you guessed right.

          Team Mac - Before heading to St Helens for a glass of bubbles and an oyster or six, you will take a detour to the Bay of Fires - famous for its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches and orange lichen-covered granite boulders.


          / Accommodation: Panorama Hotel
          / Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner



          Day 5, Saturday 19 March

          Freycinet National Park

          Today is a big day on the bike. We encourage you to ride as much as you can as tomorrow is an optional day off the bike to explore Freycinet National Park on foot.

          After breakfast, we will load the luggage and roll out for the start of our coastal journey south. It's roughly 70KM to our lunch destination of Bicheno. How much seafood can you consume in two days?

          Navigation - keep the blue stuff on the left and the mountains on the right. Hmm, we shouldn't lose anyone on this trip.

          After lunch, it's a short 40km but spectacular ride through the Coles Bay Conservation area to Freycinet Lodge which offers a stunning location with awe-inspiring views. You won't believe this is our home for the next two nights.

          Team Mac - This morning you have a 10AM appointment with the devil. The East Coast Sanctuary Park has several feeding times throughout the day. I wouldn't suggest hand-feeding a Tassie devil for obvious reasons. Once you have had enough of cuddling the cute Wombats, let's join the cyclists for lunch in Bicheno.

          / Accommodation: Freycinet Lodge
          / Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner


          Day 6, Sunday 20 March

          Sunrise, Brilliant White Sand & Dolphins

          It's not every day you get to explore one of the top 10 beaches in the world. After breakfast we will head out to the Wineglass Bay lookout, the breath-taking views are simply not to be missed.

          We will continue walking down to the pristine sugar-white sandy beach of the bay. The walk from the hotel is approx. 3-4 hours return (10km) so good comfortable walking shoes would be highly recommended. It's not uncommon to see dolphins frolicking in the bay. We will also offer a shorter walking option.

          This afternoon let's head out for a short ride to one of the beautiful wineries in the area. Let's call it a one-way ride. Yes - the health and safety police will be about…. Ride, Drink, Van. Let's keep it safe everyone. (ps, for golfers - Freycinet has an international golf course if you would prefer


          / Accommodation: Freycinet Lodge
          / Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

          Day 7, Monday 21 March

          Orford

          We say goodbye to Freycinet National Park and ride (hotel to hotel) to the coastal village of Orford. Oxford in England was named after this small Tasmanian town. Fact or fiction?

          With just over 100km in distance, we first ride north out of the national park before continuing south along the coast. Remember to keep the blue stuff on your left and green stuff on your right. Swansea is our first coffee stop for today. In fact, let's have a donut. We are athletes after all.

          Team Mac - Tasmania's climate is fantastic for growing berries so we will drop into Kate's Berry Farm to sample their amazing Lavender ice cream, fresh berries, and homemade chocolates.

          The village of Orford is located at the mouth of the Prosser River, on the coastal inlet of Prosser Bay.

          / Accommodation: Eastcoaster
          / Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

          Day 8, Tuesday 22 March

          Maria Island

          Today's plan is simple.. Explore Maria Island then transfer to Eaglehawk Neck. The larger township of Triabunna approximately 6 km north of our Hotel is where the ferry leaves from for Maria Island, our target for today. The island is a National Park and wildlife sanctuary, vehicles are not allowed on the island so it's another walking adventure.

          On the island, there are some amazing spots to explore, from the beautiful Painted Cliffs rock formations to the peaks of Bishop and Clark which offer stunning views over the island and the east coast of Tasmania. There is also plenty of wildlife to see with wombats, pademelons, wallabies, devils and a variety of bird species regularly spotted on the island.

          Later that afternoon, we will jump in the vans and continue our journey south to Eaglehawk Neck, rich in history and our home for the next 2 nights.

          If you're travelling to Eaglehawk Neck and the Tasman Peninsula, you have to stop at the narrowest part of the neck to see what is known as the Dog line. It is here that you'll learn about the important role this small landmass had in creating what was effectively a natural prison for all those incarcerated at Port Arthur. A ferocious line of dogs prevented any convicts from escaping and you'll really appreciate how tough life must have been in colonial times.

          So, pretty much - this is the birthplace of Australia as we know it!

          / Accommodation: Lufra Hotel and Apartments
          / Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner








          Day 9, Wednesday 23 March

          Historical Port Arthur

          After breakfast, the plan is to ride 40km of the Tasman peninsula stopping at Barilla Bay for a coffee before finishing at the Port Arthur township. This afternoon is all about exploring and learning everything there is to know about this UNESCO world heritage site. Yes, there will be a test over dinner.

          We've booked a 40-minute walking tour along with a picturesque Harbor Cruise. You will also have access to more than 30 historic buildings, ruins, restored houses and gardens.

          Port Arthur - The settlement started as a timber station in 1830, but it is best known for being a penal colony. (some of you people will need to watch out!!)

          From 1833 until 1853, it was the destination for the hardest of convicted British criminals, those who were secondary offenders having reoffended after their arrival in Australia. Rebellious personalities from other convict stations were also sent there. In addition, Port Arthur had some of the strictest security measures of the British penal system.


          / Accommodation: Lufra Hotel and Apartments
          / Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner


          Day 10, Thursday 24 March

          Hobart here we come…

          We've been on the East Coast for almost a week and it's now time to head back to the big smoke of Hobart. The capital city of Tasmania sits on the River Derwent with its fashionable Salamanca Place, old sandstone warehouses host galleries and cafes. Nearby is Battery Point, a historic district with narrow lanes and colonial-era cottages. The city's backdrop is 1,270m-high Mount Wellington, with sweeping views, plus hiking and cycling trails.

          Team Mac - You will head to Hobart via Richmond, one of Tasmania's most popular destinations, steeped in history, a hub for food and wine lovers.

          Cyclists, it's only 90KM (hotel to hotel) however we will look at a shorter option to avoid Hobart's busy CBD. Let's join Team Mac for lunch in Richmond.

          This afternoon we have a few choices..

          1, an afternoon off - do whatever you want, Exploring, shopping, visit the Lark Whiskey Distillery or Maritime Museum

          2, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart is a natural wonderland with over 6,500 species of exotic and native plants, all in a beautifully landscaped setting that has been well-maintained for almost 200 years.

          3, the Royal Hobart Golf Club is a golf club in Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania, Australia, near Hobart. It hosted the Australian Open in 1971 when American Jack Nicklaus was the winner.

          Tonight is own arrangements for dinner as you are spoilt for choice.

          / Accommodation: Somerset on the Pier
          / Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner (Own Arrangements)


          Day 11, Friday 25 March

          MONA!

          Tomorrow is a munta… today is a semi-rest day before the munta. Clear as mud?

          We will ride but it will be more of a coffee ride before ticking off one of the trip highlights. An absolute must for anyone visiting Tasmania is to visit MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) located in the Moorilla winery. MONA was officially opened in 2011 with frequently updated exhibitions. It's now #1 on trip advisor.

          We will head out after breakfast north up the Derwent River towards the pioneer heritage town of New Norfolk before heading back to the Berriedale peninsula for a wine tasting at Moorilla and experiencing the amazing MONA exhibits.

          Feel free to return when you want via the scenic ferry or shuttle. Tonight's dinner we dine together as it's important we talk through the plan for Mt Wellington.

          / Accommodation: Somerset on the Pier
          / Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

          Day 12, Saturday 26 March

          Salamanca Markets & the Mt Wellington Munta

          Mount Wellington officially named Kunanyi in the indigenous Tasmanian language, Sits 1,271meter above sea level with some of the most spectacular views of the city and the Derwent estuary.

          After breakfast, we will hop on our bikes and ride to the base of the climb via bike paths and quiet roads. It's only a short 40km return, however, the challenging part is when the official climb starts. In total, the climb is just over 11km with an average gradient of 7%. We will have options for a longer route, before all finishing at the Cascade Brewery.

          Team Mac - Today you're in for a real treat! The award-winning Salamanca Markets open every Saturday and it is a must-see. With over 300 stallholders you will find amazing local fresh produce to taste and buy. These markets are a fantastic opportunity for local artists to display and sell their quality products. After the markets you can work off those morning treats with a walk-up Mount Wellington.

          Tonight is our last dinner together. We say cheers to all that we've achieved over the last few days - some fantastic cycling, new friends and old, stunning meals and of course some of Tasmania's best scenery.

          / Accommodation: Somerset on the Pier
          / Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner


          Day 13, Sunday 27 March

          Home James

          Hobart is a fantastic finishing location and we would encourage you to spend a few more days exploring what the Capital of Tasmania has to offer.

          Those heading to the airport today will be looked after. We'll drop you off.

          Otherwise - thank you for travelling with Ride Holidays. You are now part of the RH family. We appreciate your loyalty. We hope you'll join us on one of our other worldwide adventures.

          Until next time. Safe travels. Safe riding.

          Thank you.


          / Meals Included: Breakfast


           

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