The Barossa Council is gunning for a tourism boost for the wine regions with a proposed bike track that spans McLaren Vale to the Clare Valley, which flows through the Adelaide Hills and the Barossa.
The region is looking for a major tourism boost after the COVID-19 crisis decimated their tourism income, and are pushing for the new bike track to open the regions for more visitors.
The bike track which would be over 250 km long would cover various terrains and surfaces, is being proposed by The Barossa Council, who believe this project could be incredibly beneficial economically for the region.
The bike track would be known as The Adelaide Wine Capital Cycle Trail and would span from McLaren Vale to Clare Valley via the Adelaide Hills and the Barossa.
The trail would also allow riders to travel throughout 22 small towns within the region.
The Barossa Council Mayor, Bim Lange announced plans for this exciting new venture earlier this week, with six councils including Onkaparinga, Mount Barker and Adelaide Hills also on board for the proposed development.
Mr Lange is seeking federal funding through the Building Better Regions Fund as he believes that this venture would likely lead to many new job opportunities through the construction phase and with the increase in tourism.
“We think this is something very unique for Australia. There’s nothing like this to this degree in Australia, and there’s only a few places in the world that have something like this,” Mr Lange told the ABC.
After being impacted by droughts, bushfires and now the Coronavirus, Mr Lange also believes this new bike track may be key to giving the Barossa region the tourism boost it needs.
“It’s something we believe will be of significant regional benefit.”
More to come.