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Published September 26th 2014
Experience the Barossa like never before
Have you ever wanted to ride the Barossa Valley but were too concerned about your safety on the road ? Your concerns have been answered, and a series of cycle trails have recently been created from Gawler to Angaston. Known as the Jack Bobridge Track, in honour of South Australia and Gawler's Olympic and Commonwealth Games Champion, the Track travels for 40km through all the major towns of the Barossa.
The track starts on the junction of Calton Road and Ann Milroy lane in Kalbeeba, which is 4.2km east of Gawler's main street. It is hoped one day that the track will be extended to start in Gawler, most probably as part of the Gawler River Trails, and providing a connection to the Stuart O'Grady Bikeway.
The track follows the railway line from Kalbeeba past Sandy Creek and towards Cockatoo Lane. The well signed track then diverts temporarily from the railway line and runs parallel to the main Barossa Valley Way on the road reserve until it passes the Barossa Valley Caravan Park just south of Lyndoch. Be careful as you travel on this part of the track as it is quite narrow in spots, and has some immovable obstacles in the centre of the track !
Prior to Lyndoch the track travels through the Lyndoch Hill Winery providing an opportunity to stop for a light meal or drink while you admire the extensive gardens. From here the track travels alongside the main road, past an avenue of large trees, and alongside the first of many vineyards as the track enters Lyndoch.
The track heads slightly uphill as it departs Lyndoch on its way to Rowland Flat, again using a combination of road and rail reserves. From Rowland Flat the track heads towards the North Para River, and follows the river on a slightly undulating landscape past the Jacobs Creek Cellar Door and St Hallett wines before reaching Tanunda.
For a few kilometres through the centre of Tanunda the track disappears and forms part of the main road, Murray Street. At the northern end of town, the track leaves the main road and re-enters a road reserve for 3km up to the former Penfolds Winery, where it then crosses the main road and enters the former Nurioopta railway station. The track then winds its way along the disused Angaston railway and bypasses the Adelaide Brighton Cement works before traversing a series of cuttings surrounded by native pine trees, and then coming to an end at the Angaston Railway Station.
The track is well signposted along its entire route, and also has some information signs en-route providing descriptions of the history and heritage of the local region. From Gawler it is a gentle climb uphill towards Angaston, with slightly increased gradients as the track leaves Lyndoch and Nurioopta. Access to the track is available at many places along the 40km route meaning your cycle trips can be transformed in to several smaller rides. And with so many towns in close proximity, you are never short of options for food, drink or public conveniences.