Travelling to Tassie ?
Travelling by big metal bird or floaty thing? Well don’t forget that the whole island is on its way to becoming a MTB destination with projects that offer great value if you extend your trip to Tassie. Our little island has an amazing variety of terrain and trail styles so spending extra time here will provide lots of unique and varied experiences ensuring great memories. We highly recommend checking out some of the other riding options and consider extending your stay.
Here’s Team Hellfire’s recommendations:
Hobart and surrounds
Outside of the trails you will be riding at Kellevie Mountain Bike Park and Wielengta State Forrest there are loads of riding option in the south of the state.
North South, a beautiful riding experience offers stunning vistas on the highest quality purpose built single track on MT Wellington is a must for any velocipede visitor. Starting from high up the mountain, this iconic trail has you finishing at the Tolosa MTB park in Glenorchy or South Hobart where trails such as Tip Top, Slides, Luge and many more can be found.
The Meehan Ranges offers technical climbing with sweet fun descents, and a great experience. Built with the assistance of passionate volunteers it is a very unique trail and is growing all the time with lots of new trail on offer.
The Tangara trail offers interconnected coastal single track that passes through the coastal towns of Seven Mile Beach, Lauderdale, and South Arm. Hitting up the Tangara trail is a great day on an XC bike as the trail profile is relatively flat with moderate undulating coastal riding.
Kate Reed Reserve and Trevallyn provide great single track offerings and the trails at Hollybank also make a trip to Launceston worthwhile.
An hour and a half drive from Launceston to the east is Blue Derby MTB park, nestled in the country town of Derby. Now boasting 50k + of trails which have justifiably received great acclaim and offer great trail head facilities, shuttle services and have lots of family family friendly green trail on offer.
Penguin on the central coast in the states North has the epic Dial Ranges, with a local MTB park in the township itself, this project is continuing to grow and offers great riding.
No real MTB specific single track available until you get further north on the east coast, (watch this space) but some of the cleanest beaches on the planet lay at the end of some great adventure riding. In Particular, there is a 20k return loop at Freycinet National Park taking you into South Friendlies beach. It is a ride I always take when I am up there because it is simply stunning and has great fun descents.
If you like stunning adventure riding then the West Coast is worthy of a visit. There is very limited single track to be found currently but the wild views and terrain are completely unique and the adventure riding is stunning providing access to magnificent descents.
So there you have the teams’ recommendations for trails if you can extend your stay. Come ride Tasmania, we’re friendly and always looking to share the ride.
Non riding activities
With an island full of award winning vineyards we highly recommend checking our wine regions. Our island sate also offers incredible fresh produce consequently there are many great restaurants and producers to check out.
Art, one the anomalies that separates us from other primates, there are other anomalies, for example ironing clothes, but if you find art more interesting than going to a dry cleaners on your holiday we highly recommend MONA the Museum of Old and New Art. MONA is a highly acclaimed privately funded, controversial and uplifting experience. Trust us, you will need a full day to explore it, it is nothing like other contemporary art spaces and the journey around the venue is as much an art form as the works MONA houses.
If you want to see some of Tasmanias beautiful coast and marine wildlife the Pennicott Wilderness Journeys have lots of options for different regions and have won national tourism awards for how they do their thing. There are also lots of great places for kayaking and bush walking within our national parks.
Tasmania is drop dead amazing. We got riding options coming out the wazoo, and a cycling community that is friendly and keen to share the love.
That means if you’re coming for a good time, we want to recommend you see as many of the sights as possible of our beautiful state. Extend your stay if you can, and turn your Hellfire adventure into Taswegian tour of two wheeled love.
Airport pick up and return option.
Pickup and return to and from the Hobart Airport to make it all a breeze is on offer pickup Hobart Airport 2:00 pm on Wednesday the 15th of November and return from the race village on the 19th after presentations.
Coming from interstate/overseas and want someone to put together your whole package?
The do it yourself version
Virgin Blue, Qantas and Jetstar offer flights into Hobart. The airport is 20 minutes from the city center and 30 minutes from the Kellevie race track.
The TT-Line ‘Spirit of Tasmania’ sails twice a day and offers passenger and car transport from Melbourne to Devonport (It’s a 3 hour drive to Hobart from Devonport).
There are many B&B and accommodation options in the area and surrounding towns of Copping 5 mins, Sorell 15 mins, Dunalley 10 mins, Orford 25 mins, Hobart Airport 25 mins.
Why not hire a camper come down and knock off the Hellfire Cup, after that check out some top Tassie trails, like the Mt Wellington’s North South track, Kate Reed Reserve, Blue Derby, the Meehan Ranges, Tangara Trails and or the Dial Ranges?
Campervan Waste Station & Council Depot
30 Montague Street Sorell (Google Map)
Sorell Council Tourism Portal
Mountain Bike Tasmania (Full Race Support Packages)
Information on nearby services, shopping centres and accommodation are in the competitor information pack.
The Hellfire Cup is located in South East Tasmania with a base camp at Kellevie. It’s a stunning coastal location with loads of fun stuff to see and do. From the base camp we’ll be heading out in the Wielangta State Forest as well as various private land, brand new single track (cut many months in advance for maximum rideability), insanely fun old tram line descents and the time trial stage which is set on the iconic Hellfire Bluff.
Nearby Marion Bay is the home of the Falls Festival in Tasmania, and you’ll be riding past it. If you’ve ever been to Falls in Tassie or seen footage of it you know this part of the world is bloody stunning.
Nearby to Kellevie is the small town of Copping where you will local corner store and fuel, museum and gallery who provide awesome food, coffee and local wines. 5 minutes up the road is Dunalley which is home to the rider friendly folks of the Dunalley Waterfront Café – These guys are sponsors so drop in and say hello! There’s also a bunch of vineyards nearby so if getting your fancy hat and wine drinkin’ monocle on, we’ve got you covered including Cape Bernier who have their new Cellar door experience up and running. Also new to the area is Bangor Wine and Oyster Shed and definitely worth dropping in for a visit. Remember too if history’s your thing, Historic Port Arthur is also only a short drive away.
There’s heaps to do in this area, but if the Hellfire Cup hasn’t got your hankering for adventure nailed, there’s world class sea kayaking, fishing, diving, bushwalking and surfing all to be done within a short drive of the race base camp. After the cup why not stay nearby and visit some awesome folks and spend some time in the area? The locals are friendly and would love you to show you around.