Bicycle Network: Regional Routes
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South Australia has great potential for the development of recreational trails
Barossa trails boosted
4 October 2011. Riders will soon be able to ride the length of the Barossa Valley wine region along an off road path.
Regional Development Australia, part of the federal Government, has granted Barossa Council $4.8M to build a cycling/walking trail from Tanunda to Gawler.
The shared path will run along the North Para River course and the Tanunda to Gawler rail corridor, linked to the Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre and the Novotel Barossa Resort.
The project will also improve connections from McLaren Vale to the Barossa, Clare and beyond to the Southern Flinders.
The total cost of the project is expected to be close to $5.5M.
The shared path was one of only 35 successful projects Australia-wide from around 550 total applications.
The Barossa Region has established a reputation as a cycle-friendly tourist area and is fast becoming a popular destination for recreational riders and riders on holiday. The trail will make a significant long-term contribution to growing the regional economy, especially through supporting growth in local tourism and small business activity.