Cycle Tasmania, Mountain Bike Ride, Cygnet Coast Ride

A peach of a ride in the fruit-filled Huon Valley, following rocky coastline near Lymington and then heading upstream from beside the mouth of the Huon. There are apples, berries, wines and little traffic as the ride loops along the coast south of Cygnet.

Terrain

A gentle coastal crawl around the mouth of the Huon River broken by a couple of climbs as the ride turns inland. Around nine kilometres of the ride is on gravel road - the surface is good but a mountain bike is still the best option.

Traffic

The Cygnet Coast Road (C639) is delightfully quiet, while the traffic on the B68 is steady but not uncomfortable and has a narrow verge.

Access 

The ride begins in the town of Cygnet, around 50 kilo- metres drive south of Hobart through Kingston and Snug, crossing through hills to Cygnet on the C626. Tassielink buses stop at Huonville, 18 kilometres from Cygnet.

Food and Drink

A place named the Red Velvet Lounge is the perfect fit in artsy Cygnet. The bohemian touches are rivalled only by the coffee.

Side Trip

At Petchey Bay, turn up the hill (quite steeply) for a kilometre to Welcome Swallow Ciderworks.

 

More Details

Heading out of Cygnet, this ride beelines straight for the coast and the tussocky wetlands of the Port Cygnet Wildlife Sanctuary. Established in 1952, this is Australia’s oldest nationally recognised wetlands. More than 70 bird species have been recorded here and you can expect to see at least a few herons and swans. The C639 clings to the oyster-rimmed coast into Lymington. On the approach, fruit orchards trickle down the hillsides, with the fruit-processing plant passed outside of Cygnet offering a fair hint as to the nature of the region’s major industry.

From Lymington the road begins to climb up and away from the coast, switching to gravel and dropping into a valley filled with berry farms. If you’re here in January or February, there are DIY berry pickings. Immediately beyond the berry farms, the road drops to a beautiful, protected cove at the mouth of the Huon River, which is as wide here as a bay. The bay makes for a good stop, especially if you’re up for a swim. A longer section of gravel road begins here, but it’s at time so smooth it makes for an easier roll than the sealed stuff. From the bay, the ride tacks upstream, running tight against the edge of the Huon River, its waters filled with salmon farms and the opposite bank pulling closer with each kilometre.

On a fine day, the river is beautifully blue - and backed at times by equally blue mountains - making for a lovely bit of riding as you curl through bays and inlets to the Scented Rose display garden; it’s open weekends and English roses are the star feature. Past a home built out over the river on stilts, the grassed Egg Islands begin to fill the river until the road turns inland towards Cradoc, passing through the vineyards of Panorama Wines.

Go easy at the cellar door because the steepest climb of the day, up into tiny Cradoc, is just ahead. The climbing continues past Cradoc, on the busier B68, rising through a small line of hills to a crest 130 metres above sea level. The work is done, and from here it’s a gentle cruise down into and through Cygnet.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start the ride at the southern edge of Cygnet, at the corner of the B68 and the C639, riding south on the C639 towards Lymington.
  • 1.4 Pass the Port Cygnet Sailing Club.
  • 5.4 Ride through Lymington.
  • 7.6 The sealed road ends, beginning a section of gravel road.
  • 8.3 Return onto sealed road beside a berry farm.
  • 8.9 Sealed section of road ends, returning to gravel.
  • 13.4 Round Petcheys Bay.
  • 17.4 Return onto sealed road.
  • 21.8 Pass the Scented Rose display garden.
  • 26.9 Pass Panorama Wines as the road turns inland.
  • 27.5 Veer left on the C639, signposted to Cradoc.
  • 28.2 After climbing into Cradoc, turn right onto the B68 towards Cygnet.
  • 30.1 Crest the climb, leaving a downhill run towards Cygnet.
  • 33.6 Enter Cygnet’s town limits.
  • 35.3 End the ride back at the corner of the B68 and C639.
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    33.864 km / 21.042 mi

    Total Distance

    497 m / 1,631 ft

    Total Ascent

    497 m / 1,629 ft

    Total Descent

    134 m / 440 ft

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    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
    Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
    Fitness Level: High
    MTB Segment: downhill
    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: 35.3
    Elevation Gain: 425
    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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