Prepare to sip and cycle your way through South Australia on this active themed Journey with your hosts of FF Mt. Barker! Pedal through wineries, get up close and personal with some native Australian critters, and expand your knowledge of the arts and more on this wonderful Journey!
Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force club of Mount Barker.
Live With a Local
- Partake in many opportunities to meet socially while enjoying a variety of activities, including meals and drinks which showcase the diversity of our local produce.
- Enjoy an indigenous welcome to Australia.
- Learn about the history & culture of the region.
- Commemorate Remembrance Day (World War I Armistice - November 11th).
- Visit the local farmers market.
- Plenty of Cycling & walking through scenic rural areas
- Hahndorf & Lobethal German Heritage
- Mount Barker summit
- Hans Heysen’s home & studio + other artistic venues
- Sculpture trail
- Numerous bakeries and coffee shops
Experience fine dining and wining combined with easy cycling on rail trails in the beautiful Adelaide Hills and environs during this southern spring. We will focus on various local products from this fertile region, including world class wines. - Host Coordinator
Cycling, Dining and Wining with Mt. Barker, Australia
9 Days / 8 Nights Program and Itinerary:
November 9, 2017 – November 17, 2017
Coordinator: David Adams, FF Mount Barker & Districts
All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.
Day 1 – Thursday, Nov. 9
Ambassadors arrive in Mount Barker
Tour of town Linear Trails
Day 2 – Friday, Nov. 10
A.M.: Amy Gillett Rail Trail (cycle/walk)
Lunch at Gorge Wildlife Park/Koala cuddle
P.M.: Lenswood Forest Trail (cycle/walk)
Happy Hour at Lenswood
Day 3 – Saturday, Nov. 11
A.M.: Mount Barker Market
11:00: Remembrance Day Service
Welcome to Country – Mount Barker Summit
Picnic lunch at Laratinga Wetlands
P.M.: History Walk in Mount Barker
Evening – Dinner Hosts
Day 4 – Sunday, Nov. 12
10.30: Steamranger “The Highlander” train Mount Barker to Strathalbyn
Lunch organized by Strathalbyn members
Rest of day free
Day 5 – Monday, Nov. 13
Southern Vales Trails & Wineries
A.M.: Cycle McLaren Vale <-> Willunga
Lunch at McLaren Vale
P.M. Coast to Vines Trail (Pedler Creek)/visit coast/wineries
Day 6 – Tuesday, Nov. 14
International Wine Centre
Lunch at Bombay Bicycle Club
City – The Handlebar or Paddle-boats on Torrens lake and/or Tram to Central Market/Glenelg
Day 7 – Wednesday, Nov. 15
FREE DAY – Barossa Valley/South Coast/Adelaide Hills/Langhorne Creek/Fleurieu Peninsula/National Motor Museum
Day 8 - Thursday, Nov. 16
A.M.: Hans Heysen’s “The Cedars” – tour
Rest of afternoon and evening free
Day 9 - Friday, Nov. 17
$700 USDPrice Includes: FFI fees, bicycle hire & transport, welcome & farewell lunch/dinner, train fare, some lunches, and several other meals & drinks. OPTIONAL: Adelaide “Handlebars”/Paddle-boats - Additional fee of $30 USD per person.
Know before you goThis is an active exchange that focuses on bicycling, wine, and food.
Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.