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Jimmyd 28 Nov 2006 10:46

Tips for Tasmania?
 
Hi all
cruisin' to Tasmania with a mate in a couple weeks. Any one have any advice/tips/suggusted routes to take?

Thanks
J

Frank Warner 29 Nov 2006 23:34

When you arive - if fine weather do the west coast while you have good weather, if bad weather do the east coast - the east coast is 'shealtered' by the redst of the island so gets less rain etc.

Tassie is all good .. except that midlands hwy, and there hide there speed cameras. If you indend to do dirt .. be aware that the road signs say what road you're on .. not how far you are to x, y, z .. a gps can be usefull there..

Jimmyd 3 Dec 2006 11:20

Thanks Frank
 
Thanks Frank,

I dont know why but i had just assummed id head east then west. Thanks for the tip...sounds like it could turn out to be a good one

Vaufi 4 Dec 2006 02:31

I reckon just about every road is beautiful in Tassie except maybe for the Hwy from Launceston to Hobart. Do try the small secondary roads. Usually they're curvy and have little traffic. Very enjoyable. If you have some time left in the end, take the small road from Fingal to Launceston via the Ben Lomond NP. It's a bit of dirtroad, but very scenic. Combine it with a visit to the alpine village. Superb!

Next to the roads along the Westcoast, the road leading west from Hobart to the lakes. Absolutely stunning!

Hans

loxsmith 1 Jan 2007 04:58

A must is a couple of laps up and down the twisty road into Queenstown. Watch out for the gravel on most left hand corners on secondary roads, this is thrown onto the road by the log trucks cutting the corners. Many fond memories of several laps of Tassie.

flying biker 3 Jan 2007 01:55

Agree that the highway from Launceston to Hobart is not the most scenic in the state, but it does pass through or near towns with some significant colonial architecture.

If you take this road, make a point of stopping off at Ross, and in particular check out the old stone bridge.

futronix 4 Jan 2007 02:20

take a tent
 
there a loads of great places to camp in tasmania, so would strongly advise a tent and a good sleeping bag.
the west coast has some fantastic dirt roads to be ridden, make sure you sample the tassie beers, best tap beer in australia i think.
bruny island down south is worth a visit.
phil.

swaino 10 Jan 2007 06:24

Best in Aust
 
Just got back from a weeks riding in Tassie, the best riding in Aust. Great roads, great scenery and good friendly people. About the best ride is the trip to Strathgordon (gordon dam), beats kangaroo valley and the great ocean rd hands down. When you get to the end, spend a night at the Strathgordon village motel, it'll blow you away!

jonnywahlhaus 28 Oct 2010 22:24

Hi Guys,

you all seem to have riding knowledge of Tasmania, i hope you dont mind if I pick your brains a bit...

A few of us have planned to go riding in Tasmania for about 10 days from the 18th of December 2010 onwards. We are competent riders, and have done a two month, 18,000kms journey around Australia (The Hard Way Round). We plan to be riding WR 250's and 450's and be completely self sufficient - we are happy to camp. We have heard many comparisons between the East Coast and the West Coast, and we have been told by many to avoid the West Coast due to the rain and mud.

Could you please give us some more information? If we have 10 days, what would be the best route?

Looking forward to hearing from you - Jonny

Dirt Diver 14 Dec 2010 19:04

Hey mate,

I'm just finishing night shift but if I get a chance tonight I'll reply with some suggestions!

But in case I don't, speed cameras are everywhere (hidden) and no matter where you point your bike you'll end up somewhere fun!!!

loxsmith 14 Dec 2010 21:28

Quote:

Originally Posted by jonnywahlhaus (Post 310658)
Hi Guys,

you all seem to have riding knowledge of Tasmania, i hope you dont mind if I pick your brains a bit...

A few of us have planned to go riding in Tasmania for about 10 days from the 18th of December 2010 onwards. We are competent riders, and have done a two month, 18,000kms journey around Australia (The Hard Way Round). We plan to be riding WR 250's and 450's and be completely self sufficient - we are happy to camp. We have heard many comparisons between the East Coast and the West Coast, and we have been told by many to avoid the West Coast due to the rain and mud.

Could you please give us some more information? If we have 10 days, what would be the best route?

Looking forward to hearing from you - Jonny

The Wild West Coast will be a breeze on WR's, but it is wild and beautiful. It only rains 364 days of the year and is wet for the rest of it.
Favourites are Elephants Pass, the twisties into Queenstown (worth a couple of laps at least), the road into Lake Leake (inland a bit) Rd famous for it’s high speed constant radius twisties. Pub at the Lake basic campground by the lake, Wielangta Road Forest Drive, Weldbrough free camping behind the pub if you buy drinks!

Go and see this mob for a full day boat along the East Coast, the best money we spent
Eaglehawk Neck Visitor Information Centre
The Officers Mess 443 Pirates Bay Dve
Eaglehawk Neck
Eaglehawk Neck Backpackers
94 Old Jetty Rd
Eaglehawk Neck TAS 7179


Telephone: (03) 6250 3248


Don't even think about wasting your money on seeing Dismal Swamp, was very disappointing

This is just a few of the many beautiful places in Tassie, enjoy the trip
Glen


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