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 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 kilometres through the Cradle Mountain NP are stunning, a 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 wilder parts of Tasmania.
A fantastic 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.
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 towns that is 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
$1000 AUD deposit 45 days before the trip start. Balance to be paid 30 days before the trip starts.
No spot can be guaranteed until the deposit is received, check with us before booking your flights.
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. This will be at your own cost.
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.
Adapting to our current COVID-19 pandemic, and incoordination, with most of the hotel’s terms and conditions, we are adjusting our cancellation policy accordingly:
If there’s a travel ban on your state to visit Tasmania, you will receive a full refund on any payments you have done.
For any other reasons not related to COVID-19, this will apply:
30 days before the trip starts – the return of the deposit.
15 days before the trip starts – the return of the full amount of the trip less $500 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.
Less than 14 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.
We understand that it is difficult to commit too much in advance given the situation we are all living in, for this reason, we won’t be holding any spots until the full deposit has been paid, hotels are very strict now with how many rooms they are willing to have on hold until deposit payments are done.