Day 1, arrival
Depending on arrival time you´ll have still time to enjoy the open-to-the-world atmosphere of Tasmania’s capital and it´s people, visit the oldest brewery in Australia, go onto the top of Mount Wellington, or vist MONA. On the late afternoon we will meet for a briefing, bike adjustment and a quick test-drive of rental bikes. Later we have dinner together (not included).
Day 2, Hobart – Bronte Park (B/L)
Bus transfer out of the city and the dense traffic to New Norfolk (approx. 1 hour), where you can get on the bike. The landscape becomes more open and wilder all the time. Around noon we will visit the Mount Field National Park with its famous Russel Falls and many tall trees. There is a brilliant lunch spot, too. Later we follow the “Wild Way”, one of the most fascinating roads in the world going through world heritage area. Overnight we stay in the highlands in a remote location. Cycling: 55 km (34 m), + Bus 100 km (62 m)
Day 3, Bronte Park – Queenstown (B/L)
We continue cycling through this untouched World Heritage Area; the Wild Rivers National Park. There are many long descents. It’s also a day for short walks in superb locations (e.g. Lake St Claire National Park, Donaghys Lookout [360° round-view] and the famous Nelson Falls). Cycling 55 km + Bus 64 km (40 m)
Day 4, Queenstown – Strahan (B/L)
In the morning there is time for checking out the town. Than we do a 6 hour walk along the wild Bird River through very beautiful rainforest (weather permitting). You may prefer to take a ride on the recently restored ABT ‘Wilderness Railway’ instead (at extra cost). If you are into cycling you will be pleased: our route follows a narrow, winding road with 243 curves, most of it through beautiful and dense forest. Generally speaking there is more downhill than uphill! Cycling: 42 km (26 m)
Day 5, day off (B)
A day for relaxing or tours. We recommend the half-day Gordon River cruise into the untouched Gordon River, do other excursions or have a rest day. One option is to take the railway trip described in yesterday’s itinerary (all at extra cost and pre-booking is required). You must not forget to visit Ocean Beach, with 33 km length Tasmania´s longest.
Day 6, Strahan – Tullah (B/L)
Today’s route is also very beautiful and more or less on the flat for the first 42 km. There will be a lunch-break in Zeehan, where we can visit the local mining museum. It is possible to do the 3 hour return walk to the 104m high Montezuma Falls (with a suspension bridge crossing). Later we take a coffee break in the old mining town, Roseberry. Our accommodation is situated at the very edge of a crystal-clear lake (swimming permitted). Cycling: 55 km (34 m), + Bus 34 km (21 m)
Day 7, Tullah – Cradle Mountain (B/L)
We will drive you the first 20 km up the Murchinson Highway, than you can cycle the hilly rest to the tourist icon Cradle Mountain National Park at 900 m altitude. We will arrive at around noon. After lunch we can walk around romantic Dove Lake (about 2 hours) or do even longer walks. Cycling: 26 km (16 m), + Bus 20 km (12 m)
Day 8, Cradle Mountain – Mole Creek (B/L):
You can start by bike again though an open, almost alpine landscape (more downhill than up), however there are some very steep sections where you can use our support vehicle if you like. At lunch we will arrive at the small country town of Sheffield, where you can have a look at the many murals. Later it goes up and down on a quite narrow and windy road back into warmth to the small romantic village of Mole Creek. If time allows we could do a 40 mins return walk to the Alum Cliffs, visit the honey farm in Cluddah (there are over 50 different types of honey) or an interesting animal park. Cycling: 68 km (42 m), + Bus 15 km (9 m)
Day 9, free day in Launceston
In the morning we we will bring you to Launceston City, Tasmania’s second largest city (pop. 80,000)
Day 10, departure (B):
- 9 nights in budget/hostel accommodation with breakfast – some breakfasts are to be prepared by the participants.
- picnic style lunches, unlimited snacks and drinks (incl. alcoholic beverages) from tour bus until arrival.
- all transfers within the tour, luggage and bicycle transport
- national park entry fees and other admission mentioned in the itinerary
- knowledgeable tour guide (driver), fully insured minibus (with air-conditioning) and purpose-built trailer
- wind trainer for training in Sydney
- 12 weeks cycling sessions (1 per week)
- 12 weeks gym membership
- Program to complete in the gym
- 12 weeks virtual or in-gym spin-style sessions on your wind trainer (1 per week)
- Detailed bike lesson including: how to care for your bike, how to put it on and off the wind trainer, and how to set it up for your height and comfort.
- bike service by Chris