We love when routes offer big variety and this one doesn’t disappoint. Rolling farmlands. Wooded forests. A rain forest. Small creeks. A beautiful falls. A river. And … more farmlands.
Rolling and flat farmland roads through Meander Valley that let you spin with such a lovely consistency while you enjoy sheep and cattle farms.
And the “magical mystery tour” with steep pitches that take you up through eucalyptus forests and then a mystical rain forest which includes an easy hike to the Liffey Falls.
Plus the route starts in Westbury, which boasts the only village green in Tasmania, historic Victorian buildings, a hedge maze (now how could you miss that) and the Saint Andrews church which was built between 1836 and 1890 (hey it just wasn’t a speedy process.) And don’t forget Steam World: the largest collection of steam engines in the Southern Hemisphere. Read more
Leaving Westbury you get a well needed warm up through rolling farmlands, what we like to call “undulating with an upward trend”. At mile12 (Km 19), you begin to climb … climbing through eucalyptus forests with scattered logging and small horse farms. When you make the 90 degree right towards the park, the pitches kick up, up to 20%, but luckily nothing too long. At mile 18 (Km 29) you reach the top of the climb and begin a fantastic descent that showcases a beautiful rain forest and many small creeks.
Don’t you dare skip the hike out to the falls. The vegetation looks like a scene created for a Disney movie and we promise that you can do the hike in your mountain bike shoes (road shoes, not so much).
Also, take the time to see the “big tree” which is located one min past the bathroom.
From the parking lot make the U-turn and climb back out of the park (it’s not as difficult as you think it will be). Now, it is downhill for a good long way! When you reach a lovely river on your right, the road flattens and the gravel ends (for the day).
Once you cross the river, you might be lucky enough to have the small honey stand open.
Now comes more of the farmland spin .. easy, rolling roads back to the start. You will swear you are deep in the heart of Texas. (“Reminds me of the one I love. Deep in the heart of Texas.”)
Arriving back in Westbury, you can spend time playing tourist. We promise not to tell even if you are a local.
Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop with Dog Leg : 45 miles / 3400 ft gain (72 Km / 1036 meters)
– Gravel: ~ 33% gravel
– Location: ~ 30 min from Launceston, Tasmania
– Rideable: Spring thru Fall
– Route Author: Captain “O”
– Published: November 2018
Moderate. There are several short, steep pitches (15 to 20 %) on gravel.
Near the Village Green at the intersection of Lyall street and Lonsdale Promenade. There are public toilets at the city building just east by 100 yards / meters on Lyall street.
Food / Water
At the start in the town of Westbury there are a number of places to get food and drink.
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road