South Australia is a fantastic state for cycling. Click on the accordions below for come curated cycling information
PLEASE NOTE: AS A RESULT OF THE DECEMBER BUSHFIRES, THE NETWORK IS CURRENTLY CLOSED.
The Cudlee Creek sustainable trail network is situated in what was once a timber production forest that is slowly being transformed into a conservation area. The Cudlee Creek Sustainable Trail network is part of the Mawson Trail and has been developed with environmental sustainability as a priority to ensure the area’s long term future for recreation and tourism use is compatible with its conservation values. The project has been negotiated between stakeholders including Bicycle SA, ForestrySA, Inside Line, Adelaide Mountain Bike Club and the Office for Recreation and Sport, in consultation with local residents and other interest groups.
Designed for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders, trails have been assigned specific classifications to each ability level – green circle for beginner, blue square for intermediate and black diamond for advanced. Signage also assists with navigating the network and finding facilities.
KEEPING IT CLEAN AND GREEN – we would like to remind all users along Croft Road to slow down to reduce the effect of dust on those that live in the area and ensure all waste is removed from the riding areas as well as the roadside.
CUDLEE CREEK IS AN INTEGRATED NETWORK INCORPORATING
- New cross country trails built to best practice design standard
- Existing cross country trails popular for racing and recreational mountain biking
- Downhill trails with new sections designed and built for greater sustainability
- A selection of existing management tracks deemed appropriate for recreational use
- Links to the Mawson Trail
- Improved car parking and turn around facilities
- Trailhead signage and facilities
The network is fully sign posted with Mawson Trial Loop markers showing the trail classifications and directional arrows. The network provides the opportunity for a diversity of high quality off road riding experiences. Cudlee Creek Sustainable Trail network has been the host of a range of national and local mountain bike, cross country, downhill and endurance races since it’s inception, and has developed a reputation as having some of the best trails in Australia. Bicycle SA thanks the Office for Recreation and Sport and ForestrySA for providing funding to continue this project, and all other stakeholders for their commitment and cooperation.
Eagle Mountain Bike Park
Mt Barker Road, Leawood Gardens
The Park provides a network of trails that cater for a variety of mountain bike disciplines and abilities. Approximately 21kms of cross country trails, a specifically designed downhill trail, a skills development park, a jumps park and a trials area. The Park provides a network of trails that cater for a variety of mountain bike disciplines and abilities;
- Approximately 21kms of cross country trails
- A specifically designed downhill trail
- A skills development park
- A jumps park
- A trials area
HOW TO GET THERE
The Park is located in the Adelaide Hills, approximately 12km South East of the Adelaide CBD. The Park entrance for those arriving by car is on Mt Barker Rd, Leawood Gardens. There is parking available at the Pastor Kavell lookout (UBD ref 132 C16) adjacent to the entrance. To get to the lookout take the Eagle on the Hill exit (Mt Barker Rd) from the Adelaide to Crafers Highway.
From Adelaide – the lookout is approximately 1.5km along Mt Barker Rd. Note: There is no right turn into the parking area for those travelling from Adelaide. Please make a safe u-turn approximately 100 metres further on.
From Crafers – The lookout is approximately 2.5km along Mt Barker Rd. A second entrance for bikes only is available on Hawk Hill Rd, via Hillcrest Avenue, Crafers West (UBD ref 144 K5). There is no turnaround area for cars along this road.
PARK ENTRY – Gates will be opened at sunrise and locked at sunset, 7 days a week.
PARK CLOSURE – The park will close on Christmas Day, total fire ban days and days of extreme weather in the Mount Lofty Ranges. Contact the fire ban hotline 1300 362 361.
Trail closures for individual trails will also occur at different times due to maintenance, unsafe conditions and to limit the spread of plant diseases such as Phytophthora cinnamomi (also referred to as Pc – see useful link below for further information)
EVENTS – Events will be held at the Park throughout the year. If you wish to ride the trails as part of an organised ride or event, contact Bicycle SA, Adelaide Mountain Bike Club or Inside Line Mountain Bike Club.
PARK MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE – Please obey signage within the Park. Some sections of the Park and certain trails may be closed for events, maintenance or management. Contact Park Management to report any management or maintenance issues. Phone (08) 7424 7677 during business hours. Please note that due to safety and management issues, dogs are not allowed in the Park.
Check out these shots taken by Bill Doyle – they’re ‘directory’ pieces giving an idea of the tracks and surrounding bushland of the park (shot locations are mapped onto the official guide) click here
The Kidman Trail is a multi use horse riding, cycling and walking trail that traverses 269 kilometers of roadsides, forest tracks, private land and unmade road reserves with trail markers indicating route. Trail enthusiasts will enjoy “seeing the world in a different way” through the Fleurieu Peninsula, Adelaide Hills, Murraylands, Barossa and Clare Valley tourism regions. The trail is proudly named after Sir Sidney Kidman, a prominent local pastoralist and horse breeder. Kidman was a pioneer of his time with unparalleled forethought in business and interminable community spirit. The Kidman Trail provides a scenic trail that highlights the natural beauty, cultural history and major points of interest along the Mount Lofty Ranges.
A number of trailheads providing information on horse yarding, campsites and float parking are installed along the route. 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
Starting just north of Adelaide and travelling to the Outback town of Blinman in the Flinders Ranges, the 900km Mawson Trail is the ideal option for off road adventure riders wanting to travel through South Australia’ s remote and rural areas. The trail includes little-used country roads, State forest and national park fire trails, farm access tracks and unmade or unused road reserves. It avoids traffic and bitumen roads and leads cyclists into the remote areas of the Ranges – one of Australia’s National Landscapes.
Available Maps – high quality detailed maps of the Mawson Trail are available from Bicycle SA. The maps complement the redeveloped trail and include all of the new re-routes, accommodation, route profiles and loop trails. For your convenience, the maps have been produced on durable, weather resistant and 100% recycled paper.
The maps are divided into three sections, with three maps allocated to each section (nine maps in total);
- SECTION 1 – ADELAIDE TO BURRA
- SECTION 2 – BURRA TO QUORN
- SECTION 3 – QUORN TO BLINMAN
Each map covers approximately 100km of the trail and is conveniently folded to DL size. All maps contain Mawson Trail overview, ride tips and advice, full colour 1:75 000 map with terrain profile and legend, distance indicators, close-up town information with facilities and amenities, tourist information and contacts, loop trails along the route are also identified. Copies are available from Bicycle SA at a cost of $8.50 inc GST per map. Total cost of all nine maps is $76.50.
And if you want to share this extraordinary experience with 200 of your closest friends, join Bike SA’s 2021 Outback Odyssey.
The 2021 Outback Odyssey is a multi-day bike ride across the Flinders Ranges, crossing some of the most beautiful landscape of Australia. It’s not so much a challenge as it is a life-changing experience!
The town of Melrose in the Southern Flinders Ranges lies three hours drive north of Adelaide and is fast becomming a jewel in SA’s crown for single track mountain biking. With the Melrose FAT TYRE FESTIVAL held annually, take a weekend to explore the trails of Mt Remarkable and nearby Bartagunyah. On the way, why not take a detour at Wirrabarra (twenty minutes from Melrose) and ride in the natural beauty of Wirrabbara Forest.
Little Para Trails
The Little Para River Trail traverses some 16.6kms from the hilly escarpments in the east of Northern Adelaide to Barker Inlet in the west.
The Little Para River has many attractions for all to enjoy, meandering through many significant sites that played an important role in the early development of the City of Salisbury. Of great importance are the remnants of natural landscapes along the river?s edge including varieties of eucalyptus woodland and native golden wattle. The richness of the area provided an immediate focus for settlement which began in 1837. Council began acquiring land in the 1960?s for the purpose of providing open space for public use and a belt of parklands surrounding the Little Para River with accompanied trails.
The most significant trail in the City of Salisbury, The Little Para River Trail allows riders to follow a predominantly flat 5km unsealed trail (apart from a short on road detour at Porter st, Salisbury) West from Carisbrooke Park (next to Main North Rd) to the Salisbury Town centre (behind Parabanks Shopping Centre ).
From the Salisbury Town centre the Little Para River Trail has a 5km all-weather (bitumen) surface option on one side of the trail to Port Wakefield Rd at Bolivar. (Dry weather underpass) The all-weather (bitumen) surface then continues west under Port Wakefield rd, and runs alongside the White Road Wetlands and around Globe Derby Park, linking with the Dry Creek Trail. (and pathway to Mawson Lakes)
The Little Para River trail also runs east from Carisbrook Park (Salisbury Park) under Main North Rd and up the hill above the Old Spot Hotel for 1.4km before becoming Private Property. (steep gravel sections)
The Dry Creek Trails
The Dry Creek Trails are a network of walking and cycling trails that follow Dry Creek and its reserves from Wynn Vale and Valley View, past Yatala Prison, through Mawson Lakes to the Little Para River Trail near Barker Inlet. (through the council areas of Tea Tree Gully, Port Adelaide Enfield and Salisbury.)
The City of Salisbury section runs west from Down Drive Valley View (close to Grand Junction Rd), through Walkley Heights, Pooraka and Mawson Lakes to Globe Derby, where it joins up with the Little Para River Trail.
The land adjacent Dry Creek is a landscape of change, originally taking the form of a seasonal river delta with tidal salt marsh. Construction of tidal levy banks and channelization of Dry Creek from c. 1880 to 1940, created grazing pastures and subsequent holding yards for cattle transported to the Cavan Abattoir. The recent development of Mawson Lakes (1990 to 2012) saw parts of the river developed into a picturesque seasonal stream.
Between Bridge Road and Walkleys Road historical buildings and structures have survived within the park from the days when the quarries were worked by inmates of Yatala Labour Prison, and date back to the early years of the Adelaide colony. These include the Yatala Powder Magazine, Blacksmith?s Shop, several guard lookout posts and a cottage, which remains on the former R M Williams property.
Note : There are a couple of Road crossings at Briens Road, Bridge rd (short on road section at Pratt Ave Pooraka) and Main North Rd. There is a dry weather underpass at Walkleys Rd The trail is broken by the railway line at Mawson Lakes & the trail can be re-joined by either taking the bridge on Elder Smith Rd or the pedestrian crossing further North at Greenfields station. Please note the cycling / pedestrian underpass at Port Wakefield Rd – Globe Derby is effected by tides. The Dry Creek trail then continues and links to the Little Para River Trail behind Globe Derby and the Salisbury City Centre.
If you would like to experience different sections of our trails, local Heart Foundation Walking groups and our Cycle Salisbury program participants can help
The Top 5 On-Road Rides
South Australia boosts great on-road trails, from sea to vines, parklands, and more…
Below is our top 5 On-road rides in and around Adelaide. For maps and info, visit the office at 11A Croydon Rd Keswick or call +61 8 8168 9999. We are always happy to help you on your way!
River & Coast Ride (30 km loop) – head to the River Torrens from the CBD & enjoy a leisurely ride along the bike path all the way to West Beach. Turn left & follow the bike path all the way to Glenelg & then return back to the city using the West Side Bikeway. Mainly bike paths the whole way and fantastic views of the river & beaches of Adelaide.
Waterfall Gully (25 km ride/7.6km walk – return) – a 12 km gentle climb on sealed roads to the Waterfall Gully and Cleland Conservation Park. From here you can view the spectacular waterfalls (especially during the winter months) park your bike & take on the extra challenge of a hike to the Mt Lofty Summit – approximately 75 minutes walk (3.8km) to get to the top. Enjoy the scenery from Adelaide’s highest point & return down the hill.
Beach Cruise (50km loop) – starting at Glenelg – Adelaide’s premier seaside suburb head north along the coast all the way to Outer Harbour. The shared use path follows the coast with some sections on the road. Riding through Henley Square, Grange, Semaphore with plenty of options for places to relax & revive. Turning at Outer Harbour & follow the route back to Glenelg. Trains can transport your bike from Adelaide to Hove Station & return.
Coast to Vines Rail Trail (38km Marino-Willunga) – starting at Marino Rocks follow the shared use bike path all the way to Mclaren Vale – enjoy spectacular coast views through to the vistas of vines in the wine growing area of the Vales. Add on the extra 6km through to Willunga & even take the challenge of the climb of Willunga Hill made famous by the Tour Down Under race. Cycle back to Marino Rocks or Noarlunga Centre to return by train to the CBD. View the brochure
Mt Lofty Challenge (44km return) – at 727 metres – Adelaide’s highest point – take on the challenge of climbing to the summit. The majority of the climb is on the Tollgate Bike Path with other road sections. The climb is fairly long but with some sections that flatten out a little to rest your legs. No facilities until you get to Crafers so make sure you are well stocked with food & water supplies to get you to the top.
Also, check out our Events and Join a Ride Group or pick up your hard copy of “Cycling & Walking Maps” from our office at 11A Croydon Rd Keswick to help plan your cycling adventures.
Check out www.southaustraliantrails.com to find detailed information on all South Australian Trails including Kuitpo Forest, Mt Crawford Forrest, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale,etc.
NEW! Craigburn Farm…all trails in the Craigburn Trails Network are classified INTERMEDIATE for horse and bike riders and MODERATE HIKE (class 4) for bushwalkers.
Features of these trails include:
- Multiple users travelling in opposite directions
- Irregular surfaces with loose stones and an uneven base
- Natural obstacles and tripping hazards
- Some moderate inclines
Mitcham Trails – an interesting mix of singletrack trails located in the city of Mitcham, about 15 minutes from Adelaide CBD.
Shepherds Hills Recreational Park – the suburban Shepherds Hill Recreation Park holds some unexpected attractions. The park features an old railway tunnel and the remains of a viaduct. It offers 360 degree views of the surrounding Adelaide plains, coastline and hills. A bicycle jumps track, a pony club and an archery range are also located in the park. Click here for more information for more information.
Barossa By Bike – the Barossa Bike Path links the three major towns of Tanunda, Nuriootpa & Angaston via a shared use walking & cycling path so what a great way to explore this world famous region by bike! Choose your starting point in one of the three towns & take time to visit the many historical locations on the way…
Clare Valley Riesling Trail & Rattler Trail – the Riesling Trail contours and curves of the former railway from Auburn to Clare and 10km north to Barinia Road. The Rattler Trail stretches 19km from Riverton to Auburn, connecting Auburn with the Riesling Trail.
Bikeways - Adelaide Metro and Surrounds
Popular bikeways around Adelaide
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing commute to work or taking your family and friends on a leisurely ride, planning your route is an important step in your preparation. We’ve listed a range of popular shared-use bikeways in Adelaide and surrounds that can help you find the best route for your purpose.
Mike Turtur Bikeway – the Mike Turtur Bikeway uses quieter back streets and sections of dedicated shared paths linking the City to Glenelg. The Mike Turtur Bikeway roughly shadows the existing Adelaide-Glenelg tram line. The Mike Turtur Bikeway starts on King William Street, Unley, and incorporates the South Road tram line overpass as it makes its way west to Glenelg. Route Map.
Westside Bike Path – the Westside Bike Path utilizes the path once taken by the Holdfast Bay rail line. With the old railway removed there is a path that twists its way gently from Mile End, adjacent the existing rail yards on James Congdon Drive towards Glenelg. The 9km Westside Bike Path is a combination of shared path, road crossings and quieter streets that shadow the tram line as you approach Glenelg.
River Torrens Linear Park – as the name suggest the River Torrens Linear Park follows the path of the River Torrens as it makes its way out of the hills at Athelstone through Adelaide to West Beach. As The River Torrens Linear Park is a shared path it offers many opportunities for both walkers and cyclists to enter or exit the River Torrens Linear Park at any stage. The path is sealed and offers all sorts of up, down and meandering sections all the while you are passing through beautiful scenery and flora. There are many road crossings, bridges, steep descents that are well sign posted. The River Torrens Linear Park is a great way to spend a leisurely day out with family or friends or as a commuter corridor to and from the city. More info
Stuart O’Grady Bikeway – the Stuart O’Grady Bikeway is a purpose built, silky smooth shared path that mirrors the Northern Expressway from Taylors Road at Virginia through to Gawler. The Stuart O’Grady Bikeway is 23km long and mainly flat, there are safe well marked crossings for navigating across the bigger roads that feed into the Northern Expressway.
Patrick Jonker Bikeway – the Patrick Jonker Bikeway is a two-way sealed shared path that shadows the Southern Expressway from Darlington to Noarlunga. The 20km Patrick Jonker Bikeway offers plenty of climbs for the cyclist who is looking for a challenge as you head south and at the end links to the Sea to Vines Trail towards McLaren Vale and Willunga.
Outside Adelaide metro
Adelaide Hills: Amy Gillett Bikeway – 11km of sealed off road purpose built trails that follows the same path of an old railway which completed service in the 1960’s. The Amy Gillett Bikeway starts in Oakbank and shadows the Onkaparinga Valley Road as it heads north with a slight gradient, is well signposted at road crossings as it passes through Woodside to Mt Torrens. Route Map
Coast to Vines Rail Trail – the Coast to Vines Rail Trail utilizes an old disused rail line that use to run between Marino, in Adelaide’s southern suburbs to Willunga. The 37km of the Coast to Vines Rail Trail is a combination sealed shared paths and roads linking different parts of the Coast to Vines Rail Trail. The first 9km from Marino to Reynella consist of some uphill road riding. It is recommended for families to join the Coast to Vines Rail Trail at the Old Reynella Train station as the path opens up to a wide path towards McLaren Vale and Willunga where you will enjoy a combination of rural and vineyard views.
Barossa Valley Trail: The 27km Barossa Trail links Gawler and Tanunda via a shared path that runs along the North Para River and also Lyndoch -Gawler railway line. The track is a nice flow on link from the Stuart O’Grady Bikeway.