Flinders Escape is Bike SA’s new road and gravel tour that takes all the knowledge and experience we’ve accumulated over decades in the northern Flinders Ranges on our Outback Odyssey adventures and distils it into the very best of road and gravel-riding enjoyment.
The 14-22 May expedition – starting and finishing in Port Augusta, the “Gateway to the Outback” – will be the first time we have ventured to the area on road bikes since 2010. But with the explosion of interest in gravel riding in recent years, it’s the perfect time to return to this jewel in South Australia’s scenic crown.
If you’ve loved our Annual Tour adventures, our Outback Odysseys or even our single-day rides, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Small group touring with only around 200 riders, fully supported and with a road option every day and gravel options of varying intensity most days, you have the best of both worlds.
Throw in the spectacular, sweeping vistas of the iconic Flinders Ranges and the rugged beauty of the Outback, the tranquility and the abundance and variety of the region’s stunning wildlife and you’re sure to head home with memories to last a lifetime!
Leo and Tracye from Victoria were among the first to jump at the opportunity and lock in their places for Flinders Escape.
Neither of them is familiar with the region, having not visited the Flinders since childhood. But they are excited to return to take up this challenge and also use this event as a stepping stone to Bike SA’s Outback Odyssey down the track.
“We’ve done Bike SA’s Annual Tour three times and we like the small numbers at your events,” Joe said. “They’re well organised and the local community involvement is a real positive to promote cycling.”
Fellow Victorian Richard has been following Bike SA since he rode the 2011 Coorong and Lower Lakes Annual Tour and was attracted to the idea of the Flinders Escape as “a really good opportunity to see the Flinders Ranges, a part of Australia I haven’t seen close up”.
Small-group touring and engaging with local communities were also factors that strongly appealed to Richard. “I like riding for the fitness and the social aspects so limiting the numbers means you can do things really comfortably and you can socialise well,” he said.
With 600 million years of secrets waiting to be shared, the Flinders Ranges is one of SA’s most popular destinations for exploring. The May timeframe makes for mild autumn conditions for riding and for enjoying the many opportunities for exploration along the way.
Among those many points of interest, you can:
- Marvel at the ancient landscapes of SA’s iconic Flinders Ranges
- Cycle through the picturesque Pichi Richi Pass or enjoy a relaxing ride on the heritage Pitchi Richi railway
- Visit the regional towns of Quorn and Hawker
- Experience the vastness of the Willochra and Morolana Plains
- Overnight stops in Parachilna and Alpana Station, Blinman
- Experience Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park and be amazed by the spectacular grandeur of Wilpena Pound
This tour is no slogfest, no survival of the fittest. Over the full nine days you’ll cover about 450km so you can exert yourself for half the day, then relax with a coldie and share stories as the sun sets over Outback plains and mountain peaks. Tomorrow is always just another beautiful day and another great ride with your mates.
There are limited spaces available and tickets are already selling fast so book early to avoid missing out. Join us for the ride of your life!
For more information or to book, go to bikesa.asn.au/event/tours/flinders-escape/ or call us on 8168 9999 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday.