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Confessions of a Tasmaniac

On a gourmet cycling of tour of Tasmania with Tour de Vines, Traveltalk’s JENNY ROWLAND writes of near endless highlights — and slightly sore buttocks.


Each day is an average ride of around 40-50kms. The bikes are hybrid Treks with plenty of gears and reasonably comfy seats. There are e-bikes available for a small extra cost. I am a casual cyclist back home in Sydney and luckily I live in a hilly spot so have had a bit of conditioning for this trip. 


It’s reasonably challenging riding but very doable for an averagely fit person. Having read today (by the dishy Dr Nick Coatsworth) that your less likely to get COVID if you’re fit and slim I’m pedalling with new vigour! Also this kind of active holiday is the perfect antidote to those COVID kilos. Well it should be… but did I mention the food…??



On the third night of the tour we are in a delightful coastal town called St Helens that’s home to the Furneaux restaurant which is run by a very charismatic Belgian who is as entertaining as the food is delicious.


So much for all of the day’s fat burning.



I am just hopeful that the evening’s indulgence is no match for the days exertions… but I’m probably dreaming.


Most of the food is covered in the cost of this trip and quite honestly I’m staggered by the quality and value for money.


Each morning is a cooked breakfast in a local cafe. Another standout here in Tassie is the service and friendliness of the hospitality staff we’ve encountered.


Lunches are hampers on the beach or tasty vineyard platters washed down with local ciders beers and of course vinos.



The food has been outstanding as has the accommodation throughout the tour. Mainly 4 star very comfortable hotels with the highlight being the magnificent Freycinet Lodge. This is a place I have longed to try and I’m overjoyed we have two nights here.


On Day 5 our bums get a rest and instead of biking we are hiking around the stunning Freycinet National Park and swimming in the crystal clear blue waters of Wineglass Bay.



There’s no doubt about it - I am definitely a Tasmaniac!!


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Published: 1 February 2022

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