In 1997 the Torrens River Linear Park was completed. The entire area was originally subject to regular flooding, therefore the land running alongside the River Torrens was purchased in 1981 and a plan was hatched to mitigate the effect of that flooding the length of the river. This decision ultimately saw the development of a wonderful track that meanders approximately 35 kilometres between two points, beachside Henley Beach, which sits on the Gulf of St Vincent through to Adelaide's north east at Gorge Road, Athelstone near the Mt Lofty area.
The trail is the perfect place for individuals or the family to walk, jog or cycle at their leisure. There are also many opportunities to loop back at various stages, with the provision of numerous bridges. Ultimately this allows you to create a distance, that is suitable to your needs. And of course, you don't have to start at either of the starting/finishing points; you can actually pick up the track at countless other spots.
Many city landmarks are passed on your journey, for example: the Festival Theatre, the Convention Centre and the Adelaide Zoo. If you choose only to go as far as the city you can enjoy one of the many activities that grace our river's shores. It is a popular place to picnic and feed the ducks. If you prefer a more private spot, then it isn't hard to locate one outside of the city centre. The Linear Park walk is dotted with playgrounds and the occasional bench seat.
The path itself is divided like a road, with a left and right hand side. Cyclists are required to give way to pedestrians and will generally ring their bells to warn you of their presence, but pedestrians should also be mindful of where they are walking and not take up both lanes. Dogs need to be kept on a leash and caution should be taken when crossing at roads.
Currently the only place to hire a bicycle is at Torrens Lake, Elder Park in the city zone of the track. It is called Elder Park Hire and the number to call is 0400 596 065.
Should plant life or birdlife be high on your agenda to see, you won't be disappointed. Although there are numerous houses located behind linear park, there is a large amount of uninhabited land brimming with various flora and chirping birds.
Finally, if the day is hot why not pack your bathers and start from the north and head down to the west and jump into the clear ocean water at gorgeous Henley Beach. You'll find numerous cafes, bars and ice-cream shops there too. Adelaide beaches are beautiful and clean, with soft white sands and plenty of room. There is always something to do in Adelaide and the River Torrens Linear Park track and it's surrounding areas provide an abundance of outdoor activity.