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by Kevin Liepins (subscribe)
A lover of Brisbane, particularly the Moreton Bay region at Wynnum Manly and the beautiful Scenic Rim and have live in the Queensland Outback. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky places and event in my own backyard.
Published January 19th 2017
Do the 'Loop' for FREE
Free Bikes Adelaide is a great way to explore the Festival City. Traverse along wide streets, through parklands, beautiful gardens, iconic attractions and along the Torrens River to fully appreciate the nature and cultural identify of this vibrant city. And the best thing is it's totally FREE and is doable by anyone with reasonable fitness. There are no hills to worry about more inclines if anything and the bikes are each equipped with three gears to help when it's needed.

 Free Bikes Adelaide
Free Bikes Adelaide


I did the 18km 'Loop' around the whole city in an afternoon taking just 2-3 hours at a leisurely pace with the odd break to relax and enjoy the views. The shorter River Torrens Linear Park Trail City Loop at 9.6km in length is easily achievable in 45-60 minutes. The route takes you on a leisurely tour along the Torrens River meandering along its banks with views of the Festival Hall, Convention Centre, and Botanical Gardens.

View over Torrens River
View over Torrens River


Loop around the Adelaide Zoo along the river and through leaf-laden trails for a delightful ride away from the hordes and animals just metres away over the zoo walls.

Along the river
Along the river


I picked up my bike from the Bike SA outlet in Carrington Street in the CBD and headed east along roads lined with heritage homes, shops and churches.

Adelaide heritage
Adelaide heritage


The route from East Terrace took me through parklands, along the Torrens River and past the foot of the famous Adelaide Oval.

Adelaide Oval view
Adelaide Oval view


There is plenty of signage along the way to direct you along with the 'Explore Adelaide by Bike' map from your bike hire point. Look out for works along the route and any detours.



Bikes are available from 21 locations across the CBD and in North Adelaide. It's best to check opening hours on the Free Bikes website and to note some locations have a small supply of bikes. The Bikes SA main office at 53 Carrington Street has a good supply. You just need to have photo ID to hire the bike and return within the opening times of the hire location.

Further details from the Free Bikes website
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Why? Free bikes to hire in Adelaide
When: All year
Phone: (08) 8168 9999
Where: Adelaide City
Cost: Free
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