Forest, Falls & Fire
Forest, Falls & Fire
2021/22 Tour Dates:
- We are taking bookings for the 21/22 season, please contact us for more information.
If you prefer your adventures a little less hardcore but still appreciate earning your meals whilst enjoying quality gravel, then this tour is for you! Commencing from the Derby Forest Cabins and looping to the East Coast and back via some of the very best of the high country, this tour showcases the NE of Tasmania in all its scenic glory. It is a ride suited to grinders of medium fitness and technical ability.
A mandatory pre-tour briefing and gear check will be held at our base of operations, the Derby Forest Cabins on the evening before tour departure.
Departing from our base of operation, the Derby Forest Cabins, we climb steadily toward Mt. Paris Dam Road, traversing the base of Rattler Ridge, eventually crossing the western end to descend into the Ringarooma Valley to our first refreshment break on the Dorset River. In the saddle again, we approach Mt. Victoria Forest Reserve and Ralph Falls. The 600m climb up to Ralph falls will constantly reward you with some of the finest views in the North East. While lunch is prepared, a short walk into a viewpoint reveals Ralph Falls, the tallest single drop Falls in Tassie. We then enjoy alpine countryside as we roll the plateau with views of Mt Victoria, before descending to St Columba Falls. Donning conventional footwear, a casual stroll allows us to admire the spectacular St. Columba Falls. Our evenings accommodation is at the Pub in the Paddock, a relaxing 7km roll down winding bitumen.
A leisurely start in the peaceful Pyengana Valley for this morning! We gradually climb up the small coastal mountain range separating us from the East Coast before coasting through changing vegetation types. After the initial climbing the majority of today’s ride is excellent gravel descents and flats. Arriving in St. Helens for lunch, we recommend lunch at one of the best fish and chips vendors on the coast before cruising north out of St Helens to our overnight accommodation situated at the iconic Bay of Fires.
It’s straight back into the bush this morning, and onto the gravel. Today’s tour is about backcountry exploration. Some lengthy and undulating gravel will test the legs before we cross the Wyniford River and head into the rough country separating Pioneer and Moorina. The creeks and small rivers dissecting this region are popular with prospectors collecting sapphires, topaz and other semi-precious gemstones. We eventually find ourselves wandering the bank of the Ringarooma river and into the Mutual Valley to complete our day’s explorations.