Cruising the Encounter Bikeway: around Goolwa and Victor Harbor to the Bluff section

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08.04.2015

As some of you might remember, last year Yegor and I (Katerina) travelled to Adelaide from Melbourne and back. We took bikes to cycle and explore the Encounter Bikeway - a scenic trail on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. The trail links the coastal city of Victor Harbor with the river port town of Goolwa, passing through Port Elliot and Middleton. The bikeway itself is well signposted, however, not all the sections are off-road paths, some follow the road.

As safety of my son was (and is!) a highest priority for me, my choice was to cycle kids-friendly sections: around Goolwa and then Victor Harbour to the Bluff. This decision turned out a nice addition to our holiday.

The 30km Encounter Bikeway is on on-road and shared trail that follows the coast line linking the coastal city of Victor Harbor with the river port town of Goolwa, passing through Port Elliot and Middleton. A range of riding distances is available, making it suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. The bikeway can by used by cyclist, walkers, skaters, rollerbladers and is wheelchair accessible.

There is a good map of the trail, click here to download it.

Sections that we’ve cruised are marked with red:

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The Goolwa section along the Liverpool Road is short, is mostly flat and quiet.

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Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu Peninsula, Cruising the Encounter Bikeway: around Goolwa and Victor Harbor to the Bluff section, ,

From Goolwa we took a detour on the bridge to Hindmarsh Island to admire the views and visit the marina.

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Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu Peninsula, Cruising the Encounter Bikeway: around Goolwa and Victor Harbor to the Bluff section, ,

The Goolwa itself is the terminus for the famous Cockle Train, which travels between Goolwa and Victor Harbor on the oldest steel-railed track in Australia. The tourist railway is a great way to explore the region, and we’ve seen the train later on the day in Victor Harbor.

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Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu Peninsula, Cruising the Encounter Bikeway: around Goolwa and Victor Harbor to the Bluff section, ,

The second part of our ride was from Victor Harbor Visitor Centre to the Bluff and back. It is easily achievable and flat the whole way. This section is totally off road the whole way, very scenic right next to the water.  Ideal for families and kids!

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Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu Peninsula, Cruising the Encounter Bikeway: around Goolwa and Victor Harbor to the Bluff section, ,

Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu Peninsula, Cruising the Encounter Bikeway: around Goolwa and Victor Harbor to the Bluff section, ,

To sum up: the Encounter Bikeway is a nice easy ride, a mixture between quiet residential streets near the beach, and shared bike paths. My advise is to get a little map & guide from the Victor Harbor / Goolwa Tourist Info Centre.

There is lots of other ways to enjoy the beauty of Fleurieu Peninsula - keep an eye on our blog to read more about them.

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Enjoy the ride!

Travel well!

Katerina is an author and traveller. She is also a co-founder of 'LetsGoToAU.com' project, created specifically for those who are keen to see the best of Australia, but tired trawling forums for traveller feedback/sifting through hundreds of reviews or simply too busy to organize their trip. 

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