Tasmania self guided cycling holiday, Australia

“Our only cycling holiday in Tasmania on a stunning and not too challenging 270km route along its East coast, Hobart to St. Helens for 8 days. ”

Highlights

Hobart | Richmond | Salamanca Markets | Orford | Swansea | Spiky Bridge | Bicheno | Freycinet National Park | Wineglass Bay | Hike in Hazards Mountains | Bay of Fires | Scamander | St Helens

Description of 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.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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Environment

I 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.

Community

The 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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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Overland track. Normally we like to do independent self guided walking but we were so glad that we did the guided Cradle Huts walk for a number of reasons. The accommodation is great, this really was walking the Overland in luxury with most stuff provided for you, very helpful check lists at the start etc. We were also lucky with a very nice group of people but when walking you never felt rushed or crowded in any way. A huge shout out though to the guides Joel and Vito who were superb in looking after everyone. These guys work incredibly hard, moving stuff each day, doing superb cooking every evening etc but again it was their knowledge of the path, landscape and wildlife that made such a difference. Vito on occasion would stop and take a photo himself which says it all. This was a real highlight of the holiday, no cars, no roads, no internet at true wilderness in awe inspiring scenery with superb variety each day including the weather! Amazing views wherever you looked.



2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


For us in visiting Australia for the first time deciding where to go with only 3 weeks available was tough. Best to concentrate on one area. Sydney and Tasmania turned out to be a perfect combination of big city buzz and then the superb open spaces of Tasmania.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, in particular, the conservation of the Cradle Mountain National Park.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Recommend Tassie. Why go to Tasmania?
Possible to get an overview of the island in 2 weeks, but longer would be better. In no particular order scenery, open spaces, wildlife, Hospitality/wine and food, climate. In one word ,variety. You never knew what was around the corner.

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