Schools looking for a unique and active way to experience the gems of Tasmania’s East Coast should look no further than this award winning itinerary. Selected as one of National Geographic Traveler magazines '50 Tours of a Lifetime', this complete active adventure on the East Coast of Tasmania traverses all the great spots from Launceston to Hobart. Over a week you will make the most of this adventure playground with a combination of cycling, walking & paddling. You begin by cycling through quaint villages and rural settings, breathe in the scents of rainforests overhead and be awed by the beauty of the eastern coastline - in particular Wineglass Bay & Maria Island. Enjoy great kayaking on Coles Bay in the Freycinet National Park before taking in some stunning walks on Maria Island, home to wombats, wallabies, Tasmanian Devils and an interesting convict history! Learn even more about our convict past at historic Port Arthur before a stunning day walk to Cape Hauy to wrap up an action packed week on the Apple Isle.
Welcome to Tasmania and enjoy the adventure! We start the trip with some exciting riding just outside of Launceston. En route to the start point your guide will give a briefing on all aspects of the adventure. Before commencing the first ride your guide will fit your bikes, issue equipment and give a safety briefing about riding in Tasmania. We will then enjoy the wonderful cycling opportunities up the Fingal Valley & through the Eucalypt forests of the North East. The highlight is an exhilarating ride down St Mary’s Pass to the east coast with its dazzling aqua blue water and pure white sandy beaches. An alternative could also be the Elephants Pass. We spend the afternoon cycling south along the coastline to our camp near the seaside town of St Helen's.
Distance up to maximum 60Km
Time approx 6hrs cycling
Today we will enjoy stunning cycle touring on the back roads of Tasmania's East Coast. We ride south through Bicheno toward Freycinet and our campsite at the Friendly Beaches
Today’s destination is the Freycinet Peninsular National Park and one of the most spectacular days on offer. Here we will commence our half day sea-kayaking activity.
After lunch, with our walking shoes on we will walk to the Wineglass Bay Lookout where we will be spoilt with amazing views of the beach below and the pink granite rocks of The Hazards Mountain Range nearby. Continuing on down to the beach is optional for the group – perhaps a great opportunity for a refreshing swim! At the end of our day in the National Park we will return by vehicle (or bike) to camp to a campsite at Freycinet National Park.
Distance up to maximum 38Km (plus Wineglass Bay walk)
Time approx 8hrs activity
This morning we continue our ride south enjoying the spectacular scenery of Tasmania’s coastline and our first glimpse of Maria Island National Park. We will enjoy morning tea and some free time to explore at Swansea before cycling to Mayfield Beach for lunch. From Triabunna we catch a ferry to secluded Maria Island National Park andexplore Maria Island, taking in its vast history and the natural wonders scattered all over the island on foot. We will see the unusual sandstone formations of the painted cliffs and visit Aboriginal middens. In the south of the island we will see the beautiful pristine beaches of Chinaman’s Bay and the isthmus. The fascinating history of the island is as diverse and substantial as its wildlife. This industrial history includes everything from vineyards to cement works but the most interesting is the convict history. There are many ruins from penal days including cell blocks, commandant’s cottages and windmill sites. Our accommodation is the historic Penitentiary, dormitory style.
Distance up to maximum 70Km
Maria Island is like a little Garden of Eden - you may see your first Tasmanian Devil here! We will see the unusual sandstone formations of the painted cliffs and visit Aboriginal middens. In the south of the island we will see the beautiful pristine beaches of Chinaman’s Bay and the isthmus. The fascinating history of the island is as diverse and substantial as its wildlife. This industrial history includes everything from vineyards to cement works but the most interesting is the convict history. There are many ruins from penal days including cell blocks, commandant’s cottages and windmill sites.
Overnight at the Penitentiary, Maria Island. Dormitory style.
Today we leave Maria Island on the morning ferry. We rejoin our vehicle and head to the stunning Tasman Peninsula. Eaglehawk Neck is the gateway to the Tasman National Park – home to a wide range of land and marine animals, fascinating rock formations and some of the highest and most spectacular sea cliffs in Australia and also some of Australia's most significant penal history. We enjoy a guided tour of Port Arthur to explore the many sites. In the evening you can opt to go on the Ghost Tour (optional extra). We will camp at Fortescue Bay.
We spend the morning enjoying the incredible views on an 8km return walk from camp which has extensive views of the coast and astonishing cliff faces. We then break camp and commence the almost 2 hour drive to Hobart Airport to connect with your Virgin Australia flight to Sydney. if we have time then we may stop in the historic town of Richmond. Upon arrival in Sydney all services conclude yet the memories and lessons learned from participating will last a lifetime - congratulations!
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