Cycle Tasmania, Sightseeing Ride, Snug & Coningham Beach Ride
A gentle beach-hopping ride, winding around Snug Bay to one of the finest beaches in the state. There’s a dirt section along the Snug River, but if riding a road bike you can start on Beach Road and still enjoy the pleasures of Coningham Beach.
Coast-hugging ride with only small climbs beside great beaches and low cliffs.
Two short sections of the ride are on the Channel Highway, which can be busy. All other roads are very quiet.
Snug is around 25 kilometres south of Hobart, reached along the Channel Highway through Kingston.
Food and Drink
There’s basic grub at the Snug Supermarket and Takeaway, while the Snug Tavern has a bistro.
From behind the colourful boathouses on Coningham Beach, a two-kilometre walking trail heads off above the cliffs to the end of the point.
This ride starts near the northern entrance to the town of Snug, on the southern bank of the Snug River, a waterway pressed between new homes and old forest. A dirt track runs for almost a kilometre beside the river to its mouth with, most likely, a host of birdlife for company. At the water’s edge you might see cormorants hanging out their wings to dry, and there will invariably be greedy ducks in the picnic area.
Look up into the sky and you might spot a sea eagle cruising the current. The luckier few might even spot a platypus in the at-times glassy river. From the river mouth the track heads along behind the white sands of Snug Beach for a couple of hundred metres before turning up into town. The orange structure in the foreshore reserve is the Snug Bushfire Memorial, in memory of the 62 people who were killed in the Black Tuesday fires in February 1967.
Snug was hit particularly hard by the blaze, with 11 people killed and two-thirds of the town’s buildings destroyed. The flame-orange girders are designed to represent a house on the brink of collapsing. The ride soon returns to the coast, running along the edge of the bay - across the water you’ll be able to see the coast out to Coningham - before turning onto Channel Highway. The highway stint is very short, descending to a creek crossing and Old Station Road, which sets out along a sea wall that will have you all but riding atop the sea below an interesting section of eroded slope.
After an undulating couple of kilometres the road drops down to gorgeous, protected Coningham Beach with its ocean-groomed white sands. Across the water is the tower-topped bulk of Mt Wellington. Return to the Channel Highway where, a few hundred metres up the hill at the Esplanade turning, you can choose to retrace your route around the bay and Snug, or simply ride 800 metres further along the highway to return to the head of the Snug River Track.
9.668 km / 6.007 mi
145 m / 476 ft
145 m / 477 ft
33 m / 107 ft