This route rides like a Bruce Springsteen song: rough, course and gritty. There is gnarly eyeball and fister gravel, sometimes loose, sometimes embedded like cobblestone. The climbs are steep and demanding. You ride deep into the forest.
The route starts with a paved and flat spin out of Truganini Lookout / Bruny Neck Lookout for 4.5 miles (7 Km’s). Turn left onto the gravel road, it starts out inglorious but soon brings you into the forest with a small test of a first climb. Continue on for a bit until the right turn to Mt. Mangana where the real climbing begins. This climb averages over 10.5% for 1250 feet (381 meters). The descent is equally demanding and provides several glimpses of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel in the far distance.
Turn left and roll along the two Clemetts roads until you hit the sign to “Adventure Bay 17 Km”. This is the crux of the ride. The road is narrow, the gravel is loose, and at times steep (hike a bike steep for Gravel Girl). Near the summit, the road flattens and widens. Read More
The descent is equally demanding with a one mile (1.6 Km) section of steep baby head cobblestone. Don’t let this deter you. A few miles / kilometers before Adventure the Bay the gravel becomes smooth and fast.
Leaving Adventure Bay, you are tested one last time with a series of steep rollers, but on paved road. However … after the last right hand turn, it is a flat run back into the Bruny Neck Lookout. Cross your fingers that the winds are with you.
You do this route for the adventure and to test your mettle as a gravel cyclist. This route does not ride like the North Bruny Island route where you have silky smooth gravel roads and undulating hills with no climb in excess of 300 feet (91 meters).
Of note, we recommend a gearing ratio of at least 1:1 and 40 mm tires. This route is ideally suited for 650B bike.
Adventure / Gravel Route
– Lollipop : 38 miles (61 Km) / 4800 ft gain (1463 meters)
– Mixed: ~ 65% gravel
– Location: ~ Hobart, Tasmania
– Rideable: All year. Avoid if it is very wet.
– Route Author: Captain “O”
– Published: December 2018
Advanced. Due to two sustained climbs and a primitive section of gravel road for 3 miles (5 Km’s).
Truganini Lookout / Bruny Neck Lookout parking lot. Pit toilets.
Food / Water
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road