Jan
22
2014

Great spots for cycling in Tassie

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If you want to cycle up a storm on holiday, Tasmania is the perfect location. Whether you want to tackle hilly terrain or are happier on flat ground, there's a section of the island to suit. Let’s face it, once you are on your bike you will just go where the whim or the road takes you.

Here are some of the top spots for hopping on your bike and heading out on a leisurely ride. Just don't forget your helmet! Experienced cyclists will know that if you are touring carrying basic spares will make the journey easier if you get a flat.

Hobart

Even though it's Tasmania's largest city, it's still compact and that makes it a great place for cycling. The roads are mostly well paved and there are some cycle lanes, and around the harbour makes it a perfect spot for beginner cyclists. Did you know there are even free bikes? ‘Art Bikes‘ are available to explore the sights and galleries.

Bike through central streets such as those around Salamanca, head up to Battery Point to explore the heritage homes or even tackle the steep slopes of the 1,270 metre-high Mount Wellington looming over the city.

Alternatively, stick to the flat and cycle out all the way to MONA – you’ll be glad you did … it is one of the best rides we know.

Rural towns

Get out of the big smoke and explore some of Tasmania's rural towns, such as Burnie or Devonport and the trails from Ulverstone past Turners Beach has great cycling.

Rural settlements often have great historic sites such as heritage homes, welcoming pubs, estates and old churches. Exploring as a cyclist brings a whole new experience to the speed and detail that you can take in. Pity the motorist who flies past all these opportunities.

Blooming gardens, a laid-back way of life and a welcome dose of tranquility are just some of the other features of rural Tasmania.

Cycle the seaside

Tasmania's seaside towns offer up great views, best experienced on the back of a bike.

Head east and get rolling through coastal towns such as Swansea, Bicheno and St Helens.
You can also cycle on the nearby Maria Island for some great wildlife spotting, but that is another story.

Art Bikes - Image Credit: Hobart City Council

On the Summit of Mt Wellington - Image Credit: Mt Wellington Descent

Rural Areas Tasmania Cycling - Image Credit: 101 Things To Do

Rural Areas Tasmania Cycling – Image Credit: 101 Things To Do

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