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Where are the Best Cycling Trails in Adelaide?

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by Bettina Buechel (subscribe)
I am a writing Novelist from Austria - - I am living in South Australia since December 2010 and enjoy it a lot. Besides this I look after a small vineyard -
Published July 31st 2012
A strenuous mountain bike tour or a pleasant cycling at the sea means a lot for us. The fresh air that surrounds you constantly, and the physical effort can clear your mind and give you the feeling of a little freedom. Coming from Austria and living close to the Austrian Alps we are used to simply grab our mountain bikes and ride on the next mountain.

The Austrian Alps
The Austrian Alps

[ADVERT]Now we live in South Australia and our bikes just arrived per ship. So exiting! We already have made a few experience with some bike paths in Adelaide and around the local area.

1. From Adelaide City to Henley Beach along the River Torrens

This was our first experience of cycling in Australia. Since our bikes had not arrived, we borrowed a city bike for free. Not a problem, because the distance is easy to master. The entire route follows the River Torrens directly to the sea. It's wonderful and the fantastic view at the end of this trail is incredibly. A must do!

River Torrens
River Torrens

2. The Shiraz Trail from Willunga to McLaren Vale

We had to borrow the bikes for this cycling trip as well - this time, we choose a tndem. For us it was a very fun and exciting experience. It's absolutely not so easy to ride such a vehicle as it sounds, but we really enjoyed this experiment. Just try and trust the person who is sitting in front of you.

Shiraz Trail
Shiraz Trail

3. From Port Willunga to Sellicks Hill along the sea

This was our first trip with our own mountain bikes. A short but very special one for us, because we have never cycled on the white sand. Never thought that this could be so tiring, however we will certainly do it again. Perhaps something for you as well!

Aldinga Beach - Tour Down Under
Aldinga Beach - Tour Down Under

But we still have not discovered a real mountain bike trail or a cycling path that takes a longer time. I would really appreciate your personal experience and some ideas for stunning trails. And if you know one in the neighboring state of Victoria, feel free to write your comment about this as well.

I am looking forward to your advice.
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It may not be as scenic as the River Torrens trail, but the Sturt River one has other attractions along the way. See the website:
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11266) 2667 days ago
Hi Bettina
The Mawson Trail snakes through the Mt Lofty Ranges- excellent section near Mt. Crawford. And the Torrens linear Park you were on also goes upstream to the hills- all up 40 km from gorge to sea. The Riesling Trail- about 30km- in the Clare Valley is very scenic, using an old railway line.

Keith Conlon
by kconl (score: 0|8) 2666 days ago
The Little Para Trail is great with different tracks travelling from Carisbrooke Park (next to Main North Rd) through Salisbury and further west beyong Port Wakefield Rd..the big gums and the birdlife make it a most picturesque ride. Cycle Salisbury Social rides can show this & other trails on a low level social
by jbbin (score: 1|13) 2091 days ago
by payne (score: 0|2) 1597 days ago

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