May, 2021

01MayAll Day16Outback Odyssey RideAn epic ride through the remote Flinders RangersAdelaideState:SADiscipline:Gravel,MTBTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:1-40 km,160+ km,41-80 kmType Ride:Multi-day,Recreational

Ride Details

The Outback Odyssey is 15 days of freedom following the Mawson Trail from Adelaide.

The Outback Odyssey is 15 days of freedom riding your MTB or Gravel bike on the Mawson Trail from Adelaide to Blinman, deep in the Flinders Ranges. This is a 900km ride that is not just for the super-fit but it is a challenge as well. This is a ride that you will need to train for.

The ride has been broken into 4 stages:

  • Full Mawson (Adelaide to Blinman, 15 Days)
  • Mini Mawson #1 (Adelaide to Burra, 5 days)
  • Mini Mawson #2 (Burra to Melrose, 6 days)
  • Mni Mawson #3  (Melrose to Blinman, 7 days)

This is is the expected route:

Day 1. Adelaide to Lobethal 40km, 630m ascent and 270m descent(Full Mawson and Mini Mawson #1 starts)

Day 2. Lobethal to Tanunda 73km, 640m ascent and 780m descent

Day 3. Tanunda to Riverton 78km, 570m ascent and 570m descent

Day 4. Riverton to Burra 87km, 840m ascent and 630m descent

Day 5. Rest Day Burra (Mini Mawson #1 finishes and Mini Mawson #2 starts)

Day 6. Burra to Hallett 85km, 860m ascent and 760m descent

Day 7. Hallett to Spalding 46km, 250m ascent and 560m descent

Day 8. Spalding to Laura 83km, 540m ascent and 580m descent

Day 9. Laura to Melrose 57km, 570m ascent and 430m descent

Day 10. Rest Day Melrose (Mini Mawson #2 ends and Mini Mawson #3 starts)

Day 11. Melrose to Quorn 71km, 380m ascent and 470m descent

Day 12. Quorn to Hawker 112km, 450m ascent and 430m descent

Day 13. Hawker to Rawnsley Park 94km, 460m ascent and 330m descent

Day 14. Rawnsley Park to Wilpena Pound 26km, 200m ascent and 110m descent

Day 15. Wilpena Pound to Blinman 66km, 510m ascent and 440m descent (Full Mawson and Mini Mawson #3 finishes)


The organiser, BikeSA, is a not for profit organisation, independent of government, who promote all types of cycling and is focused on improving riding condition in SA.

You’ll find other cycling events, like the Outback Odyssey, in our online Cycling Event Calendar.



The Outback Odyssey is 15 days of freedom following the Mawson Trail from Adelaide.


1 May - 16 May


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