Ducati Adventures South Australia

Route 1

Embark on an epic overnight trip through South Australia’s iconic wine regions, including the Barossa and Eden valleys, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. With enchanting towns and famous wineries at every turn, and a stay in Stirling, this ride is one for the history books.

Enjoy a journey that’s laid-back in nature, letting you take in the hinterland’s classically Australian landscapes, before climbing to the upper reaches of the Barossa Range at Angaston.

At Stirling, you might treat yourself with a night at the majestic Mount Lofty House, or experience an epicurean twist on luxury at the Sticky Rice Villas ... or take it easy with a night at one of the town’s local hotels and dinner in town.

Discover more highlights of your adventure below.

What to expect on Day 1

Morning: Adelaide to the Barossa and Eden Valleys via Gumeracha

Kick off your wine country adventure with a ride into the Adelaide Hills via the aptly named Corkscrew Road. Carve through the tight switchback turns and verdant countryside, then take a morning break at the historic farming town of Gumeracha. Along the way, you’ll get to enjoy some great riding along Gorge Road, and the chance for a photo from the lookout at Kangaroo Creek Reservoir. 

After morning tea, take a look at the famous Big Rocking Horse before riding up to Williamstown, on the southern fringes of the Barossa Valley. Here you can explore the artisan lavender gardens at Lyndoch Lavender Farm, or check out the legendary Whispering Wall. 

After Williamstown, head to Angaston for an incredible lunch, and a stroll around one of the Barossa’s most scenic townships.

Afternoon: Barossa Valley to Adelaide Hills via Eden Valley

Your afternoon ride cuts a path through the most expansive country roads in the Barossa Range and Eden Valley, and back down to the Adelaide Hills, your base for the night. 

Take a quick detour off the main road to the Eden Valley Lookout for panoramic views, then pause for your afternoon break at serene Birdwood. We recommend pausing here for a walk among Birdwood’s heritage buildings and a visit to the National Motor Museum. 

Finish the day with a cruise through the tumbling hills to Stirling, where you can choose from a range of luxury and less formal accommodations.

Day 1: Adelaide to the Adelaide Hills

Explore the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley and Eden Valley, enjoy lunch in Angaston, then spend the night in Stirling at a deluxe retreat.

Suggested Schedule (240km | 4h15m ride, 7h00m day)

0930-1030 Section 1 

1030-1100 Morning Tea

1100-1200 Section 2

1200-1345 Lunch

1345-1515 Section 3

1515-1545 Afternoon Tea

1545-1630 Section 4 

Stop 1: Morning Tea, Gumeracha
  • The Good Pantry (open everyday, 0800-1500)

Website | 0459 356 943

35 Albert St, Gumeracha SA 5233

  • Kenton Valley Cherries and the Cherry Shed Café (open everyday, 0900-1700)

Website | 08 8389 1881

31 Hartley Vale Rd, Gumeracha SA 5233

  • Big Rocking Horse (open everyday, 0900-1700)

Website | 08 8389 1085

452 Torrens Valley Rd, Gumeracha SA 5233

Stop 2: Lunch, Angaston
  • Salter's Kitchen (open everyday, 1200-1400)

Website | 08 8561 0216

Saltram Winery, Nuriootpa Road, Angaston SA 5353

  • The South Australian Company Store (open everyday, 0900-1500)

Website | 02 8564 3788

27 Valley Rd, Angaston SA 5353

  • Vintners Bar & Grill (open everyday, 1200-1430)

Website | 08 8564 2488

752 Stockwell Rd, Angaston SA 5353

Stop 3: Afternoon Tea, Birdswood
  • Ace Birdwood Cafe (open everyday, 0630-1430)

No Website | 08 8568 5750  

41 Shannon St, Birdwood SA 5234

  • Lovells Birdwood (open everyday, 0730-1700)

Website | 08 8568 5750

4 Shannon St, Birdwood SA 5234

  • Pomegranate Cottage (open Wed-Mon, 0900-1600)

Website | 08 8568 5503

18 Shannon St, Birdwood SA 5234

Stop 4: Overnight, Sterling

Hotels

  • Mount Lofty House (5*)

Website | 08 8339 6777

1 Mawson Dr, Crafers SA 5152

  • Sticky Rice Villas (5*)

Website | 08 8339 1314

96 Old Mount Barker Rd, Stirling SA 5152

  • Cladich Pavilions Bed and Breakfast (4*)

Website | 0428 194 504

27/29 Wilpena Terrace, Aldgate SA 5154

  • The Stirling Hotel (4*)

Website | 08 8339 2345

52 Mount Barker Rd, Stirling SA 5152

Restaurants

  • Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant (@Mt Lofty Estate) (open Mon-Sun, 1800-2100)

Website | 08 8339 6777

5/19 Lilianfels Ave, Katoomba NSW 2780

  • The Dining Room (@Stirling Hotel) (open Mon-Sat, 1800-2100)

Website | 08 8339 2345

52 Mount Barker Rd, Stirling SA 5152

  • The Bistro (@Stirling Hotel) (open Mon-Sat, 1730-2100)

Website | 08 8339 2345

52 Mount Barker Rd, Stirling SA 5152

  • The Loca-Vore (open Wed-Sun, 1130-2130)

Website | 08 8339 4416

49 Mount Barker Rd, Stirling SA 5152

What to expect on day 2

Morning: Adelaide Hills to McLaren Vale via Strathalbyn

Begin day two with a quick ride into the historic mining country around the beautiful Dorset Vale. See the site of an old silver mining complex at Almanda, then ride on to Biggs Flat where you can tour the famous Jurlique Farm and sample their artisan botanicals. 

After Jurlique, cruise down through charming Echunga to Strathalbyn, where you can search for hidden gems in the town’s world-renowned antique shops, or explore the historic Gilberts Motor Museum. Before leaving, don’t miss the opportunity for a photo of local hero Kenny Blake at his namesake memorial. 

After enjoying Strathalbyn, ride past Mount Magnificent (you can choose to detour down the dirt roads here to reach the summit), and into the McLaren Vale, where some of South Australia’s best cellar door restaurants await for a brilliant lunch.

Afternoon: McLaren Vale to Adelaide via Clarendon

The McLaren Vale boasts ample lunch options at the famous wineries’ cellar doors, where you can relax with a long lunch overlooking the many vineyards of the surrounding valleys.

After lunch, enjoy an easy final ride of the day through the McLaren Vale’s gently tumbling valleys, then cruise through the forested areas around Blackfellows Creek and Prospect Hill. Take a final pass through the Adelaide Hills, and take a break at Clarendon before heading home.

Day 2: The beautiful Barossa and Eden Valleys of Adelaide

Ride through historic mining country and visit Strathalbyn, then enjoy a beautiful lunch at a cellar door in the McLaren Vale before cruising home.

Suggested Schedule (230km | 4h00m ride, 6h30m day)

0930-1030 Section 1

1030-1100 Morning Tea

1100-1200 Section 2

1200-1330 Lunch

1330-1430 Section 3

1430-1500 Afternoon Tea

1500-1600 Section 4

Stop 1: Morning Tea, Strathalbyn
  • Appleseed Café (open everyday, 0830-1600)

Website | 08 8536 8195

30 High St, Strathalbyn SA 5255

  • Jack's High St Cafe & Bakery (open everyday, 0830-1600)

Website | 08 8536 4147

24 High St, Strathalbyn SA 5255

  • The Pastel Teacup (open Thu-Sun, 1015-1600)

Website | 0403 279 783

23 High St, Strathalbyn SA 5255

Stop 2: Lunch, McLaren Vale
  • d'Arry's Verandah Restaurant (open everyday, 1200-1630)

Website | 08 8329 4848

Osborn Rd, McLaren Vale SA 5171

  • The Salopian Inn (open everyday, 1200-1600)

Website | 08 8323 8769

Main Rd, McLaren Vale SA 5171

  • Vasarelli Cellar Door Restaurant (open Wed-Sun, 1200-1500)

Website | 08 8323 7980

169 Main Rd, McLaren Vale SA 5171

Stop 3: Afternoon Tea, Clarendon
  • Clarendon Bakery (open Tue-Sun, 0800-1600)

Website | 08 8383 6016

81 Grants Gully Rd, Clarendon SA 5157

  • Dawn Patrol Coffee (open Fri-Sun, 0800-1600)

Website | 0412 397 536

59 Grants Gully Rd, Chandlers Hill SA 5159

  

Route 2

This route takes you on an epic ride to Kangaroo Island, taking in the very best of the Fleurieu Peninsula and the southwest hinterlands along the way. You’ll also get to visit Hahndorf and Strathalbyn, and ride home via the McLaren Vale.

Enjoy an exciting mixture of riding conditions that accentuate both the rugged beauty of the region, and the Multistrada V4’s supreme capabilities. Some great gravel road sections are included in the Mount Lofty Ranges and Fleurieu Peninsula valleys.

For your night on Kangaroo Island, we’ve suggested some fantastic luxury lodges: the Sea Dragon Lodge & Villas, Oceanview Eco Villas, and Ecopia Retreat. Whichever you choose, you’ll be able enjoy the beauty and seclusion of Kangaroo Island to the fullest.

Discover more highlights of your adventure below.

What to expect on Day 1

Morning: Adelaide to Victor Harbor via Strathalbyn

Begin your Kangaroo Island adventure with a ride into Morialta Conservation Park. Savour incredible views of the First Falls or Second Falls, or venture higher to the Eagles Nest Lookout for a stunning panorama across the valley.

Next, cruise through the hills to enchanting Hahndorf and try some of the local artisans’ famous treats, then ride down the Princes Highway to Strathalbyn, to explore the quaint and historic township.

History buffs will love the Gilberts Motor Museum or Strathalbyn National Trust Museum, and petrolheads can snap a photo at the legendary Kenny Blake Memorial.

Afterwards, head to Victor Harbor for lunch, passing through the Mount Lofty Ranges. At Mount Compass, hit the dirt roads on the Heysen Trail, and arrive into Victor Harbor via the Hindmarsh Tiers.

Afternoon: Victor Harbor to Kangaroo Island via Cape Jervis

Enjoy a fantastic lunch at Victor Harbor, where you can dine on freshly caught seafood and check out the historic Cockle Train, or ride along the esplanade on the famous horse drawn tram.

After lunch, you can enjoy some gravel road riding on Dairy Flat Road, before re-join the main road at Ridge Road, and riding onwards to Cape Jervis. Before riding the ferry to Kangaroo Island, snap a panoramic photo of the lighthouse from Cape Jervis Lookout.

Upon arrival on Kangaroo Island, it’s time to unwind, island style. Enjoy a night at the luxurious Oceanview Eco Lodges, Ecopia Retreat, or Sea Dragon Lodge; all offer fantastic dining and ocean views in the comfort of your private villa.

Day 1: Adelaide to Kangaroo Island via the scenic southwest hinterlands

Ride through the Adelaide Hills, visit Hahndorf and Strathalbyn before lunch at Victor Harbor, then explore the Fleurieu Peninsula and relax for the night on Kangaroo Island.

Suggested Schedule (250km | 4h30m ride, 7h15m hour day)

0915-1030 Section 1 

1030-1100 Morning Tea

1100-1200 Section 2 (Off-Road)

1200-1315 Lunch

1315-1415 Section 3 (Off-Road)

1415-1445 Afternoon Tea

1445-1630 Section 4 

Stop 1: Morning Tea, Morning Tea, Strathalbyn
  • Appleseed Café (open everyday, 0830-1600)

Website | 08 8536 8195

30 High St, Strathalbyn SA 5255

  • Jack's High St Cafe & Bakery (open everyday, 0830-1600)

Website | 08 8536 4147

24 High St, Strathalbyn SA 5255

  • The Pastel Teacup (open Thu-Sun, 1015-1600)

Website | 0403 279 783

23 High St, Strathalbyn SA 5255 

Stop 2: Lunch, Victor Harbor
  • Nino's of Victor Harbor (open everyday, 0800-2100)

Website | 08 8552 3501

17 Albert Pl, Victor Harbor SA 5211

  • The Anchorage Hotel (open everyday, 0900-1600)

Website | 08 8552 5970

21 Flinders Parade, Victor Harbor SA 5211

  • Flying Fish Restaurant & Café (open everyday, 0900-1600)

Website | 08 8554 3504

The Cutting, Port Elliot SA 5212 

Stop 3: Afternoon Tea, Cape Jervis
  • The Pear Tree Bistro (open everyday, 0900-1700)

Website | 08 8598 0288 

9351 Main S Rd, Cape Jervis SA 5204

  • Cape Jervis Tavern (open everyday, 0900-1900)

Website | 08 8598 0276 

Main S Rd, Cape Jervis SA 5204

Stop 4: Overnight, Kangaroo Island

Hotels

  • Sea Dragon Lodge & Villas (5*)

Website | 0401 727 234

2575 Cape Willoughby Rd, Willoughby SA 5222

  • Oceanview Eco Villas (5*)

Website | 0419 990 940

31 Point Morrison Road, Nepean Bay SA 5223

  • Ecopia Retreat (4*)

Website | 0414 751 733

563B Gregors Rd, Seddon SA 5223

Restaurants

  • Private Dining (@Sea Dragon Lodge & Villas)

Website | 0401 727 234

2575 Cape Willoughby Rd, Willoughby SA 5222

  • Private Dining (@Oceanview Eco Villas)

Website | 0419 990 940

31 Point Morrison Road, Nepean Bay SA 5223

  • Private Dining (@Ecopia Retreat)

Website | 0414 751 733

563B Gregors Rd, Seddon SA 5223 

What to expect on Day 2

Morning: Kangaroo Island to Penneshaw via Vivonne Bay

Awake in island paradise and enjoy breakfast with a view of Cape Willoughby, then jump back in the saddle for an awesome morning exploring the coastline. 

Enjoy coffee at Vivonne Bay, the island’s prettiest beach, and take a pitstop for a walk around one of the island’s many nature preserves to see an abundance of wildlife and stunning landscapes. Other picturesque stops include Point Ellen, and the famous Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery, and Kelly Hill Caves.

Afterwards, grab lunch at an oceanside eatery in Penneshaw, and take a walk down the sculpture trail before hopping back on the ferry home.

Afternoon: Penneshaw to Adelaide via McLaren Vale

Back on the Fleurieu Peninsula, your adventure continues with a ride along the coastline. A stop at the HMAS Hobart Memorial Lookout offers the perfect opportunity for a final coastline photo. 

As you make your way home, cruise the scenic roads through the hinterlands, and take a break for afternoon tea in the McLaren Vale.

Finish your adventure with a ride through the old mining settlements in the Adelaide Hills, where you can discover the region’s history at the Clarendon Museum, or see silver mining sites near at Almanda or Mackereth Cottage. For the perfect end to an epic ride, ride along the Mount Lofty Summit Road before heading home. 

Day 2: Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

Explore the best of Kangaroo Island, including Vivonne Bay, have lunch at Penneshaw, and ride home through the McLaren Vale and the historic mining towns around Mount Lofty.

Suggested Schedule (440km | 6h30m ride, 8h30m hour day)

0830-0945 Section 1

0945-1015 Morning Tea

1015-1215 Section 2

1215-1315 Lunch

1315-1530 Section 3

1530-1600 Afternoon Tea

1600-1700 Section 4

Stop 1: Morning Tea, Vivione Bay
  • Vivonne Bay General Store (open everyday, 0900-1800)

Website | 08 8536 4147

LOT 4417 S Coast Rd, Vivonne Bay SA 5223 

Stop 2: Lunch, Penneshaw
  • Penneshaw Hotel (open everyday, 1200-1430)

Website | 08 8553 1042

North Terrace, Penneshaw SA 5222

  • Sunset Food and Wine (open Wed-Sun, 1200-1600)

Website | 08 8553 1378

4564 Hog Bay Rd, Penneshaw SA 5222

  • Dudley Wines (open Mon-Sun, 1200-1400)

Website | 08 8553 1333

1153 Cape Willoughby Rd, Penneshaw SA 5222

Stop 3: Afternoon Tea, McLaren Vale
  • Tin Shed Cafe (open everyday, 0800-1600)

Website | 08 8323 7343

168 Main Rd, McLaren Vale SA 5171

  • Manna McLaren Vale (open everyday, 0700-1500)

Website | 0409 393 818

211 Main Rd, McLaren Vale SA 5171

  • Almond Carriage Café (open everyday, 1000-1630)

Website | 0437 750 064

198 Main Rd, McLaren Vale SA 5171 

Route 3

Explore the best of the Limestone Coast on this day ride from Mount Gambier to Warrnambool and the Shipwreck Coast. You’ll get to explore Portland’s picturesque coastline, stop for a fantastic lunch at Warrnambool, then ride to the southern end of the Grampians, and cruise home through the national parks of Victoria’s southwest border. 

This route allows you to enjoy the sights on a relaxing ride, as you travel along scenic highways on the coastline, and country lanes through the hinterlands around Hamilton. 

For lunch at Warrnambool, we suggest enjoying fresh-caught seafood with river views at Proudfoots by the River or Pippies by the Bay, or you can grab a quick bite at a local cafe. Scheduled breaks at all the most scenic spots let you see the best of Portland and Hamilton, and perfectly break up your day.

Discover more highlights of your adventure below.

What to expect on Route 3

Morning: Mount Gambier to Warrnambool via Portland

Make tracks from Mount Gambier for an incredible coastal adventure, beginning with an invigorating cruise along the Portland-Nelson Road, crossing the border and into the verdant countryside of southwest Victoria. 

Pause at Punt Hill Lookout for a view down the river, then ride on to Portland, being sure to stop along the way at Cape Bridgewater, where you’ll find the famous Bridgewater Blowholes, Petrified Forest and Seal Colony. We recommend hopping off the bike here and taking a walk to explore. Grab a coffee in Portland, then take a short ride into Cape Nelson State Park to see the picturesque Cape Nelson Lighthouse and Yellow Rock Coastal Park—a great spot to take in views of the nearby windfarm.

Afterwards, ride along the Princes Highway as it traverses the Shipwreck Coast to Warrnambool, your lunch spot for the day. Don’t miss scenic lookouts at The Crags and Port Fairy Lighthouse along the way. At Warrnambool, enjoy lunch overlooking the Hopkins River from one of the local eateries famed for their seafood. Before heading off, history buffs will love visiting the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village.

Afternoon: Warrnambool to Mount Gambier via Hamilton

Your scenic afternoon ride starts with an inland run up Caramut Road, taking you past tussock-lined paddocks along the Woolsthorpe-Heywood Road to Broadwater, on the edge of the Budj Bim National Park. 

Your route then turns northwards, past Mount Napier State Park and up to Hamilton, in the Southern Grampians. Break here for afternoon tea, and a visit to the Sir Reginald Ansett Transport Museum; housed in the ill-fated Ansett airline’s first hangar, the museum is a fascinating look into the achievements of one of the pioneers of aviation in Australia.

After Hamilton, ride along the Dartmoor-Hamilton Road through the rugged state forests and sleepy country towns near the border, then get onto the Glenelg Highway for an easy cruise home. Before heading home, take time to marvel at the world-famous Umpherston Sinkhole and its underground gardens—the crowds thin out towards the end of the day, allowing for easier exploration. 

Highlights

Ride across the state border to explore beautiful Portland, enjoy lunch with a view at Warrnambool, then ride home through historic plantations and forests, and see the iconic Umpherston Sinkhole.

Suggested Schedule (485km | 5h45m hour ride, 8h00m day)

0900-1030 Section 1

1030-1100 Morning Tea

1100-1215 Section 2

1215-1330 Lunch

1330-1445 Section 3

1445-1515 Afternoon Tea

1515-1700 Section 4

Stop 1: Morning Tea, Portland
  • The Lido Larder (open Mon-Sat, 0730-1200)

Website | 03 5521 1741

5 Julia St, Portland VIC 3305 

  • Margaret & Agnes (open everyday, 0800-1400)

Website | 03 5548 4768 

73 Bentinck St, Portland VIC 3305 

Stop 2: Lunch, Warrnambool
  • Proudfoots By The River (open Wed-Sat, 1000-1600)

Website | 03 5561 5055

2 Simpson St, Warrnambool VIC 3280

  • Pippies By The Bay (open everyday, 1000-1600)

Website | 03 5561 2188

91 Merri St, Warrnambool VIC 3280

  • Graze (open Tue-Sat, 0700-1330)

Website | 1300 205 590 

52A Kepler St, Warrnambool VIC 3280

Stop 3: Afternoon Tea, Hamilton
  •  Woodys Cafe (open Mon-Fri, 0600-1500)

Website | 03 5572 5923

113 Thompson St, Hamilton VIC 3300

  • Tosca Browns (open everyday, 0830-1600)

Website | 0423 712 911

211 Gray St, Hamilton VIC 3300

  • Blue Malt Restaurant and Beer Lounge (open everyday, 0900-1500)

Website | 03 5572 5417 

106 Gray St, Hamilton VIC 3300

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