Bicycle Fish Index
from the North & from the South & East
Grace Newhaven | last update : 2015 / May 14
From the North …
Port Augusta and
Now, while most South Australian cyclists would never think of using this route, for the reasons above, it’s relatively common to hear of foreign cyclists who do attempt it – and often complain bitterly after doing so! In the opinion of this author, this is simply due to a strange form of tunnel vision, an unwillingness to look at the alternatives on a map (who said being a cycle tourer makes you smarter ?)
However, there is an easy alternative : the “B82” road, which is fully sealed all the way. This route is scenic, with a number of attractive small towns on the way providing historical interest, food and accommodation options, and even free camping sites if required. Traffic volume is light, mostly farmers and local townspeople, and the surface is fine. There are pleasant views most of the way, and gentle undulations.
In most of the towns, it’s fine to camp overnight for nothing at local “the oval” (sportsground) where there is usually a basic toilet, sometimes with a cold shower. Be aware that most shops will likely close at noon Saturday, but the cyclist could easily carry enough food from the “seven day” supermarkets in Port Augusta.
The route can be followed with even the cheapest map ( eg free map from tourist office in Port Augusta), though the RAA’s “Mid North” regional map is also good value, especially if the traveller has some time to explore, rather than wanting to get to the destination as quickly as possible.
The route is as follows :
Grace Newhaven 2007/ Dec 31
As there is NO access across the Murray River except via Wellington (or possibly Murray Bridge), there is in practice only ONE approach from the South AND East - from the South-East direction, and any traveller will probably cycle to Adelaide via Strathalbyn. (Click here for a map of the area).
to AVOID on the South side of
a) the South East Freeway ( M 1), where there is NO bicycle access except a commuter “veloway” from Crafers to the outskirts of the City.
c) the Victor Harbour Road (A13) is very busy and has a bad record for car crashes
Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives to these bicycle-unfriendly routes !
To / from the SE , a pleasant & scenic route to the City Centre is as follows :
Camping : while there are plenty of commercial campsites along this route, it would also be possible to “free” camp easily & legally at any number of quiet places along the way !