Bartagunyah Trails For Mountain Biking
The 29th most popular mountain bike trail in Australia.
Tuesday 16 August 2016 06:04 GMT
Southeast of Wilmington and south of Melrose in the Southern Flinders Range, the Bartagunyah area has a 50km mountain biking trail network to explore.
Note: the riding area is on private property, known as the Bartagunyah Estate, so please respect the trails and surrounding area. There is a day fee for riding in this area.
The Bartagunyah riding area is located off Survey Road, which is part of the Mawson Trail. The address of the Bartagunyah Estate is 7 Survey Road in Melrose. It is about 10 minutes outside of Melrose.
Winery Loop (easy) - This trail is designed and built for those mountain bike riders who are looking for a leisurely ride on some easy terrain. The trail itself links the Accommodation facilities and Cellar Door to the Mawson Trail and provides a loop experience if desired. There is a bit of uphill to ride up to the Woolshed or Accommodation, and the ride back down to the Mawson is a lot of fun without any major obstacles. Silky smooth trails, which are suitable for the whole family.
Blue Heelin (moderate) - Relatively challenging access track to get you further out into the property and make sure those muscles are warm. Once you are out a little further, the trail changes into purpose built mountain bike trail that is fun and relatively easy to ride. Rocks and ruts a plenty so keep your wits about you.
Jackanna (moderate) - A reasonably challenging loop with plenty of single trail and minor obstacles that provides enormous views of the rolling hills and Mt Remarkable itself. This trail has a different flavour as it follows the sheep trails and is still in a relative unaltered state. There are numerous trail markers however, and there is a plenty of room for developing creative lines. Take your time, have some lunch and make sure you stop for a look at the Scared Rabbit Panoramic View.
Mia (moderate) - This trail uses a mixture of access track and single trail to get you from one end of the network to the other. If you are riding down the trail from the Panoramic View then prepare for a descent of epic proportions down the access track and then see if you can carry your momentum into the single trail for some tricky obstacles. If heading from the east to the west up to the PV, then the climb is slow and steady but rewarding nonetheless.
Fox Run (moderate) - Follow the access track and enjoy the views. This is where the pastoralists used to round up the foxes and turn them into trophies.
StegosauruS Ridge (difficult) - This rocky trail is designed to test the skills and balance of all riders and truly embrace the natural features of Bartagunyah. If you need to look at the view then STOP. You cannot ride this trail and appreciate the vistas at the same time. The ability to ride up steps and hop over rocks will be required on this trail.
Landslide (difficult) - Often the final descent, this trail has a few surprises including rock gardens, water bars, g-outs and banked corners for your riding pleasure.
Overall, Bartagunyah Trails is the 29th most popular mountain bike trail of all 30 mountain biking rides in Australia.