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.
Gentle undulations to Richmond, followed by a 200-metre climb over Grasstree Hill.
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.
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.
A short stroll from the Richmond Bridge, the Richmond Gaol predates Port Arthur and is open to visitors.
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.
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772 m / 2,534 ft
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