Outdoor,photography,coffee, nature, food and culture lover; seeker of life's simple pleasures.
Published July 10th 2015
I have always enjoyed riding my bicycle, however I don't enjoy sharing the road with cars, trucks and speedy street smart cyclists.
This is why I explore many alternate routes and paths in which I can feel safe and also make my ride an enjoyable and picturesque experience. A while ago I discovered the Coast to Vines Rail Trail and it ticked all the boxes!
This 37 km ex railway line used to service stations from Marino Rocks all the way to Willunga. Although the steam train has been out of operation since 1969, the original path has been redeveloped for cyclists, hikers and horse riders to explore or even commute to work in a more environmental friendly manner.
Depending on your fitness level, you can do the whole 37 km in one day or do it in smaller distances and take more time to enjoy the journey.
Ride or walk along Marino's coastal cliffs; admire the vast ocean views from Hallett Cove; discover Australia's native plants all the way to Happy Valley; enjoy the sights of traditional Victorian era houses at Reynella; ride through the Onkaparinga river and see native birds; walk or cycle your way through infinite vineyards in McLaren Vale; or perhaps even join the Shiraz trail and discover the historic town of Willunga and its warm cafes and organic markets!
With all these touristic spots and attraction within Adelaide's suburbs, this trail certainly offers something for everyone and is absolutely free!
Riding through some parts you will feel like you are miles from anyone, however as the entire course runs through the suburbs, you are always close to all amenities, including toilets, restaurants and small shopping centres. If you prefer, you can pack your own food and have a pit stop at one of the numerous picnic facilities or resting areas provided.
Although native plants and trees are always there the whole year round, there is no better time than now to visit this trail; almond trees are blooming and it is an absolutely magical sight to come across thousands of tiny white petals. The blooming season is short, so be sure to grab your bike or walking shoes and discover the Coast to Vines Rail Trail.
If cute little flowers don't interest you much, there is still so much to amaze and amuse you, pick a starting point and enjoy 37 km of history and nature.