Tandem Bicycle Tours, Inc.

Tandem Bicycle Tours, Inc.
Seeing the world by tandem bicycle.


Devil's Corner Winery

Tasmania, Australia, January 26 - February 11, 2023

Tasmania, Australia

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Views from Mt. Wellington

Mt. Wellington

Our Aussie Tandem Mates

Our Aussie Tandem Mates

Strahan

Strahan

Update, January 2022:

Our friends and fellow Aussie tandem riders have just returned from a Velo Tours trip to Tasmania! 

Here is their review:

"We are just back from our Tassie Tour this morning. We decided to do the Ferry option to Tasmania from Victoria - our home, as it meant that we did not have to build the bike up or break it down. The ferry trip is 9-11 hours, but there is an overnight option with cabins available. All of the other cyclists chose the expedient Flight Option.

We had a fabulous time with Kim and Kerry. Kerry rode much of the Tour with us and also had two other riders looking after us and the bunch - including their mechanic. The tour we have done started and finished in Hobart. Tassie is quintissential Australia, absolutely beautiful scenery, relatively quiet roads, but nothing is flat! I think the ride you will do with Velo Tours has been modified to suit tandems, as ours was for very fit single bike riders. Even though we were often off the back, they looked after us very well. The accommodation and food was excellent. We were blessed with beautiful weather, bordering on hot some days, but no rain! I think this will be an awesome adventure for your tandem riders with a lot of off-the-bike activities as well. We can absolutely recommend Tasmania and Velo Tours."

Rudy & Janine
Melbourne, Australia
(Thanks to Rudy & Janine for sharing this with us!)

Some Highlights of this Tour:

Tasmania, Australia’s only island state, is located 240 km off the south coast of Victoria. With 19 national parks and a huge UNESCO world heritage wilderness, “Tassie” is perfect for the outdoor adventurer. On our journey down under we'll have plenty of time to enjoy all that this wonderfully remote and largely undiscovered place has to offer. This special tour is 2-plus weeks in length for us to truly enjoy our time in this far-away land. It will also be made special by our local Tasmanian guides who will give us their special insider look into their land and its people. Learn more about our Australian guides and Velo Tours!

A day-by-day (preliminary) tour description:

Day 1: (Arrival) Launceston
Our Tasmanian hosts will pick you up at 1pm from the Launceston Airport for the 20-minute transfer to our hotel in the city where we will spend our first three nights. After checking in, we will meet in the conference room for bike assembly, followed by a welcome get together with drinks and introductions, before dinner at a wonderful restaurant nearby.
Lodging: Grand Chancellor Launceston

Day 2: Launceston
45 Miles - 3,050 ft gain
This morning we ride a lovely local loop that will take us through scenic pastureland and along the beautiful shores of the Tamar River. We will stop for a coffee on the way then continue back to the hotel for a relaxed and free afternoon exploring the city of Launceston. Dinner will be at King's Bridge, an award winning local restaurant.
Lodging: Grand Chancellor Launceston

Day 3: Launceston
Today we take a winery tour around some of the Tasmania’s best vineyards on the Tamar River such as Tamar Ridge, Goaty Hill, Iron Pot Bay, and Holm Oak, to name a few. We will stop for lunch at the popular Josef Chromy Cellar Door and Restaurant for a beautiful 2 course lunch before returning to the hotel for a nap and to prepare for our departure tomorrow.
Lodging: Grand Chancellor Launceston

Day 4: Launceston to Barnbougle
57 Miles - 2,800 ft gain
Today is a big day on the bike with some challenging climbs as we make our way north. The first section before Scottsdale covers half of Richie Porte’s training route, up a good, steady climb known as the Sideling. (Richie Porte is a local celebrity, finishing 3rd in the 2020 Tour de France and Launceston is his home town.) We will stop for coffee in Scottsdale before continuing to our accommodation for the evening at Barnbougle Lost Farm. You can have lunch in the restaurant or grab a sandwich from the pro shop and then head out for 9 holes on a world premier golf course before dinner or you might like to make a booking at the spa in the wellness centre, or just relax in your room admiring the views. There will be drinks in the bar before dinner in the restaurant with knock out views.
Afternoon activity options: Massage or 9 holes of golf on a world class course “The Dunes” (bookings essential).
Lodging: Barnbougle Lost Farm Golf Resort

Day 5: Barnbougle to St. Helens
65 Miles - 4,300 ft gain
Today we make our way to the east coast. We will stop at Krank It Café in the mountain biking mecca of Derby then onwards for lunch in the café at the Pyengana Cheese Factory where you have the option to call it a day. The rest can continue the remaining 40km to our hotel with an ETA of around 3.30pm. Enjoy a swim in the pool and a drink on the deck to finish off a perfect day. Dinner will be at the Furneaux Restaurant & Comptoir in town.
Lodging: Panorama Nature Resort

Day 6: St. Helens & Bay of Fires
47 Miles - 2,100 ft gain
Another beautiful day on the bike as we head south to our next stopover, beautiful Bicheno. Before leaving St. Helens we ride out to the famous Bay of Fires then continue along the coast to our hotel in Bicheno in time for lunch. On our way to Bicheno we’ll pass by East Coast Natureworld Wildlife Sanctuary where you can get up close to the infamous Tasmanian Devil and other unique creatures found in Tassie. After hotel check-in the afternoon is yours to relax by the pool, wander around the few shops in town or take a ride on the glass bottom boat.
Lodging: Beachfront Bicheno

Day 7: Bicheno to Freycinet
35 Miles - 1,500 ft gain
We'll have a later departure and shorter ride today, with lunch at Devil’s Corner Winery enroute. After lunch and some wine tastings with stunning views overlooking the magnificent Oyster Bay we get back on the bikes and continue to our accommodation in the breathtaking setting of Freycinet National Park with an ETA of approx. 3.30pm. After checking in there will be drinks in the Hazards Bar & Lounge then dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Lodging: Freycinet Lodge

Day 8: Freycinet National Park & Wineglass Bay
Rest Day/Hiking and Other Options
A day off the bike provides us with options for some hiking in one of Tasmania’s most iconic tourism destinations, Freycinet National Park. Options today are many. For those looking for a relaxed afternoon you can choose to do the walk up to the look out (1hr return) then relax in the Hazards Bar with some Gin and Whisky tasting or perhaps take a cruise. Dinner will again be in the restaurant at the hotel.
Lodging: Freycinet Lodge

Day 9: Freycinet to Hobart with Lunch in Richmond
35 or 71 Miles - 1,900 or 3,900 ft gain
We will first transfer approx. 39 miles to Swansea to begin the ride from there. With a coffee stop in Orford you can choose to finish your day here or continue all the way to Richmond for lunch. The full ride includes a good climb and great descent followed by a great meal at the Richmond Arms Hotel for lunch. You will have an hour or so to wander around the old town before we transfer to our hotel in Hobart with an ETA of approx. 3.30pm. We will have drinks in the bar before dinner at the iconic Drunken Admiral restaurant on the waterfront.
Lodging: The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel

Day 10: Mt. Wellington
27 Miles - 4,300 ft gain
This morning we take a scenic and challenging ride to the summit of Mount Wellington for some stunning views over the city. Once back at the hotel you can grab some lunch while wandering the stalls of Salamanca Markets (Tasmania’s most visited attraction). Later, you might like to take the ferry to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) for an interesting afternoon viewing some modern art and talking pieces. You will return to the hotel by catamaran in time to freshen up for drinks in the bar before dinner at the Rockwell Bar & Grill in Salamanca Place.
Lodging: The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel

Day 11: Hobart
Rest Day to enjoy Hobart
Today offers many options for touring around Hobart and the surrounding region. Hobart is Tasmania's largest city with a lively art scene, beautiful harbor, and endless options for lunch and dinner. Take a day tour to Port Arthur, one of the more famous of Australia’s convict sites, a lunch cruise to Peppermint Bay, a day trip to Bruny Island or a winery tour. The options are endless. Dinner is on your own tonight in a restaurant of your choice. Our guides can offer loads of suggestions.
Lodging: The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel

Day 12: Hobart to Strahan
54 Miles - 3,600 ft gain
This morning is an early departure for our 3hr transfer to Derwent Bridge. We will take a walk through the famous Wall in the Wilderness and have a light lunch before jumping on the bikes for the ride through to Queenstown. You will freewheel much of the way through scenic but at times undulating world heritage areas that will leave you in awe of its beauty. From Queenstown we will transfer the remaining 45km to our hilltop accommodation in Strahan. Drinks will be on the viewing deck followed by an amazing seafood buffet with knockout views over the bay.
Lodging: Strahan Village

Day 13: Gordon River Cruise, Strahan
Today is a relaxed touristy day with a beautiful lunch cruise down the historic Gordon River. Upon your return we will take a seat and watch the local theatre production of The Ship That Never Was before returning to our rooms to freshen up in time for drinks and dinner at a venue of your choice.
Lodging: Strahan Village

Day 14: Strahan to Cradle Mountain
45 or 53 Miles - 3,400 or 4,200 ft gain
Our ride takes us from Strahan to Cradle Mountain via Zeehan. This is a big day on the bike with three climbs - some sections at 14% plus, but amazing riding on great roads. We will regroup in Rosebery for a light lunch to refuel before beginning the challenging climb up Mt. Black or you can call it a day after lunch. We will transfer the remaining distance to our hotel in Cradle Mountain for a nice relaxed afternoon in your room or having a massage at the alpine spa (bookings essential). There will be drinks in the bar before dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Lodging: Either Cradle Mountain Hotel or Peppers (TBD as of 1/1/2021)

Day 15: Cradle Mountain Walks and Toursim Day
Today is for walking/hiking in the national park. There is the option to visit the Tasmanian Devil Wildlife Park just a short distance up the road, take a helicopter ride over the park, test out your fly fishing skills, or spend the afternoon relaxing in the alpine spa next door. Numerous options are available with bookings essential.
Lodging: Either Cradle Mountain Hotel or Peppers (TBD as of 8/1/2021)

Day 16: Cradle Mountain to Launceston
55 Miles - 3,300 ft gain
Leaving Cradle Mountain Park we set out for Devonport via Sheffield. We will be riding through very diverse countryside ranging from sparse alpine plateaus to green pastureland under Mt Roland before arriving into the “Township of Murals” – Sheffield for a coffee and cake. We will continue on to our lunch lcation in Devonport prior to the 1 hour transfer to Launceston. On the way, we'll stop at the Ashgrove Cheese Farm and Anvers Chocolate Factory and once checked in to the hotel, it's time to pack bikes for the trip home. We'll gather for drinks and a slide show of our journey before our final farewell dinner together.
Lodging: Launceston Country Club

Day 17: Departure Day

We are now taking bookings for this tour. If you are interested in this tour and would like us to send you a booking form, please Contact Us for more information or check out our info page to see what's included on a Tandem Bicycle Tour.

Tandem Bicycle Tours strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads/bike paths for cycling and to avoid busy roads as much as possible. The description listed here is a very good approximation of our trips but hotels and routes may change marginally to improve the trip experience.

Richmond Bridge

Richmond Bridge

Josef Chromy Restaurant

Josef Chromy Winery

Cradle Mountain

Lake MacDonald Lodge

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