Image: Onkaparinga River National Park - McLaren-Vale-Fleurieu-Coast

Cycling

Whether you ride for pleasure or are the next Tour Down Under competitor, McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast is home to rides and trails that make you want to jump on the bike.  Whether it is through the hills, across the vineyard valleys or along the coast (could be all three!), there will be something special just for you.

Road cyclists - think vistas across the vineyards to the hills and just add water when you choose from 31 kilometres of pristine coastline to ride. Don the helmet and the lycra (or not) and enjoy.

Mountain bikers - think Onkaparinga River National Park or O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park where you can choose your own downhill adventure, with spectacular vantage points throughout the parks.  Some of these trails are not for the faint hearted, so full protective gear is a must!

BMX'ers – think tracks for beginners or the advanced, where you can test out your ‘barspin’, ‘bunnyhop’ or ‘pinch the biscuit’ – your trick…. you choose.  Safety first, don the helmet and protective gear, just don’t become the butcher - the one who always breaks the bike! Great BMX bike tracks include:

Gemmel Tassie Reserve, McLaren Vale

Symonds Reserve, Aldinga

Tangari Regional Park, Woodcroft

Frank Smith Park, Coromandel Valley

John Nicholl Reserve, Aldinga

Minkarra Park, Happy Valley

Wilford Taylor Reserve, Morphett Vale

Willunga Rose Garden, Willunga

Leisurely rides – think opportunities to stop, explore, smell the roses and and taste the region.

One of the regions flagship cycling and walking trails is the Coast to Vines Rail Trail stretching from Hallett Cove to McLaren Vale.

The 35 km trail takes in some of the most spectacular scenery and is a perfect trail for cyclists of all ages. It also connects with many other trails including the Field River Trail, Christies Creek Trail, and Pedlar Creek trail and other to create several loop trail opportunities

Another cracker of a ride is the Shiraz Trail from McLaren Vale to Willunga celebrating the regions world-renowned food and wine offerings including cycling-friendly cellar doors, locally brewed beers, and regional tasting platters.

If you are in the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast over January, you’ve hit the cycling jackpot - the region generally hosts two stages of the Santos Tour Down Under South Australia’s (and potentially Australia’s) most iconic bike race. 

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