Cycle Adelaide, Sightseeing Ride, Coastal Cruise
There are two really great things about this ride: the views along the esplanade and Coastal Path, and the scarcity of traffic lights – just one set the whole way. There are no hills either, so if you’re not a climber this is the bike ride for you. It’s also incredibly flexible: follow the log and enjoy a coastal meander, or take the on-road option and join one of the Adelaide cycling fraternity’s most popular training rides.
By bike take the Westside Bikeway or River Sturt Linear Park to Glenelg, or follow the River Torrens Linear Park to Henley Beach and ride south along Seaview Road. By car, head out of the city along West Terrace and Anzac Highway to Glenelg.
Food and drink
There are cafes every few kilometres, or grab a snack at one of the beach kiosks. The esplanade and Coast Path have drinking water taps.
Head to Port Adelaide and go dolphin-spotting on the Port River Dolphin Trail.
The ride heads out on through Glenelg and along the Patawalonga River, hitting the beachfront after about 4km. It continues along the esplanade for next 5kms, crossing the River Torrens and Henley Square.
We turn inland not long afterwards for a 5km stretch along Military Road. It’s a fast, smooth road with plenty of space, so if you want to do a bit of speed training this is certainly the place to do it. Otherwise, just enjoy the easy pedal alongside West Lakes and the rowing course.
At Fort Glanville we head back to the beach and the start of the Coastal Path. A shared-use path, it continues on to Outer Harbour alongside the esplanade, through coastal dunes and past the North Haven Marina. It’s a smooth, sealed path for most of its length, with boardwalk sections through revegetation areas.
Not long after we reach Semaphore Square. Once one of South Australia’s most important coastal towns, Semaphore was a booming seaside holiday resort, housed a signal station and had much of the state’s mail unloaded at its jetty. Today, aside from the many heritage buildings, its biggest drawcard is the square and funpark, with waterslide, Ferris wheel, carousel and a steam train to Fort Glanville.
From there it’s a scenic easy pedal to Outer Harbour and the end of the ride. While the big cruise and cargo ships are impressive, there’s more to Outer Harbour – like great beaches and a lot of history. Old Customs House is worth a look, and for a bit of background on the indigenous culture of the area, don’t miss the Bukki Yellaka Iamo Tarkarri mosaic at the Outer Harbour Railway Station. The Port Adelaide/Outer Harbour area has one of the highest representations of the Kuarna, Narungga and Ngarrindjeri people in the state, and the mosaic was created to acknowledge and honour the three groups within the community. The traditional greetings of Ninna marni -‘Hello’ – and Nakkuta - ‘I’ll see you again’ – are certainly apt for its site at the train station.
24.782 km / 15.399 mi
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