Mount Wellington Descent Cycle Tour
From the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington to Hobart’s scenic waterfront, this half day experience is the ultimate bike riding adventure.
- Transfer to kunanyi/Mt Wellington summit
- Mountain bike, helmet and safety vest
- Cycle guide and support vehicle
Make sure you bring
- Camera and drink bottle
- Comfortable closed toe shoes
- Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
- Clothes to suit conditions (dress in layers)
- Gloves (for warmth) are essential
- Waterproof jacket (just in case)
- from $95pp
- 1 Day
From the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington to Hobart’s scenic waterfront, this is the ultimate bike riding adventure experience.
Starting from Hobart’s waterfront we head to the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington for spectacular views across Southern Tasmania including an elevated look over the beautiful city of Hobart. After soaking in the views we experience Tasmania’s ultimate downhill bicycle ride – 1272 metres to sea level. Along the way, this 21 km guided journey captures contrasting landscapes from sub-alpine and mountain rainforests to the vibrant waterfront of Hobart. For the more adventurous an optional off-road section is available. This tour is suitable for anyone who can confidently ride a bike and meets safety requirements of 12 years of age, a minimum height of 150cm, and maximum weight of 120kg.
Tour departs and finishes at 4 Elizabeth Street Hobart, opposite the Tasmanian Tourism and Information Centre.
Regular departures at 9.30am and 1pm from Hobart CBD.
Bookings essential – min numbers apply (4.00pm tour available select dates during Dec, Jan & Feb).
Tour duration 3 hours.
• kunanyi/Mt Wellington summit
• Mountain bike adventure
• The Springs
• Off road section (optional)
• Cascade Gardens
• Battery Point and Salamanca
- Where does the tour depart from?
The Mt Wellington Descent Cycle Tour Departs from 4 Elizabeth Street, Hobart just opposite the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre. Please be there 15 minutes prior to your departure time.
- How long does it take?
This tour takes approximately 3 hours.
- Can I bring a bag?
All personal effects such as bags, handbags, cameras etc can be left in the support vehicle that follows the group whilst cycling.
- Things to know:
Enclosed footwear must be worn. Warm, suitable clothing, including gloves is essential as mountain temperatures can be very cold at times. This tour is suitable for anyone who can confidently ride a bike and meets safety requirements of a minimum height of 150cm and maximum weight of 120kg. The minimum age for participation is 12 years. Activity indemnity waiver form must be completed prior to departure for the trip. Children under 18 must have their form signed by a parent/guardian.
*kunanyi/Mt Wellington’s Summit can be affected at times by adverse weather conditions. In these conditions we cannot always guarantee views due to poor visibility and also may choose to commence the cycle descent from a lower height to avoid strong winds.
Tour Itinerary: The tour takes approximately three hours; from pick up to drop off. 1 hour is spent travelling to the summit and some time enjoying the view then being fitted for a bike and safety gear. The following two hours include the guided cycle descent with several stops for photo opportunities and regrouping before finally arriving at the Hobart waterfront to finish the tour.
Amount of pedalling: For the first part of the ride there is very little pedalling required. We offer a short optional off-road section which has a couple of hills and a thrilling downhill which we coach our participants through. The last 5km of the tour is mostly flat so there is a need to pedal during this section on the way to the waterfront, but it’s still considered very easy.
Fitness level: This ride is designed for people of average fitness level. Participants should have good balance and be able to operate a bicycle safely including on public roads and maintain control to match their individual riding ability. As most of the cycling journey is downhill, there is a small amount of minimal pedalling effort required at times on some relatively level terrain.
What to wear: It’s on average 10 degrees colder at the summit of Mt Wellington than in Hobart, so we recommend participants bring or wear something warm for the summit such as a warm jumper/jacket and long trousers, but wear layers underneath as it can warm up quickly once we are off the mountain. Sneakers (runners) and walking shoes are recommended as the most comfortable footwear. Fully enclosed shoes are essential and gloves are recommended predominantly for warmth. We provide helmets which must be worn for the duration of the cycle.
Inclusions: Transport to the summit, cycle safety briefing, mountain bike with front suspension, helmet and safety vest, cycle guide and support vehicle.
Safety: It’s important to realise that whilst we endeavour to provide a safe experience, cycling in general does have certain risks. As much as our guides take all care and provide instruction and assistance where possible, we cannot physically ride the bicycle for you and therefore rely on your own experience and ability to operate the bicycle for your own safety throughout the journey. We do provide a safety briefing with all participants before each cycle descent begins. We place our cycling guide at the front of the group to control the speed of participants and the guide operating the support minibus follows at the rear of the cycling group with the hazard lights flashing and a sign on the rear indicating ‘Caution Cyclists Ahead’. We provide high visibility vests for use. We always ride on the left side of the road and stop at strategic points to allow traffic to pass or regroup. The bikes provided are well maintained with disc brakes and are checked before every ride.
- Cancellation Policy:
Should weather conditions become extreme we reserve the right to alter, delay or cancel a scheduled departure. A refund would apply if an alternative to a cancelled tour cannot be provided.
If you cancel your booking before departure for the Mt Wellington Descent tour, we may at our absolute discretion charge the following fees;
- within 7 Days: 25% of fare;
- within 48 -24 hours: 50% of fare; or
- within 24 hours or no show: 100% of fare.