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With iconic names such as Bay of Fires, Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails and Wine Glass Bay, the North East Coast of Tasmania needs no introduction to adventure fans. Organisers are excited to announce that the marquee race, XPD is headed there in March 2018. Athletes will race non-stop over a 500km course that includes trekking, mountain biking and kayaking.

GENERAL: The Race will be held out of St Helens on the North East Coast of Tasmania. It is a small town and easy to ride around with a bike. St Helens has 2 supermarkets, a bike shop and hardware. Race HQ will be centrally located in the town.

Wine Glass Bay - Image courtesy of Tourism Tasmania & Daniel Tran, All Rights Reserved

Wine Glass Bay – Image courtesy of Tourism Tasmania & Daniel Tran, All Rights Reserved

TRANSFERS: There are free bus transfers to and from the Launceston Airport for teams and officials. See Schedule for more details.

The Bay of Fires is consistently rated as one of the world’s best beaches and was named the Lonely Planet’s hottest travel destination in 2009. The guide describes it as “the secret edge of Tasmania, laid out like a pirate’s treasure map of perfect beach after sheltered cove, all fringed with forest.”

Bay of Fires - Image Courtesy of Tourism Tasmania & Stuart Crossett. All Rights Reserved

Bay of Fires – Image Courtesy of Tourism Tasmania & Stuart Crossett. All Rights Reserved

The region is a second home to race director, Louise Foulkes, which makes this race doubly special. “My family owns a “shack” (small house) and has holidayed there each summer for 45 years. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in the world. As well as the famous coast line, the region is pocketed with hidden gems including some of the most majestic mountains, gorges and waterfalls in Tasmania. More recently, it is home to some of the best mountain bike trails in the world, Blue Derby. The course has been 15 years the making and I look forward to taking teams on an incredible journey through the area.”

 Image Courtesy of Tourism Tasmania & Supplied Courtesy of Flow Mountain Bike All Rights Reserved

Image Courtesy of Tourism Tasmania & Supplied Courtesy of Flow Mountain Bike All Rights Reserved

The town of St Helens will be the home of the race while the event is on and where teams will gather before and after the race. “St Helens is the perfect place to host the event. It has everything the event needs logistically such as supermarkets and accommodation, yet a small town feel”. Teams will need to fly into Launceston, which has regular connections from Melbourne and Sydney. From there they will be bussed to the east coast and St Helens. 

Sunrise over Georges Bay, St Helens - Image courtesy of Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett All Rights Reserved

Sunrise over Georges Bay, St Helens – Image courtesy of Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett All Rights Reserved

Teams are invited to bring family along to visit Tasmania.  As well as incredible natural scenery, the state boasts other recent accolades including the world’s best whisky, best golf links course and arguably the cleanest air on the planet.

Jacobs Ladder, Ben Lomond - Image courtesy of Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett, All Rights Reserved

ACCOMODATION: Check out the web site https://eastcoasttasmania.com/ or below

There are a lot of accomodation options in St Helens. Below are a few. 

Bay of Fires Bush Retreat

The French house

Bed in the tree Tops

Caravan Parks

BIG 4 Holiday Park

Hillcrest Holiday Park

Tourist Accomodation

Pelican Point Sanctuary

Tidal Waters resort

White Sands Resort

Homelea

Sweetwater Villas

Kelraine Units

Queechy Cottages

The Bayside Inn

Scamander Beach Hotel  (03) 6372 5255

Anchor Wheel Motel & Restaurant (03) 6376 1358

Handy web sites with both commercial and holiday rental accomodation

www.Stayz.com.au

www.AirBnB.com.au

www.Wotif.com

www.Hotels.com