Summary

Cycle SA’s wine regions | by Intrepid

Cycle SA’s wine regions | by Intrepid

Adelaide, SA

Situated a short distance from Adelaide, South Australia’s wine country is well known for its natural beauty and delicious wine. This 6 day cycling tour focuses more on enjoying the local wineries, than racing through the vineyards. 

From the Barossa Valley – home to Australia's best red wine – to the Northern Clare Valley – perfect for Riesling. And Maggie Beer, Penfolds and McLaren Vale along the way. The varied scenery, easy network of cycling paths and support vehicle make this a trip for every rider.

Inclusions

  • 5 nights and 6 days tour
  • 5 nights twin-share accommodation
  • All meals and activities Bicycle and support vehicle 
  • Visits to Penfolds, Maggie Beer, Seppeltsfield, and more.

Please note:
Age: Minimum is 18 years
Group size: Maximum 12

Travel Validity

Valid for Departures

  • 29 Jan 2022
  • 19 Feb 2022
  • 12 Mar 2022
  • 16 Apr 2022
  • 07 May 2022
  • 11 Jun 2022
  • 13 Aug 2022
  • 10 Sep 2022
  • 01 Oct 2022
  • 29 Oct 2022
  • 19 Nov 2022
  • 10 Dec 2022
  • 31 Dec 2022
  • 28 Jan 2023
  • 18 Feb 2023
  • 11 Mar 2023
  • 15 Apr 2023
  • 05 May 2023
  • 10 Jun 2023
  • 12 Aug 2023
  • 09 Sep 2023
  • 30 Sep 2023
  • 28 Oct 2023
  • 18 Nov 2023
  • 09 Dec 2023
  • 30 Dec 2023

Itinerary & Map

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Day 1: Adelaide

Welcome to Adelaide and the start of your South Australian cycling adventure. 

There will be a welcome meeting at 6pm, as you get together with your fellow travellers for a brief run-down of the days ahead. 

If you arrive early, there are a heap of things to do in the state capital – check out Henley Beach, take a walk along the Torrens, or visit the home of Haigh's, an Aussie chocolate icon. Get to know your fellow cyclists with an optional group dinner out on the town.

Inclusions

Optional Activities
Haigh's Chocolate Factory Tour - Free

Day 2: Barossa Valley & Auburn

After breakfast, you’ll enjoy a 1 hour drive to the world-famous Barossa Valley. Arguably Australia’s best-known red wine region, this is home to some of the finest wineries and local producers in the country, and today you will visit some truly iconic places. 

We’ll begin cycling along the quiet pathways of the Barossa Trail, a fully sealed and traffic-free route that runs through the heart of this region. As you might guess from the name, the Barossa also has a strong German heritage dating back to the 1840s, and this heritage is evident today in the bakeries that produce traditional German breads and pastries. The trail itself is rated ‘easy’ and you’ll have ample time to enjoy the best of the region, including a stop at the Penfolds winery, home of Australia’s legendary red wine, Grange. 

We’ll also drop in at Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, to see where Australia’s best loved cook used to film her TV show. At the end of the day, we’ll transfer north for approximately 1 hour to the Clare Valley and the small town of Auburn.

Distance: Today’s cycling distance is approximately 25-30 kilometres.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Penfolds Winery visit
  • Wine tasting at Maggie Beers.
Day 3: Clare Valley Riesling Rail Trail

Today we’ll cycle the scenic Riesling Rail Trail in the famous Clare Valley. Starting at the restored Auburn railway station building, we’ll pedal our way north through small towns and villages, including Penwortham, the historic Jesuit settlement of Sevenhill Cellars and St Aloysius Church. 

Stop for a wine tasting and lunch at a winery best known for their varieties of white. From here it’s a gentle, flat 10-kilometre ride to the lovely old town of Clare and it’s amazing selection of interesting historic buildings. Perhaps take a relaxing walkaround town before settling in for the night.

Distance: Today’s cycling distance is approximately 35 kilometres.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Skillogallee wine tasting & gourmet lunch.
Day 4: Clare Valley & Hahndorf

The days kicks off with a ride back south to Auburn, leaving the Riesling Rail Trail and taking quiet routes and roads to discover a less travelled part of the region. Discover new cellar doors along the way. There’s plenty of time to explore, before boarding the vehicle and transferring to the picturesque tree-lined town of Hahndorf in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. 

Enjoy a stroll around a vibrant village full of handcrafted products, multicultural restaurants, cafes and galleries. For fantastic examples of genuine Aboriginal art from the Central and Western deserts of Australia, drop into the Aboriginal Arthouse Gallery.

Distance: Today’s cycling distance is approximately 32 kilometres.

Inclusions

  • Dinner
  • 3-course locally-sourced dinner
  • Cardrona Distillery tour & tasting
  • Mount Iron guided hike
  • Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge
  • Leader-led orientation walk.
Day 5: McLaren Vale & Adelaide

We head south to McLaren Vale, sandwiched between the stunning coastline and low hinterland ridges, for a day of cycling along the Coast to Vines Rail Trail (also known as the ‘Shiraz Trail’). Built along a disused rail corridor, this vehicle-free trail will take you past glorious scenery and superb wineries. 

Make an extended stop at the eccentric but acclaimed Wirra Wirra Winery for a platter lunch and exclusive tasting and tour. Wirra Wirra is an Aboriginal name meaning “among the gum trees” and the 125-year-old ironstone winery is still surrounded by the trees today. After your visit, it’s time to say goodbye to your bike and return to Adelaide for your final evening. 

Depending on the time we get back, you may be able to relax in Adelaide’s beautiful parks besides the River Torrens, before choosing to get together with your cycling group for an optional final night’s dinner. 

Distance: Today’s cycling distance is approximately 32 kilometres.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Wirra Wirra Wines wine making & tasting tutorial
Day 6: Adelaide

Your South Australian cycling adventure comes to an end today. There are no activities planned and you are free to leave after checkout.

Exclusions
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Meals not specified
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
Terms and Conditions
  • Accommodation is on a twin share basis, and single travellers are paired with the same gender. Single supplement room upgrades can be requested at the time of booking
  • The accommodation featured are the usual properties. At certain locations, may use alternative accommodation (of equal standard) when needed
  • Blackout dates apply and shown in calendar
  • Booking changes are allowed free of charge before final balance due date, additional rates may apply on new dates
  • Final balance is due 2 months before departure.