Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-29-08, 08:55 PM   #1
123Roadie01
Member
Thread Starter
 
123Roadie01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Cooroy, Queensland, Australia
Bikes: Giant Mountain Bike, Dahon Curve D3 an Bike Friday New World Tourist
Posts: 28
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Touring Tasmania

I am looking to tour Tasmania (In Australia) in February 2009. I am looking to stay in Backpackers and Youth Hostels and I would like to know if anyone has been there and done this or is there anywhere that is more bike friendly.

I would prefer to stay in a tent, but Tasmania is very windy and rains allot. Spending night after night cold and wet in a tent after riding up hill into a head wind (the standard direction the wind blows when your on tour), doesn't appeal to me.

Also if there is anyone touring Tasmania at the same time it would be interesting to meet up for a coffee.
123Roadie01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-08, 09:05 PM   #2
Machka 
In Real Life
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 46,675
Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 564 Post(s)
I spent 3 weeks in Tasmania in November 2004 ... and my husband, Rowan, lived there most of his life.

I've written a little bit about my 3 weeks there here: http://www.machka.net/australia/nov4.htm While I was there I camped, stayed in hostels, and stayed with people along the way (including Rowan ).
Machka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-08, 02:04 AM   #3
Rowan
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 15,207
Mentioned: 37 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 449 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by 123Roadie01 View Post
I would prefer to stay in a tent, but Tasmania is very windy and rains allot. Spending night after night cold and wet in a tent after riding up hill into a head wind (the standard direction the wind blows when your on tour), doesn't appeal to me.
Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

You are from Queensland, aren't you...

In February, it might be a bit windy, but they are scorchers from the north. You might be grateful for the afternoon seabreezes.

Your biggest problems might be fleeng from bushfires and recovering from the nasty case of sunburn (you'll only ride unprotected by sunscreen once on a hot, sunny, February day in Tasmania).

<wipes tears from eyes>

Have a look at some of the recent threads to which I have posted on the subject of where to go in Tasmania.

The YHAs are fine. Very pleasant in fact in all the key places you might choose to spend a night, including Coles Bay, Launceston, Strahan, and Hobart.
Rowan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-08, 02:31 AM   #4
Chris L
Every lane is a bike lane
 
Chris L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - passionfruit capital of the universe!
Bikes:
Posts: 9,626
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

You are from Queensland, aren't you...
If the OP has spent any significant time in Queensland (last "summer" doesn't count), I doubt he'll be complaining about the heat in Tasmania, although I'd advise keeping plenty of water on hand just in case. I've toured there in the middle of summer -- I spent more time worrying about the cold. The point on the sunscreen is a big one though. Get a 30+ sunscreen and reapply it every couple of hours.

As far as accommodation goes, if you'd prefer to stay in a tent, just do it. While it rains often there, it doesn't normally get heavy the way tropical downpours do (apart from the West Coast, which is a world of it's own). A halfway decent tent will keep you dry most of the time. The old tent I had in Tasmania was literally on one leg, and it kept me dry the whole time -- even during the downpour at Strathgordon.

The real problem I seem to have in Tasmania is broken chains. I broke three in a month in 2003 (I've only ever broken four in my life), then when I returned for a weekend in 2006, my rear derailleur fell to pieces.
__________________
"I am never going to flirt with idleness again" - Roy Keane
"We invite everyone to question the entire culture we take for granted." - Manic Street Preachers.
My blog.
My bike tours. Japan tour page under construction.
Chris L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-08, 04:42 AM   #5
Rowan
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 15,207
Mentioned: 37 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 449 Post(s)
OK, let's take a little looky-see at what the Bureau of Meteorology says, with a comparison between Brisbane and Hobart (seeing the capital cities are what people use to judge an entire State's weather).

This is for February, and the data is all mean:

Minimum temp: Brisbane 20.6 deg C. Hobart 12 deg C (no arguments there, cooler, but NOT FREEZING).

Maximum temp: Brisbane 29 deg C. Hobart 21.6 deg C (no arguments again, cooler, but for many people, more comfortable particularly in relation to cycling).

Rainfall for month: Brisbane 158.mm. Hobart 40.1mm. (HUH! HUH AGAIN! Surely there must be something wrong here... but no, the official BoM says Brisbane is a wet sponge in February while Hobart gets by on just one-quarter of the rainfall).

Rainfall on days of month: Brisbane 8.8 days. Hobart 4.9 days (hmmmm... better chances of drier cycling in Hobart than Brisbane, I'd say).

Daily sunshine: Brisbane 6.6 hours. Hobart 7.3 hours (PARDON??? More sunshine in Hobart? Impossible, surely!! But no, the BoM, and latitudes don't lie... that means more cycling per day in dry sunshine, or lolling around on the beach or in the forests in the beautifully long twilights; pity they turn the lights off in Queensland so fast at the end of each day).

Clear days in month: Brisbane 3.5. Hobart 4.3 (gee, that means days without cloud... neck-and-neck, I'd suggest, despite perceptions to the contrary).

Cloudy days in month: Brisbane 13.4. Hobart 12.1 (Brisbane loses again).

Windspeed at 9am: Brisbane 7.5km/h. Hobart 12km/h (not that much difference, but enough, I suppose, for the Queenslanders to go Ah-Ha! Gotcha!)

Relative humidity at 9am and 5pm: Brisbane 69% and 60%. Hobart 64% and 55% (Hobart gets the nod for the cycling comfort factor).

Shame about that rainfall figure.

And I lived on the Atherton Tablelands for over two years, so I have a fair clue as to what tropical Queensland weather is like -- and in February, preceding and including The Wet, it is darned uncomfortable.
Rowan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-08, 05:59 AM   #6
Nigeyy
Senior Member
 
Nigeyy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 817
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'd love to go to Tasmania too -but count me in as a real wimp when it comes to tropical weather -I visited a friend who lives out in Cairns in the middle of Winter and it was hot enough for me then! Atherton Tablelands was lovely though -in some ways it reminded me of some English countryside (well, less the 5,678 deadly poisonous snakes and spiders and really sunny weather).

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
And I lived on the Atherton Tablelands for over two years, so I have a fair clue as to what tropical Queensland weather is like -- and in February, preceding and including The Wet, it is darned uncomfortable.
Nigeyy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-08, 06:12 AM   #7
Rowan
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 15,207
Mentioned: 37 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 449 Post(s)
Don't forget the stinger tree that can also kill you.
Rowan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-08, 06:23 AM   #8
Hobartlemagne 
Spelling Snob
 
Hobartlemagne's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Plano, Texas
Bikes: Panasonic DX4000, Bianchi Pista
Posts: 2,862
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Someone a while back posted a ton of pics from their Tasmanian tour.
They both rode folding bikes.

(Edit) this is it:

http://tinyurl.com/234qv2
__________________

The first rule of flats is You don't talk about flats!

Last edited by Hobartlemagne; 09-30-08 at 06:49 AM.
Hobartlemagne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-08, 08:41 PM   #9
123Roadie01
Member
Thread Starter
 
123Roadie01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Cooroy, Queensland, Australia
Bikes: Giant Mountain Bike, Dahon Curve D3 an Bike Friday New World Tourist
Posts: 28
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Well, this is interesting reading. I will check out those web sites and not pack my thermals after all.

Rowan, have you tried meditation or at least a relaxing tour to Nimbin in Northern New South Wales?

It sounds like there has been a few people tour Tasmania. Is there anywhere that anyone would particularly recommend to ride?
123Roadie01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-08, 08:58 PM   #10
valygrl
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Boulder, CO
Bikes:
Posts: 8,369
Mentioned: 40 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 57 Post(s)
I toured tassie in Jan/Feb 2006.

Places I recommend:
the entire east coast
the entire north coast
hobart
Freycinet Peninsula
Maria island

stayed in YHA's in Feycinet and onshore of Maria (sorry, can't remember town name).
camping is fine.

I un-recommend the west "coast", unless you like riding through a tunnel of trees.

I missed out on the central mountains, it was snowing (in Feb!) that year.

be prepared for wind, sun, rain, hills, cool animals, beautiful beaches, friendly people
valygrl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-08, 09:12 PM   #11
Machka 
In Real Life
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 46,675
Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 564 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by valygrl View Post
I un-recommend the west "coast", unless you like riding through a tunnel of trees.
See ... I enjoyed the tunnel of trees. For some reason I love riding in those conditions. But the tunnel of trees started with some gorgeous views of the ocean and ended with Strahan.
Machka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-08, 01:31 AM   #12
Rowan
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 15,207
Mentioned: 37 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 449 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by 123Roadie01
Rowan, have you tried meditation or at least a relaxing tour to Nimbin in Northern New South Wales?
What are you talking about?

And stop playing around with html in your posts.

Last edited by Rowan; 10-01-08 at 01:34 AM.
Rowan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-08, 02:01 AM   #13
Rowan
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 15,207
Mentioned: 37 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 449 Post(s)
Oh yeah, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Chris L!!!!

Good to see a such well-developed cynical streak in a young man

Many long and happy tours, mate.
Rowan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-08, 02:13 AM   #14
Chris L
Every lane is a bike lane
 
Chris L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - passionfruit capital of the universe!
Bikes:
Posts: 9,626
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by 123Roadie01 View Post
Well, this is interesting reading. I will check out those web sites and not pack my thermals after all.

Rowan, have you tried meditation or at least a relaxing tour to Nimbin in Northern New South Wales?
In all seriousness, there is some great riding to be had around Nimbin and that part of NSW generally, although Mullumbimby is probably a better base than Nimbin. True Wheel Cycles has information on some truly awesome rides in that part of the world.

Quote:
Originally Posted by 123Roadie01 View Post
It sounds like there has been a few people tour Tasmania. Is there anywhere that anyone would particularly recommend to ride?
My toplist includes Bruny Island, the Tasman Peninsula (the backpacker hostel at Eaglehawk Neck specialises in welcoming cyclists), Maria Island, The West Coast (better get a few practice rides in around Maleny before tacking that one), the Bay of Fires/the North East (only if you like dirt roads), Cradle Mountain (spend a day or two walking around there), Freycinet National Park and Mt Field National Park. If you're really up for some serious climbing on dirt roads, check out Jacob's Ladder near Launceston.

Oh yeah, my own tour journal from Tasmania can be found at http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/Tasmania2003

EDIT: I'd pack the thermals just in case. You'll probably only need them for one or two days, but on those days you'll be glad you have them.
__________________
"I am never going to flirt with idleness again" - Roy Keane
"We invite everyone to question the entire culture we take for granted." - Manic Street Preachers.
My blog.
My bike tours. Japan tour page under construction.

Last edited by Chris L; 10-01-08 at 02:18 AM.
Chris L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-08, 02:16 AM   #15
Chris L
Every lane is a bike lane
 
Chris L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - passionfruit capital of the universe!
Bikes:
Posts: 9,626
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
Oh yeah, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Chris L!!!!

Good to see a such well-developed cynical streak in a young man

Many long and happy tours, mate.
Awww, shucks! Now I need to take a tour around Nimbin.



__________________
"I am never going to flirt with idleness again" - Roy Keane
"We invite everyone to question the entire culture we take for granted." - Manic Street Preachers.
My blog.
My bike tours. Japan tour page under construction.
Chris L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-08, 03:09 AM   #16
Cave
Slowpoach
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Melbourne, AU
Bikes: Cannondale T800, Northwood tandem, 1970s Gitane fixxed 45x16
Posts: 1,088
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Tassie is gorgeous in February. The berries and cherries are still in season, the weather is as good as it gets. You don't get much more bike-friendly than Tassie (at least from Stanley around the north and east to Hobart and the Huon). Can't comment on the east coast, but from driving it I can tell you it's got some steep bits, the towns tend to be smaller, and there's some cruel climbing from Queenstown on.

I've only camped there on a group tour, but despite two rainy days (out of 10) it was very pleasant. There are some moderate climbs on the North and the East coasts, and longer ones if you head to Cradle (which you should!).

There are lots of posts on touring in Tassie. Avatarwolf had one on Aust/NZ - I'm not sure if they'll be there then. I'd agree with all the highlights others have mentioned. I'd visit Port Arthur too.

Good luck!
Cave is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:43 PM.