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.

Terrain

Coast-hugging ride with only small climbs beside great beaches and low cliffs.

Traffic

Two short sections of the ride are on the Channel Highway, which can be busy. All other roads are very quiet.

Access

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.

Side Trip

From behind the colourful boathouses on Coningham Beach, a two-kilometre walking trail heads off above the cliffs to the end of the point.

 

More Details

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.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start at the trailhead for the Snug River Track on Channel Hwy and ride east on the track.
  • 0.4 Veer left onto the Esplanade. 0.6 Veer left back onto the Snug River Track.
  • 0.9 At the river mouth, the track swings right, running behind Snug Beach.
  • 1.1 At the trail’s end, turn right through a car park and ride up Beach Rd.
  • 1.3 Turn left into Pearsall St.
  • 2.5 Turn left onto Channel Hwy, rolling down the hill.
  • 3.0 Turn left onto Old Station Rd.
  • 3.8 Past the boat jetty, veer right with Old Station Rd, turning up the hill.
  • 4.0 Turn left onto Coningham Rd.
  • 5.8 Arrive at Coningham Beach. Turn around here and return along Coningham Rd.
  • 8.8 Turn right onto the Channel Hwy.
  • 10.0 Finish the ride back at the Snug River Track trailhead.
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    9.668 km / 6.007 mi

    Total Distance

    145 m / 476 ft

    Total Ascent

    145 m / 477 ft

    Total Descent

    33 m / 107 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: Low
    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: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 10.0
    Elevation Gain: 60
    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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