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Tasmania North East: Selfguided Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 5 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Destination(s): Australia  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: October - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 420 Australian Dollar (AUD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 900 Australian Dollar (AUD)

This selfguided bicycle tour can be booked independently or as an extension of our East coast tour. You can start any day. The start point is St. Helens on the north-east coast with its stunning surroundings like the famous Bay of Fires.
The first cycling day is fairly short to a country pub in the farming community of Pyengana. You can visit the 90m high, St. Columba falls and some very old mine machinery hidden in the forest. The following day is quite tough: you have to climb 500m altitude in one go. You will stay in the busy market town of Scottsdale. On the last cycling day you will have to ascend the steep and winding "Sideling", however, going down the other side, through dense forest, is pure pleasure. Your destination is the quiet, historic village of Evandale, just 3km (2m) from Launceston airport.

General Details:
- Starting point: St. Helens
- End-point: Launceston
- Distance: 167 to 237 km (102 to 145 miles) depending on options taken.

Day 1, Arrival or Day off
If you are starting this tour, the first day is an arrival day. There is a bus from Launceston, Tasmania's second largest city (pop. 80,000), leaving Mon-Thu at 4pm, Fri 5pm and at 12.30 pm on school days. It costs AU $31.50 p.p. and arrives in St.Helens 2 1/2 hours later. A private transfer can also be arranged ($ 190 for up to 4 people).
If you have just concluded our East coast tour you will have a rest day to explore the stunning surroundings, including tourist icons like the Bay of Fires, Binalong Bay or Peron Dunes.

Day 2, St. Helens – Pyengana
You'll leave the coast and cycle into hilly country to the farmers’ settlement of Pyengana, where there's much to see, including a small cheese factory where you can taste samples. You could also visit the St. Columba Falls (Tasmania’s second highest waterfall) . You'll stay in a heritage protected, 'basic' country hotel, the “Pub in the Paddock” which boasts a beer-drinking pig as its mascot! Minimum distance to cycle; 30km (20m) plus excursions.

Day 3, Pyengana – Scottsdale
Today is a test of strength! After 3 kilometres you start to climb the Weldborough pass, were you gain almost 500m (1500ft) on altitude during 10 km! After enjoying the view there is a long descent on a bendy road through forest. Don´t forget the short myrtle-forest walk. You'll pass through the lovely old mining town of Derby, where all the houses are made from timber. A nice place for your lunch. In Branxholm, 9 km flat km later, you should take a short detour to the amazing woodcarvings of Legerwood, which were done by chainsaw. Afterwards you follow the quite hilly Tasman Highway as it winds through an open landscape, your destination being the small regional shopping town of Scottsdale (pop 8500). Minimum distance to cycle: 74km (43m).
When you think that may be too much for you, we can bring you up the Weldborough pass for a small charge.

Day 4, Scottsdale – Evandale:
Today´s start is very strenuously as there is a bit up and down followed by a steep climb. Your efforts will be rewarded with a spectacular view from the “Sideling” lookout at the summit. This is followed by a long descend with sharp bends through rainforest The rest of the day goes through an open landscape, a little bit downhill for most of the time - you'll love it! There is even a very nice picnic spot, the Myrtle Recreation ground. Later on you'll ride around the outskirts of Launceston, Tasmania's second largest city (pop 80,000). You'll spend the last night in the quiet, historic village of Evandale, just 3km from Launceston airport. Distance to cycle: 82km (50m) Launceston, Tasmania's second largest city (pop 80,000). You'll spend the last night in the quiet, historic village of Evandale, just 3km (2m) from Launceston airport. Minimum distance to cycle; 82km (50m)

Day 5, Departure
If finishing the trip here the airport is just 3 km (2m) away.

Supplemental Tour Information:
The startpoint can be reached by coach from Launceston city which has an airport with regular flights to/from mainland Australia. The bus runs severy weekday at 4 pm.
The end point is just 2 miles from the airport. taxis are available.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All accommodation, some with breakfast
- Preparation material
- Detailed route-description
- emergency phone help

Price Excludes:
- flight
- bike hire ($85)
- Lunch or dinner
- Any other additional expenses

Note: Depending on booked accommodation category you may have to prepare the breakfast by yourself more or less often.