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Cycling in South Australia

Cycling in South Australia

Cycling in South Australia is in boom times.  As the host state for the 2nd biggest professional cycling event in the world after the Tour de France – being the Tour Down Under – South Australia has strong claims as one of the best cycling regions in the southern hemisphere.

Cycling in South Australia covers the spectrum of road cycling, mountain biking and recreational trail cycling (which is the sort of cycling we like!). Relatively quiet country roads which include challenging climbs in the Adelaide Hills, are a mecca for road cyclists and professionals alike.  A growing network of national park dirt tracks and single tracks are increasingly being utilised by novice and experience MTBers.  And then there is the network of rail trails and paved off road cycling paths that make recreational cycling a joy.

In terms of recreational cycling in South Australia, the state has some great assets

  1. The Riesling Rail Trail in the Clare Valley, a 30+km off road packed gravel trail over very gradual gradients, that passes wineries and gourmet food outlets in the Clare Valley.  Only 1 1/2 hours from Adelaide, it’s a fun cycling getaway and the basis for our 2 day/2 night Clare Valley cycling tour.
  2. The Barossa Trail which includes the Jack Bobridge Track,  runs from Gawler to Tanunda through Nuriootpa and onto Angaston in the Barossa, passing world famous wineries and gourmet outlets on the way.  The path is a high quality 40kms paved track, that makes for a fun day or multi day cycling experience. We include this trail on our 6 day Tour de South Australia Vineyards.
  3. And finally the Shiraz Trail in McLaren Vale, a scenic and flat paved off road path that cuts a route through some of the most famous South Australian wineries, complete with views over the southern ocean, finishing with welcome dip on a hot day. Only 45 mins from Adelaide it’s the prefect day trip which you can enjoy on our Tour de McLaren Vale.


You can see all our Australia cycling tours below including our range of South Australian tours, which are (G = Group guided; SG = Self Guided):

  • Tour de McLaren Vale (G):  Guided 1 day fun tour from Adelaide. Bikes, guide, lunch, wine tastings & return Adelaide transfers.  Private & corporate groups welcome
  • Tour de Barossa (G): Guided 1 day bike tour from Adelaide to the Barossa.  Guide, bikes, lunch, wine tastings and return Adelaide transfers. Private & corporate groups welcome.
  • Tour de Riesling Rail Trail Clare Valley (SG)2 nights/3 day self guided cycling package including accommodation, bikes, luggage moves, support, wine tastings and some incredible gourmet food
  • Tour de Barossa & Clare (SG)3 days cycling/2nights self guided package including day in Barossa, 2 days in Clare, accommodation, bikes, luggage transfers, support, maps, lunches, wine tasting & more
  • Tour de South Australia Vineyards (G) & (SG):  Option of guided (select dates) OR self guided cycling tour 6 days/5 nights ex Adelaide cycling the Barossa, Clare Valley and McLaren Vale wine regions.


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Winery On a guided cycling tour in Australia Tour de Active Luxury – Guided Cycling Tour in Australia

Explore north east Victoria on this fully guided, 6 nights luxury accommodation cycling tour complete with exclusive food & wine experiences, and easy, off road riding.

2020: 1 Dec. 2021: 1 March; 1 April; 1 May More info
Riding the great-southern-rail-trail Tour de Great Southern Rail Trail – Self Guided

Victoria (Gippsland) Wonderful, easy self guided 2 day/2 night getaway. Ride the gorgeous Great Southern Rail Trail. Ideal for families & small groups. Fully supported, return transfers & more.

Self Guided so any day or date that suits you More info
Bicycle tour Yarra Valley Australia Yarra Valley Bike Tour – Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail Day Trip

Fun day tour from Melbourne cycling the beautiful Yarra Valley Rail Trail. Transport, bikes, lunch, guide, wine tastings and good times included.

Every Saturday from September to May. Private groups on demand. More info
Cycling Beechworth to Bright Tour de Bright – Cycling Tour Beechworth to Bright

A 3 night cycling tour from Beechworth to Bright on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. Choose any day or date that suits, fully supported, all inclusive.

Self Guided so any day or date that suits you More info
cycling milawa Tour de Gourmet Escape – Cycling in Beechworth

A 2 night/1 day cycling in Beechworth getaway package, a fabulous excuse for a quick escape with some easy cycling included, and amazing food & wine.

Self Guided so any day or date that suits you (NB holiday surcharges apply) More info
Cycling the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail on a Pedal to Produce tour Murray to Mountains Rail Trail Cycling Tour – Self Guided

North East Victoria: Self guided, 2 day/2 night tour on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail from Beechworth to Bright. Premium accommodation, bikes, gourmet meals, exclusive wine tastings, fully supported & more

Self guided can be done on any day or date More info
Cycling tour North east Victoria Tour de Grand Gourmet – Cycling Tour North East Victoria

A 5 day food & wine cycling tour in North East Victoria for the gourmet lovers. Easy off road cycling on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, cooking classes, gourmet meals, wine tastings, 4 star accomm + more

Self Guided: Any date you prefer More info
Pedal to Produce Tour de Pedal to Produce – Day Cycling Tour

Victoria: An easy cycling, self guided day tour from Beechworth that includes bike, lunch, wine & produce tastings and return transport from Milawa.

Self Guided: Any day or date that suits you More info
Murray to Mountains Rail Trail Murray to Mountains Rail Trail – Small Group Weekends

The only small group tour on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, 2 days/2 nights with a guide, exclusive food & wine tastings, bikes, scenery and great fun.

Most Weekends between Oct - May (check calendar for next date & availability) More info


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Cycling tour in Tasmania Cycling Tour in Tasmania – Launceston to Hobart

Launceston to Hobart. 8 nights. 2 nights Freycinet Lodge. Wineglass Bay. Wine & oyster tasting. Fully guided & supported.

Fri 29 Jan - Sat 6 Feb 2021 More info

South Australia

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Cycling in Barossa, South Australia Tour de Barossa Cycling Tour – Day Tour from Adelaide

A brilliant day of easy cycling in the Barossa. Transport to and from Adelaide, bikes, guide, lunch & tastings included.

Departs Fridays from September to May (or other days for groups by arrangement) More info
cycling tour barossa Cycling Tour Barossa & Clare Valley

Combine the Barossa and Clare Valley cycling between famous wineries and award winning dining. 3 day/2 nights. Self guided, fully supported.

Self guided so choose any day or date that suits More info
Cycling tour South Australia Food and wine Tour de South Australia Vineyards – Cycling Tour South Australia

A 6 day cycle tour of South Australia through the Barossa, Clare Valley & McLaren Vale wine regions for food & wine lovers. Safe, off road cycling, incredible food & wine experiences.

Self Guided, any day or date OR join our fixed small group guided departures 2020: 25 Sept, 20 Nov & 2021: 18 March, 24 April More info
cycling amongst the vines in mclaren vale south australia Cycling Tour McLaren Vale – Day Tour from Adelaide

An easy day tour that includes bike, lunch, wine tastings, pick up/drop off from Adelaide & loads of fun!

Departs Thursdays & Saturdays (or other days for groups by arrangement) More info
Cycling the Riesling Rail Trail Tour de Riesling Rail Trail – Cycling Clare Valley

South Australia: Ride the Riesling Rail Trial in the Clare Valley on this 2 day/night all inclusive tour

Self Guided: Any day or date that suits you More info


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brisbane valley rail trail Brisbane Valley Rail Trail + Scenic Rim Hike

Small group guided Brisbane Valley rail trail tour PLUS stunning Scenic Rim hike, one of Australia’s ‘Great Walks’. Strictly limited group size. Amazing adventure.

Tours in June, July & August 2020 (6 days/5 nights) More info


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Cycling in Mudgee NSW Australia Tour de Mudgee Cellar Doors – Cycling Tour Mudgee

NSW: A 2 night/1 day cycling itinerary that lets you discover the wine & food secrets of this off the beaten path destination.

Self Guided: Any day or date that suits you More info
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