Full Mawson - Adelaide to Blinman, 15 Days 6 - 21 May 2022
$2,995 BSA Member $3,195 Non-Member
Mini Mawson #1 Adelaide to Burra, 5 days 6 - 10 May 2022
$995 BSA Member $1,095 Non-Member
Mini Mawson #2 - Burra to Melrose, 6 days 10 - 15 May 2022
$1,140 BSA Member $1,240 Non-Member
Mini Mawson #3 – Melrose to Blinman, 7 days 15 - 21 May 2022
$1,345 BSA Member $1,475 Non-Member
Bring Your Own tent, sleeping bag/mat for camping
*** Optional Deluxe Camping accommodation – includes large 2 person tent, set up & packed down each day, plus 1 air mat per person. BYO pillow
***Available to Full Mawson participants only
The Outback Odyssey is not just for the super fit but it is a challenge. Depending on your level of fitness or time available there are several distance options available - so you consider your level and the amount you want to be challenged. Choose an option and enjoy the ride!
Click on the Route for each day below to view on ridewithgps.com
Route shown is a general guide - accuracy cannot be guaranteed and changes may occur prior to the event.
Mini Mawson One
Saturday 6 May - Adelaide to Lobethal - 40km Route Day 1
Sunday 7 May - Lobethal to Tanunda - 75km Route Day 2
Monday 8 May - Tanunda to Riverton - 78km Route Day 3
Tuesday 9 May - Riverton to Burra - 87km Route Day 4
Wednesday 10 May - Rest Day Burra Day 5
End Mini Mawson One
Start Mini Mawson Two
Mini Mawson Two
Thursday 11 May - Burra to Hallett - 85km Route Day 6
Friday 12 May - Hallett to Spalding - 46km Route Day 7
Saturday 13 May - Spalding to Laura - 83km Route Day 8
Sunday 14 May - Laura to Melrose - 57km Route Day 9
Monday 15 May - Rest Day Melrose - Day 10
End Mini Mawson Two
Start Mini Mawson Three
Mini Mawson Three
Tuesday 16 May - Melrose to Quorn - 71km Route Day 11
Wednesday 17 May - Quorn to Hawker - 112km Route Day 12
Thursday 18 May - Hawker to Rawnsley Park - 94km Route Day 13
Friday 19 May - Rawnsley Park to Wilpena Pound - 26km Route Day 14
Saturday 20 May - Wilpena Pound to Blinman - 66km Route Day 15
END of MAWSON TRAIL
Sunday 21 May - Blinman to Adelaide by coach
End Outback Odyssey & Mini Mawson Three
Below you will find essential information to help you enjoy your ride.
The 2023 Outback Odyssey Ride Guide can be viewed Here
An updated printed copy of the Ride Guide including any last minute amendments will be included in the rider Welcome Pack on the first day of the ride, along with your Outback Odyssey jersey and Mawson Trail maps that you will need to refer to along the way.
Please take time to view the following information resources
May is a great time to be riding the Mawson Trail with relatively stable weather. The extreme heat of summer is gone and it’s not yet time for the full onset of winter chills. Typically it’s mild sunny days and cool nights – ideal for riding.
Yes, the accommodation on Outback Odyssey is camping and you do need to supply your own tent, sleeping bag and inflatable mattress.
When you arrive in the campsite at the end of each day you’ll need to collect your luggage/tent from the luggage truck and set up your own tent. The next morning you pack everything up and take it back to the luggage truck for transport to the next destination.
Optional Deluxe Camping accommodation also available– includes large 2 person tent, set up & packed down each day, plus 1 air mat per person. BYO pillow
Available to Full Mawson participants only
There may be the option of extra cabin/pub/B&B/motel accommodation in some places on route for riders to organise for themselves. You are more than welcome to do a combination of tent/cabin accommodation for the trip if you wish to have a few nights of luxury. More information regarding accommodation options at each of the overnight venues will be posted in due course
The ride will depart from from Adelaide CBD – venue to be confirmed
Official start time is 8.30am, so please be early to register and load your luggage. Parking plus coffee and croissants will be available from 7am. There will be a briefing at 8.10am before we head off along the banks of the Torrens River and wave goodbye to the city.
The total luggage allowance is 25kg but individual luggage items must not exceed 14kg (it’s easier and safer to pack two lighter bags than one big bag). Excess baggage fees apply up to a maximum of 28kg. See the My Gear info sheet for more detail. If flying to Adelaide please take time to check your airline ticket/baggage restrictions.
Luggage can be dropped off and loaded straight on to the luggage truck at our office on the Friday afternoon prior to departure from 3pm until 5pm only. Take a small overnight bag for your night in Adelaide. This can be loaded onto the luggage truck at the official departure point on Saturday morning. There is no facility for overnight bike or luggage storage.
Adelaide Airport Flyer offers door-to-door minibus transfers from/to Adelaide airport, outer suburbs and surrounding area. Door-to-door 7 day service. Reservation is appreciated at least 48 hours prior to travel.
Phone 1300 856 444 or +61 8 8389 3528 | Fax +61 8 8389 3572 | www.adelaideairportflyer.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Adelaide Superb Chauffeurs offer luxury airport transfers in a Mercedes Benz V-Class van and enclosed bike trailer. Maximum of 6 people.
Call Shane on 0477 788 654 or via their website www.adelaidesuperbchauffeurs.com
You can also book a Maxi Cab.
Des’s Mini Bus Phone: (08) 8440 1600 https://dessminibus.com.au
Adelaide Independent Taxis Phone: 13 22 11 www.aitaxis.com.au/maxi-taxis
The Outback Odyssey is a ride for all who enjoy “off-road” riding, with kilometres of trail perfect for uninterrupted touring. The Trail’s unsealed roads are usually great to ride on. They’re wide with a good camber. Of course, there will always be a few potholes and crumbling edges in places, so care is needed. And in the Flinders Ranges you may come across washed out creek beds. The surface aggregate can change in an instant from firm and rocky to loose and sandy. And if there is a lot of rain, some parts of the trail can become quite sticky, slippery and at times very boggy. This is why knobbly mountain bikes tyres are essential.
On previous Outback Odyssey rides some have chosen to ride a lighter hybrid style bike with wide, grippy tyres and more recently Gravel / CX bikes have become more popular for off-road trail riding. Whilst it is possible to ride the Mawson Trail on any of these types of bikes, we have found that a mountain bike provides the best all round option to cater for a wide variety of trail surfaces and weather conditions.
We recommend you bring a mountain bike with a minimum of front suspension to allow a more comfortable ride all round. We would also highly recommend that your bike has disc brakes for increased braking efficiency and less likelihood of clogging with mud in wet conditions.
If you don’t have a suitable mountain bike, then you can hire one from Bicycle SA. We have a limited number to choose from in a range of sizes. Please contact Bike SA office on 08 8168 9999 or email email@example.com for more details.
Yes, you are more than welcome to use an electric assist bicycle, provided that it complies with South Australian Standards relevant to “Pedelec power assisted bicycles” i.e.maximum 250w power output using pedal-assist system only. View SA Compliance Details Here
A designated “recharging area” will be located at each overnight venue but you will need to provide your own cables for recharging batteries.
Please be aware that access to 240v power outlets may be limited in some venues and you will need to share recharging time with other riders.
The Outback Odyssey registration fee includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day EXCEPT for the following meals:
Breakfast on Day 1 in Adelaide
Lunch on the Rest Days at Burra and Melrose
Lunch and Dinner on the Final day
For those participating in the shorter Mini-Mawson ride options, all daily meals are included apart from Dinner only on arrival day and Breakfast only on departure morning.
We shall do our utmost to cater for riders who have specific dietary requirements, i.e. vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, lactose intolerant, low fat, etc.
For those riders who have more specific dietary needs including low FODMAP, Paleo and food allergies, please feel free to contact us with any concerns you may have.
Call 8168 9999 or send your queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Adelaide to Burra (for Mini Mawson 2 riders) - $95
Burra to Adelaide (for Mini Mawson 1 riders) - $95
Adelaide to Melrose (for Mini Mawson 3 riders) - $105
Melrose to Adelaide (for Mini Mawson 1 & 2 riders) - 105
Melrose to Burra (for Mini Mawson 2 riders) - $75
Blinman to Adelaide (for final stage Mawson riders) - $155**
Blinman to Melrose (for Mini Mawson 3 riders) - $155**
Blinman to Burra (for Mini Mawson 2 & 3 riders) - $155**
**Transfer prices from Blinman to Melrose and Burra are set as it takes up a seat from the Adelaide coach
Adelaide to Burra – Wed 10 May (for Mini Mawson 2 riders)
Depart Bicycle SA office 1.00pm: Arrive approx 4.00pm.
Burra to Adelaide – Wed 10 May (for Mini Mawson 1 riders)
Depart 8.00am: Arrive approx 11.00am.
Adelaide to Melrose – Mon 15 May
Depart Bicycle SA office 1.00pm: Arrive Melrose approx 4.30pm.
Melrose to Adelaide – Mon 15 May
Depart 8.00am: Arrive approx 11.30am
Melrose to Burra – Mon 15 May
Depart 8.30am: Arrive approx 10.30am
Blinman to Melrose / Burra / Adelaide - Sun 21 May Depart at 8.30am.
Buses will arrive in Melrose at approx 12.30pm and in Burra at approximately 2.30pm.
Buses will arrive at Adelaide Central Bus Station at approximately 6pm.
It is not necessary to pack your bike into a box for the coach transfer. We have plenty of cardboard/blankets to cushion the transported bikes. You will however, have to turn the handlebars and remove the pedals, depending on the available space.
Bicycle SA is currently negotiating access to secure parking facilities in Adelaide CBD. Further details including cost will be made available as soon as they are confirmed.
Car parking will also be available for those starting in Burra or Melrose – details to be advised.
Private support vehicles are not permitted along the route (sections of the Mawson Trail can only be accessed by special permit). Depending on capacity, special arrangements may be made with non-riding partners, to be part of the event, camping with us and sharing meals. However, there is a limit to how many people can participate in Outback Odyssey and priority will always be given to those riding. Contact Bicycle SA for options. Non-riding partners may also consider volunteering for the event, helping with catering, logistics, transport or a range of other roles.
Contact volunteer coordinator Maureen Merrick for details – email@example.com
We recommend that all participants purchase travel insurance at the time of booking- to cover you for everything that could occur (cancellation due to illness/injury, lost/damaged baggage in transit, theft of bike, flight changes, etc.) The following outlines our refund/cancellation policy: