SA Discovery Tour (Tour de Cure)

May, 2020

01MayAll Day03SA Discovery Tour (Tour de Cure)An epic 3 day ride through unforgettable Kangaroo IslandVictor HarbourState:SADiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:160+ kmType Ride:Charity,Multi-day,Recreational

riders from the Tour de Cure SA Discovery tour


Ride Details

The SA Discovery Tour is a challenging 3 day ride through the pristine wine regions surrounding Adelaide.

The SA Discovery Tour by Tour de Cure is a 3 day ride on Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island is renowned for it’s wildlife and rugged beauty. Perfect for enjoying by bike!

This is a challenging ride covering between 300-450km, with riders being split into two groups: the standard route and a longer route for those wanting even more of a challenge.

The SA Discovery Tour starts at Victor Harbour for a welcome dinner the evening before. Victor Harbour is located approximately 80km south of Adelaide and is easily accessible by road and bus.

Day 1. You’ll ride to Cape Jarvis and take a ferry over to Kangaroo Island where you’ll either complete 122km with 1300 m elevation gain or  14 km with 1400 m elevation gain. You’ll overnight at Kingscote for both nights.

Day 2. You’ll continue to the far end of the island the riders, completing either 108kms with 600m elevation gain, or 118km with a 700m elevation gain.

Day 3. You’ll ride either 122km with 1300m elevation gain or 140km with 1500m elevation gain. Both groups will then travel by ferry from Cape Jervis back to Victor Harbour. Well done and your job is done!

If you have a gravel bike or a mountain bike, you will be well served as the roads are not all tarred on Kangaroo Island. You’ll get to experience the crushed limestone as your road base which is a solid surface to ride on.

The weather for May is at the end of Autumn, so you can expect a cool temperate climate of 5 to 20 degrees, with the chance of drizzle. Best to bring some wet weather gear just in case.

The SA Discovery Tour raises vital funds for pioneering cancer research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. It is organised by the Tour de Cure, an Australian charity that raises money to fund cancer research, prevention and support services and programs.  They are based in Sydney and organise cycling tours and fundraising events throughout Australia. There are a series of events to suit riders who live in any state of Australia covering different timeframes. This includes the Signature Tour from Sydney to Geelong this year, the High Country Charity Ride, the Westpac 202,  the Woolies Wheels and Walks, the SA Discovery Tour, the LIFE Ride, the Peter Mac Ride,  the Can4Cancer ride.  That is 8 rides in total each year!

Most of the rides tend to be a multi-day ride or event covering anywhere from 200 to 1000 km.

The Tour de Cure cycling events have some well-known high profile cyclists including a former professional cyclist, Jens Voigt, Australian champion rower Drew Ginn,  Paralympic Matthew Formston, the professional actor Eric Bana and the Sunrise sports presenter Mark Beretta. These people cycle the full event,  they don’t just sit on the sideline and wave you off at the start line. They ride the whole distance with you, so you can get up close and personal.

You’ll find other cycling events, like the SA Discovery Tour, in our online Cycling Event Calendar.


The SA Discovery Tour is a challenging 3 day ride through the pristine wilderness of Kangaroo Island.


1 May - 3 May


Victor Harbour, SA

Victor Harbour

Extra Information

  • Kit (Jersey & knicks)
  • Hydration/Water
  • Meals and snacks
  • SAG Wagon
  • Mechanic
  • Medic
  • Accommodation included
  • fundraising minimum $3,000