Cycle Adelaide, Family Ride, Parklands Loop
This cycle experience is tailor-made for a family day out, starting and finishing in Rymill Park. Ride the trail, then unpack your picnic and spend the rest of the day in the 14.5ha recreation area. There are picnic tables, BBQs, taps and public toilets – even a kiosk – along with a playground, sandpit and plenty of space to kick a ball around. The lake is one of the most popular features, with an island linked by footbridges, boat hire and friendly birdlife.
Rymill Park is on the edge of the city square, off East Terrace, so just follow the signs to the city centre. Alternatively, put your bike on the train to Adelaide, then ride down North Terrace to Rymill Park.
Food and drink
Pack a picnic and make a day of it in Rymill Park, relax at the lakeside kiosk or take your pick of cafes in nearby Rundle Street.
Cross the parklands to North Terrace and stroll through the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and Bicentennial Conservatory. Finish off next door with some wine tasting at the National Wine Centre.
Adelaide Parklands Trail
The Adelaide City Council and the South Australian Government got it right when they came up with the concept for this trail. Currently under staged construction, the completed Adelaide Parklands Trail will run for 24km around the city, joining existing parklands areas. A dark red pathway leads through a variety of parkland landscapes and links facilities such as playgrounds, sporting facilities and significant cultural sites. And best of all, the user-friendly path is accessible to cyclists, runners, walkers, rollerbladers, strollers and wheelchairs.
The Trail currently runs from Rundle Park through the East and South Parklands, West Terrace Cemetery and Western Parklands, and will eventually connect to the River Torrens Linear Park and the Botanic Park. If all goes to plan, it’ll be finished in 2012.
From Rymill Park the Trail leads through the olive groves of the eastern parklands and alongside Victoria Park, formerly home to horseracing and now motor racing. Gracious mansions and gardens make an impressive backdrop, lining the parklands along East and South Terrace.
Karrunga Park BMX Track
In the south parklands just west of Unley Road, Karrunga Park is one of the most popular family venues in Adelaide. Beginner, intermediate and advanced tracks cater for all skills levels and age groups, from BMXers and mountain bike riders to pre-schoolers – and their mums and dads. A recreational loop around the beginner and intermediate tracks has seating, picnic tables and a BBQ, and public toilets are located nearby.
West Terrace Cemetery
Continuing through the South Parklands and across Anzac Highway, the path enters the peaceful environs of the West Terrace Cemetery. Established in the 1880s and still in use today, this is the oldest operational cemetery in Australia. It is multi-denominational, with marked sections delineating the many different religious groups, and a large war graves area and memorial commemorate South Australians who died for their country. Many of the state’s most famous and influential people are buried in the cemetery, including composer Percy Grainger, providing a snapshot of South Australian history.
On the other side of the West Parklands is the Adelaide Gaol, which housed prisoners from 1841 to 1988. It’s now an historical site, giving an insight into early prison life via tours and a museum - or dare to be scared and book a Ghost or Night tour.
From here we follow the River Torrens Linear Park path (Ride 8) to Frome Road, with a climb to Rundle Street leading back to Rymill Park.
- 0.0 From the Rymill Park kiosk, head south on the sealed path.
- 0.1 Cross Bartels Rd and veer left, then right, into the parklands. Note: the trail crosses a number of busy roads: always use designated crossings and traffic lights.
- 0.3 Turn right, cross the bridge and immediately turn left.
- 0.5 As paths merge, turn left. Cross Wakefield Rd and continue through Victoria Park.
- 1.3 Cross Beaumont Rd.
- 1.9 Take the right fork alongside tennis courts, then cross Hutt St.
- 2.2 Cross Glen Osmond Rd and continue on the main path.
- 2.6 Cross Unley Rd to the Kurranga Park BMX Track. Test your skills, or veer right around the park on minor tracks.
- 2.7 Turn left onto the main bitumen path.
- 2.8 Turn right, heading towards South Tce.
- 3.3 Cross Peacock Rd and continue alongside Veale Gardens.
- 3.9 Cross Sir Lewis Cohen Ave. The path is now dark red.
- 4.7 Cross Goodwood Rd.
- 5.1 Cross Anzac Hwy and turn left.
- 5.3 Turn right.
- 5.6 Enter the West Tce Cemetery and continue along the red path.
- 6.2 Continue through the parklands.
- 6.5 Cross Sir Donald Bradman Dr.
- 7.3 Cross Henley Beach Rd on the overpass path.
- 7.9 Turn hard left back towards the cricket club, then onto the access road on the other side.
- 8.1 Turn left onto Port Rd.
- 8.5 Cross Port Rd and then Gaol Rd. Head north along Gaol Rd.
- 8.7 Turn left and continue alongside Old Adelaide Gaol.
- 9.0 Enter Bonython Park, turning right onto the Linear Park path.
- 9.2 Go slowly through the tunnel, which ends with a blind right-hand turn. Take the top bitumen path and continue past the weir.
- 10.0 Take the left-hand path down to the riverbank.
- 10.4 The Adelaide Festival Centre. Continue under the King William St and University bridges, ignoring all minor paths.
- 11.6 At the Grundy Gardens plaque, turn right and climb the gravel path. Cross Frome Rd and head uphill on the footpath bike lane.
- 12.2 Cross North Tce and continue along Frome Rd.
- 12.3 Turn left into Rundle St.
- 12.5 Cross over East Tce and then Rundle Rd to pick up the path through Rymill Park.
- 13.0 Back at the kiosk, the ride ends.
Note: As the Trail is a work in progress, this loop uses other paths where possible but briefly accesses busy roads. To stay off-road, stop at the West Tce Cemetery and re-trace the route to Rymill Park.
13.609 km / 8.456 mi
84 m / 276 ft
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