Created by Renewal SA, the wide new path meanders for 2.2 kilometres from the Harts Mill precinct past the new Harts Mill playground and over the Jervois Bridge. The bridge has lost one car lane each way to safely fit the Port Adelaide loop path, which then descends next to the stately hundred year old Glanville Hotel. Some might be tempted to pop in and look around, but most people I saw promenading the loop path were family groups - either on bikes or with prams. It has been quickly adopted by other fitness enthusiasts for jogging and Nordic walking too.
The Glanville Hotel, One of the Heritage Buildings in Port Adelaide Council Area
The inner harbour loop path heads south almost as far as the Jervois Basin ship's graveyard before following the water's edge back north. It's the perfect place to look out for Port River dolphins here, or just pause and admire the view of the Harts Mill Port Adelaide precinct - a sight which has changed little in a hundred years.
The Port Adelaide Loop Path Passes the New Development at Newport Quays
People who enjoy more modern architecture will also appreciate the views of Newport Quays before you continue north towards Semaphore Road, past the wastelands that were once the Colonial Sugar Refinery Wharf and Musgrave Wharf. The Port Adelaide Loop Path runs alongside old docks littered with mooring bollards and other memorabilia from the maritime past, and alongside a massive shed that once was the Department of Marine and Harbors dockyard where their fleet was repaired using a 60 ton floating crane.
The Former Department of Marine and Harbors Dockyard
Unfortunately many of these sights are not signposted yet, so people not familiar with maritime Port Adelaide attractions may not recognise them. Luckily the Port Adelaide Enfield Council have created a brilliant resource - an interactive map of the area. The map allows you to superimpose historical photographs and aerial photos over the map to see how it looked in days gone by, and help bring the sights to life. It's also linked to the Council's Flickr page where you can find thousands more historical photos of the local area.
The Port Adelaide path continues along Jenkins Street where the huge GMH Birkenhead assembly plant once employed 100 people, before returning to the Harts Mill precinct where a spanking new playground provides many unique activities for kids, and a rest area for parents.
To see a map of the new inner harbour loop path, go to the Renewal SA website, then dig out your bike or walking shoes and head off. Take in the sights of the tall ships around the harbour, visit the markets, see the heritage buildings in Port Adelaide, and watch the local community enjoying their exercise around this attractive area.