In Adelaide, getting from the city to a beach on a bicycle is a breeze. Two routes to try are the tree-lined River Torrens Linear Park Trail or the busier Mike Turtur Bikeway. Discover a little more about each option below and click the links for route maps supplied through BikeSA.
River Torrens Linear Bike Trail
This family-friendly shared-use trail – popular with cyclists, runners and walkers – follows the path of the River Torrens from Athelstone in Adelaide’s east, right through the city and all the way to West Beach. From there, it’s a short cycle north along the Esplanade for ice-cream or a dip at Henley Beach!
If you’re taking off from the city, you can hop on the River Torrens Linear Path at multiple points. From the Adelaide Zoo it’s about a 12 km ride for the beach, or a little less if you meet your cycling buddies at the iconic Rotunda at Elder Park on the Adelaide Riverbank, just a little further west of the zoo, and head off from there.
With reed beds to one side and River Red Gums on the other, this scenic path is a natural oasis in the heart of the city – peppered all the way to the sea with pretty spots to ‘take five’ and enjoy a picnic, some playtime or a bit of bird watching. You’ll even seen horses grazing on the riverbank closer to the sea end.
A few landmarks to look out for along the path include the Adelaide Oval – home to many of the city’s major sporting events – the Torrens Lake Weir and the manicured lawns in front of the West End Brewery at Thebarton.
You can ride the whole route from city to sea (it’s mainly flat) or shorten your trip by using one of the bridges that cross the River Torrens along the trail and loop back to where you began.
If you do ride the whole way, from the river mouth at West Beach it’s a breezy 2km ride along the beach front to Henley Square at Henley Beach where you can cool down with an ice-cream or energy up with a seaside snack.
*Click here for a route map (please note: this map shows the entire River Torrens Linear Bike Trail, from Athelstone to West Beach)
Mike Turtur Bikeway
Named after award-winning local cyclist, Michael Turtur, who competed in the Olympic Games and three Commonwealth Games, this cycling route is for riders of all abilities keen for a quick dip between the flags at Adelaide’s popular beachside suburb of Glenelg.
Roughly shadowing the Adelaide-Glenelg tram line and using quieter backstreets plus sections of dedicated shared path (there are short sections between Goodwood and Hyde Park that are along footpaths), this bikeway is shared by riders and walkers – but cyclists are definitely in the majority Monday to Friday.
From the city you can set off on this ride from South Terrace (at the intersection of King William Street and Peacock Road) – then follow Peacock Road to Greenhill Road/King William Road. The Mike Turtur Bikeway starts on King William Road, Unley, and incorporates the South Road tram line overpass as it makes its way west to Glenelg. It’s about 9.5 km from the city to Glenelg using this route.
When you arrive at Glenelg you can cool off with a swim at the patrolled beach (always swim between the flags) or just enjoy a lazy stop along one of the many grassed picnic areas by the sea. Glenelg is a great spot for picking up some fish and chips and simply gazing out to sea!
Once you’ve caught your breath, you can head back into town for an evening of summer fun!
*Click here for a route map.