A flourishing cycling culture is catching up to an established wine industry in Australia’s most famous wine region.
Adelaide was recently included in the Great Wine Capitals Global Network featuring the world’s pre-eminent wine cities. Not surprisingly, wine tasting and winery tours in the region are extremely popular activities with visitors and locals alike.
South Australia’s capital is also developing a strong cycling culture and hosts the Tour Down Under every year, a portion of which includes cycling through the iconic Barossa Valley (famous for its Shiraz) vineyards, located 60km northeast.
Barossa Cycling Hub
South Australia has multiple cycling trails that snake through the state’s wine regions including the Riesling Trail and the Rattler Rail Trail in the Clare Valley, as well as the Coast to Vines Rail Trail, which takes riders through the iconic McLaren Vale vineyards south of Adelaide.
The latest addition to the wine bicycle trails in the area is the Barossa Cycling Hub, which was established last year and provides bikes for hire, including power and assisted bikes for beginners or less confident riders. It also acts as a bike lock-up center and provides riders with interpretive maps and access to cycling accessories.
Craig Grocke, who is in charge of economic development at the Regional Development Australia Barossa, said the hub was established to help cater to South Australia’s growing cycling culture and allows visitors more riding opportunities.
“South Australia has really grown internationally and has become a bit more known for its cycling culture – I think the Tour Down Under has been a big promo of that,” he said. “The cycling hub is an effective way to help people get out and experience the region. It is also a chance for us to diversify the wine region offerings.”
The award-winning hub is situated in the town of Tanunda and is the start and finish of a 40km sealed bike path network through the famous Barossa Valley.
The trail has averaged 320 trips per day since opening in January 2015 and is used as a meeting point for riders to begin their Barossa tour.
The network includes the Jack Bobridge Track between Tanunda and Gawler, and the Barossa Trail, which links the valley’s primary townships of Angaston, Nuriootpa, and Tanunda. Notable wineries along the path include Penfolds, Jacob’s Creek, Rockford and Grant Burge.
Grocke said the addition of the Barossa Cycling Hub had helped attract more tourists to wineries by making the region feel more familiar to visitors. “Europeans have grown up with cycling and it’s already a big part of their culture, so when they come here to experience our wine regions, they automatically gravitate to cycling.
The Barossa Cycling Hub is a joint initiative of the Barossa Council and the Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund.
Visitors staying in Adelaide can access the network by catching a train with their bikes from the city centre to Gawler, which takes about an hour.
When you’ve had your fill of pedaling, there are plenty more fun tours and activities in Adelaide to choose from.
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