Starting just north of Adelaide and travelling to the Outback town of Blinman in the Flinders Ranges, the Mawson Trail is the ideal option for mountain bikers wanting to travel through South Australia’s regional and remote rural areas.
The trail takes riders through the Adelaide Hills, traversing forests, farmland and historic towns such as Lobethal and Birdwood. It passes the world famous Barossa wine region to the mid-north towns of Kapunda and Burra and from here, winds pass the towns of Hallett and Spalding through the Bundaleer Forest and into the Flinders Ranges. Stop into Melrose for a perfect expresso, catch up on some e-mails and pick up any bike supplies.
The Mawson Trail is designed for mountain bike or sturdy touring bike use – it is not suitable for road bikes. There are several steep uphill sections, and prolonged or heavy rain on unmade tracks will make cycling very slow or impossible. However, spectacular views, abundant wildlife, unique flora and extensive vistas always reward the hard physical work.
The trail covers over 900km from Adelaide to Blinman in the Northern Flinders ranges.
If you really want to challenge yourself then contact Bicycle SA and find out about their race – Outback Odyssey! More info on our post go to – ” What’s new” -> other events in Flinders Rangers