5 cycling routes in Adelaide to try with kids
Adelaide and surrounds are a glorious part of the world with much to offer by way of natural beauty. There are gorgeous beaches and majestic mountains, lush valleys and sprawling vineyards, all perfect for exploring with your family.
What better way to soak up the beauty than to be amongst nature by exploring this rich region by bike with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face? If you’re travelling and don’t have a bike with you, do not despair as there are many bike hire places around as the region is set up for this type of activity.
Bicycle SA recommends these five tracks for families.
They are long rides but do not be perturbed by the length of the tracks. You can complete as much or as little as you want to, and still be able to enjoy all the natural beauty there is on offer.
These tracks combine South Australia’s picturesque landscape with an array of picnic spots, rest stops, and points of interests along the way in order to keep everybody interested on your family bike ride.
Clare Valley Riesling Trail & Rattler Trail (35 km off-road)
The “riesling and rattle” trails follow an old train line through the stunning Clare Valley.
This trail is well sign posted with distances and historical events posted regularly along the way.
It is a relatively easy ride for the more experienced rider and may take between 1.5-4 hours to complete. The scenery takes in vineyards, bushlands, farms and historical buildings and there is an abundance of plants and animals along the way.
River & Coast Ride (30 km loop)
The River Torren Linear Park track follows the river through the hills and out to the beach. It is a varied ride with some steep descents, road crossings and bridges but they are well sign posted for you on your journey.
A pretty ride that meanders through the hills with a fabulous view of all of the flora and fauna the region has to offer.
Whether you want to head from Glenelg to Seacliff, or head the other way to
Outer Harbour this stunning coastal ride takes in the best of the beaches. A perfect family ride as it is quite an easy stretch of flat track with beautiful ocean
views and plenty of places to stop.
Coast to Vines Rail Trail (38km Marino-Willunga)
As the name suggests this path starts at the beach and heads for the hills. In fact, the first 9km of the track from Marino to Reynella is mostly uphill so it is recommended that families hit the trail from the Old Reynella Train Station where the ride flattens out and you will be able to enjoy a more scenic trip through the fields and vineyards.
Encounter Bikeway (30km)
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The Goolwa to Victor Harbour bikeway is a great pathway located on the Fleurieu Peninsula approximately an hour’s drive away from Adelaide.
Heading only one way, this is not a loop track, however you can either do a small portion rather than see all four towns on the path or you can get the “Cockle Train” home from wherever you end up.