Cycle Tasmania, Mountain Bike Ride, Hobart-Richmond Loop Ride

Popular ride out from Hobart to the tourism capital that is Richmond. The route uses cycleways to navigate out of the city then follows winery-lined Coal Valley into Richmond, turning around beside one of the country’s most recognisable bridges.

Terrain

Gentle undulations to Richmond, followed by a 200-metre climb over Grasstree Hill.

Traffic

The ride has a few busy sections: Cambridge Road, at its Bellerive end, is the worst though traffic thins quickly. It picks up again on the B31 into Richmond and again across the Bowen Bridge. Elsewhere, traffic volumes are low.

Access

The ride begins at Mawson Place, at the edge of Hobart’s docks and about 100 metres from the city visitor information centre.

Food and Drink

For baked goodies par excellence - as the queues sometimes suggest - head behind the Bridge Inn to the Richmond Bakery. For something with a little more spark, the Richmond Wine Centre dishes up Tassie food and wine.

Side Trip

A short stroll from the Richmond Bridge, the Richmond Gaol predates Port Arthur and is open to visitors.

 

More Details

From Hobart’s docks, this ride climbs out of the city past the Cenotaph, following the Intercity Cycleway as far as the Tasman Bridge, curling up onto the bridge with its narrow shared path. The hydrants along the path can be a hazard, especially with the bridge’s perpetual strong winds, though fortunately there are state government plans to eventually remove them.

At the bridge’s end the ride turns back to join the Clarence Foreshore Trail, winding along the river’s eastern bank through beautiful Montagu Bay and lines of she oaks on Rosny Point. If you prefer a more direct route, you can cut inland on Riawena Road but there’s a horrid intersection at its end that will have you fighting across lanes of traffic on busy Rosny Hill Road. Better to enjoy the river views. In Bellerive the ride turns onto Cambridge Road, which is busy at this end but has lovely wide cycling conditions within two kilometres.

Soon, you’ll be trailing along beside the Tasman Highway - in sight but out of reach - with the homes and the traffic continuing to dwindle in a rapid transition from suburbs to scrub, city to country. Through Cambridge, the ride enters the Coal Valley, which in summer is almost as brown as its name. Despite that, there’s a burgeoning wine industry here and you’ll pass a number of cellar doors - there’s a cluster of wineries at around 21.5 kilometres, below the dish for the Mt Pleasant Radio Astronomy Observatory. Finally the ride funnels into Richmond, a town so twee and ye olde you’ll probably wish you’d ridden the penny-farthing. At the town’s end the ride turns around by the Richmond Bridge, which straddles the Coal River.

Australia’s oldest road bridge (1823), it’s also one of Tassie’s most popular tourist sights. The route back to Hobart takes you up and over Grasstree Hill, with the C324 bee lining across the valley, past a turf farm and wriggling up the range through a shallow gully - from the Malcolms Hut Road intersection the road climbs 200 metres in just over four kilometres. Early in the descent there’s a glimpse of Wrest Point and the upper stories of the city before they’re swallowed up by the foothills. Across Bowen Bridge the ride hooks up once again with the Intercity Cycleway for the return into the city.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start at Mawson Place and ride north along the Intercity Cycleway between Davey St and the docks.
  • 0.3 Cross Evans St at the bike crossing and ride straight ahead.
  • 0.5 Swing briefly onto the road pull-out just beyond the Royal Engineers Building, returning to the bike path about 50 metres on.
  • 0.8 After passing the cenotaph, veer right through the parkland.
  • 0.9 Cross McVilly Dr, turning left onto the Intercity Cycleway path on the opposite side of the road.
  • 2.2 Ride beneath the Tasman Bridge and continue straight ahead on the main path (don’t cross the railway line), crossing the road and swinging up onto the Tasman Bridge.
  • 3.8 At the end of the Tasman Bridge, U-turn onto Topham St, dropping down towards the river.
  • 3.9 As Topham St turns under the bridge, ride straight ahead onto the signposted Crown Land.
  • 4.0 Turn up left, passing under the bridge and joining the Clarence Foreshore Trail.
  • 7.1 At the track’s end, ride straight ahead on Seabird Lane; 50 metres ahead turn right back onto the foreshore trail.
  • 8.3 At the entrance to the Bellerive Yacht Club car park, turn left onto Cambridge Rd.
  • 8.9 Ride straight ahead at the roundabout, following the signs towards Warrane.
  • 11.4 At the large roundabout continue straight ahead on Cambridge Rd.
  • 15.2 Turn right onto the B31 and pass under the Tasman Hwy.
  • 15.4 Immediately past the Tasman Hwy underpass, turn right onto the B31.
  • 17.7 In Cambridge turn left onto the B31.
  • 31.6 Through Richmond’s town centre, turn right onto Wellington St and ride over Richmond Bridge.
  • 31.7 Across the bridge, turn around and return into Richmond.
  • 31.8 Turn left onto Bridge St.
  • 33.7 Turn right onto the C324, signposted to Risdon Vale.
  • 47.0 At the roundabout, ride straight ahead onto the B32, signposted towards Bridgewater.
  • 49.8 Begin crossing the Derwent River on Bowen Bridge.
  • 51.6 At the first set of traffic lights past the bridge, turn left onto Howard Rd.
  • 51.7 Turn right onto Barron Ave.
  • 51.8 At the end of Barron Ave, turn right onto Renfrew Circuit.
  • 52.5 At the large roundabout on Brooker Hwy, ride straight ahead onto Howard Rd beside the showgrounds.
  • 53.2 At the end of Howard Rd, push through the railway crossing and turn left onto the Intercity Cycleway bike path.
  • 58.7 Cross the railway and follow the small road along the river bank.
  • 59.1 Dogleg right then left across the railway and ride beneath the Tasman Bridge.
  • 60.4 Cross McVilly Rd and join the path through the parkland beside the cenotaph.
  • 60.5 Turn left onto the bike path beside Tasman Hwy.
  • 61.3 Finish the ride back at Mawson Place, at the end of the docks.
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    59.098 km / 36.721 mi

    Total Distance

    772 m / 2,534 ft

    Total Ascent

    772 m / 2,533 ft

    Total Descent

    253 m / 830 ft

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    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 1/2 day
    Fitness Level: High
    MTB Segment: flow
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Limited
    Estimated Distance: 61.3
    Elevation Gain: 420
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire facilities
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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