CYCLE SOUTH AUSTRALIA, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, SEPPELTSFIELD LOOP
If there’s any one place significant enough to plan a sightseeing bike ride or wine tasting experience, it’s got to be Seppeltsfield. Originally a family estate, it’s now a grand winery and tourism complex surrounded by century old vineyards, and a piece of local history. Set in rolling hills, it makes for a moderately strenuous ride – but at under 25kms you’ll have energy left for tasting when you’re done. The route starts in Tanunda, the central town of the Barossa. Climbing gently out to Stonewell, we get our first view of Seppeltsfield Road to the north-west, delineated by its famous avenue of palms. They drop from view as we edge past Marananga and down into Greenock, a quaint and quiet village known locally as ‘little Scotland in the Barossa’. A few rolling climbs later we hit Seppeltsfield Road, descending to the winery and the avenue of palms. Lining the roads through Seppeltsfield, the palms were planted during the 1930s depression, when wine production was suspended. Instead of laying off their employees, the Seppelts provided them with free rent and food in return for work of a different kind - propagating and planting palms. Within several years more than 2000 palms had been grown - from just two provided by the Adelaide Botanic Gardens - and a 2km avenue of palms had been created.
FOOD AND DRINK Cafes, restaurants, take-away and a supermarket in Tanunda. En-route, the Greenock Creek Tavern for a cold drink, or espresso at Seppeltsfield Winery. Wineries will happily refill your water bottles.
ACCESS From Adelaide, follow the Adelaide Hills scenic route to Tanunda, or drive straight up Main North Road, the Sturt Highway and Gomersal Road. If you’re feeling energetic, catch the train to Gawler and ride up Barossa Valley Way through Lyndoch (31km). Do the loop, ride back to Gawler and reward yourself with pizza at Café Nova.