The 20th annual Australian Bike Friday Club event will be held in Barossa Valley from Wednesday 30 March to Sunday 3 April 2016.
This is immediately following Easter.
Barossa Valley vintage will be in full swing in autumn and the weather is practically guaranteed to be perfect, warm and sunny.
There are about 20 distinctive Lutheran churches in the valley built by early Prussian Silesian settlers, fleeing religious persecution in the 1840s. Luckily for us, their traditional yeasts, sausages and metwursts, as well as wine making skills, were soon established and are widely available. Beautiful architecture such as at Seppeltsfield can be found in many of the old wineries throughout the small towns. Maggie Beer's Farm Shop is just around the corner. Choral music, festivals and brass bands are still cultural features of the district. The Saturday morning Barossa Farmers Market is great place for local cheeses, breads, pates and other regional produce - barossafarmersmarket.com.au
ACCOMMODATION: Tanunda Caravan and Tourist Park, phone (08) 8563 2784, email@example.com
Tanunda Caravan Park will hold cabins for early ABFC bookings until end of May 2015. There are over 30 cabins but book early if you want that accommodation. A beautiful grassy camp site has ample room for vans and tents. This is a dog-friendly venue, for Guide Dogs as well as pets. The camp kitchen is well equipped and BBQs are available. Remember to say you are with Australian Bike Friday Club for the group discount.
ACCESS: Half-hourly train service Adelaide to Gawler for about $5 (bicycles free off peak) - see www.adelaidemetro.com.au. Then ride less than 30kms north on the Jack Bobridge off-road trail. Lyndoch Bakery is a great midway stop for coffee and delicacies before passing Jacob's Creek on the way to Tanunda.
COST: The cost is $90 per person which includes the formal Saturday night dinner as well as the Sunday lunch.
Payment of $90 per person by 1 Feb 2016. For EFT details, email ABFCtanunda2016@gmail.com.
Please include any dietary requirements as well as the colour and model of your Bike Friday.
All participants will be required to sign the ABFC indemnity form and must be responsible for their own insurance, road safety and repairs.
Bring spare tubes, patches, locks and happy dispositions. Children are always welcome at ABFC.
The charity recipient will be Guide Dogs.
If there are any questions about any aspect of this celebration, please ask Bronwyn or Margaret.
Have you read Roads Were Not Built For Cars by Carlton Reid?