Cycle Adelaide, Road Ride, Barossa Ranges Loop

The Barossa Ranges are a great cycling destination, offering quiet, rolling roads through picturesque big-gum country. This ride is ideal as part of a day in the region, providing a great workout through fabulous scenery in an hour or two, or combine it with Ride 34, the Eden Valley Loop, for a full day on the bike. Ride one of the routes, have lunch in Angaston, then head out on the second loop. You’ll have a serious day’s riding and make the best of the drive up – or even better, stay the night and do one of the other local rides the next day. Starting with a steady push up the back of Mengler Hill, the ride travels alongside vineyards and grazing land to the turn-off onto Tanunda Creek Road. From here it’s undulating – enough to know you’re working but nothing long or painful – the farming land interspersed with stretches of native scrub. Along the way we pass Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park, one of the region’s most significant areas of remnant native vegetation.

Access

Head out of Adelaide on the A10 - North East Road to Inglewood, then continue on the B10 through Chain of Ponds, Gumeracha, Birdwood, Mount Pleasant, Springton and Eden Valley to Angaston (90km). Alternatively, take Main North Road and the Sturt Highway to Nuriootpa, then follow the Nuriootpa-Angaston road.

Food and Drink

Options galore in Angaston but nothing available along the route.

Side trip

Start with a visit to the Barossa Farmers Market, 7.30-11.30am Saturdays at the Vintners Sheds near Angaston. From meat, poultry and free-range eggs to fruit and vegies, breads and preserves, this is real Barossa food sold by the people who’ve grown or made it. Grab an espresso and Brekkie Burger from the breakfast bar, and you’ll be all set for the ride.

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Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park

The 390 hectare park was created in 1978, providing protection and public access to more than 400 native plant species and wildlife including echidnas, kangaroos and wedge-tailed eagles. Two walking trails – the 2.4km Stringybark Loop and the 6.5km Wallowa Loop – lead through creeks and rocky outcrops, native forest and open grassland, identifying plants and points of interest on the way. The Wallowa Loop also provides access to the adjacent Pewsey Vale section of Mt Crawford Forest, the Heysen Trail and a lookout with panoramic views over the Valley and beyond. You can’t take bikes in, so log it in your diary for a return visit - and watch out for kangaroos and echidnas along the route nearby.

Then it’s onwards for a bit of serious cycling fun down ‘The Seven Steps’ on Flaxman’s Valley Road. The 4km downhill stretch was christened by local cyclists who ride it in the opposite direction, describing the seven hard ‘steps’ on the climb to the top. The ride down is actually rolling but as a general rule you get enough momentum on the descents to make it up the next hill, with just a few pedal turns at most to get up and over. You’ll get a good bit of speed up on some of the steep sections, so make sure you keep an eye out for traffic at crossroads along the way.

At the bottom we hit the Eden Valley-Angaston Road for a long spin to Mt McKenzie and then a final undulating section back to Angaston, passing the grand historic buildings of Collingrove, Lindsay Park and Yalumba on the way. Importantly for hungry cyclists, we also pass Trevallie Orchards’ shed fruit ‘shop’ and Angas Park, home of South Australia’s most famous dried fruit. Stock up for the trip home!

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Starting at the Angaston Village Green, turn right onto Murray St and head west.
  • 0.2 Turn left into Sturt St and shortly afterwards veer right onto Washington St. Continue uphill past the oval.
  • 1.8 Turn left onto Long Gully Rd and immediately start climbing gently.
  • 4.4 With Radford Rd on the left, start the first – and much longer - of two nuggetty little climbs up the back of Mengler Hill, broken up by a flat stretch with great views over Flaxman’s Valley.
  • 7.3 Turn left into Tanunda Creek Rd, signposted to Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park. Watch out for echidnas and kangaroos along this section.
  • 11.3 Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park on the right. Continue on Tanunda Creek Rd, which eventually curves around to the left and uphill.
  • 12.6 At the T-junction, turn right onto Heggies Range Rd, signposted to Eden Valley.
  • 13.7 Turn left onto Flaxman’s Valley Rd, signed to Flaxman’s Valley and Eden Valley. A short, gentle climb leads to the start of the long, rolling descent down ‘The Seven Steps’. Watch for traffic at cross-roads along the 4km descent.
  • 17.9 At the T-junction, turn left onto the main Eden Valley-Angaston Rd and head back towards Angaston. Traffic is rarely heavy but this is the busiest road on the ride, so take care and keep to the left.
  • 30.5 Yalumba Winery on the left. From here there’s a last bit of climbing, then a gentle descent all the way to the finish.
  • 30.9 Watch for traffic entering from the Keyneton Rd on the right.
  • 32.1 Turn left onto Murray St, signed B10 to Town Centre Nuriootpa.
  • 32.6 Turn right into the Village Square to finish the ride.
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    33.118 km / 20.579 mi

    Total Distance

    308 m / 1,010 ft

    Total Ascent

    307 m / 1,008 ft

    Total Descent

    536 m / 1,759 ft

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    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: Medium
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 33.0
    Elevation Gain: 433
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire facilities
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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