Just 3.5 kilometres in length, Anna Rennie Loop Path
offers both cyclists and walkers a great view of the Port River. The shared-use path encircles Port Adelaide's inner harbour and highlights its key historical elements.
You can follow the whole loop or simply choose sections to complete. Either way, it's an opportunity to stay active whilst enjoying the scenery. We even saw dolphins during our walk.
The path incorporates two bridges - Jervois Bridge and Birkenhead Bridge. Opened in 1878, the original Jervois swing bridge had a turning mechanism powered by steam. An operator, who sat in the steel gantry, would rotate the central span for ships to pass. This bridge was demolished in 1969, but remnants can still be seen today. Birkenhead Bridge, on the other hand, was opened in 1940 and is Australia's first double-bascule bridge.
Crossing Jervois Bridge will lead you to Lartelare Reserve, a significant Aboriginal heritage site. The area was filled with wardli and campfires before a sugar refinery commenced operations there. Today, you'll find indigenous plantings in the gardens as well as a shelter for public enjoyment. It is also a great spot to photograph Hart's Mill. Although destroyed by fire, the iconic mill was rebuilt and continued to operate until 1980.
A map of the path can be downloaded from the Our Port
website. Port Adelaide is approximately a 30-minute drive from the city.