Launceston Training Routes

Here you will find gravel routes, near Launceston, that do not meet our 4 or 5 star criteria (but are still really fun to ride) or have not been fully investigated by us. Many of the routes on this page have been contributed by local Tasmanian riders.

The descriptions are brief, the mapping detail is less and the route accuracy is not guaranteed. Please leave us a comment regarding the route you did and what you thought. Thanks!


Map Legend

Black = unknown surface type
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
Blue = single track
Purple = paved bike path / roubaix

Ansons Bay

This is a route we mapped and investigated, but never set wheel on. We just ran out of time! We are told Little Blue lake at ~ mile 6 is a must see along with Eddystone Point Lighthouse at ~ mile 34. Ansons Bay appers to be a very small town with no services. By Captain “O”.
Loop: 72 miles (116 Km) / 4000 ft (1219 meters) gain / 100 % gravel
Difficulty: Advanced
The Start: At the intersection of B42 and C841 near the town of Pioneer
GPX file / TCX file

Argonaut (Short circuit)

This is a route we mapped and investigated / rode from the start to mile 17. A longer version of this route, Argonaut (Long circuit), is mapped in the opposite direction, clockwise.  By Captain “O”.
Loop: 36 miles (58 Km) / 3000 ft (915 meters) gain / ~ 45 % gravel
Difficulty: Moderate
The Start: St Helens. At the visitor center. Flush toilets.
GPX file / TCX file

Argonaut (Long circuit)

This is a route we mapped and investigated / rode from mile 28 to the finish. It includes part of the St. Columba Falls route, but in the opposite direction (in the clockwise direction). It may ride equally as well or better in the opposite direction. A shorter version of this route, Argonaut (Short circuit), is mapped in the counter-clockwise direction.  By Captain “O”.
Loop: 53 miles (85 Km) / 4800 ft (1463 meters) gain / ~ 50 % gravel
Difficulty: Advanced
The Start: St Helens. At the visitor center. Flush toilets.
GPX file / TCX file

Lake River road

This route was forwarded to us by local Tasmanian gravel rider. We did not have chance to investigate it.  By OtisPD.
Loop: 34 miles (55 Km) / 4100 ft (1500 meters) gain / % gravel unknown
Difficulty: Moderate+
The Start: At the intersection of Glen road and Lake River road.
GPX file / TCX file

Lillydale Lollipop

We have done cursory research on this route. The area north of Lilydale appears to be mostly farm lands and vineyards with some forest reserves. The route profile shows a continous rolling terrain. This could be a good winter riding route in that there are no long sustained climbs and descents and that it is at relatively low elevations. By Captain “O”.
Lollipop: 41 miles (66 Km) / 4100 ft (1500 meters) gain / % gravel unknown
Difficulty: Moderate
The Start: Lillydale
GPX file / TCX file

Mt Horror

We rode the first and last quarter of this route. Rolling hills and lovely riding through farm lands. However, there is some riding through a working forest (i.e. logging). This could be a good winter time route in that it has no long climbs and it is at lower elevations. Note – the ride to the summit of Mt Horror is very difficult, 2 to 3 Km on loose gravel with a sustained pitch in excess of 15%. We abandoned our attempt. By Captain “O”.
Loop: 36 miles (58 Km) / 2800 ft ( 853 meters) gain /  % gravel: unknown
Difficulty: Moderate
The Start: At Branxholm Centenary park. Restrooms.
GPX file / TCX file

Northeast Rail Trail (Scottsdale to Billycock Hill)

The rail trail follows an abandoned railway line between Scottsdale and Billycock Hill weaving its way through lovely farmland and a bit of Scottsdale industry for the first 10 Kms and then some amazing cuttings and forests as it winds its way up Billycock Hill for the final 16km. A full description, and credit for this route, can be found on Tassie Trails.
Out and Back: 33 miles (53 Km) / 2200 ft (671 meters) gain / ~ 100 % gravel
Difficulty: Easier
The Start: At the Scottsdale Rail Station accessed via a driveway off Ellenor Street between the Mitre 10 Store and the railway crossing on the road.
GPX file / TCX file

Targa

This is a route that we have mapped and investigated some, but we set wheel on ~ 10% of the route. It should provide big views of Mt. Barrow and Ben Lomond. By Captain “O”.
Lollipop: 54 miles (87 Km) / 4700 ft (1433 meters) gain / % gravel unknown
Difficulty: Moderate+
The Start: Myrtle Park
GPX file / TCX file

Port Sorell

This route was forwarded to us by local Tasmanian gravel rider. We did not have chance to investigate it.  By OtisPD.
Lollipop: 51 miles (82 Km) / 2800 ft (853 meters) gain / % gravel unknown
Difficulty: Moderate
The Start: At the east end of Shearwater Esplanade
GPX file / TCX file

Ringamaroo

Great Lake

Ben Lombard Circumnavigation

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