The Blue Derby Pod Ride cycling trail in Tasmania combines stunning scenery with gourmet meals and luxury stays.
Blue Derby Pods Ride, TAS
Covering 125 kilometres, the Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails network in North East Tasmania is a purpose-built playground for cyclists. Tackle it in style by booking the Blue Derby Pods Ride, an all-inclusive guided trek rolled out over three or four pampered days with an exclusive rest-and-relaxation hub, in the Cascade Valley about 90 minutes from Launceston, as your base. Appearing to hover beneath a blackwood forest canopy, the plush accommodation pods serve as recovery cocoons from which riders emerge each morning, as new.
By day, coast past temperate rainforest and lush fern groves on trails with names such as Rusty Crusty and Axehead. Then, after dark, taste your way through some of Tasmania's finest food and wine before drifting off to sleep in your pod’s king-size bed. The four-day itinerary includes
The Bay of Fires Trail, a 42-kilometre track winding from the mountains to the sea. Setting off from the highest point of the network in subalpine terrain, the tyres stop rolling at Swimcart Beach where a seafood picnic awaits. Catering to all levels of experience, the essentials are simple: a healthy appetite and a hearty sense of adventure.
Image credit: Adam Gibson.