Tasmania self guided cycling holiday, Australia
Prices are based on twin share and include bike and helmet hire.
Luggage transport can be arranged for an additional cost.
Description of Tasmania self guided cycling holiday, Australia
Take to two wheels on this Tasmania self guided cycling holiday, Australia. There are few places in the world more perfect and picturesque for a cycling holiday than Tasmania's east coast. Cyclists will love the long stretches of gently undulating, empty roads - described as 'flat' by locals but in fact only in comparison to Tasmania's dramatic West Coast and majestic Central Highlands that stretch far into the horizon, with mountain range after mountain range as far as the eye can sea.
Long stretches of easy cycling are tempered by gently undulating inclines and the occasional hill to add some puff and reward you with ravishing views long white sand beaches fringed with orange granite rocks and lapped by turquoise waters, and off shore islands rising like mountains out of the sea. Dolphins are a regular sight year round, and huge migrating whales can often be seen in Spring. Eagles soar over head and Tasmania's infamous wildlife - such as wombats, wallabies, echidnas and pademelons - gaze at you nonchalantly from the roadside, abundant if you cycle in early morning or the evening, and often happy to share your picnic spot by day along with the local bird life - Tasmania has 12 endemic species, many of which can be found on the east coast.
Accommodation is in lovely local and characterful bed and breakfasts, each a lovely new surprise, although simple hostel accommodation or luxury properties are available for those who wish to save money or upgrade. The bikes are excellent hybrid mountain bikes, perfect for leisure cyclists. The itineraries are superbly created with plenty of detail and door to door instruction - literally. Baggage transfer and vehicle support is available on request. The eight day itinerary will take you from the buzzing and cosmopolitan state capital of Hobart, just 45 minutes by air from Melbourne. Australia's second driest capital is snugly tucked at the bottom of Mount Wellington overlooking beaches and mountains.
You will finish, 8 days and 170 miles later, in the pretty fishing town of St Helens in the north east. A day of rest is spent exploring the iconic Freycinet Peninsula and Wineglass Bay - one of the most photographed beaches in Australia with superb bushwalking, and those wanting a bit more of a challenge can continue on through more challenging but equally spectacular landscapes of the North East to Tasmania's second city of Launceston.
1 Reviews of Tasmania self guided cycling holiday, Australia
Reviewed on 03 Jan 2018 by Daniel Blogg
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Cycling the smooth and quiet Tasman Highway with frequent views of the stunning coastline, beach stops and refreshments at berry farms, coffee shops and wineries along the way. Feeling we were experiencing an undiscovered gem.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Make time to stop and enjoy the treats en route.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
We stayed and dined at local establishments - no chains!
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
PlanetI am the only company selling Tasmania's cycling tours in the UK and Europe. The impact on the environment is minimal. All guests are encouraged to check the pouches of any animals found injured or dead on the roads due to traffic accidents and are provided with the SOS wildlife rescue line.
Overall, on the bicycle tours less mileage is covered and therefore less fuel consumed as on self drive tours. The support bus for the guided group tours has been converted to the Australia diesel-gas system, resulting in a dramatically reduced fuel consumption. Guests are encouraged to carry their own luggage to minimise the requirement for a support vehicle and although transport can be booked for an additional charge, a courier who is using the same route is used to avoid additional environmental impact. The office building has been modified to ensure minimal energy consumption. All guests receive a custom made comprehensive information pack covering extensive information about Tasmania, its wildlife and nature, and how to interact best with the locals. Only small groups are booked at any one time.
PeopleThe cycle company used in this tour was founded in 2001 and was the first exclusively cycling-focussed tour operator in Tasmania. It is still family run, independent , locally based and small. It has been deliberately kept it this way to ensure personal service to every guest and uses only local, personally qualified accommodation and recommends experiences to ensure that the community benefits as much as possible. The itineraries are put together in great detail to ensure that the visitors experience as much as possible in the touring route and visit as many local operators and outlets as they can, with a particular focus on smaller operators and experiences that are not found in mainstream holiday brochures . The UK based company is the first of its kind to specialise in uniquely Tasmanian experiences and accommodation/tour providers and adheres to a strict policy of only promoting locally owned and run properties. The company gives a donation to Tasmanian Land Conservancy, a non for profit organisation that has been established to protect areas of wilderness and natural significance in Tasmania.
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