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Cycle Tasmania with new trails and podcasts

One of Tasmania’s most spectacular areas now has four cycling trails and downloadable podcast commentary ... all you need is a push bike and a visa!
04 January 2010
Overseas nationals who wish to visit Australia must have an Australian Travel Visa. The most popular of these is the ETA Visa, as it can be applied for online and approved almost instantly. The visa is electronically attached to your passport, removing the need for further paperwork other than the online application.

Each of the four trails through the Great Western Tiers is about 80km long and is designed to take the average traveller a leisurely two days to complete, with free podcasts to accompany the trail riders can hear about the off-track pursuits and attractions, as well as cosy B&Bs along the way.

The Great Western Tiers is a region of rare and diverse beauty, with pristine valleys, falls, caves and gourmet food producers.

The four tours are the Great Gourmet Ride, Great World Heritage Ride, Great Caves Ride, Great Country Ride.

The Great Gourmet Ride is a comfortable ride through pastures and valleys to offer a glimpse of the innovative farming practices of gourmet food producers, with plenty of opportunities to stop and sample.

The Great World Heritage Ride gives amazing views of the Great Western Tiers as you approach the edge of the famous Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, continuing south towards Liffey Falls and the World Heritage Area. The ride becomes more challenging towards the falls, and cyclists should be aware that the final stretch on the approach to Liffey Falls is suitable for hybrid and mountain bikes only.

The Great Caves Ride can be taken as either a one- or two-day tour and will take you through an area that is home to some of the most famous caves in Australia.

The Great Country Ride is an enjoyable flat ride through scenic English-style countryside and historic townships, either ending in the picturesque town of Westbury or Launceston.

The podcasts and maps, as well as further information, can be downloaded from the Meander Valley Council website http://www.greatwesterntiers.net.au.