Cycle Tasmania, Road Ride, Tamar Wine Route

Circle through the heart of Tasmania’s premier wine region along part of the marked Tamar Wine Route. There’s a lot more than vineyards to see, with the ride passing pasture, olives, raspberries and blue gums in between the wineries, and there are some long, open stretches of road for breaking out into speed.

Terrain

Good sealed roads looping over low hills either side of Lilydale and near Pipers River, but offering reasonably flat riding in between.

Traffic

The B81 (through Lilydale) and B82 (through Pipers River) see a reasonable amount of traffic, but other roads along this route are pleasantly quiet.

Access

Lilydale is around 30 kilometres northeast of Launceston, reached along the B81.

Food and Drink

Pick a winery, any winery. Food options are more basic, limited to the Pipers River General Store and a small store in Lebrina. In Lilydale, the Lilydale Tavern Bakery Cafe offers the rare treat of a beer and a bun under the same roof.

Side Trip

As you whoosh down into Lilydale near the end of the ride, stop at the Lilydale Falls Reserve, where a short walk through rainforest will bring you to a pair of attractive waterfalls.

 

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Looping out for 170 kilometres from Launceston, the Tamar Wine Route would be an epic day out by bike (especially if fuelled by wine) but the ride described here showcases one of the prettiest, and most winery- packed, sections of the route. From Lilydale, the ride climbs straight out of town into a low range of hills, with the literal flavour of the day set after just two kilometres when you roll past Providence Vineyard, said to be Tasmania’s oldest vineyard, though it’s unlikely that you’ll have a thirst just yet.

There follows a plunging descent to Karoola Road, where the ride flattens out through agricultural lands. Native bush and blue gums break up the pasture before the B83 ends in tiny Pipers River. From here, it’s a three-kilometre glide down to the actual river, which is also about as small as the town. Sadly, all that descent must be paid for in the climb back out. By the time you reach Pipers Brook Road, 38 kilometres into the ride, you might well be ready for that swill of wine, which is good timing since there’s a trio of a wineries near to hand.

Two of the regions most famous labels - Pipers Brook and the Jansz Wine Room - share an entrance, though roadies might want to go easy on the tastings because the gravel driveway might test any dulled reflexes. Past the vineyards the ride climbs through the small township of Pipers Brook, which seems to consist of more abandoned farmhouses than occupied residences; beside the road, Bird Vineyard has no cellar door. Vineyards again give way to pasture as you continue south, though the hillsides above are occasionally furrowed by vines, and there’s a beautiful tall stand of forest as you approach the end of Pipers Brook Road.

The toughest climbs are saved for the final haul back into Lilydale, beginning as soon as you turn onto the B81, where there’s a long pull up onto the slopes of the Halls Tier range ahead of a roaring descent into Lebrina. A second tough climb allows for a final, curling descent past Lilydale Falls Reserve back into Lilydale.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start at the junction of the B81 and the C822 (by the war memorial) at the southern end of Lilydale, and ride west on the C822 towards Karoola.
  • 2.4 Pass the cellar door for Providence Vineyard.
  • 5.6 In Karoola, turn right on Karoola Rd (C823).
  • 7.0 Turn right on the B83, signposted to Pipers River.
  • 7.6 Veer left with the B83, ignoring the road straight ahead.
  • 25.2 Pass the turning into the Bay of Fires Winery, swinging left with the main road.
  • 27.4 At the end of the B83, turn right onto the B82, passing the Pipers River store.
  • 35.0 Ride straight ahead, ignoring the C819 to the right.
  • 36.4 Pass Delamere Vineyards.
  • 38.5 Turn right onto Pipers Brook Rd (C818).
  • 38.9 Pass the Dalrymple Vineyards cellar door.
  • 40.0 Pass the entrance into Pipers Brook Vineyard and Jansz Wine Room.
  • 50.4 Pass the turning (Short Cut Rd) into Brook Eden Vineyard.
  • 52.3 Turn right onto the B81, signposted to Lilydale.
  • 61.5 Pass Lilydale Falls Reserve.
  • 64.5 After cycling through Lilydale, the ride finishes back beside the war memorial.
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    62.32 km / 38.724 mi

    Total Distance

    881 m / 2,892 ft

    Total Ascent

    881 m / 2,892 ft

    Total Descent

    352 m / 1,153 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
    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: 64.5
    Elevation Gain: 520
    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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