Bicycle Network: Great Escapade
Day 9 - Transport/optional Tasman Peninsula loop ride
The final day will allow you to either depart or explore this extraordinary peninsula, with history, culture and the very essence of Tasmania at every turn.
Now if you feel that you have had your time in the saddle then we will be organising transport into Hobart in the morning. You could visit the world famous Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), ride mount Wellington or just relax and experience Hobart before heading home.
On the other hand, why don't you stay and enjoy a great last day exploring the historic Tasman Peninsula!
When you enter the Tasman Peninsula (once known as 'the natural prison') at Eaglehawk Neck, your journey will take you to eight fascinating historic locations that will tell you the stories of 19th century convict life. Look out for the yellow convict arrow signs that mark:
Eaglehawk Neck Officer Quarters Historic Site and Convict 'Dog Line'
Taranna Norfolk Bay Convict Station and Jetty
Koonya Cascades Convict Probation Station
Premaydena Impression Bay Convict Probation Station
Saltwater River Saltwater River Convict Probation Station
The Historic Convict Coal Mines
Nubeena Wedge Bay Probation Station
Port Arthur Port Arthur Historic Site (all passes are valid for two days)
The Historic Convict Coal mines in particular are certainly worth some time. The Coal Mines Historic Site was Tasmania’s first operational mine, established as a much-needed local source of coal, but also as a place of punishment for the ‘worst class’ of convicts.
Along with the Port Arthur Historic Site, the Coal Mines Historic Site is included in the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage property.
A visit to the Coal Mines is a fascinating and rewarding adjunct to any visit to the Port Arthur Historic Site.
Day 8 - Route Summary