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.
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.
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.
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!
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