Meet the SFIDA Cycling staff at the lobby of the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart at 11:00. Welcome to Hobart, Tasmania’s capital and biggest city, located at by the Derwent River, it has some very interesting tourist spots like Salamanca Place with its old sandstone warehouses, art galleries, cafes and restaurants. Battery point is part of the historic district with its old colonial houses and narrow lanes.
After our rendezvous, we will proceed with our orientation meeting and buffet lunch before building up our bikes.
In the afternoon we will ride up to Mount Wellington, a very distinctive mountain with great views over the Derwent River and beyond. Our focus, of course, is on the 11-kilometre climb at a steady 7% gradient. It is a very nice way to start our Tasmanian adventure.
Dinner will be in one of the restaurants around Salamanca Place.
Today we start our ride around Tasmania, we have chosen to do it clockwise. Leaving Hobart we will ride through the city until we take the detour towards Molesworth and reach New Norfolk, named after the resettlement of Norfolk Islanders in the early 1800s. This is a good spot for our first stop of the day.
Continuing our ride towards Glenora and Ellendale, now we are in the countryside terrain, excellent riding here.
In the afternoon we will ride through Ouse until we reach our destination, Tarraleah, in the Central Highlands. House of one of the biggest Hydro Electric schemes in Australia.
Our accommodation is an award-winning location, picturesque and charming place to spend the night.
RIDE INFO: Day 2
129km / 2,420m
HOTEL: Tarraleah cottages
We start our ride with a big drop down the River Nive, from here it will be an undulating terrain riding near some big lakes like Binney, Bradys and St.Clair. This last one it is 5 kilometres off the main road but worth the detour, if just for a coffee and amazing views!
Today most of our ride is along the Lyell Highway, through some conservation areas that are worth a few stops, don’t hesitate to take pictures when you have the opportunity.
We will arrive at Queenstown, a small town long tied to mining. Life here seems that hasn’t changed much since the early 1900s.
Leaving Queenstown behind we will ride north always around the Cradle Mountain – Lake St.Clair National Park.
First stop will be Tullah, surrounded by different lakes, a good place to fuel before continuing until we reach the Black Bluff lookout, obviously some interesting climbing is involved to reach a place with this intriguing name!
Our final kilometers through the Cradle Mountain NP are stunning, great way to end today’s ride.
Today we are moving from the West side of Tasmania to Launceston.
It is our longest day with interesting sections like the climb out Cethana are reaches Liena after a nice descend.
We will continue our ride to Deloraine and reach Launceston on mostly flatter roads.Launceston is a city by the Tamar river and with some interesting Victorian buildings, a good change after our last days in more wilder parts of Tasmania.
Our ride today will take us to the seaport town of Bridport, on the way we will pass through Lilydale and the wine region of Piper River.
On our way to Briport we will have time to stop at the Jansz Tasmania winery.
Today is a short and easy day, time to rest in the afternoon and get ready for the final part of our trip.
RIDE INFO: Day 6
84km / 1,100m
Excellent route today! great riding to Derby, a small town that has become a mecca for mountain bikers. There are also a couple of great bike cafes to stop by.
We keep our ride and our next stop will be at the top of Weldborough pass, from there is a very scenic ride to St.Helens, a quiet seaside town.
RIDE INFO: Day 7
128km / 1,870m
HOTEL: Tidal Waters Resort
We leave St.Helens following the coastal road, but of course, on due time we will turn right and continue our ride via St.Marys and Elephant passes.
After our descent back to sea level, we will continue to Bicheno before reaching our final destination in Swansea. The views overlooking the Freycinet National Park are amazing!
RIDE INFO: Day 8
124km / 1,450m.
HOTEL: Swansea Motor Inn
Another long stage to end our SFIDA Tasmania full circle trip.
The first part of our ride to Buckland is mostly undulating, then the second part is hilly…
Before the final part of our ride we will reach Richmond one of the historical town that are very well preserved in Tasmania, from here is only 30km to Hobart!
After a bit more than 1,000km we are back to Hobart, Tasmania’s capital! time to enjoy a Cascade beer…or two!
After breakfast, end of our trip. Time to enjoy Hobart or return back home.
Twin room: $5,950 AUD
Single Supplement: $1,200 AUD
Rental bike: N/A
$1000 AUD when making the booking. Balance to be paid 90 days before the trip starts.
9 nights accommodation between 2 – 4 Stars
9 lunches, picnic style during the rides.
Transfer to and from the airport to our hotel in Hobart.
Hotel extras: mini-bar, spa, massage.
Tips for the staff.
Alcohol, given the high cost of alcohol in Australia we do not include it on this trip.
We will have ride leaders and at least one mechanic on our trip.
Our passenger van comes fully equipped with all necessary to give the best support during the rides.
We carry gels, energy bars, powder mix, water, fruit, riding food, tools, pumps, spare tubes and tyres to make sure our first class support helps you through the trip.
Professional first aid kit.
91 days before the trip starts – the return of deposit less $300 AUD cancellation fee.
61 days before the trip starts – the return of the full amount of the trip less $300 AUD cancellation fee, plus any amount that we can’t recover from our hotel and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.
31 days before the trip starts- the return of 50% of the full amount paid.
Less than 30 days before the trip starts – no amount will be refunded. We will, however, try to credit as much as possible towards a future trip. This depends on the amount that we can get back from the hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.