20 individual stages that link up to create a fully supported and achievable cycling route around Australia
Choose one stage or ride the lot
Join as an individual and ride with great new friends, or bring a team dividing each day’s distance
Raising money for MS Australia and your own charity if you wish
All stages completed over 5 years with each stage varying between 4 to 16 days in duration
Achievable for most keen cyclists willing to commit to it
From the cities to the outback, from the tropics to the southern ocean, from the red centre to the coast. These Australian bike rides completely around and through Australia are a series of supported road cycling holidays like no other.
Quicklink to Stage 20 (Tassie West Hobart to Launceston) here.
Everybody loves Tasmania! The history of the early settlers, grand old buildings, beautifully painted weatherboard houses, picturesque stone cottages and of course the wonderful winding roads that pass through quaint townships and magnificent countryside. It's all here - all you have to do is bring your bike and ride.
In February 2013 we are riding both Tasmania East and West. The rides cater for cyclists comfortable cycling at 20-25km on a flat road, however we have longer routes for the faster riders. Make the most of this opportunity and get together with bring your friends, group, club or BUG - it really is a beautiful place to ride your bike.
On the first stage of this ride (Stage 19 of Australia Ride) we head out from Launceston passing the beautiful, freshly painted timber homes alongside the Tamar River, before they thin out as you start climbing some of the many hills on this exciting tour of Tassie. The climbs and descents are interspersed with magnificent views across cattle strewn countryside, National Parks, and lots of big trees and thick forest as you wind your way through the beautiful towns and picturesque landscapes. We finish the ride at the historically significant and deeply moving site at Port Arthur before boarding the AllTrails bus bound for Hobart via some fascinating natural attractions along the way. Why not stay another night in Hobart and visit the world famous MONA gallery.
World famous MONA Gallery, one of Australia's most talked about attractions
We pride ourselves on organising adventurous, action-packed cycling tours in interesting and scenic destinations. We organise everything that you will need for the duration of the tour (accommodation, meals, bike mechanic, support & safety vehicles) so you can pedal away each morning with the knowledge that your luggage will be taken care of, food will be provided at the next rest stop, your route is planned and a nice comfy bed and hot shower are waiting at the end of the day.
Riders that participate in these 'point to point' tours enjoy a great camaraderie, sharing laughs and a sense of achievement with their fellow cyclists, knowing that Phil and Susan McDonald’s expert preparation of the tour allows them to sit back and relax and enjoy every part of this cycling holiday.
"Tassie East Coast"
We organise it all - including accommodation, the best tour guides in the business, support and safety vehicles, meals, bike mechanic, safe riding conditions, camaraderie and much more. Tasmania is an amazing place to ride a bike and a great place to visit; its beauty, heritage listed forests, wild rivers, wildlife, quaint townships and great cities, world famous MONA Gallery, lovely homes and people.
Immerse yourself amongst these idyllic places while being looked after by one of the most respected bicycle tour companies in the industry and sharing your experiences with those that also love to live life on two wheels. The AllTrails team of Phil, Susan and Ben will be making sure that you don't need to worry about anything else other than enjoying the scenery, people, location and your cycling.
Meal and accommodation inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation)
LAUNCESTON Saturday, 16th February 2013
We recommend that you arrive in Launceston today, either by air or the Spirit of Tasmania ferry from Melbourne (arrives in Devonport - 100km away). This will give you enough time to get settled in, meet the crew and a few of your fellow cyclists and get your bike set up and fitted. Dinner and accommodation tonight is an optional extra.
LAUNCESTON to SCOTTSDALE, 72km Sunday, 17th February 2013
L D A
Day 1: We will be assembling this morning and heading off on day one at 9:00am. We leave Launceston passing the beautiful, freshly painted timber homes alongside the Tamar River, before they thin out as you start climbing one of the many hills on this exciting tour of Tassie. As we leave the forest after 40km the vineyards stretch to the horizon, interspersed with cattle and sheep. You will experience some good climbs and exciting descents through eucalypt forests that extends to vineyards on your way to Scottsdale, or try the longer route along low lying areas on the northern coast to Bridport before heading south to Scottsdale. Bridport is a buzz place on the north coast, then we head down the open undulating road to Scottsdale for lunch, a popular timber town servicing tourism and forestry.
SCOTTSDALE to ST HELENS (BINALONG BAY), 93km Monday, 18th February 2013
B L D A
Day 2: More great climbing, luscious meadows, magnificent views across cattle strewn countryside and lots of big trees and thick forest. A small diversion to Legerwood to see and experience the incredible workmanship of a wood sculptor with statues carved out of pine tree stumps. Historic towns like Branxholm and Derby allow you a glimpse of the early days, with the popular old pub snuck away in the Weldborough Pass before turning off to lunch at the Pyengana Cheese Factory for an assortment of culinary delights. Finish off with lovely downhill cycling to the east coast of St Helens. The longer route will take you to Binalong Bay and return to St Helens.
ST HELENS to BICHENO, 78km Tuesday, 19th February 2013
B D A
Day 3: The mountain ranges have been crossed. The effervescent sea-views are your distraction as you weave your way along the coast through Scamander, then continue to hug the coast below to St Mary's, or for the long routers, take the solid 9 kilometre climb to St Mary's, then down Elephant Pass and rejoin the short routers along the coast. The road skirts Apsley National Park to stunning Bicheno, a marine reserve penguin rookery.
BICHENO to TRIABUNNA, 92km Wednesday, 20th February 2013
B L D A
Day 4: We head inland through vineyards with great views over Oyster Bay to Freycinet Peninsula and National Park, then after the lookout at Cranbrook the long route turns right to Campbell Town for 10km, then return to rejoin the others at Swansea morning tea. This lovely village is worth checking out, with lots of history, before crossing interesting convict-built stone bridges, spanning creeks at the mouth of the sea. This stretch of coastline is typical, beautiful Tasmania before the port of Triabunna, strategically placed and protected from the wild Tasman Sea.
TRIABUNNA to RICHMOND, 63km Thursday, 21st February 2013
B L A
Day 5: Passing the Seafarer Memorial and Prosser Bay, follow the coast for the long route, a 10km loop, then turn inland following the river to Buckland and Runnymede, where an interesting ridge will warm you up as you go over. Enjoy the beauty as you cycle into Richmond, a beautiful village retaining many of its original buildings.
RICHMOND, PORT ARTHUR to HOBART, 82km Friday, 22nd February 2013
Day 6: This morning's ride to Port Arthur is a beautiful one through Sorell before crossing bridges linking the peninsulas to the penal settlement. We will arrive at port Arthur for lunch which will give you time to look around the quaint village and the well-preserved penal colony buildings at the UNECSO World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site before we leave. Be sure to spend some time in the village of Port Arthur, often missed because of the significance of the Historic Site. There is so much to experience in the area that you may want to consider leaving our tour here and staying overnight (you will need to arrange your own accommodation), particularly as entry passes to the Site are valid for two days. Those of us bound for Hobart board the AllTrails bus for the 2 hour drive back to Hobart. The bus transfer allows us the opportunity to visit the Tasman Blowhole, Tasman Arch, The Devil's Kitchen and The Tessellated Pavement. These are all fascinating natural attractions which are easy to visit when being transferred by bus.
On arrival into Hobart you can head home on a late flight or we can organise some excellent accommodation for you to enjoy the weekend in the city (optional extra).
HOBART to MT WELLINGTON (OPTIONAL), 40km Saturday, 23rd February 2013
For those that stayed here last night we will leave early for an optional ride up Mt Wellington at 9am, with morning tea and full vehicle support. It's only 20km each way but a healthy climb with magnificent views and of course it's all downhill to your hotel overlooking the harbour (ride cost $25).
After returning from the Mt Wellington ride around lunchtime, we will take our bus to the world famous MONA gallery (nominal fee can be paid direct on the day). Accommodation tonight is an optional extra.
Tomorrow we leave on our Tassie West Tour.
THURSDAY, 28TH FEBRUARY 2013
Written by Cyclist
Hi Ben, Peter, Phil, Susan and Midge, What a great ride and time on the East Coast Tasmania Tour 2013!! Its my 3rd time riding the beautiful coastlines and forested climbs of the East Coast with a group and certainly the standout. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and each other's company immensely and like myself felt individually catered for. Whether you were a faster rider or a weary tail-ender on day 6 who might want to start at the top of the first inevitable significant climb for the day, you felt well taken care of. Even as the biggest nuisance managing to destroy ½ my rear derailleur and needing some urgent medication buried in the depths of the baggage trailer didn't phase Peter the mechanic or Ben the coordinator. So thanks again for a great time and see you all again soon. Graham L (SA) Tassie East 2013
Hi Ben, Peter, Phil,Susan and Midge,
What a great ride and time on the East Coast Tasmania Tour 2013 !!
Its my 3rd time riding the beautiful coastlines and forested climbs of the East Coast with a group and certainly the standout.
Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and each other’s company immensely , and like myself felt individually catered for.
Whether you were a faster rider or a weary tail-ender on day 6 who might want to start at the top
of the first inevitable significant climb for the day, you felt well taken care of.
Even as the biggest nuisance managing to destroy ½ my rear derailleur and needing some urgent medication buried in the
Depths of the baggage trailer didn’t phase Peter the mechanic or Ben the coordinator .
So thanks again for a great time and see you all again soon.
MONDAY, 25TH FEBRUARY 2013
Written by Cyclist
I would just like to pass on my thanks to Ben and Peter for making the East Coast of Tassie bike tour a thoroughly enjoyable experience. They were friendly, organized, looked after everyone and nothing was too much trouble for them. I met some nice people on the ride and shared some laughs amidst some great cycling. I look forward to tackling the West Coast next year. Sophie R (VIC) Tassie East 2013
SATURDAY, 23RD FEBRUARY 2013
Written by Cyclist
Great ride, nice company in such a small group with lots of ride challenges (if only roads were smooth all the way and slightly downhill with tail winds and no rain). Ben and Pete looked after us so well and we were always greeted with well done and nice smiles. David J (NSW). Tassie East 2013
THURSDAY, 21ST FEBRUARY 2013
Written by Cyclist
I had a fantastic time on the East Coast Tassie ride. A big thank you to Ben and Peter for looking after us. It was exhausting but definitely worth it. Also, many thanks to Ben for photos from the trip, which arrived on Friday. Penny B (ACT) Tassie East 2013
Question not answered below?
Feel free to contact us at any time through our website ‘Contact Us’ page, phone or email. We love what we do and want to get you on the best bike ride for you. Speak to us about what's on your mind and we'll help you make your decision.
What sort of training do I need to do for this AllTrails Ride?
This Tassie East Coast ride caters for cyclists that are comfortable riding at 20-25kph and also faster cyclists that are comfortable cycling at 30-35kph (we have daily 'long routes' for you). Get training with an aim to ride around 80km for 2 days in a row with some hills. We will send you a training guide in your Welcome Pack upon booking. Let us know if you would like to look at this now. In situations where you cannot complete a particular section of the ride for any reason we will always have support vehicles to transfer you and your bike.
What is the Accommodation like?
We always try to obtain great accommodation for you to rest your weary head (and legs) in each town whether it be a motel, hotel, cabins or similar, usually 3 to 4.5 star. On occasion we travel through some very small towns and villages where accommodation is limited but we can almost always track down some nice clean accommodation with character and charm.
Sharing rooms – how does it work?
On the online entry form you can nominate any travelling companions that you would like to share a room with and/or be accommodated close to so that couples or friends can be roomed together. This can be in a double bed or in twin beds. If you are travelling alone like many of our riders, you can choose to 'twin share' where single riders are paired with other riders of the same gender and sometimes changed at each accommodation to create interest in sharing rooms. Single Supplement is also available for those who would like their own room for the whole trip. If you are a chronic snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we suggest booking your own room.
Not a problem! You’ll find other like-minded cycling companions taking part in our rides. If you’re a solo traveller we will pair you with other solo travellers of the same gender in twin share accommodation or you can opt for Single Supplement (additional cost) to receive a room of your own.
Snorers can enjoy their own room
If you are a chronic snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we suggest booking your own room (single supplement cost). This is not just a courtesy to your fellow travelling companions, but will also give you the space & privacy you need to enjoy your sleep after a long day on the bike.
Meals and Food
Always a big part of any cycling holiday! Check tour details for meal inclusions on your ride. Our emphasis is on fresh food and balanced diet with plenty of carbohydrates, proteins, fruit and vegies catering for a cycling holiday. We successfully cater to most dietary requirements, however feel free to contact us with any questions. Most meals are included as part of our tours, however you may be required to purchase some meals. See the 'Day to Day' tab for more details, or click the 'Generate Itinerary' button.
Can I talk to someone who has done one of your tours?
Absolutely. We will be happy to give you the names and telephone numbers of people who have participated in the ride or a similar ride that you are considering. Where possible we will provide you with the details of someone within your city or state. Another good place to look is our ‘Testimonials’ page on our website.
I have a group who would like to know more. Can I book an info session?
Contact us if you would like to find out about booking an info session for your group of friends, or if you would like to find out about a travel talk happening near you in the future. Be inspired, hear from the experts, learn more about a destination and even book your tour on the night.
Is the riding safe?
We have a great safety record and do our best to inform motorists so that they can drive accordingly, however cyclists have to play their part in keeping well over to the left. We have support vehicles on the road showing 'Caution Cyclists' signs and a ‘tail end Charlie’ (vehicle following the last rider) with a flashing beacon to warn traffic about our cycling group. You will also be briefed before each day's ride pointing out parts of the road that may get narrow or have any known hazards.
How do I get there?
By air you can fly directly into Launceston and directly out of Hobart. You can also go by ferry to Devonport, with or without a car, then get a connection to Launceston. For ferry information visit www.spiritoftasmania.com.au
I am coming from another country, what do I need to know?
Welcome! Traditionally most of the clientele on our rides have been from Australia or New Zealand, but we also have had many riders from USA and UK/Europe. You just need to make sure that your passport and visas are in order and check the cost of transferring your bike to Australia, or rent one here.
What does the bike mechanic provide?
A bike mechanic will be part of our crew and is there to help you with minor adjustments and servicing of your bike and will have a good stand pump for different valves. We will have limited parts available for replacement which will be charged at shop prices. Labour is free for the first fifteen minutes, there after costs may be incurred at the mechanic's discretion. Cyclists with rare or different bikes are asked to contact us at AllTrails and advise our mechanic.
What sort of bike is best for an AllTrails Road Ride?
A comfortable racing bike, road bike or touring bike, preferably with a triple chain-ring, excellent brakes and well maintained. Road tyres with slick or near slick tread.
Do I need to carry anything on my bike?
We suggest you carry a spare tube, a full water bottle and your own personal goods such as camera, wallet and perhaps rain gear if it’s threatening. We transport your luggage, day packs, food & extra water. A detailed list of what is required and provided will be sent to you in your pre-tour info pack.
What sort of people ride?
Characters form all parts of Australia and overseas. Ages will probably range from 25-60, with the average aged about 45 years old. Adventurous cyclists usually made up of about 40% females & 60% males with a mix of singles, friends and couples.
What is the weather likely to be?
Our tours have been specifically scheduled to take into consideration the best time of year to travel to that destination. This takes into account the temperate range, possible rainfall, prevailing winds and the best times to view the attractions on route. Of course, we can’t ever control the weather however this only adds to the adventure and excitement of your travel experience! For more specific weather and climate information visit bom.gov.au
What to pack?
We recommend you bring a soft bag or backpack. We advise against bringing a suitcase as they are bulky, difficult to stow on board vehicles or trailers and heavy. You may be required to lift or carry your own luggage from time to time, e.g. into accommodation. Any excess luggage may need to be stored or forwarded on to your final destination at your own expense. Information about what to pack is included as part of your Pre-Departure information. Generally we advise that you pack as light as possible.
Can I rent a bike?
We do not have a fleet of hire bikes however we can usually help you out with organising bike hire through our local contacts near our office in Melbourne, or closer to a ride departure location. When you make your booking just let us know that you would also like to hire a bike and we will get the ball rolling for you and put you in touch with the right people where possible. You can also bring your own seat and/or pedals to give you that little bit of 'home comfort'.
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