Adelaide is a great city to get around by bike, and not just the metro area. Its surrounding areas are pretty-as-a-picture and what better way to explore than riding your good old (or new ;)) two-wheeler. To give you a bit of direction in the jungle of options, we have listed our top 5 trails. An easy way to catch a fresh breath and perfect to escape from reality for a little bit. Ready. Steady. Go.
The Riesling Trail, named after your favourite wine, can only promise good things! It all starts in Auburn, a small village 2 hours north from Adelaide. This trail takes you across the countryside, you will pedal past meadows, wineries and bushland until you arrive in Barinia. The route is relatively easy as the steepest gradient only counts 1.5%. Ideal for when you feel like a relaxed ride away from the hustle and bustle in the city.
River Torrens Linear Park Trail
How about a 35km ride along Adelaide’s most significant river? The River Torrens Linear Park Trail is your go-to. Not only will you enjoy the relaxing sound of flowing water, for most of the trip, but you are also surrounded by gum trees and parkland. Start your ride at the Athelstone and finish with a stunning view at West Beach. Tip: arrive just before sunset, dreamy pictures guaranteed!
The Encounter Bikeway is perfect for a relaxing beach ride. No steep hills will be in your way to distract you from enjoying the coastline views to the fullest. Pedal past beautiful beaches and if you are lucky, you might spot a school of jumping dolphins. This gorgeous 31km scenic ride is located about 1 hour south from Adelaide, who knew paradise was just around the corner?!
The Old Freeway
A 10-minute drive from the city will bring you to the start of the Old Freeway trail. And brace yourself, this is gonna be a sweaty one. With inclines of up to almost 5%, you will be facing some proper muscle burns. This 9km challenge will bring you all the way to the top of Mount Lofty and - we promise - the 360 view is worth the battle. And not just the finish is noteworthy, don’t forget to enjoy the journey!
Up for a long ride? Check out the 40km track between Gawler and Angaston. The set time for the trail is 4 hours, but we suggest taking slightly longer - Mother Nature offers good-looking landscapes that make you want to slow down a bit. Not only the scenery will blow your mind during this trip, every few kilometres you pass charming towns and wineries. Lots of variety making your ride a great day out.
These 5 trails are only a tiny tip of the iceberg, the list goes on and on for the Adelaide region. Its speciality? Definitely the rides along side the variety of vineyard sceneries. If you are wondering what the best bike is to conquer these kilometres, give a shout! We are happy to help you find your companion.