Mountain biking

The South Australian Government is investing $1.5 million towards establishing Adelaide and the Mount Lofty Ranges as an international mountain biking destination, building on the already extensive network of trails across national parks, forest reserves and other public land. 

By 2020, this initiative intends to develop Adelaide and the Mount Lofty Ranges into an internationally recognised location that offers world-class experiences for a range of mountain bike riders. 

See a summary of the commitment and the future priorities or read the full report on the study commissioned to investigate what it would take to achieve this vision.

Since the announcement, the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources has developed new shared use and mountain bike trails in a number of national parks throughout the Mount Lofty Ranges, including Cobbler Creek and Anstey Hill Recreation Parks in the north, and Shepherds Hill and Sturt Gorge Recreation Parks in the south. Further trail developments will be coming soon in O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park, Para Wirra, Black Hill and Morialta Conservation Parks, and Belair and Onkaparinga River National Parks.

The trails in these parks expand upon the opportunities for riding available on other public land in close proximity to Adelaide, including Cudlee Creek Forest and the Eagle Mountain Bike Park.

South Australia is also home to the 900km cycling route, the Mawson Trail, which starts just north of Adelaide and ends at Blinman in the stunning Flinders Ranges. Find out more about the Mawson Trail at South Australian Trails.

Riding a mountain bike is a great way to experience the beauty of SA’s parks, as well as providing significant health benefits to riders. Whether it’s a casual ride along the shared use trails through Belair National Park, exploring the popular Craigburn farm trails in Sturt Gorge Recreation Park or testing your endurance on the Mawson trail, there is sure to be an experience to suit you.

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Which parks can I ride my bike in?

Cycling is permitted on any road open to the public in all parks in SA. The following parks also offer specific cycling trails and tracks:

Mountain bike trail classifications

Some of the parks’ cycling tracks also have signs rating their degree of difficulty to help you choose the track that suits your fitness level and skill. Green is the easiest and black the most challenging. See the table below for further details about these classifications.

Easy ride
Green circle
Easy Trails are suitable for children, families, beginners, social groups and others seeking a relatively short trail requiring a basic level of skill and fitness. Easy Trails are most likely to have a gentle grade and a relatively obstacle free, hardened surface.
 Intermediate ride
Blue square
Intermediate Trails are most suitable for individuals and groups seeking a short to medium distance trail requiring a moderate level of skill and fitness. Intermediate Trails have obstacles, variable surfaces and a moderate slope.
Advanced ride
Black diamond
Advanced Trails are suitable for individuals and groups seeking a very challenging trail requiring a high level of skill, fitness and endurance.Advanced Trails are challenging tracks with many obstacles, variable surfaces, and very steep sections.

Trail Users Code of Practice

To protect the surrounding environment and to ensure the safety of all riders and shared trail users, please be aware of the international Trail Users Code of Practice when using shared trails. Important points to remember include:

  • plan your ride
  • comply with all signs
  • ride only on formed tracks/trails
  • share the trail - obey give way rules
  • avoid riding in wet, muddy conditions
  • ride lightly and leave no trace or rubbish
  • control your bike within your limits
  • clean your bike to avoid the spread of weeds or plant diseases
  • carry sufficient food and drinking water
  • respect the rights of others
  • tell others about the code.