South Australia's iconic cycling event, the Fat Tyre Festival is back this Queen's Birthday long weekend! Registrations are now open for this annual family-friendly event held in the beautiful town of Melrose, at the base of Mount Remarkable in the southern Flinders ranges.
The Fat Tyre Festival is a jam-packed weekend of mountain biking for all ages and abilities, delicious food, live music and entertainment, interactive workshops and much more and all are welcome to join in the fun!
The festival will take place on Saturday 12 June and Sunday 13 June, with most festival-goers arriving in town on Friday night to set up camp and get ready for a full weekend of riding and fun!
On Saturday 12 June at 7.30am, enjoy a range of unique experiences, including group and guided rides, skills clinics and the chance to test your skills on the trails around the town!
Then in the afternoon, it's time to wind down and enjoy community craft workshops, tantalising food from the food trucks or local pub, live music performances and DJ, a movie night and much more! The little ones will be kept busy too with awesome BMX shows, street games and a range of workshops!
You can check out the full Rides and Entertainment program here.
Prices are as follows:
If you are looking for a place to stay, Melrose has a range of options available: see here to find local hotels, units and retreats.
There are also other towns and villages within a half-hour drive of Melrose that also offer pub, homestay and B&B accommodation.
Most festival-goers make a camping weekend of it, staying at one of the two large and well-appointed campgrounds:
There's a large new shower and toilet block and camp kitchen to cater for crowds during the festival weekend without feeling crowded. A beautiful walking and riding trail along the red-gum-lined creek will get you to town (1km). No bookings - just pay the caretaker on the way in. Aim to get there early for your choice of site - powered sites go fast. $35/night for a family of 4.
And if you need to hire a mountain bike for the weekend, head to Over The Edge Melrose.