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Tasmania – Bike, Hike & Kayak Tour

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Tasmania - Bike, Hike & Kayak Tour

Scheduled Tour

Price from

3670 USD

Duration

7 Days | 6 Nights

Level

2

Tour Code

GHAA21

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Come down for air in Tasmania on a bike, hike and a kayak, multi active tour. Experience the Tasmanian way of living.

Unbeatable value at $684 per day, ALL INCLUSIVE & GUIDED - 6 hotel nights, meals, all transport, winery tours, bikes, kayaking, and guest speakers. A ferry ride away for Victorians, a flight for the rest of Australia, Tasmania is so near and has so much to offer those who crave fresh, clean air, an abundance of nature and a people who live a lifestyle that many of us would idealize. Come and explore this magical place on a bike, on foot and with a paddle in hand to see what it's all about. Even if you've visited Tassie before, maybe we can show you something special.
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Inaugural Run Special Deal: Join the first departure of this tour to enjoy a smaller group size and 10% off the standard price.

COVID-19 Travel Notes: Tasmania has announced it is reopening to domestic travellers without mandatory quarantine from the 26th of October (restrictions apply for high risk areas). Online registration is required prior to travel with a temperature and symptom check on arrival. Make sure to check the most current entry requirements here.

Quality Bikes
Cannondale Quick 1 or Trail Neo E-bike

Your Guide
Friendly local team

Group Size
6 - 14

Accommodation
Hotels, lodges & pubs

Activities
Bike / Hike / Kayak

Minimum Age
14+

Overview

Most Tasmanians feel that they have a different way of living to those on the mainland. They feel like they are connected to nature and that the pace of their lives is relaxed and peaceful. It is undoubtedly a unique place in the world, where the natural environment is intact and where we are offered lots of opportunities to disconnect from technology and just enjoy the special moments that a journey like this presents us with.

Our bike ride focuses on the east of the island and mostly on the northeast of Tasmania. This area has some lovely backroads and rail trails to ride and presents us with a plethora of places to visit including wineries, galleries, a salmon farm, an oyster farm and much more. It's not just about the ride, it's about really understanding the essence of Tasmania and the culture of those who live here.

We take in the stunning Wineglass Bay and dramatic Cape Raoul on a hike, we ride the picturesque rural areas around Deloraine and kayak sheltered waters on the stunning Tasman Peninsula on our way back from Port Arthur.

This tour won't show you all of Tasmania, but it will show a part of it, really well.

Pedal Assistant E-bikes are an available option on this tour for $300


185 Km riding. Crisp, fresh air and lush green surround, complemented by safe and well maintained riding roads. We spend some time on secondary roads where there are some passing cars, and then spend quite a lot of time on rail trails and cycleways that keep us away from traffic. Some of this is gravel, but always well-laid gravel, so nothing technical at all. There are some hills here and there, but no sustained hill climbs.

Highlights

Hike the stunning Wineglass Bay & Hazards Beach and spend two nights in the award-winning Freycinet Lodge.

Visit some of the best wineries that the region has to offer and enjoy exclusive access to the winemakers.

Learn the secrets of the oyster farmers and see how Oysters and salmon are grown and have become an iconic export.

Stay in a heritage-listed, local pub (hotel) where the host knows just about every patron and join him for a visit to the local Platypus colony.

Visit Port Arthur and learn about its dark history on many levels, but appreciate it for the impressive structure that remains.

Kayak the dramatic coastline of the Tasman Peninsula and hike the iconic Cape Raoul where the next stop over the ocean is Antarctica.

INCLUSIONS

  • 5 nights comfortable ensuite lodging, 1 night in an iconic country pub
  • 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Healthy snacks, fruit & water during activities
  • 2 local Guides 
  • Expert talks by guest speakers
  • Bikes & Kayaks with safety equipment 
  • User friendly, Wahoo GPS during rides, for extra navigational support
  • Comfortable van for transfers & support

Day to Day


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Riding:
63km
Meal:
LD

We get straight into the action with a departure from Launceston today. Note that if you want to arrive on the day instead of staying a night in Launceston, we can arrange for a pick up at the airport and a transfer directly to the start point of today's ride.

The day starts with a 1-hour transfer to start our ride in Railton. This town prides itself on an expansive collection of topiary, the decorative art of hedges. From here, we ride along a 12km section of the Tasmanian Rail Trail which is an unpaved section through some lovely scenery of farmland and native trees. The next town that we pass through, Sheffield has a large collection of street art murals that we can take time to appreciate before moving on through a very special route on a mixture of backroads and trails through private properties passing by fast-flowing streams and lush greenery.

The agriculture in this area is renowned for growing fresh, high-quality products and this evening we will get to sample some of that. Our destination is the town of Deloraine, a historic town, with a heritage-listed hotel where we spend the next two nights.

Just before sunset, we will join our host the publican at the Empire Hotel, for a walk along the Meander River to look for members of the platypus colony. There are at least six of these unique animals living here and sighting is highly likely.

Riding:
35/62km
Meal:
BLD

The riding today is split into a morning ride and an afternoon ride, so you do have the option to choose one or both. The morning ride takes us on a route that skirts the Great Western Tiers mountain range with stunning scenery out over the countryside with the dramatic escarpment of the tiers. In Westbury, we visit the John Temple Gallery where the photographer specializes in panoramic images of Australian landscapes. Then it's back to Deloraine for lunch before an afternoon ride to visit some local artisans and a salmon farm. 

The salmon perhaps is an iconic product of Tasmania, but the ginseng that is grown at the farm on our afternoon ride may come as a surprise. Both products are exported and considered to be very high quality. Our next stop is the home and studio of local silversmiths/artisans the McLachlan. The studio is set on their beautiful 50acre property on the Meander River. We will stop in for a cup of tea, a chat, and a walk around their studio and the sculpture garden.

A diverse day of activities and visits concludes at a winery specializing in the Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grape varieties. After a chat with the winemaker and a modest sampling, return to Deloraine by bike, possibly with some less modest samples for the evening.

Riding:
32km
20mi
Meal:
BLD

A 1.5-hour van transfer takes us to a slightly different landscape where we start riding on a peaceful, paved road through a wide expanse of grassland with hills in the distance. Then we get into a narrower valley and then a gorge with dry eucalyptus forests surrounding us. We stop in at Hardings Falls and take a 20-minute return walk to see the impressive multi-tiered falls on the Swan River.

From here, we take a van transfer of around 45min to reach oldest vineyard on the east coast of Tasmania. Here, after lunch we don gumboots and take a walk to learn about the heritage of the property and to hear about what makes the wines here so special. Naturally, we finish with a tasting and then transfer to a truly unique accommodation, the Freycinet Lodge, overlooking Coles Bay.

Meal:
BL

Today we switch out bikes for boots (walking shoes will suffice) as we embark on a hike to see the Freycinet Peninsula's most iconic beaches, Wineglass Bay (obvious name provenance) and Hazards Beach (named because of the Hazard Ridge, not because it is hazardous). We use an Acqua Taxi to provide us with a range of walking options, so that you can do the long, more challenging hike, a slightly shorter, moderate hike or a light hike that still takes in the key locations of Hazards Beach and Wineglass Bay. 

The full walk takes us all the way down to the end of the peninsula, but skips a section using the boat so that we get all the best bits and keep the walk achievable and finish mid afternoon so you can enjoy some downtime at the lodge. 

The lodge includes a library and a lounge with wifi access and also offers therapeutic massage. Additional excursions from the lodge are also possible if you still have the energy. One of these is an easy paddle in a kayak at twilight on Coles Bay, an activity that can be a really special experience if the weather is right. Inquire with our team in the lead-up to the tour if this is of interest to you. Dinner is not included this evening so that you can dine at a time of your choosing.

Riding:
0km
0mi
Meal:
BLD

We head south to the historic Port Arthur today. Rather than drive all the way up the peninsula again, we will take a shortcut by boat. We shuttle over the bay and up the Dolphin Sands Peninsula to an Oyster Farm and take a tour with the farmer to understand how this iconic Tasmanian product gets from the estuary to your plate. By the time we are done learning about oysters, it should be a reasonable time of day to eat some of them, so we'll do that at the Oyster Shack before we take a drive south.

The transfer is around 2.5 hours. After checking in at our Port Arthur accommodation, we'll set off on a walk through the UNESCO heritage listed site to understand its dark history, the story of the convicts and how their labor built the site. A brief intermission back at our nearby accommodation, then we head back into the site for dinner at the restaurant 1830 after which we will take the ghost tour.

Riding:
14km
9mi
Meal:
BLD

14km Walking. This morning we shuttle a short distance from the accommodation to reach the trailhead for Cape Raoul. This is one of the capes visible on the famous, Three Capes Hike and is a moderately challenging walk with beautiful scenery as the reward for our efforts. The walk is on an unmade trail and features some climbing and descending. The cape is just incredible with geological formations like you've never seen and waves crashing away down below. Looking out over the ocean, the next landmass is Antarctica and the cold wind coming off the water will usually remind us of that. We return on the same trail in time for lunch back at the accommodation and then some downtime.

Meal:
BL

For our final day of adventure, we have a really special activity and that is sea kayaking on the Tasman Coast. We put in at Fortescue Bay and paddle along and between the towering cliffs that make for an amazing site and a dramatic backdrop to what is actually a sheltered area almost year-round. We will be on the water for around 3 hours but will have stops and snacks during that time.

Lunch will be packed sandwiches, wraps, and local cheeses, had by the water with some of those amazing views. We will then make a brief stop in a local motel for showers and to get changed before traveling onto Hobart. We can take you to either the Hobart Airport or into the city as the conclusion of the tour.

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