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