Don’t you love it when you set out for an adventure that you are thinking will be just ok and then it turns out to be awesome? That’s Wattle and Water. A wonderful mixture of paved and gravel roads, along with the triple Fs … farms, forests and fantastic water views. And yes, we think it’s super fun to have cows and sheep on one side of a gravel road with bay views on the other. Oh, and glori-o-sky, there’s even a water stop ….. and look at that elevation profile: the course has a flat section. Such a rare treat in Tassie land. (Now, we didn’t say the route was flat.)
The first half of the route is a series of rollers and small hills through farms and forest. Nothing terribly steep, nothing terribly long. But really fun. At mile 6 you roll past Wattle Hill, which is just a collection of houses amongst smaller farms. At mile 21 you get the first views of Marion bay and Forestier Peninsula. The gravel descent to the bay is oh, so fun … and it continue to give peak-a-boo water views.
From here, you follow along the quiet roads of Boomer Bay / Blackman Bay and after ~ 4 miles (7 Km) merge onto A9. A9 quickly crosses a bridge into the town of Dunalley (plenty of places to grab water, fish n chips, etc). Continue along the coast to the Carlton River, make a right turn and begin a sustained climb with big views of the coast off your right shoulder. Read More
Just before A9 (the same A9 as in Dunalley) you turn left onto a primitive gravel road that has a pretty rough start … it follows the power lines for a bit. When you start spotting houses, the road improves …. but is still gravel.
Now, nearing the finish, turn right onto B34 which is quite busy, but wide and short in distance (just under a mile and a bit over a kilometer). At the intersection with the A9 …. we recommend that you hop onto the sidewalk to avoid the traffic … a 1 Km stretch of road … and then make the final left turn onto C333 / Delmore road back to the start.
A couple of other notes:
- The route has many short sections of pavement, 100 to 200 meters in length, when the road nears home sites.
- This route is rural, but not remote.
- The gravel is fast and hard packed.
- According to Gravel Girl, this route has “really, high quality rollers”.
- There are several transitions from farmlands to forests and back.
Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop : 48 miles (77 Km) / 4800 ft gain (1463 meters)
– Mixed route: ~ 65% gravel
– Location: ~ Hobart, Tasmania
– Rideable: All year
– Route Author: Ben Stokes of Hobart, Tasmania
– Published: January 2019
Moderate. The climbs and descents are all very moderate, but the elevation gain adds up over time.
The town of Forcett. Park on the shoulder of C333 / Delmore road.
Food / Water
The town of Dunalley, mile 32.
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
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