Cycle Adelaide, Sightseeing Ride, Barossa Valley Bike Path
This is unashamedly a ‘Mum, Dad and the Kids’ ride – a short, flat ride along a sealed off-road path. There’s great scenery along the way and a reward at the end, with a chance to explore the old steam train at the Tolley Reserve and playground on the North Para River. An easy ride alongside vineyards, it also provides cycling and pedestrian access between the main towns of Tanunda and Nuriootpa, and to wineries along the route.
From Adelaide, follow the Adelaide Hills scenic route (Ride 1) to Tanunda, or drive straight up Main North Road, the Sturt Highway and Gomersal Road. Kroemers Crossing Reserve is 2.5km north of Tanunda along Barossa Valley Way.
Food and Drink
Full facilities in both Tanunda and Nuriootpa but, with shady reserves at both ends of the ride, this is a great opportunity for a family picnic or BBQ.
Visit the Barossa Bushgardens, in Nuriootpa’s Coulthard Reserve. This regional native botanic garden is a sanctuary for threatened native species, with every plant ‘adopted’ by local community members. Open 7 days – free.
The path itself is traffic free, running parallel to Barossa Valley Way, but at the time of writing access between the path end and the ride finish at Tolley Reserve was less than ideal. Moving enthusiastically towards a more cycling friendly future, however, The Barossa Council has plans in place to extend the off-road path to the reserve – along with other pro-cycling initiatives throughout the region.
The Kroemers Crossing Reserve is an ideal starting point for the ride, with parking, toilets and a shady picnic area. A great example of country community spirit, the reserve was established by local service groups through fundraising and weekend working bees. It’s also conveniently positioned between two cellar doors, Vine Crest to the south and Cockatoo Ridge to the north, providing Mum and Dad with a reward at the end too.
Crossing the road onto the path, it’s a lovely ride through the valley alongside vineyards and a hedge of roses. Spurred on by that same community spirit, the roses were planted over several seasons by local volunteers, eventually forming a 3km continuous row of red bush roses. They form a welcoming path through the Valley and also reflect an historical – and practical – feature of winegrape growing regions around the world: roses are early indicators of fungal diseases which affect vines and so provide an early warning for the need to treat vineyards.
The only major path crossing is at the Siegesdorf/Dorrien intersection. Settled in the 1850s as Siegersdorf by the Bethany Lutheran congregation, in 1918 the hamlet was renamed Dorrien after a British general – a common practice during the war to remove German town names. In 1975 the original name was restored and the region is now known as both Siegersdorf and Dorrien. In 1911 part of the land was taken for the new railway and a wine storage facility, Seppelts Siding, was built to access the trainline. The Dorrien Winery, founded by the Seppelt family in 1913, quickly became a Barossa landmark for its castellated storage tanks and impressive row of palms.
From there it’s on past the world famous Penfolds Winery to Tolley Reserve and the turnaround point of the ride. On the banks of the North Para River, pride of place in the reserve is the old steam train, offering the rare opportunity to climb aboard and explore. It’s just one part of a great recreational area, along with picnic and BBQ areas, riverside trails and the Barossa Valley Skate Park.
- 0.0 The ride starts at the Kroemers Crossing reserve, adjacent to Vine Crest winery. Carefully cross Barossa Valley Way and head north along the bike path.
- 1.1 Seppeltsfield Rd. Take care at this busy intersection, which is the main tourist drive to Seppeltsfield. Historic Chateau Dorrien is on the left.
- 2.3 Cross a driveway on the left.
- 2.6 Cross the entrance into the Toolang Enterprises plant nursery, giving way to traffic.
- 2.8 The bike path ends. Veer right down onto the marked on-road bike lane.
- 3.2 Take care at the angled railway crossing. It is very slippery when wet, and tyres can get caught in the gaps next to the train lines. To the left is the Penfolds cellar door and winery, home of Australia’s most famous wine, Penfolds Grange.
- 3.7 Turn left into Tolley Reserve to end the ride. Explore the old steam train and playground, watch the locals in action on the ramps and half-pipe of the Barossa Skate Park, then return back along the route.
7.55 km / 4.692 mi
17 m / 56 ft
17 m / 57 ft
276 m / 906 ft