Tasmania has some brilliant bike riding and massive opportunities exist to capitalise on cycle tourism. It is well accepted that cycle tourism is a source of economic renewal through the stimulation of private investment and job creation.
In the past few years there have been multiple mountain bike parks established in the state, and there are a number of rail trails and bike paths that are at various stages of development and construction.
Tasmania has more than its fair share of well known and credentialed cyclists including current professional Ritchie Porte (BMC). We also have current world champion riders including Amy Cure and Georgia Baker. All three are representing Australia at the upcoming Rio Olympic Games.
I happen to live in the area that Amy lives in – where there is a significant coast line and you only have to venture a few kilometres inland to find hills and mountains.
Tasmania is the 26th largest island in the world, with a population of 517,000 – half of whom live in Hobart, the capital city. 45% of the state has a protected status as a reserve, national park or world heritage area.
The climate is cool temperate with 4 distinct seasons.
Interested in travelling to Tasmania to ride? Below is the link to a PDF document published by Tourism Tasmania. I am also happy to provide answer any questions I can about riding in Tasmania.
Below are some pictures that have been taken on my bike rides, predominantly on the north west coast of Tasmania – which is where Turners Beach is located (15km west of Devonport, 35 km east of Burnie).