The Kidman trail is a recreational trail for horse riders, cyclists and walkers. The trail extends over 255 kilometers from Willunga in the Fleurieu Peninsula to Kapunda in the Barossa. Features overlays of the Heysen, Mawson, Lavender Federation and Battunga Trails.
There are five maps in total comprising of the following sections:
- Willunga to Echunga
- Echunga to Nairne
- Nairne to Mt. Crawford
- Mt Crawford to Stockwell
- Stockwell to Kapunda
Maps cost $9 each and can be purchased from Bicycle SA and Horse SA.
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KIDMAN TRAIL - PERSONAL REPORT
Mogan, Tina and Andy have just returned from riding on the Kidman Trail. They spent five days on the trail and have been kind enough to send through their trip notes and tips for other cyclists. They chose to be self sufficient but did camp in a caravan park in Mt. Pleasant and stayed in a cabin in Nuriootpa, and stopped at several pubs along the way. Please see below their notes from the trip and tips for other cyclists.
To: Rocky Creek Hut (Kuitpo Forest)
Distance: 35km (approx.)
Terrain: Very hilly in places but tracks were very good.
Comment: Great scenery, very peaceful. It was a little difficult lifting the bikes over the log barriers.
From: Rocky Creek Hut (Kuitpo Forest)
To: Hope Watts Road (east of Nairne)
Distance: 60km (approx.)
Terrain: Very hilly in places and some tracks were not so good.
Comment: after Macclesfield some of the off road tracks were quite difficult to push bikes up (each bike weighed about 60kgs). We got off the trail near Wistow and road the bitumen to Nairne.
From: Hope Watts Road (east of Nairne)
To: Mt Pleasant.
Distance: 52km (approx.)
Terrain: Good roads, some a little bit sandy. Some steep hills but not so steep you couldn't ride them. 1st gear of course. A bit of pushing bikes through sandy spots.
Comment: Got a little bit lost after following a track off Kubenk Rd, after Rockleigh. We must have missed a trail marker. Managed to get back on track with the aid of a GPS. We were quite tired at Tungkillo so we took the bitumen to Mt. Pleasant. Camped at the Mt. Pleasant Caravan Park.
From: Mt. Pleasant
Distance: 40km (approx.)
Terrain: Good road. No steep hills
Comment: The consensus of the group was to take the bitumen to Nuriootpa. We did not follow the trail. We went through Springton, Eden Valley and Angaston to get to Nuriootpa.
Distance: 20km (approx.)
Terrain: Gentle hills. Had some rain which made some of the tracks a bit claggy.
Comment: Decided not to go through Stockwell (still tired). Got back on the trail NNE of Nuriootpa.
ADVICE TO OTHER BIKE RIDERS
- don't ride with too much weight
- we didn't get any punctures due to prickles or thorns (in NOVEMBER)
- I would recommend taking seven days to do the whole trail (although I don't know about the bits we missed, may even need more). We had a moving average of about 10kph!
- don't attempt it unless you are reasonably fit
- the stretch between Macclesfield and Mt. Pleasant doesn't seem to have many or any places to camp.
Overall, the trail is very picturesque and peaceful.