Outback Odyssey

Outback Odyssey | May 2023

Ride the Mighty Mawson Trail from Adelaide to Blinman

Adelaide Hills | Barossa Valley | Clare Valley | Mid-North | Flinders Ranges

Numbers limited to 200 riders. If you wish to be placed on our update list for 2023 please email us on office@bikesa.asn.au

Registrations for 2023 will be open in August 2022

This epic ride will take you through the Australian Outback, one of the most spectacular places on earth. With 600 million years of secrets waiting to be revealed, it’s home to one of the greatest adventures of your life. It’s not as much a challenge as it is a life-changing experience! Each day is an adventure. We ride. We eat. We drink. We have a laugh.

Outback Odyssey - Photographs and Video links

Outback Odyssey 2021

Click Here to view photos from the first and last day of Outback Odyssey

Click here to view Paul Davill’s Outback odyssey album on Facebook

Click here to view Paul Davill’s Outback odyssey blog

Click on links below to view Aiko’s GoPro videos

Day 1 – 4      Day 6 – 9      Day 11 – 13      Day 14 – 15

Outback Odyssey 2019

Click Here to read Michael and Anna’s Blog from their experience of Outback Odyssey 2019

Where, When & What

    • Adelaide to Blinman
    • May 2023
    • 15 days of off-road touring
    • 900+ km (full Mawson trail – Shorter sector options available)
    • Skill level required: Moderate (it’s not a technical route, but some MTB skills will be advantageous)
    • Fitness level required: Moderate (you don’t need to be an elite athlete but you will require a good level of fitness and ability to endure some long days in the saddle)


     Bring Your Own tent, sleeping bag/mat for camping


Prices & Registration

2021 pricing

(Pricing for 2023 will be announced in August 2022)

TripPrice (BSA Member)Price (Non-Member)
Full Mawson –
(Adelaide to Blinman, 15 Days)
Mini Mawson #1 –
(Adelaide to Burra, 5 days)
Mini Mawson #2  –
(Burra to Melrose, 6 days)
Mini Mawson #3 –
(Melrose to Blinman, 7 days)


Instalment Payment plan option also available – click on Register Now above for details

Registration Includes

    • Exclusive Outback Odyssey Jersey
    • Transport of luggage from campsite to campsite
    • Comfortable campsites, flush toilets & hot showers
    • Undercover dining facilities with tables & chairs
    • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners (except Breakfast on Day 1, Lunch on Rest Days, Lunch & Dinner on final day)
    • Programmed activities and entertainment


     Bring Your Own tent, sleeping bag/mat for camping

Optional Extras

  • Coach Transport:

Adelaide to Burra   $85   Wed 5 May,   Dep: 1.00pm Arr: 4.00pm
Burra to Adelaide   $85   Wed 5 May,   Dep: 8.00am Arr: 12.00pm

Adelaide to Melrose   $95   Mon 10 May,   Dep: 1.00pm Arr: 4.00pm
Melrose to Adelaide   $95   Mon 10 May,   Dep: 8.00am Arr: 12.00pm

Blinman to Melrose   $145   Sun 16 May,   Dep: 8.30am Arr: 12.30pm
Blinman to Burra   $145   Sun 16 May,   Dep: 8.30am Arr: 2.30pm
Blinman to Adelaide   $145   Sun 16 May,   Dep: 8.30am Arr: 6.00pm

  • Mountain bike hire – contact Bike SA office for details
  • Massage therapy – qualified therapists will accompany the ride
  • Deluxe Camping accommodation – $650.00 per tent***
  • Limited Cabin, B&B, hotel/motel accommodation may be available in some overnight venues
  • Secure car parking available Adelaide, Burra & Melrose – contact Bike SA office for details

*** Optional Deluxe Camping accommodation – includes large 2 person tent, set up & packed down each day, plus 1 air mat per person. BYO pillow


2021 itinerary

(Dates for 2023 will be announced in August 2022)

The Outback Odyssey is not just for the super fit but it is a challenge. Depending on your level of fitness or time available there are several distance options available – so you consider your level and the amount you want to be challenged. Choose an option and enjoy the ride!

  • Full Mawson: Adelaide – Blinman – 16 days : 01 May – 16 May
  • Mini Mawson 1: Adelaide to Burra – 5 days : 01 – 05 May
  • Mini Mawson 2: Burra to Melrose – 6 days : 05 – 10 May
  • Mini Mawson 3: Melrose to Blinman – 7 days : 10 – 16 May

* Click on the Route for each day to view on Bikemap.net
Route shown is a general guide – accuracy cannot be guaranteed and changes may occur prior to the event.

Mini Mawson One

Saturday 1 May – Adelaide to Lobethal 40km – Route Day 1
Sunday 2 May – Lobethal to Tanunda 73km – Route Day 2
Monday 3 May – Tanunda to Riverton 78km – Route Day 3
Tuesday 4 May – Riverton to Burra 87km –  Route Day 4
Wednesday 5 May – Rest Day Burra Day 5
End Mini Mawson One
Start Mini Mawson Two

Mini Mawson Two

Thursday 6 May – Burra to Hallett 85km –  Route Day 6
Friday 7 May – Hallett to Spalding 46km –  Route Day 7
Saturday 8 May – Spalding to Laura 83km –  Route Day 8
Sunday 9 May – Laura to Melrose 57km – Route Day 9
Monday 10 May- Rest Day Melrose – Day 10
End Mini Mawson Two
Start Mini Mawson Three

Mini Mawson Three

Tuesday 11 May – Melrose to Quorn 71km –  Route Day 11
Wednesday 12 May – Quorn to Hawker 112km –  Route Day 12
Thursday 13 May – Hawker to Rawnsley Park 94km – Route Day 13
Friday 14 May- Rawnsley Park to Wilpena Pound 26km – Route Day 14
Saturday 15 May – Wilpena Pound to Blinman 66km – Route Day 15

Sunday 16 May – Blinman to Adelaide by coach
End Outback Odyssey & Mini Mawson Three

Participant Information

Below you will find essential information to help you enjoy your ride.

The 2021 Outback Odyssey Ride Guide is available to view HERE

An updated printed copy of the Ride Guide including any last minute amendments will be included in the rider Welcome Pack on the first day of the ride, along with your Outback Odyssey jersey and a complete set of the Mawson Trail maps that you will need to refer to along the way.

Please take time to view the following information resources


Click here for FAQs.


Go to the Bike SA Volunteering page

Terms and Conditions

Click Here to view full Terms and Conditions


Getting to the end of the ride was the most amazing feeling of achievement. I can't stress how much this ride really changed my life.

Rebecca , Outback Odyssey Participant

The scenery will quite seriously blow your mind. It's a ride like no other and Bike SA provides the most amazing support along the way

John , Outback Odyssey Participant

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