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Bike Paths Adelaide: Top Adelaide Cycling Routes to Explore
22 January 2024
Written by Y Suites

In the heart of South Australia, where urban cities meet untamed nature, Adelaide is not just a haven for history and culture enthusiasts but also a paradise for avid cyclists.

With its stunning landscapes and meticulously designed cycling trails, Adelaide reveals its intricate web of bike paths that beckon enthusiasts and novices alike to explore its beauty on two wheels.

From relaxing linear trails through lush greenery to coastal routes with panoramic views of the ocean, Adelaide offers a cycling experience like no other.

So, gear up, saddle in, and let’s explore some of the top bike paths that Adelaide has to offer!


Before you start…


Safety tips

While it’s undeniably an exciting journey to bike through the Coast, vineyards, national parks and reservoirs, safety should always be your priority.

Here, we included several tips to take note of before embarking on your biking route:

  • Wear a properly fitted helmet and reflective clothing.
  • Ensure your bike is in good working condition, especially the brakes, tires, gears, lights and bell.
  • Always plan your route and utilise cycling-friendly navigation apps for extra help.
  • Stay vigilant in your surroundings, especially in areas with high-traffic roads.
  • Apply sunscreen vigilantly and wear sunglasses – hours under Australia’s sun is no joke!


Cycling regulations in Adelaide

Cycling rules may differ from place to place. However, here are some common general cycling guidelines in Adelaide:

  • In South Australia, all cyclists must wear a helmet that meets Australian safety standards while biking.
  • Cyclists are encouraged to use dedicated bike paths when available for safety and efficiency. On shared paths, maintain a safe and considerate speed, especially in areas with high pedestrian traffic.
  • While riding on roads, cyclists must obey traffic signals and follow the same rules as other vehicles.
  • The bicycles must be equipped with effective brakes capable of bringing the bicycle to a complete stop within a reasonable distance and fitted with a working bell to alert other road users.

In addition to the provided guidelines, it’s advisable to check the website of your intended location for further instructions.


1. Coast Park

Image Source: City of Charles Sturt

A development initiative located along the shores of Gulf St Vincent in Adelaide, Coast Park aims to create a vibrant and accessible metropolitan coastline for the enjoyment of both residents and visitors.

One of the highlights of Coast Park is its extensive network of bike paths and walking trails that offer picturesque views of the coastline for cyclists and pedestrians.

Depending on your preference for a shorter or longer ride, there are several trail options with beach access points like Semaphore, Henley Beach, Brighton, Moana, and more. After the adventure of the day, grab a cold drink or a bite to eat at one of the beachside cafes.

Additionally, the park sometimes features public art installations and interpretive displays that serve to enrich and educate the cultural aspect of the area.

Location: North Haven to O’Sullivan Beach


2. Belair National Park, Adelaide Hills

Nestled just a stone’s throw away from the bustling city centre lies Belair National Park, South Australia’s oldest national park.

The terrain makes the perfect backdrop for an exhilarating ride, with the bonus of breathtaking views, such as the waterways of Winter Creek, and chance encounters with native wildlife along the way.

For avid cyclists, the park is a playground of mountain bike trails catering to all skill levels – from leisure rides along the fire trails to challenging 13km mountain biking meccas and downhill destinations.

Beyond that, the park also offers scenic picnic areas along the trail (which you should definitely do after your biking ends!) as well as engaging activities like rock climbing, bird watching and camping.

Check out their website for more information before starting your track!

Location: Upper Sturt Rd, Belair SA 5052, Australia


3. Coast to Vines Rail Trail


Image Source: WalkingSA

For those seeking a unique blend of vineyard landscapes and coastal beauty, the Coast to Vines Trail is an absolute gem that combines the joys of cycling with the pleasures of nature and wine.

This 37-kilometer trail begins near the Marino Rocks Train Station and extends southwards through the renowned McLaren Vale wine region. It unveils stunning views of the Gulf St. Vincent, ending at the former Willunga Railway Station.

As the trail follows the path of a former railway line, the terrain is relatively flat with gentle gradients, making it an ideal route for both casual and more experienced cyclists, especially for families with children.

Location: 30 Carol Cres, Morphett Vale, SA 5162, Australia


4. Riesling Trail


Image Source: Clare Valley

Situated in the Clare Valley, the Riesling Trail is a 35km long walking and cycling track known for its vineyards, farmland, and stunning landscapes.

With its 1.5% (at most!) inclined terrains and well-equipped amenities, the three moderate-distance trail loops are great choices for cyclists and walkers of varying skill levels.

The highlight of the Riesling Trail is its passage through sweeping views of grapevines and charming cellar doors, which provide an excellent opportunity for some famous Riesling wine tasting and learning about the winemaking process.

Furthermore, you can learn more about the history of the Clare Valley, including its early settlements and development, with the interpretive signage along the trail.

Check out their website for more info on the trail loops!

Location: Main North Road and Spring Gully Road Clare, South Australia 5453


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