Not a hike a bike, which we’ve been known to do. But a bike and a hike. Now, don’t you worry . . . the hike is a short one and the views of Devils Gullet are well with it.
From the start at the Marakoopa Cafe you buzz along country roads alternating between farm lands and forest preserves with rolling hills and an upward trend. At the turn off to Devils Gullet, the road becomes gravel and you climb and climb … nothing to horribly steep. As Captain “O” said: “A demanding but pleasant climb.” At mile 17 (Km 27), you crest onto the Central Plateau and a few miles later you reach the turn to Devil’s Gullet. Take the turn and do the short hike (1 Km) if you have never done it! The views are gobstopping and it’s a relatively easy hike in mountain bike shoes.
After the hike, the route continues on the plateau with little elevation gain or descent. Once you reach the dam and Lake Mackenzie ride the dam crest to the small waterfall at the south end of the dam.Read more
Now make U-turn and pray to the weather gods for calm winds. Once you hit the downhill, it’s easy as pie to the pavement. Now it’s rollers with a downward trend back to the finish. But … don’t overlook this segment. It will require some work.
A couple of notes. (1) Be prepared for foul weather on the plateau. Our day started with sunshine, but once on the plateau it was cloudy and we had on hats, arm warmers and windbreakers (in early December). (2) The ride can be shortened by an alternative start. Park the intersection of C138 and C171 on the shoulder of the road. This gives you a ride of 28 miles (45 Km) and 3100 feet (945 meters) of gain.
Adventure / Gravel Route
– Out and Back : 46 miles (74 Km) / 4600 ft gain (1402 meters)
– Mixed: ~ 60% gravel
– Location: ~ Mole Creek, Tasmania
– Rideable: Spring thru Fall
– Route Author: Captain “O”
– Published: December 2018
Moderate. The climb is demanding, but pleasant. The grade is rarely above 10% and there are periodic breaks in the climb.
At the Marakoopa Cafe. Park along C170 or see Lars / Sarah, the owners of the cafe for where to park.
Food / Water
None along the course. But at the start / finish is the Marakoopa cafe. Get a coffee before you start and have lunch when done. We loved this place. And the owners (Lars and Sarah) are a charm to chat with.
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road