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Published October 13th 2017
Honouring a great South Australian
Tucked away on the foothills of the Adelaide Plains is the small town known as Halbury. Halbury is a little known railway town, a stop on the former Port Wakefield Line, and formerly an overnight stop on the Gulf Road made famous so many years ago by miners carting their prized copper between Burra, Kapunda and the closest port of Port Wakefield.
Halbury is also the birthplace of Shamus Liptrot. Born in 1992, Liptrot was a popular and admired junior cyclist, one whose talents propelled him to become part of the SASI training squad. Unfortunately, a cycling accident in early 2007 saw Shamus suffer horrific injuries, injuries that ultimately led to his sad passing in May 2011 aged 19.
Shamus has never been forgotten by the communities of Halbury and nearby Balaklava and thanks to some serious fundraising efforts combined with Government grant monies, the Shamus Liptrot cycling trail has been constructed and is now open.
Just east of Balaklava, at the end of the short Lions Walking Track is the start of the Trail, a 10km off-road corridor that follows the former rail line between the towns of Balaklava and Halbury. The trail is predominantly flat and wide and is made from compacted dolomite. All rail infrastructure has been removed - the only indicator that this was once a rail line is the straightness and flatness of the Trail.
The Trail passes the Balaklava Golf Club, numerous cropping farms and a few houses on its way to Halbury and is a relatively easy ride for cyclists of all abilities. While currently only a short trail of 10km, the communities of the Adelaide Plains have hopes that one day the trail may be extended to facilitate a joining of the Riesling Trail in Auburn to the Walk The Yorke in Port Wakefield.