Cycling the Jack Bobridge Track and Barossa Trail

Thursday, 13th Nov 2014 by John Pedler

Jack Bobridge TrackGawler to Tanunda (27km)
Jack Bobridge is an Adelaide-born professional racing cyclist, who last rode for the Trek–Segafredo team.

  • This fully sealed trail runs from the corner of Railway Tce and Ann Milroy Lane, just east of Gawler, through to the arch at the entrance to Tanunda. For the most part it’s a dedicated shared use trail (pedestrians and cyclists), with some short linking sections on minor roads (Cockatoo Lane, near Sandy Creek and a section of St Hallett Rd, south of Tanunda).
  • For much of the trip after Cockatoo Lane, the trail runs alongside the Barossa Valley Way, but there’s a scenic and slightly challenging deviation after Rowland Flat following the North Para River.
  • Heading north-east from Gawler there’s a long gradual climb between Cockatoo Lane and King Cutting Road West, and again between the two junctions of Altona Road, where they meet the Barossa Valley Way. There’s another gradual climb out of Rowland Flat to where the trail turns away from the main road towards the North Para River and Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre.    
  • It’s in this area, either side of Jacobs Creek, that you’ll find yourself among the hills with a few steep pinches. This is also one of the more scenic sections of the trail, with views across the vineyards and some winding sections through the scrub beside the North Para River.
  • A short distance before the trail meets St. Hallett Rd there’s a pleasant, recently established rest area for cyclists, beside the North Para River. This will only get better when the newly planted trees reach maturity.
  • Due to the hills this track is not really suitable for little kids.

View over Rowland Flat

 The Barossa Trail - Tanunda to Angaston (13km)

  • Begins just north of Tanunda at the corner of Barossa Valley Way and Buring Road, where the main road crosses the railway line.
  • Between Tanunda and Nuriootpa it’s dead flat, running arrow straight beside the Murray Valley Way, with vineyards on either side.
  • Approaching Nuri you’ll need to walk your bikes across the road at Penfolds, just before the railway crossing. Turn right onto South Tce and then take the first left onto The Crescent. Follow this around to the beginning of the Nuri to Angaston leg of the trail which begins at the iron cyclists – you’ll understand when you get there.
  • From here on it’s all about vineyards and pines, with a rocky cutting and an Adelaide Brighton Cement Works plant thrown in.
  • The trail follows the old rail alignment, climbing gradually from Nuriootpa all the way through to Angaston
  • This is a real deal rail trail with seats along the way, interpretive signs and a quality bitumen surface.

Sculpture on Barossa Trail

Tips

  • Carry plenty of water, snacks and either a puncture repair kit or spare tubes, plus a quality hand pump. If you carry spare tubes you’ll need spanners to remove any non quick-release wheels.    
  • Carry a mobile phone in case of breakdown or emergency.
  • If you’re riding with small kids who are used to Adelaide’s flat terrain, then the Jack Bobridge Track may prove a little too challenging.
  • The easiest one-way ride is from Angaston to Nuri and then down to Tanunda. 

Useful Links
Jack Bobridge Track 
Rail Trails Australia - The Barossa Trail

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