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Cycling through Tasmania.
Cycling through Tasmania.
The quaint town of Longford.

Longford cycle and canoe

Thursday, May 31, 2001
If you can keep your balance on a bicycle and would like to gently enjoy some of Tasmania's finest scenery, then Tasmanian Expeditions are the people to see.

If you can keep your balance on a bicycle and would like to gently enjoy some of Tasmania's finest scenery, Jenny Cusec and Lars Winberg of Tasmanian Expeditions are the people to see.

A two-day cycle and canoe trip from Launceston to the Georgian village of Longford is an easy trip, and on the first day you pass by patchwork fields, hawthorn hedges and beautiful old farmhouses. The ride is about 12km long and you arrive at the beautifully restored Racecourse Inn in time for lunch.

The Racecourse Inn oozes warmth and hospitality. It traded for more than 100 years as a licensed hotel, and in 1977 became the haven for travellers that it is today. Its owners, Bill and Robyn Baker, have tastefully used memorabilia of trout fishing and motor racing, commemorating the grand prix Longford hosted in the 1960s.

The beautiful gardens are filled with fruit trees, vines, herbs and vegetables, which form the basis of the delicious meals Robyn prepares and serves at the large country dining table.

Longford is classified as a historic town and many of its old structures were convict-built. The beautiful Christ Church has an exquisite stained-glass window which was made in Newcastle-upon-Tyne early in the 19th century.

After lunch you will cycle to Woolmers Estate, Tasmania's finest and most historic family estate with a collection of buildings, art, furniture, photographs and antique cars. It is colonial Tasmania at its best, and six generations of the Archer family have resided there from 1817. The last Archer died seven years ago and the property was left to a trust which allows public access. The main homestead, Brickendon, has magnificent gardens, a little chapel, blacksmith shop, cookhouse, smokehouse, Dutch barns and a farm shed.

On the second day, you go by bus to Woolmers Bridge where your canoeing adventure begins. It is an easy adventure — you go with the flow of the river in a very stable Canadian canoe. It's a wonderfully serene way to enjoy the countryside and watch black swans, kookaburras and cockatoos pass by. And every now and again a shy platypus will also make an appearance.


Launceston, Northern Tasmania.


Tasmanian Expeditions' two-day cycle and canoe tours start at $375 per person including a night's accommodation, all meals, equipment and guide. They operate year round.
The Racecourse Inn has standard rooms for $160 and deluxe rooms for $185 per couple. Full breakfast is included.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Tasmanian Expeditions
110 George Street, Launceston 7250
Ph: 1800 030 230 or (03) 6334 3477
The Racecourse Inn
114 Marlborough Street, Longford 7301
Ph: (03) 6391 2352
Fax: (03) 6391 2430

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