6 Trails In South Australia Every Cycling Enthusiast Must Visit The Great Escape

South Australia is home to stunning landscapes and rugged terrain. What better way to explore them than on a bicycle?

Cycling is increasingly becoming a popular activity in Singapore, and we love checking out new places on two wheels! If you are game for a cycling challenge, a world of exciting trails and breathtaking scenery awaits just a short trip away. Check out these awesome cycling trails that South Australia has to offer, and get ready to start peddling!


1. Challenge yourself with off-road cycling

The Mawson Trail is 900 intensive kilometres of back roads, forest tracks and a single track. You’ll definitely be needing an off-road bicycle to traverse the dirt roads and tough descents. We promise though, the unique flora and extensive vista views that await are worth the trip! Visitors can also explore Flinders Ranges and outback on your mountain bikes at the Melrose mountain trail, a 200 kilometre bike loop. As summer months can get fiercely hot, this trail is best enjoyed from April to November.


2. Journey along volcanic craters

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The Mountain Bike Trail brings you through the spectacular scenery around Mount Gambier’s extinct volcanic crater lakes. This adventurous trail will have you riding on narrow trails and steep cliffs! The designated biking trail winds past the Devil’s Punchbowl, veering past the top of a cemetery, whizzing past the crater edge and ending at Potters Point Lookout.


3. Tour the city on two wheels

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City cycling is a great way to tour Australia, and this is made all the more easier with the free cycling experience in Adelaide City, with Bike SA. A scheme sponsored by the Adelaide City Council, Bike SA offers a range of hybrid and off-road bikes for multi-day hire. Grab a bike from one of the seven nodes spread across the city, and start your adventure!


4. There’s even trails for the cycling novice!

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Fret not, it is not all mountainous terrain in South Australia. The Coast to Vines Trail is a fun option for a weekend ride along the Fleurieu Peninsula. This trail is 37 kilometres long and brings you from the coastal suburb of Marino, to the rural beauty of the Willunga Township. Enjoy an easy scenic ride along the former rail corridor, taking in the spectacular views of vineyard vistas as you enter the famous McLaren Vale wine district.


5. Take a recreational trail perfect for walks or wheelchairs, too.

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One of the first rail trails to be developed in South Australia, the recreational Riesling Trail runs for 35 kilometres from Auburn to Clare, and onto Barinia. Get a bike for hire, available from Auburn to Clare, and check out the three loop trails, which allow you to return to your starting point without travelling over old ground! There are plenty of bed and breakfasts along this picturesque region, so stay for a night or two if the bike ride is not enough to get your fill of the place.


6. Go for a country cycling trip

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Sign up for Penola Cycling Trails and experience more than just wonderful landscapes. These cycling trails showcase the history, heritage, food and wine, as well as the nature of the Penola and Coonawarra regions. Take your pick of interesting rides, such as historical rides, town rides, conservation rides, redgum and wine rides, and even an Yallum Park Victorian homestead ride along the surrounding areas.

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