Over 8 days you will cycle through picturesque rural landscape, past vineyards and lush orchards, along stunning coastline, and down deep forested valleys. You will get to climb the states second highest peak and enjoy the thrill of a Ben Lomond descent. You will kayak the sparkling aquamarine waters of Freycinet National Park and walk to one of the world’s most beautiful beaches – Wineglass Bay. Each day we make the most of the great outdoors, and each evening is spent celebrating and relaxing over a hearty meal.
We take an early morning Jetstar flight from Sydney to Launceston. On the first morning of your adventurous and physically challenging week you will meet your support guide at Launceston airport at 9:00am. From here you will be transferred a short distance to the historic village of Evandale where you will receive a trip briefing and a detailed overview of the day ahead. The first days destination is Ben Lomond National Park which is home to the largest expanse of alpine plateau above 1200m in Australia. You will then begin the strenuous ascent from Carr Villa near the mountains base. The goal is to reach to summit of Legges Tor, Tasmania’s second highest peak standing at a respectable 1572m above sea level. If conditions are favorable you will be treated to magnificent views across the northern half of the state and may even be able to make out Cradle Mountain to the west. The track will then lead you to the ski village road where your bikes will be waiting. Once in the saddle you will get to enjoy riding over the plateau before beginning the exhilarating descent down the infamous switchback road known as Jacobs Ladder. At the base you will continue riding downhill past richly scented eucalyptus forests before reaching your campsite for the night.
Cycle Distance: 6-7 kms | Walking Distance: 4.2 km
Sydney – Launceston > Sun 19 May JQ745 07:10 09:00
This morning will see you up nice and early preparing a camp breakfast before packing up and getting ready for the day ahead. Your group will be transferred to the town of Mathinna where you will begin the days cycling. From here you will ride down to the coal mining town of Fingal before following the picturesque valley eastwards. Then the challenge begins as you peddle up to the top of the famous Elephant Pass before beginning another thrilling descent down to the clear blue waters of the East Coast. The final destination will be at the superbly located Picaninny Point where you will set up camp for the evening. Time permitting you will be able to explore the beautiful coastline near the campsite.
Cycle Distance: 78 kms
Today will see you striking camp and being transferred a short distance to Thompsons Marshes, the starting point for the 2.5 day Leeaberra Track walk. The track runs north to south in the Douglas Apsley National Park. This is a unique park which is a fantastic example of untouched dry sclerophyll forest which is rare on the east coast of Tasmania. The first days walk will take you along the rain forest ledge track and onto the Heritage Falls campsite. Here you will tackle a side trip rock hopping down to Heritage and Leeaberra falls where you will find some wonderful rock pools. You will then make your way back to camp to settle in for the evening.
Walking distance: 9.7 kms
This morning will see you climbing up to Lookout Hill. From here you will you will take a side trip down to the southern end of the rain forest ledge. Returning to Lookout Hill you will then continue walking on towards the impressive Nichols Cap, a unique mineral outcropping that can be seen from the coast. From here you are rewarded with spectacular views over the Douglas river valley and the beautiful east coast.
The next section of the walk involves a steep descent and passes through scrubby and overgrown patches of forest. After about 1.5 hours you will arrive at the Douglas River crossing which you will have to cross to be able to make camp on its southern banks.
Walking Distance: 12.7 kms
The final mornings walk on the track will see you being challenged with another steep climb to an old exploration road until you meet up with a crossing over the Denison Rivulet and then on to the Mt Andrew saddle. From here it is an undulating tramp down into the gorge and on to the Apsley River Waterhole. A substantial rest and fulfilling lunch will be in order before cycling from the National Park down the east coast. You will pass through the seaside town of Bicheno and continue south until you reach the wonderful beach camping site of Friendly Beaches. Here you will set up camp in what is now a well practiced routine and enjoy a great feed whilst gazing out on the evening waters of the east coast.
Walking Distance: 5.4kms | Cycling Distance: 49.2 kms
This morning will be an additional treat as you won’t have to pack up the camp. After breakfast you will be transferred to Coles Bay. Here you will meet your kayak instructors who will deliver a safety briefing and detailed information on the day ahead. Then you will begin paddling across the stunning waters surrounding Freycinet National Park. You will be amazed at the absolutely stunning views of the Hazards Range as you paddle around Fleurieu Point and into Promise Bay. Arriving at Hazards Beach you will secure your kayak before starting the relatively flat walk across the Isthmus Track before coming out onto the world famous Wineglass Bay. A lunch stop will be provided and then you will retrace your path back to the kayaks and paddle back to Coles Bay. From here you will transfer back to Friendly Beaches for the evening.
Kayaking Distance: approx 19kms | Walking Distance: 6-10 kms
Today will see you taking on yet another exciting challenge. You will rendezvous with our climbing instructor who will teach you basic skills and help you attempt climbs that are suitable to your level of competency. This session will be within Freycinet National Park and conducted by a qualified professional. After lunch you will ditch the rope for packs and climb the highest peak in the park; Mt Amos. From its pink granite peak you will be able to savor the true beauty of this remarkable area.
Climbing time: up to 5 hours | Walking time: 3 hours
The next part of this exciting adventure will see you cycling from the quaint seaside town of Swansea to the fishing town of Triabunna. From this point we transfer by private vehicles to the airport for the flight home with Jetstar.
Cycling Distance: 50kms
Hobart – Sydney > Sun 26 May JQ720 1:45PM 3:35PM
Perfect combination of different activities, great group of people and scenery, in particular Maria Island, made this a memorable trip. Big shout out to the guides who were organised, enthusiastic and personable. Highly commended goes to Paul whose passion for the Tassie state & wilderness was impressive. Well done guys!
Ellen & Jarrod., Ormeau, QLD. Australia
Climbing/walking up Mt Amos. It was a challenging climb that left you with a real sense of achievement once you reached the summit and saw the view of Wineglass Bay.
K. McDee., Waverton, NSW, Australia
Thanks to Tasmania Expeditions for a great cycle, hike and kayak trip. The tour guides were excellent and I have learnt a great deal about Tasmania, it's history, flora & fauna. Can't wait to book another holiday with Tas Ex.
Sharon Storen, via Facebook
Tommo and Simon were amazing. They did all that they could to make sure that we all had a fantastic vacation and it really is these two who turned a good vacation into a great one. The way they worked to make sure that everyone was accommodated, fit or unfit, fast or slow was just great. I would highly recommend Tas Ex and certainly you will be top of our list for consideration when we come back.
Andrew Wray., Lions Bay, BC. Canada
My daughter and I just completed the 6 day cycle, kayak, hike trip with Tas Ex. An outstanding trip with a great group of like minded people. As first timer adventure holidayers we were impressed with the relaxed nature of the trip and the feeling of a special holiday. Our guides Thommo and Stef were fantastic. Informative, enthusiastic, good cooks and obviously loved what they were doing. Even dragged "The Boss" out of the office when we blew a tyre on the trailer. He was able to provide us with a spare trailer until ours was repaired, all within about 36hours. Maria Island is a very special part of the world. Highly recommended. Thanks Tas Ex for a wonderful 6 days. Already looking for our next adventure.
Jeff and Jodie., via Trip Advisor.
My 12 year old son and I embarked on the "cycle, kayak & tour tassie" 6 day trip. The two guides were interested, involved and thoroughly entertaining, not to mention wonderful cooks. Tasmania was more than I had ever imagined and we experienced serenity on long coastal bike rides, marvelled at the vistas after long climbs and saw pristine beaches at every turn. There were ten of us on the tour and any nerves I had had at being at close quarters with strangers were quickly dispelled as we all found a mutual love for what we were experiencing. What a relief to have accommodation pre-booked after a busy day and always in great places. Maria Island was a highlight - the climb was incredible. There were times the bike rides were a bit much for my son but he was encouraged to join Alex in the coach, who included him fantastically. An amazing experience.
karenc286., via Trip Advisor
Thanks so much for such a wonderful adventure! And a very special thanks to Simon and Tilda who were largely responsible for making it fun and interesting!!
S. Porter., Manvel, TX. USA.
Simon and Lily were wonderful guides. We enjoyed their company, their expertise, and their care very much.For the bikes, I remember asking whether each bike would have bottle cage and small bag to carry our phone and camera. Turns out not all bikes have bottle cage and none has small saddle bag.
M. Chan., Singapore.
Hello - Just a quick message to say what a wonderful time I had on the trip.My compliments to Simon, Thomo and Michael who were guides of the utmost high standard, always helpful, upbeat and fun. Food was excellent.....breakfast, lunch and dinner plus pre-dinner nibblies which everybody looked forward to every afternoon.A wonderful trip! I would recommend this trip to anybody who likes the active outdoors!
A. Reid., West Wollongong, NSW.
A wonderful trip! Ash and Ashton were fantastic guides, they were informative, caring, a good laugh and great cooks. Perfect mix of different types of activities. Maria Island is beautiful and we saw lots of animals and at night the big sky and the stars are breathtaking. It was a small taste of what Tassie has to offer and now I want to see more!
K. Murray., Templestowe, VIC. Australia
Great guides, good food and good company combined with challenging and fun outdoor activities made the trip unique. I felt like I had enjoyed a grease and oil change by the end of it! Thank you to Ash and Holly!
E. Cooper., Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia
Holly and Ash our guides made a great trip an outstanding and unforgettable adventure. A great group of like minded participants helped and all individuals needs and abilities were catered for. The 6 days were full of new experiences with plenty of activities and great food (prepared by our expert guides). I would/will recommend this trip to anyone looking for a well organised active tour with variety, excitement, great scenery (you have to hike, cycle, kayak to see it) and good home made meals. Thank you to Holly, Ash and Tasmanian Expeditions!
K. Crabtree, Felixstow, SA, Australia
Both of our guides ( Ashton and Pip) were excellent. They made me feel safe, they had great knowledge about Tassie and they had great energy. Because of high temperatures and bush fire threat our guides had to change parts of the itinerary , but they were very upfront about that and they still managed to keep everyone happy. Don't lose those 2 young champions.
C. Bingham., Minnamura, NSW.
Maria Island was great, nice scenery, team spirit of the group, quality of food. We had 2 tour guides in our trip, Pip was golden ... Sharing her love for the nature and Tasmania. She was really caring and available. Professional and friendly, I highly recommend her and need to congratulate for her a great job.
A. Hebert., Singapore.
The excellent Guides Holly and Ash and the flexibility they provided to make the trip challenging, enjoyable and fun. It made me feel motivated to participate in future trips.
K. Crabtree., Felixstow, SA.
Great trip with lots of variety in activity. The locations visited were great - extremely memorable and uniquely Tasmanian. We wouldn't change a thing! The trip adequately also catered for different fitness levels (and diets). In addition to a well planned trip, we had fantastic guides - Lilly and Brenton. The trip could not have been as enjoyable without the knowledge and information that they provided and their passion for what they do. We cannot be grateful enough. Their care and concern, and efforts with food we're well above expectation. The level of detail and creativity by Lilly with food, in such a limited environment was amazing! Tasi Expeditions well done! Safety and customer service were continuously demonstrated to be a priority.
Karen Z., via Trip Advisor.
Loved everything about this trip. So well organised, the guides were knowledgeable and caring, and pushed you to just outside your comfort zone, the gear was first rate, the size of the tour was very manageable, the food was excellent, and Tasmania absolutely shone. We might have just picked the best week ever to do this trip weather wise, but I think with the knowledge and experience of the guides it would have been a great trip even if it was snowing in February, which is likely in Tasmania! Organise yourself a tour now, don't wait. My new moto for life is WHY NOT, and this trip was everything I hoped it would be. A lot of that has everything to do with the fantastic group of ladies I travelled with and the rest is up to the well organised tour and fab guides. Thanks Ashton and Mick - Loved it all, even when I thought climbing Mt Amos was a stupid idea!
J. Maddison., Borenore, NSW. Aust.
Great trip. Fantastic guides. Highly recommend seeing the east coast of Tassie. Pack warm clothes. Enjoy the adventure.
M. Jennings, Coogee, NSW Australia, 06 Jan 2017
The Cycle, Kayak and Hiking tour with Tasmanian Expeditions was everything I could have hoped for. The guides, Holly and Mick, were knowledgeable, friendly and worked tirelessly to ensure we were well cared for. It was a perfect group size. The accommodation and all of the equipment we used were well maintained and of top quality. There was a fantastic balance of the different activities and nothing was so challenging that the majority of the group weren't able to finish it. For those who did feel tired or were injured, there were other options to ensure they would still enjoy the trip. Highlights included kayaking across Coles Bay, cycling down St Marys Pass and walking up Bishop and Clerk on Maria Island. I cannot highly recommend this trip enough.
T. Ferrier, Baulkham Hills, NSW Australia, 06 Jan 2017
Thoroughly enjoyed our adventurous journey. The meals were sensational and the scenery and wildlife encounters were ones to remember.
M. LeGrand, Kingaroy, QLD Australia, 01 Nov 2016
This trip is one of the best I have been on. There was a variety of activities, the scenery was spectacular, the leaders were thoroughly organised, professional and the the group was the right size. I met like minded people and the leaders were very attentive and bent over backwards to help with my food intolerances. It was an absolute joy!
J. Radke, Eagleby, QLD, 05 Mar 2016
I can't say enough about how wonderful this trip was. Our guides - Will and Lilly - were knowledgeable, well-organized, friendly & encouraging, and I had complete faith in their ability to handle any situation. The small group format was especially nice and I have made some lifelong friendships as a result. I am looking forward to joining other Tasmanian and World Expeditions tours.
J. Gaskill, Reston, VI, USA, 07 Mar 2016
This was a rigorous trip for a fit 65 year old. But it was well worth the effort. The hiking, biking and kayaking was memorable and the guides terrific. Maria Island is a must see.
D. Freeman, Wellfleet, MA, USA, 28 Feb 2016
Tasmanian expeditions provided a perfect venue for seeing the island of Tasmania from the ground up. We did two trips virtually back to back, the first was with guides Ashton and Ryan hiking across the Freycinet Peninsula and the second was Cycle, kayak and walk the east coast with guides Ben and Lilly. The guides couldn't have been any more personable, skilled, knowledgeable and encouraging. Lilly in particular with her culinary skills added greatly to our experience. We left with a conviction that we will undoubtedly return for another experience with Tasmanian Expeditions!
T. Riser, Birmingham, AL, USA, 29 Feb 2016
Great itinerary with a good range of activities catering for all degrees of ability. Great guides, equipment and food!
P. Barakate, Elizabeth Bay, NSW Australia, 07 Jan 2016
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the trip, its a great mix of activities and stunning scenery. A highlight is Maria Island. The tour leaders were fantastic and really made the trip special.
S. Slocombe, Bristol, UK, 08 Apr 2017
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