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Walking Semaphore to Outer Harbour

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by Outrageous Jones (subscribe)
but you can just call me Ray. My life is full of great experiences, made better for sharing.
Published February 25th 2017
take a wild walk near Adelaide
I love a good walk or ride, and recently I took an adventure to get a new perspective on an old stomping ground at Semaphore.

Semaphore, Outer Harbour, Largs Bay, Jetty, Train, Walk
Semaphore


Starting and finishing at the Adelaide Railway Station on a relatively warm day, I took the train to Glanville, at the top end of Semaphore Road and meandered down to the sea, stopping for a coffee at Swedish Tarts, and window shopping in the many interesting stores along this long strip of shops.

Arriving at the mini-railway station, I stopped for a while to see the many Sunday outing families and delightfully excited children hopping aboard the train for the short ride along the coast to Fort Glanville.

Semaphore, Outer Harbour, Largs Bay, Jetty, Train, Walk
Semaphore Miniature Train

Moving on, I passed the beautiful 1990's restoration of the Semaphore Palais, the place my parents met, shortly after World War 2, as did many readers parents or grandparents I am sure.
Semaphore, Outer Harbour, Largs Bay, Jetty, Train, Walk
Largs Bay Jetty


Onwards along the lovely wide path towards the Largs Jetty and a short stroll to see if the air was a little cooler out to sea. The also loving restored Largs Pier Hotel, which no longer screams to the sounds of an early Cold Chisel.

Semaphore, Outer Harbour, Largs Bay, Jetty, Train, Walk
Busy Largs Bay


There were championships on at the Largs Bay Sailing Club, so it was abuzz with families and impossibly small sailing dinghies. Onwards to the recently sold Police Academy, with its Sandhill fitness course nearby. The stretch of Norfolk Island pines that follows leads on to the marina developments at North Haven. An ice cream from the North Haven Kiosk, and then a final stroll past the North Haven Golf Club, and some thousands of new cars lined up on the Wharf, the journey ended at the Outer Harbour Railway Station.

Semaphore, Outer Harbour, Largs Bay, Jetty, Train, Walk
Mosaic at Outer Harbour Station


Regular Trains (every thirty minutes on Sunday) mean that I just had time to help Russian ships mate, who had little English, navigate the railway ticket system and timetable, for his evening off in town. A very satisfying end to my 10km walk and a relaxed air-conditioned train ride back to the City for a well-earned beer before home.

Semaphore, Outer Harbour, Largs Bay, Jetty, Train, Walk
Thirsty Work on a Warm Day
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Why? Walking
Where: Semaphore Jetty
Cost: Free
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