Perfect Rides


Organiser – Peter Harrison 0448 364 138

“Peter’s Exploratory Rides For the Enjoyment of Country Tracks.”
Locations within 2 hours drive of TTG. 9:00 AM start. 65 – 70 km. Gravel roads to tracks. Pace to the slowest rider 12 – 15 kph
Bring morning tea, lunch, water etc. Return about 4:00 pm. Normally no facilities along the ride. For the more experienced self sufficient rider.

More details will be published prior to each ride.

2020 PERFECT rides…
Sunday January 19th
Sunday February 16th
Sunday March 15th
Sunday April 19th
Sunday May 17th
Sunday June 21st
Sunday July 19th
Sunday August 16th
Sunday September 20th
Sunday October 18th
Sunday November 15th
Sunday December 13th

Please let me know if you would like to lead a ride on one of those dates or if you have a request for a particular ride.

Next ride details…

Sunday 19th January 2020 – Palmer 9am
Meet in parking bay on the right as you enter Palmer from Adelaide.  Leave from Palmer at 9am and head south east to intersect the disused Monarto-Sedan rail line. As part of the April ride last year we rode a section of this same rail line near Monarto. If navigable we will ride the maintenance track alongside the line south to Reedy Creek Bridge, otherwise we will use the adjacent road. We then head east to Mannum for lunch on the river bank. After lunch we head north west through a gully and gap returning to Palmer from the north.
The ride is approximately 55km on mainly dirt/gravel roads and tracks. There is a small amount of sealed road to contend with.
The only facilities on this ride are at Mannum. Please ensure that you carry with you enough food and water for this distance.

The ride will leave at from the parking bay on the right as you enter Palmer from Adelaide.

Please let me know if you are coming.




Older rides:

Meet at Robertstown ready to ride at 8:30 AM Sunday 22 September

Goyder Interpretive Gardens, Commercial St Robertstown

65 km of dirt/gravel roads and tracks. Cross both Spring Hut and Burra creeks (twice) – compare the size of Spring Hut Creek as it comes off the Ranges compared to what we saw last month at Bower Dam. The low elevation point will be the so called Gordon Lagoon. (Never seen any water in it!) We will stop at Government Dam to compare it with Bower Dam we saw last month. This ride is a longer one at 65km and there are no short cuts after the 19 km mark, but it is relatively flat so we should be OK.

Roberstown – Gordon Lagoon Profile 09-19

Robertstown – Gordon Lagoon 09-19

Please print the maps and profile to bring – I will only have limited copies in future. Let me know if you have any difficulty printing.

There are no facilities on this ride.

Sunday 25th August – no climbs!!
Meet at Sutherlands ready to ride at  8:30 AM. 50 km – 70 km out to Bower Dam returning via Bower and either The Stock Route or Mallee Road. We will decide the actual return route on the day depending on conditions – shortest will be 50 km and the longest 70 km. Relatively flat ride on gravel/dirt roads.
No facilities or shops on the ride.

Highlights of the ride:-

  • Bower dam – not sure if this is a government or station dam. It is at the end of Spring Hut Creek where it peters out on the mallee plains. It flows for about 30 km from the Bluff Range (just above Robertstown) – quite a large deep creek near its origins.
  • Bower Lime Kilns. This is registered as a heritage ruin but I am not sure if it is still standing. In the 1920s and 30s there was a thriving industry in Bower supplying mallee logs and roots to Adelaide (for heating houses etc). The logs were loaded onto trains at the Bower station. The lime kilns were used to make early forms of cement (obviously using the mallee logs as fuel)  – the second highest employer in the region. The modern Portland cement was introduced in 1910 and slowly took over lime cement – I wonder if the final demise of the lime kilns was due to a shortage of mallee logs?
  • The Stock Route – one of the many wide right of ways existing throughout the state for the movement of stock when droving was the only alternative for moving stock. This one stretches from Eudunda to Morgan.
  • Sutherlands – named after William Sutherland who took up 2 sections of land in 1881

Sunday 21st July starting from the Red Grape Bakery at Sevenhill at 8:30 AM
I will double check before the ride, but the Bakery opens at 7 AM for an early morning coffee!! Right next to the Sevenhill pub as well!!!!! Setting out along Possingham Pit Road, down Spring Gully, north to Armargh and white hut, crossing Camel Hump Range on the Old Burra Road, swinging back towards Farrel Flat and back to Sevenhill. The theme of the ride will be to explore why the Burra Road was first on this route and then abandoned in favour of the current road through Farrell Flat.

Sunday 16th June starting from Waterloo at 9 am.
Dirt and gravel roads and tracks criss-crossing the Tothill Range to Koonoona and return.
I have recounted the gaps – 9 all told.  Quinn, Webb, Niblett, Tothill, No name gap (hardly a gap at all), Logan, Stony, Emuville, & Moller.  Some were used for the Copper Road (Burra – Adelaide) and others for local use. There are no prizes for picking which ones where on the  Copper Road (too obvious on a bike!)
The ride also skirts the Apoinga Lagoon – the site of a copper smelter I the early days of the state but (as far as I know) no trace remains.
We will also past 2 of the original properties in the area Koonoona and Emuville.
The meeting place will be in the car park on the Eastern side of the road (by the hall and playground.)
The road from Marrabel to Waterloo has a (good) Gravel section – depending on the settings, your GPS/mapping programme may divert you to Saddleworth then on to Waterloo to avoid the gravel.
There are no facilities on this ride – please bring food water tools and spares.
Please let me know if you are coming.
Peter’s ride report

Sunday 19th May starting from Eudunda at 9 am.
There will be a section along the top of the escarpment above Eudunda with a “technical” descent down the “track” from the Radio tower.

It will include Deep Creek Road but not sure whether to go up it or down it. (There is another “technical” section of this road that is a bit rocky – a hoot to ride on a mountain bike but more care needed with other bikes. (I have ridden it many times on a touring bike with narrow tires). Depending on which way I decide to go on Deep Creek Road there may be a ride up historic Lights Pass.
David’s ride report

Sunday 14th April 9 AM start at Murray Bridge Community Club on Murray Cods Drive in Sturt Reserve.

The plan is to ride north out of Murray Bridge along the river and then head inland to pick up the currently unused Monarto South to Sedan railway branch. If possible we will navigate this down to Monarto Zoo before heading back to Murray Bridge.
The ride will be approximately 60 kilometres of mainly gravel roads and some dirt track.
There are no towns or services on the route. Riders must be fully self sufficient – Water, tools, spares and food.
David’s ride report

Sunday 17th March 8 AM start at Truro Main Carpark (Northern Side Main Road)

60 km of mainly gravel and dirt Roads. (There is scope for shortcuts in the case of extreme hot weather down to about 45 km) Riding West from Truro bypassing St Kitts and Mount Rufus. Down Leakes Pass(drop about 100 m in 3 km – should be a hoot!) and on to Neales Flat. Returning via “The Watchbox”, Rocky Creek Reserve and the Dutton Mail Road.
David’s ride report

Sunday 13th Jan  Start  9 AM  Hill St Kapunda (near the Ambulance Station) 56 km mostly dirt and gravel roads.  Kapunda – Jim Hill – River Light (my favourite crossing – remnants of 2 separate bridges that were washed away until they gave up and put in a cause way). Past historic Anlaby Station to the hamlet of Buchanan and Tarnma Creek. Return via a secluded track east of Tarnma, Waterloo Plains and (the base of) Mount Allen. No facilities on the ride – bring tools water food etc. If the weather is very hot there is the potential to reduce the distance to ~45 km

Sunday 10th Feb, Oval entrance Tarlee.
Note Start time has been moved forward to 8 AM (This is in case of hot weather – I have set the time rather than try and shift it when forecast is known.

60 km dirt and gravel roads. Will go through Hamley Bridge, unknown if shop is operating . Ride north along the Gilbert River flats to Giles Corner and Kelly Hill. Then on to Hamley Bridge – the junction of the Light and Gilbert River. Looping back towards Stockport, but passing over Pine Ridge and back to Tarlee along the banks of the Gilbert River. Assume no services available so bring lunch, water, tools and spares

The November Perfect Ride will be from Mount Bryan on 25th Nov 9 AM

~57 km via White Hill Road, Newickie and Dust Hole Creeks. Highlight will be a 6 km downhill dropping from 600m to 450m (without a major hill to climb afterwards!!!)

This will be in a more remote area so food, water and tools essential.

At this stage I intend to camp at the campsite at Mt Bryon on Sat night (note that I believe the Mt Bryan Hotel has again closed)

Sunday  28th October starting at Waterloo at 9 AM

Just under 48 km of dirt/gravel Roads crossing the Bluff and Tothill ranges. Starting with a short loop through the back streets of Waterloo to gain an appreciation of how large the town used to be. (Compare what is there now with the map of the town in its heyday.) Then Quin Gap, Webb Gap, Brady Creek, Lagoon Hill, Niblet Gap, Moeller Gap and back to Waterloo.

No facilities on the ride so bring lunch water and tools etc.

Sunday July 15th from Porter Lagoon at 9:00 AM. 60 km on dirt/gravel roads. This is a repeat of last months ride that didn’t eventuate for a variety of reasons. The ride has been swapped around so that we can follow one of the many routes taken by the bullock drays transporting copper from the Burra mines. The ride will follow the Springbank Valley to Burra North and the railway station. The rail line was used to transport copper, grain and sheep from the area – we will see what remains of these activities. An early lunch/late morning tea in Burra (can but lunch and coffee).

The return will be via the Old Adelaide Road – past the sight of the “Sod Hut” – the first stop for the bullockies. Then on to Stony Gap and Koonoona station, Emuville and Black Springs. Returning to Porter Lagoon with a stop at the Old Black Springs Cemetery if time permits.

Sunday 17th June 2018   9:00 AM from Porter Lagoon ((picnic area off Lagoon Road)
Distance will be between 50 – 60 km depending on the route we take if the weather is inclement. Will be mostly gravel roads and relatively flat. Full route – Porter Lagoon – Black Springs – Emuville – Old Adelaide Road – along the banks of the Burra Creek to Burra. Return via Spring Bank Valley to Porter Lagoon.
We can buy lunch (and coffee!) in Burra.

February 25th 2018 9am start.
Meet at the Centennial Gardens Eudunda (on the left on Worlds End Highway as you come into town from Kapunda).
I haven’t done much riding in this area so it will be an “exploratory ride”. The planned distance is 63 km however depending on how we are going we could make a left turn at Long Hill and descend directly into Eudunda – 47 km.
There are also other possibilities to shorten the ride if conditions are extreme.

The general route is:-
Eudunda, Wombat flat, Leakes Pass, Tableland, The Triangle, Hansborough, Long Hill, Smith Road (down hill!), Wombat Flat, Eudunda. Mostly dirt/gravel roads with a few more km of bitumen than usual (due to the unfortunate positioning of the River Light).

No facilities – bring own food, water, tools etc.

January 21st 2018 Starting at Gawler Central Railway Station, to Freeling and return. details TBA.

November Perfect Ride

Start Sunday 19th November 9 AM opposite Cambrai general store.

~55km dirt and gravel roads.  Ride up Pine Hut Rd , following the man made stone walls on each side of the road.  Good views from the top back towards the River Murray.

Lunch at Eden Valley Oval.  A magnificent 15km continual down hill to finish.

As is the norm for Perfect rides , there are few facilities on the ride. You will need to bring tools, lunch, water , spares etc.

Please let me know if you intend riding.

Andrew Catchpoole 0419 850 397

September Perfect Ride Cancelled

This ride will start at at  Hamley Bridge , the junction of the Light and  Gilbert Rivers and an historic railway town. About 50km.

We’ll roughly follow the Gilbert River valley and rail line through Stockport and up to Tarlee, then climb up through the southern section of the Clare hills, followed by a downhill run back to Hamley Bridge.

Please let me know if you’re interested in riding.

Tony Bazeley 0449 759 643

August Perfect Ride

Sunday 27th August, Start at Sedan (in front of Church) at 9 AM.   68 km some bitumen, gravel and dirt roads and tracks. Sedan through Moorundie Wildlife Park to the pumping station on the Murray.  Returning via Yookamurra Sanctuary.  Lunch will be on the banks of the Murray.

There are no facilities on the ride. Please arrive early to ensure a 9 AM start due to the length of the ride.


July Perfect ride

Start 9AM Sunday July 30th Sevenhill –  Little Red Grape Co car park.
Please let me know if you intend riding, either by return email, or my mobile.

0449 759 643 –

June Perfect ride

Start 9 AM Sunday July 2nd Eudunda Memorial Gardens

54km mainly gravel and dirt roads. Down Deep Creek Road and Slate Road to Peep Hill. Climb the escarpment up Emmaus Road to Hampden. Along the top of the Escarpment with a superb downhill down Point Pass and return to Eudunda.

No facilities available on the ride

Please contact KevD [] Mob – 0411203893 if you are coming

May Perfect ride

Sunday 4th June 9 AM

Booborowie Hall

(North West Corner of town)

62km of mainly gravel/dirt Roads.

Booborowie is a little further than normal and can be accessed from Burra (all bitumen), Hansen (dirt road at your own risk!) This was the locals preferred route 50 years ago but not sure how well it has been maintained now the bitumen goes to Burra!), Clare via good gravel roads.

The ride will be North from Booborowie fording Palace and Booborowie Creeks, and along Rotten Gully Creek to the base of Browne Range (we should be able to see the old stone wall running along the top of the range.

East past the historic properties of East Bungareee and Petherton  House along Tumelo Creek, crossing Cartapo Creek and then along Palace Creek finishing with a delightful 9km downhill to Booborowie.

In Booborowie we ride past the old John Martins Store. (Yes THE John Martins had a department store in Booborowie with its own Christmas Pageant!)

We will try to solve the riddle of the enigmatic Palace Creek – it runs for approximately 13 km in an area that has approximately 12 inches (300mm) annual rainfall, with no tributary creeks but has carved out a channel 5 – 10 metres deep with near vertical sides.

Then is the space of 500 metres it virtually disappears just before it joins Booborowie Creek.

There are no facilities on the ride – bring lunch morning tea, water and tools and spares.

Please let me know if you are coming

Peter Harrison

0448 364 138


April Perfect Ride

Kapunda – Anlaby

Sunday 23rd April 9AM

Hill Street, Kapunda (by ambulance Station)

55km Dirt and Gravel Roads.

Kapunda – St Johns – Bagot Well – Anlaby _- Buchanan – Allendale North – Kapunda.

The ride will explore the early history of the state. Historic buildings,  Kapunda Copper Mine, early settlers futile attempts to withstand the might of the Light River, historic culverts, Anlaby Station.

See if we can discover why the River Light takes a huge detour around Kapunda.

No facilities on the ride – bring food, drink, tools, spares etc

Please let me know if you are coming

Peter Harrison

0448 364 138


January Perfect Ride

9 AM 29th January 2017   Palmer

Meet at the Reserve on West Side of town.

56 km Dirt/Gravel Roads some bitumen.

South from Palmer to Faehrmann Road, along the river flats through the old dairy industry area.

Early lunch and coffee at Mannum.

Ride up Long Gully – Observe the effects of erosion – both historic and recent.

Discover Palmer Reservoir and the reason for its seemingly poor location on the side of a relatively flat hill.

Return to Palmer via Rathjen Gap.

Please let me know if you are coming.

Regards, Peter Harrison  0448 364 138

February  Perfect Ride

9 AM 26th February 2017   Palmer

Meet at the Reserve on West Side of town.

73 km mostly gravel/dirt roads with some bitumen.

Climb the escarpment along Davenport Road (Palmer Cooke Hill Road  on older maps), following the Millendella Creek from Rathjen Gap onwards.

By pass Eden Hills and drop down the escarpment on Pine Hut Road (drops 230 m in 5 km). Return to Palmer along the bottom of the escarpment.

There are no facilities on this ride. Bring lunch, water, tools etc.

The distance is longer than normal to give the opportunity for some conditioning before the Flinders Trip.

There are shorter loops we can take in the event of hot weather (from 26km up to 56 km).

As the distance is longer than normal it is also OK if anyone wants to cut the distance down by doing a U turn and riding back to Palmer up until the 31 km mark.

Please confirm if you are coming by email or SMS in the week before the ride.

Peter 0448 364 138


For those who don’t know PERFECT is an an acronym for Peters Exploratory Rides For the Enjoyment of Country Tracks.