Bicycle Network: Great Escapade
Day 4 - St Helens to Bicheno
The landscape continues to change as you head inland before riding close to the coast for most of today’s ride. You’ll see sensational ocean views as you ride past sheep grazing in paddocks nearby. Stop off in the historic town of St Marys and then enjoy a fantastic decent of elephant pass into the beautiful seaside village of Bicheno.
Savour every metre - St Marys at 219,790 metres from Lanceston
In the 1800s, the town of St Marys became an important chain in the railway system, especially in travelling to the east coast. Unfortunately, like so many other small towns, it has suffered since the rail line has closed. It is a beautiful little town, the centre of which is dominated by the St Marys Pub.
Savour every metre - Elephant Pass downhill decent at 221,340 metres
Now before you start the fantastic descent into Bicheno you may want a pancake! Perched 450 metres above the Tasman Sea you are encouraged to look out on the tranquil blue waters as you enjoy the tranquility of Elephant Pass.
While enjoying the wonderful ocean and forest views you'll be sitting in one of the most charming old-world restaurants this side of Europe - The Mount Elephant Pass Pancake Shop. Once done, enjoy the exhilarating descent from Elephant Pass on the way to the seaside village of Bicheno, which is sure to be a memorable moment in the saddle!
Meet Elaine and her friendly staff at Purple Possum Cafe in St Marys and enjoy her famous rhubarb cake
Day 3 Route Summary - Day 5 Route Summary