A roaring waterfall set in a rainforest. A cheese factory that dates back to 1885, with a cafe and cheese samples. Scenic farmland mixed in with logging roads. That’s the gist of this ride.
This ride might be shorter than our average, but still packs a lot of punch in 20 miles. So slug down an espresso from the cafe!
On the ride, you cycle up to the falls, then hike down through the forest to get the closer look at the falls. Hiking down and back will take about 30 min even in bike shoes. We highly recommend it!
Back on the bikes, you head back down the hill until you find your gravel road. This begins the punchy bit, which offers up a short 20% grade hill just after you cross over the river. Then you wander up and up and up … through a logging area … and finally, you reach a lovely expansiver view of the area. Yep, you are done with climbing. Now for more fun.Read More
You descend quickly down an exquisite gravel road, through more forests with intermittent views of farm lands and finally big views of the green grasslands. Towards the bottom when you run into the sheep farms; you are almost back in Pyengana. Jump onto the Tasman Highway / A3 for just a few miles. The good news is that it is slightly downhill and it is easy for traffic to see you.
Then turn back on the road to falls … and then in two blinks, you are at the cheese factory, ready for a delicious meal.
Couple of notes:
1) If your are not feeling up for a mixed gravel ride, do the out and back to the falls. It is all paved and the falls is must see!
2) The gravel roads on this route are a mixed bag. Mainly they are good to ok for a rating. A few sections will have you dodging “fisters” and “eyeballs” (rocky bits).
Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop with dogleg : 20 miles / 2300 ft gain (32 Km / 701 meters)
– Mixed: ~ 40% gravel
– Location: ~ 25 min from St Helens, Tasmania
– Rideable: Spring through Fall, possibly Winter also
– Route Author: Captain “O”
– Published: December 2018
Moderate. There is one short, steep pitch that is 15+ % and a 3 mile (5 Km) section of slow going “eyeball” cobblestone.
At Pyengana Dairy. Coffee shop, restaurant, dairy. Be sure to go inside!
Food / Water
None along the route.
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road