A couple of friends and I decided to cycle from Launceston to Hobart (through Cradle mountain). I found a guide on the Discover Tasmania website with info from Hobart to Launceston but it warned us of the lack of food and water stops in the area. So we spent many hours trying to figure (google) out how not to starve, I'm writing it up in case it might help others.
In the end the West Coast is BEAUTIFUL and mountainous! I felt like I was in the Swiss Alps (or what I imagine the Alps to look like, it's on my bucket list). The valleys, rivers, and lakes. The interesting towns we rolled through.
The final stats
Distance Travelled: 721.1 kms
Elevation gain: 11, 186 metres
Baked Beans: 3 cans
Muesli bars (per person): 3 a day = 27
Day 1 - Sydney - Launceston
Flew from Sydney to Launceston, arrived at 12pm.
Setup bike at the airport (the airport has 2 bike stands with bike tools). Yes it's amazing.
Ride from the airport to the main city grabbed lunch at a bakery.
Cruised around town, check out the James Boag's brewery and the gorge.
Warning: This city be hilly!
Strava details: link
Day 2 - Launceston - Deloraine
Route: Launceston - Deloraine
Distance: 52 kms
Accommodation: Camping grounds by the river and a train line
Shops: IGA, bakery, pubs, liquor store
Day 3 - Deloraine - Base of Cradle Mountain
Route: Deloraine - Base of Cradle Mountain
Distance: 76.1 kms
Elevation: 1,460 m
Accommodation: Behind the Cafe in someone's backyard (not recommended)
Shops: Not much. Cafe at Cethane closed at night
Day 4 - Rain day means rest day
Shops: Non. Limited supply of canned goods at Gowrie caravan park
Accommodation: Cabin at Gowrie caravan park
Day 5 - Cradle Mountain
Distance: 78.5 kms
Elevation: 2,112 m
Accommodation: Side of the road in massive open fields in Belvoir
Shops: No shops. Cafe at Cradle Mountain. Small shop at a caravan park near Cradle
Water: No water at Cradle Mountain. Water at Belvoir (but didn't look too clean)
Warning: It's cold in the mountains and at night. 4 degrees. Bring thermals.
Day 6 - Belvoir - Zeehan
Route: Belvoir, Tullah, Roseberry
Distance: 83.6 km
Elevation: 1,280 m
Lunch: Pub/Cafe in Tullah with sandwiches and burgers
Food: IGA at Roseberry, IGA at Zeehan, Pub (not recommended)
Accommodation: Treasure Island Caravan park at Zeehan
Warning: Zeehan looks rough but the caravan park people are very friendly
Day 7 - Zeehan - Queenstown - Lake Burbury
Distance: 66.9 kms
Shops: In Queenstown plenty of pubs, cafes, bakeries, IGAs, second store
Accommodation: Lake Buubury Camping
Day 8 - Lake Burbury - Derwent Birdge - Lake St Clair
Distance: 69.8 kms
Shops: Grocery Shop at Derwent bridge closes at 6pm (yep we missed it). Massive pub with grub (pircey)
Accommodation: Free camping (with National Park entry) inside the park along the walking trail, no shower facilities, water at the cafe, toilet is a dunny
Day 9 - St Clair - Hamiliton
It's all downhill from now (kinda). Riding in 40 degree heats on the last day of 2015.
I felt deserved a tub of ice-cream.
Distance: 92.6 kms
Elevation: 1,247 m
Shops: IGA at Ouse, no facilities at
Accommodation: Camping in Hamilton (coin operated showers) great facilities
Warning: No shops in Hamilton. IGA in Ouse for supplies (groceries and a pub)
Day 10 - Hamilton - Hobart
Distance: 70.4 kms
Elevation: 614 m
Shops: New Norfolk shopping centre
Accommodation: Springvale hostel, New Town (boarding house converted to hostel during holidays)