Cycle Adelaide, Sightseeing Ride, Little Para Trails 2
This ride is predominantly through wide parks and reserves. Again, there’s one road crossing, and a short side road stretch at 1.7, but from there it’s traffic-free to the ride end. Along the way, visit the Pioneer Park Water Wheel Museum, the National Trust listed Picnic Tree near Harry Bowey Reserve, and Sans Souci and Carisbrooke House near Carisbrooke reserve.
For such a small waterway, the Little Para River has had a major influence on the history and settlement of the Salisbury area. A seasonal freshwater stream flowing from the hills escarpment to the plains, it meanders through the suburbs and town centre, passing historical and significant sites on the way. Each tells part of the region’s early story, and of the agricultural boom which brought wealth and development to the area.
Established in 1837, Salisbury was one of the state’s first major settlements. The river plains along the Little Para offered fertile farming land and a dependable water supply which, together with the Mediterranean climate, provided ideal conditions for citrus growing. By the 1850s huge orange and lemon groves were established along the banks and the citrus industry was on a roll.
These rides follow the Little Para Trails along the river between Carisbrooke Reserve and Kings Road. They’re easy, off-road rides through linear parklands dotted with picnic areas and playgrounds and are almost traffic-free, making them ideal family excursions. Despite the Level 2 rating, which relates mainly to the unsealed surface, there’s very little climbing or effort needed, so they’re easily managed by riders of all ages and abilities.
The rides also provide the chance for a car-free day, starting from the Salisbury railway station. Catch a train to Salisbury, then head off west on the Ride 1 loop or east on Ride 2’s linear return route. At around 8km each, why not do one in the morning and the other after lunch?
Catch the train with your bike to the start/finish at Salisbury Station.
Food and Drink
Shops, cafes and takeaways in Salisbury and at Parabanks.
Spend a few hours putting around the Salisbury Greens Par 3 Golf Course. The nine- hole course is family-friendly, with children very welcome. There are BBQ facilities, a club café and clubs for hire, so you can go straight from your ride.
8.709 km / 5.411 mi
62 m / 203 ft
49 m / 162 ft