Tours of Tasmania

The Weekender

Total kms: 184kms
Total Elevation: 1656m
Rating: Moderate

The perfect cycling weekend getaway. Experience two days of cycling through Tasmania’s famous Tamar Valley wine region and surrounding hills, including the now famous Sidling between Scottsdale and Launceston, along routes which are the favourite training ground for the Sulzberger’s, Matt Goss, and Richie Porte. Stay in luxury and dine at Launceston’s finest restaurants with the middle evening spent at the world famous Barnbougle Golf Course Lost Farm.

Details
The finer points

3 nights luxury accommodation
2 guided day long rides
Support vehicle and mechanic
1 sports massage
All meals including sports nutrition on rides
Airport transfers
Max group size of 12
$2500 per person

Itinerary
Arrival

Fly into Launceston the evening before where you will receive airport transfer to your accommodation. The support crew will set up your bike ready for the following morning.

Day 1 | Tamar Valley Vineyards

Distance: 100km | Elevation: 727m | Accommodation: Barnbougle Golf Course Lost Farm
Take in the picturesque Tamar Valley wine region, riding the river’s edge along the infamous Fish Shop Ride route, across the cable-stayed Batman Bridge, and out to Pipers Brook Vineyard for lunch and wine tasting at the neighbouring Jansz Wine Room. Vineyards, forest and farming countryside will be your scenery as you cruise on to the world famous Barnbougle Golf Course. Leave your bike with the support crew at the door of your luxury accommodation ready for a post ride massage, and watch the sunset across the dunes.

Day 2 | The Sidling

Distance: 83km | Elevation: 932m | Accommodation: The Clarion Hotel
Chris Froome has endorsed it and it’s hotly contested on Strava – the Sidling between Launceston and Scottsdale will be your peak climb for this ride out through lush forests where a winding and steep climb brings you to spectacular views. A fully catered gourmet picnic lunch from Alps & Amici, including a wide variety of Tasmania’s best produce, will be ready to reward you. An easier flowing ride will bring you into Launceston for the evening where your support crew will assist in packing your bike away ready to fly out the next morning straight to the Board room. Enjoy a final evening of fine dining at Stillwater Restaurant.

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The Sidling was an amazing climb, it's not like the climbs in Europe which have a lot of switchbacks on them. This was beautiful in a different way, winding up the hill into the forest which was just getting greener and greener the higher you went. It had an amazing backdrop and I think Richie is very lucky to have those kind of roads to train on so close to home. - Tour de France winner, Chris Froome.
Lavender Farm Credit: Littleyiye
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Bespoke Tours

Please reach out if you want to create your own tour. We are always keen to explore more of this Island and certainly up for crafting a tour to be as cruisy or challenging as would fit you and your group. We can cater for corporate groups and smaller groups of 2-4 where necessary. Take a look at our suggestions below. Let’s ride!

Suggested Bespoke Tour to get your imagination running!
West Coast Wilderness

Total kms: 717kms
Total Elevation: 7435m
Rating: Difficult

7 days riding through pristine wilderness that Lonely Planet has rated as the second best cycling destination in the world. Our most difficult tour with some tough climbs and long days, any thought of giving up is washed away when surrounded by such untouched and unique landscapes and by the comfort of each evening’s’ accommodation and dining on Tasmania’s finest produce.

Details
The finer points

7 nights luxury accommodation
6 guided rides
Day cruise in Strahan along Gordon River Cruise into the UNESCO World Heritage wilderness
Wine and Whiskey tastings at select venues
Dinner at the award winning Stillwater Restaurant on final evening
Support vehicle and mechanic
2-3 sports massages (dependant on group size)
Laundry service
Airport transfers
Max group size of 12

Itinerary
Arrival

Fly into Launceston the evening before where you will receive airport transfer to your accommodation. The support crew will set up your bike ready for the following morning.

Day 1 | Launceston to Central Plateau via Golden Valley

Distance: 107km | Elevation: 1505m | Accommodation: Pumphouse Point
A short kick along the West Tamar Highway and you’re off onto criss-crossing back roads through some of Tasmania’s most prosperous farmland and historic colonial towns. Rolling down into the Golden Valley, you then get into the high country as you climb up to the Central Plateau and the Great Lakes. Celebrate at the top with a glass of Tasmania’s finest sparkling whilst we drive around the lake to your accommodation for the evening, the award winning Pumphouse Point on Lake St Claire.

Day 2 | Lake St Clair to Strahan

Distance: 130km | Elevation: 1168m | Accommodation: Strahan Village or Franklin Lodge
Starting the morning at Lake St Clair, it’s a long a winding road that takes you to the wild west coast of Strahan, via the unique landscapes of Queenstown and surrounding historic mining towns. Finish the day in Strahan with a wine and whiskey tasting at View 42.

Day 3 | Rest Day with Gordon River Cruise

Distance: n/a | Elevation: n/a | Accommodation: Strahan Village or Franklin Lodge
You can’t come all the way to Strahan without experiencing the natural wonders of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The best way to so is via the award-winning Gordon River Cruise which includes uninterrupted ‘first-on-water’ views of the glistening harbour, opportunities to disembark for two walking tours, and seating and lunch from the Captain’s Premier Upper Deck. Dinner is at the Bushman’s Restaurant run by chef Steve Bennett. Load up as you have a big day ahead on the road!

Day 4 | Strahan to Cradle Mountain

Distance: 141km | Elevation: 2315m | Accommodation: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
The hardest day on the road, you’ll be glad you rested the day before. Today you climb and zig-zag your way to Cradle Mountain. It’ll be wild, most likely wet, and maybe windy, and it’s not even winter. Think of those mining pioneers who lived up here all those years ago with no respite from it all. You’ll be rewarded throughout the ride with spectacular scenery and log-fires, comfy lounges, and serenity at Cradle Mountain Lodge.

Day 5 | Cradle Mountain to Boat Harbor (with transfer to Stanley)

Distance: 104km | Elevation: 1020m | Accommodation: Cable Station and Stanley Village
What goes up, must come down, so to speak. There are still some fun climbs in today’s ride but it’s mostly rolling down from the mountains to the north west coast, through dairy farm land and into the majestic little beachside town of Boat Harbour. Weather permitting, take a dip to freshen up and then enjoy the view as you are taken to your lodging for the night at the famous historic township of Stanley.

Day 6 | Stanley to Hawley Beach

Distance: 150km | Elevation: 880m | Accommodation: Hawley House
Today is a long but flat ride, hugging the north coast the whole way to Hawley Beach with a mandatory stop at Hellyers Road Distillery in Burnie. Farmland meets the sea along this picturesque coastline and the little town of Hawley Beach is a quiet reward at the end of a long day.

Day 7 | Hawley to Launceston via Tamar Valley Wine Region

Distance: 85km | Elevation: 547m | Accommodation: Clarion Hotel and dinner at Stillwater Restaurant
Today you will ride through the training ground of a young Sulzberger and Goss, literally along the roads they started on as children (Sulzberger and Goss were neighbours). Starting at the Blue Barn Cafe (where many a post ride brew is had), head through the bushland to Beauty Point and then back along the Tamar River, winding through wine country, to Launceston.

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By right, Tasmania should be too small to have huge pockets of wilderness, but untouched and untamed lands stretch along its fierce west coast. Cycling land this wild should not come easily and it doesn’t, with the hill climbs queuing one after the other – you will notice them but not as much as the scenery, which takes in Tasmania’s most famous mountain (Cradle Mountain), its cutest coastal town (Strahan), its highest waterfall (Montezuma Falls) and its most beautiful lake (Lake St Clair), all on highways that feel at times like back roads. - Lonely Planet rating the West Coast of Tasmania as the 2nd best cycling destination in the world.
Oliver's Road, Mt Rowland

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East Coast Cruise

Total kms: 508kms
Total Elevation: 4447m
Rating: Easy – Moderate

Bay of Fires, Freycinet, MONA, wineries and distilleries, Blue Derby Mountain Biking – this tour has a little bit of all that’s great about Tasmania. Starting from Launceston and heading out to the East Coast via the thickly rain-forested mountains, you’ll get in a day of mountain biking on the Blue Derby Trails before rolling down the glistening east coast to Freycinet. Take a scenic flight over the world famous Wineglass Bay and then finish off with a hilly ride into Hobart where you can stay on consuming more whiskey, great food and incredible art.

Details
The finer points

7 nights luxury accommodation (limited single rooms available)
5 guided day rides + Blue Derby Mountain Bike Ride
Scenic Flight at Frecyinet
Support vehicle and mechanic
2-3 sports massages
Laundry service
Airport transfers
Max group size of 12

Itinerary
Arrival

Fly into Launceston the evening before where you will receive airport transfer to your accommodation. The support crew will set up your bike ready for the following morning.

Day 1 | Launceston to Derby

Distance: 93km | Elevation: 1297m | Accommodation: Tin Dragon or Cascade Cottages
Chris Froome has endorsed it and it’s hotly contested on Strava – the Sidling between Launceston and Scottsdale will be your peak climb for this ride through lush forests where a winding and steep climb brings you to spectacular views. From Scotsdale you climb and cruise slowly up into mountain bike country, into the heart of Derby.

Day 2 | Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails

Distance: n/a | Elevation: n/a | Accommodation: Tin Dragon or Cascade Cottages
You can’t come through Derby on a cycling tour and not switch it up for a day on the Blue Derby Trails. Partnering with the crew at Vertigo MTB, bikes are provided and there are a range of trails to suit all levels of mountain bike riders. Lunch will be at the now famous Weldborough Hotel which is home to every single Tasmanian brew for you to sample.

Day 3 | Derby to Bay of Fires

Distance: 85km | Elevation: 1037m | Accommodation: Bay of Fires Bush Retreat
Climbing higher into the rainforests of the Blue Tier and old mining country before you see the coast and roll down into St Helens and then north along the most pristine beaches of the Bay of Fires. Staying in glamping bell tents at the Bay of Fires Bush Retreat. You really can’t find a more secluded and spectacular spot to imbibe the colours that make up the masterpiece of this coastline.

Day 4 | Bay of Fires to Freycinet

Distance: 136km | Elevation: 662m | Accommodation: Freycinet Lodge (Saffire Freycinet can be booked by request)
Blue skies, blue seas, eucalyptus forests, white sands and red lichen rocks run all the way along your route to Freycinet on this long but flat ride. Stopping on the way via the BrewHaus café and bar at White Sands Estate, Four Mile Creek, where you can sample premium beers, stouts, wine, vodka and whisky brewed onsite at the Ironhouse Brewery.

Day 5 | Freycinet to Swansea

Distance: 64km | Elevation: 312m | Accommodation: Piermont Resort
Spend the morning exploring Freycinet by air or water (the choice is yours and included in your booking), then slide into the saddle for a short ride around the bay to Swansea. Just because it’s short doesn’t mean it’s easy though, with a steep ascent in the middle of the ride up and over Devil’s Corner it will get the legs burning. A degustation menu awaits Piermont Resort.

Day 6 | Swansea to Hobart

Distance: 130km | Elevation: 1139m | Accommodation: The Henry Jones Art Hotel
A windy road will greet you today as you roll on into Hobart. A few hills will take you through forests and farmland and you’ll make your way through some old country towns. Upon arrival into Hobart you will be rewarded with luxury at the Henry Jones Art Hotel and a whisky tasting at Lark Distillery. The following day you can either fly out from Hobart back to your Board Room or stay on to experience the many delights of Australia’s current culture capital.

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When you go out there you don't get away from it all, you get back to it all. You come home to what's important. You come home to yourself - Peter Dombrovskis, Tasmanian Wilderness Photographer.
Wineglass Bay, Freycinet Credit: Rapidtravelchai

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