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The Tasmanian East Coast is a perfect destination for touring and what better way to explore, indulge and enjoy than on a motorcycle. With its spectacular coastline, warm sunny days, sweeping roads and limited traffic the Great Eastern Drive is the perfect destination for motorcycles touring either as individuals or as part of a group.

 

In what was an Australian first, in 2006 the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council declared the Municipality to be motorcycle friendly. The Council has developed a strategy to support this declaration. Initiatives include promoting what it means to be motor cycle friendly and wide ranging support from businesses up and down the coast. Rub rails will be installed in time for the June launch of the Great Eastern Drive.

Locals love responsible motorcyclists and each year Bicheno hosts the Black Dog Ride, a fundraiser for Lifeline and its work with those suffering from depression and in suicide prevention. The event is usually on the 4th Sunday in March. It's quite a sight when about 250 motorcyclists ride from Campbell Town to Bicheno together. Best of all however, businesses within the East Coast region welcome motorcyclists - both as individuals and groups.

Bicheno is also fortunate to be home to Andrew Quin’s Motor Cycle Museum and Restorations. The collection includes motor cycles from the early 1900’s onwards. Previously an A Grade Grand Prix racer, what Andrew doesn’t know about motor cycles is probably not worth knowing. If you have a problem with your motor cycle while riding in Tasmania, Andrew is the man who can solve it for you.

Between the weather, the roads, the locals and the sheer beauty of the vistas, you will want to ride up and down the Great Eastern Drive several times and you’ll never be bored; you will also wear the sides of your tyres before the centre of them because 90% of the time you’ll be leaning and leaning and leaning… and leaning. Motorcyclists of the world! Give us a try. Bring your motorcycle  on the Spirit of Tasmania or hire one in Hobart (see below) and you’ll come back for more.

Best Rides

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For a less spectacular ride, but with amazing sweepers try Launceston, Campbell Town, Lake Leake and Cranbrook. Stay overnight in Bicheno, Swansea or Coles Bay.

Next day ride to Coles Bay and Freycinet National Park. Take the sealed road to Cape Tourville where a short walk provides stunning views along the coast and into Wineglass Bay from the Tasman Sea. Stay overnight in Triabunna or Orford.

If riding from Hobart or Port Arthur do it in reverse order - Sorell, Orford, Triabunna, Swansea, Coles Bay, Bicheno.

From Launceston, for a shorter and easier scenic road, try Avoca, Fingal, St Marys, St Marys Pass, overnighting in Bicheno, Swansea or Coles Bay.

Day 2 - ride to Coles Bay and Freycinet National Park. Take the sealed road to Cape Tourville where a short walk provides stunning views along the coast and into Wineglass Bay from the Tasman Sea. Stay the night in Triabunna or Orford.

Day 3 - visit Maria Island off the coast from Triabunna, exploring its fascinating history.

Ferry - Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun departs 9.30am, returns 5pm. Then Orford, Buckland, Sorell, overnighting at Port Arthur or Hobart.

Scattered throughout our municipality you’ll find plenty of comfortable motorcycle friendly places to stay and a range of motorcycle friendly places serving  great local food for your enjoyment.

From Launceston, if you have plenty of time and don’t mind a beautiful vista with twisting roads, go to Scottsdale, Derby, Pyengana, St Helens. Head south taking St Marys pass to St Marys, then Elephant pass back to Chain of Lagoons on the coast road. Stay overnight in Bicheno, Swansea or Coles Bay.

Day two - ride to Coles Bay and Freycinet National Park. Take the sealed road out to Cape Tourville where a  short walk provides stunning views along the coast and into Wineglass Bay from the Tasman Sea. Stay the night in Triabunna or Orford.

Day 3 - visit Maria Island off the coast from Triabunna, exploring its fascinating history.

Ferry - Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun departs 9.30am, returns 5pm. Then Orford, Buckland, Sorell, overnighting at Port Arthur or Hobart.

The Long Way to Hobart

This is a wonderful ride, but only if you aren't in a hurry! The roads are all made and many of them are one long gentle curve after another through beautiful countryside, with very little other traffic.

Head south along the coast, passing through Swansea, Triabunna, Orford and Buckland for some superb coastal scenery. Then you'll experience those wonderful hills Bust me gall and Break me neck - names from the era of the bullock teams who opened up the road to this area. When you reach Runnymede turn right heading north towards Levendale, then Woodsdale, Whiteford, Baden, Mt Seymour and Parattah. This will bring you out onto the Midland Highway at Oatlands where there are plenty of good lunch stops including one with lots of off street parking - the Millkeepers Café at Callington Mill. Suitably refueled, ride south for 11 kms before turning left onto the B31, signposted Colebrook, Campania and Richmond. This is another beautiful road with long gentle curves. From Richmond ride south amongst the vineyards of the Coal River Valley till you reach Cambridge and join the A3 (the road from the airport into Hobart) which will bring you across the Tasman Bridge and into central Hobart.