So, you’re thinking about a cycling holiday in Flinders Ranges? We reckon it’s one of the best cycling journeys in the world. There are probably a few different sorts of people who have clicked through to this page:
- Avid cyclists who already know Flinders Ranges is a beautiful location ideal for a cycling holiday
- Veteran cycling holiday adventurers looking for their next big trip
- Adventurous active travellers looking for an exciting trip in the legendary Aussie outback.
Whether one of these three options describes you or not, we’d love to provide you with some information and inspiration about the Flinders Ranges and what makes them so special. If anything on this page gets your enthusiasm wheels rolling and you’d like to learn more, you can sign up to our series of email guides that go into more detail about the area and everything you can look forward to discovering along the way.
And if you’ve heard enough already and you’d just like to book your next big adventure, check out our Flinders Ranges Mountain Biking Holiday.
Why Choose the Flinders Ranges for your Next Cycling Adventure?
The Flinders Ranges offers the epic Aussie outback experience everyone imagines when they dream of venturing outside of the towns and cities in Australia. The loop of roads and paths that roll over the hills might be the only sign that mankind has touched the area at all. You could spend several days here and not see any other human beings beyond your party. That’s the level of wilderness and tranquillity you can expect here.
Cycle 200km in some of Australia’s most pristine outback. To be honest, it’s a pretty easy sell when you look at some of the pictures and videos of the area. This isn’t a bike race at breakneck speeds, but you can go as fast as you can for stretches of it if you just want a dose of speed. But if taking it easy is more your speed, you can roll across the landscape taking it all in, spotting the occasional kangaroo bouncing along.
Why Choose a Mountain Biking Trip Over Road Cycling?
If you love nothing more than road cycling then the only reason to choose a mountain bike experience over a road bike is to mix things up and try something new. And this is a pretty good reason to do anything. However, if you’re open to all kinds of cycling trips, then mountain biking offers a greater sense of wilderness — and the views are always better from a height, making for some great photo opportunities.
There are also more options when riding a mountain bike as you can take the path less travelled, venturing into places no cyclist has gone before. There are excellent paths for cycling through the Flinders Ranges, but having options is perfect for people who don’t always like to travel by road.
If your trip includes a strict itinerary with an ambitious mileage goal each day, then you might not have time to nip out into the outback, so we recommend planning a looser journey with plenty of time to explore, stop for a photo shoot, and just take in the sights at a slower pace. You can even park your bike somewhere and go for a hike if you want.
The Flinders Ranges – Why Mountain Biking Instead of Hiking?
The Flinders Ranges is incredible for hiking. The views are out of this world and there are various great hiking routes to take if you want to make an entire trip out of it. However, when you take Flinders Ranges by bike you can see so much more of it, which is a big selling point when you consider how much there is to see here. If you truly want to see as much of this incredible mountain range as possible and you don’t have a helicopter, then mountain biking really is the best option.
But besides seeing more of this incredible South Australian outback, there is just something exciting and rewarding about travelling by mountain bike. You don’t move as quickly as you would by road bike, but there’s a sense of having very few limitations — which is something that should appeal to all the natural adventurers out there.
What Kind of Experience do you Need for this Trip?
If you want to take our 5-day Flinders Ranges trip, you will need a decent level of fitness as you will be expected to cycle for 4–5 hours each day. Whilst we’re not flying across the terrain at breakneck speeds, it is hilly, so you will need a basic understanding of how to get the most out of your gears and how to traverse difficult, technical terrain. So, mountain biking experience is certainly necessary, but you don’t need to be a master. If you think you’re reasonably fit and you’ve cycled on rough terrain before, then we’re sure you’re up to the challenge.
There Are Limited Places
At the time of writing this page, there are still plenty of places left on our Flinders Ranges by Bike Experience, but the places will fill up as we get closer to the start dates. Book now to avoid disappointment. And if you’re not quite ready to book, our series of email guides has been created to tell you more about The Flinders ranges and cycling experiences around Adelaide in general, so sign up for a weekly dose of cycling adventure. If you have any questions whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.