Keep an eye out for the ostrich farm a few kilometers before Richmond.If you start from the New Town YHA then the best route is: from Stoke St turn left into Park St, right into Bishop St, left at Bellevue Pde, right towards the train line and onto the cycle path which runs along the train line and head North.From the bike path turn right down Elwick Rd (after show grounds - not sign-posted) and head towards the Elwick Race Course along Goodwood Rd. After the bridge, head towards Risdonvale along the B32 road. You'll experience a continuous, easily-graded climb through forest and farms to the top of Grasstree Hill (200 m) followed by a nice descent through bush to the Coal River Valley. Just before the town there is a well-marked turn-off to a camping ground (picnic shelters, swimming pool, trees, shop).There are public toilets in the town centre, small supermarket (7 am - 7 pm, EFTPOS), post office, pub, and a bakery and range of tearooms and restaurants.There are tours of Australia's oldest brewery (Cascade Brewery).For a good meal either head to the docks for fresh fish and seafood, the trendy cafes in Salamanca Place or head up Elizabeth Street to North Hobart and the "restaurant district".Although most cycle tourists take the "easier" option of only cycling the East Coast, imagining the West Coast to be more hilly and windy and therefore more difficult, we actually found the West coast roads better graded, more shaded by trees and protected from winds, and the scenery more attractive than the predominantly rural east coast.The flight to Hobart from Melbourne takes approximately one hour, and 1.8 hours from Sydney, and can sometimes be "absorbed" into the price of an overseas ticket to Australia, therefore costing no extra.
Salamanca Market down on the docks each Saturday (8 am - 3 pm) is a must-see for every visitor and a great place to pick up souvenirs and gifts.
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Camp at This is a scenic ride along smooth sealed roads, but unfortunately you'll be sharing the A3 with log trucks.
Take special care between Buckland and Orford where there is no shoulder in parts and the road is very narrow.
From Richmond take the B31 north 5 km then turn right onto the C350 until you reach the A3.