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.
Cycling Tours in South Australia
In terms of recreational cycling in South Australia, the state has some great assets
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 South Australia cycling tours below.