Bay of Fires

There are not many places left in the world that have gravel roads that lead out to beaches, a gravel cyclist’s fantasy ride. This ride hugs the coast making several stops along the way to take in the stunning views of the Bay of Fires conservation area, then cuts inland through Doctors Peak Forest Reserve and finally rolls through farmlands back to St Helens.

The ride starts at the Visitor Center in St. Helens. It rolls out along a paved road giving views of Georges Bay. This road has a bit of traffic, so roll single file with caution (especially during silly season).

At mile 5 (Km 8) you take a sharp right onto a paved road that steeply climbs for a short distance. Now, you’ll wander the coast on dirt roads that bring you to viewpoints and finally take you through beachy neighborhoods and by a whale look out area. The route cuts inland to skirt around Grants lagoon, then parallels the coast along the Bay of Fires conservation area. The further you get along the coast, the quieter the road becomes until you reach “The Gardens”.  Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Lollipop with doglegs : 44 miles (71 Km) / 3000 ft gain (915 meters)
– Mixed: ~ 50% gravel
– Location: St Helens, Tasmania
– Rideable: spring thru fall, possibly winter
– Route Author: Captain “O”
– Published: December 2018


Moderate. One steep pitch at mile 5 (Km 8) and several short, steep pitches of ~ 15 % between mile 15 (Km 24) and 19 (Km 31).

The Start

At St Helens Visitor Center. Parking available. Flush toilets. Note: the parking behind the Visitor Center has no time limit.

Food / Water



Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File


Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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3 thoughts on “Bay of Fires

  1. Thanks for posting this route. Heading to TAS in a few month to tackle Barrow and Jacobs Ladder. Seems like there is so many gravel rides there we will have to book another trip.

    • Yes! We are feeling two months isn’t enough! The key is learning to watch the weather and shift to where the weather is good. Let us know what you think of the routes. Cheers. Gravel Girl

  2. Excellent route. I have been out to the gardens before but came back the same way. I will check out you return route. New eyes make for great options!

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