A cutting near Angaston (Sep 2014).
Credit: Alex Thompson
Artwork along the trail, near Angaston. (Sep 2014).
Credit: Alex Thompson
Start of trail at Nuriootpa (2011)
This scenic shared use trail (walking and cycling) is located in the heart of the Barossa Valley and links the major towns of Tanunda, Nuriootpa and Angaston via some of the railway corridor, taking advantage of panoramic views and the topography of the land.
The Barossa Council has now extended the path from Tanunda to Gawler, which has been named the Jack Bobridge Trail. Although it is not strictly a rail trail, it gives cyclists and tourists the opportunity to extend their ride or walk and explore more parts of the Barossa on bike. The new sections were completed in early 2014.
It is now possible to enjoy a ride all the way from Angaston to Gawler mainly on traffic-free dedicated cycle paths. Care must be taken on the short on road section between Nuriootpa and Tanunda. You can take advantage of the many coffee shops and restaurants in this town.
The Angaston - Nuriootpa Rail Trail is wider than traditional paths so walkers and cyclists can pass safely
Public amenities are available within the village's parklands
Plenty of places to eat and stay in the region
The new section of path from Tanunda to Gawler is now complete
Nuriootpa to Angaston (7km)
This is a high quality rail trail, which follows the old rail easement and has a smooth hot mix bitumen surface. The start points at both ends are hard to find as the signs on the main roads are not prominent. At Nuriootpa you must turn off the Barossa Way into The South Terrace, adjacent to the Barossa Council Chambers near the railway crossing, and then swing left into The Crescent. At Angaston you have to turn off the Barossa Way at Sturt St, and proceed about 100 meters to the start point.
This section features high embankments and deep shady cuttings at the Angaston end
The trail has been enhanced with high quality metal sculptures, and seating at regular intervals
Road crossings have been paved to resemble rails and sleepers
Angaston Station site retains much of the original infrastructure, including station building, platform, rails and points, and turntable
Nuriootpa to Tanunda (6.5km)
This section is half rail-side trail, and half cyclepath. The first 3km starts opposite the Barossa Council Building and follows the working railway line on a separate path to a railway level crossing. From this point it is an on-road journey to Tanunda.
This section features a long avenue of red roses between the rail line and cycle path
Large shady trees between the path and main road
Tanunda to Lyndoch (15km)
This section is now called the "Jack Bobridge Trail", and it not a rail trail, but a brand new cyclepath that has a smooth hot mix surface for most of the way.
The section that follows the North Para River has a couple of steep climbs and sharp dangerous switchback bends
There are some dangerous sections on this trail, so all cycle riders should take it slow when approaching these points
There are a couple of grids in this section
A short section follows the working railway line at the Lyndoch end
Lyndoch to Gawler (14km)
This section is also part of the "Jack Bobridge Trail" and was completed in 2014, and features a high quality smooth hot mix surface.
This section either follows the main road or the railway line
There are no steep and dangerous sections, but take care at road crossings
The trail finishes about 4 kms from the township of Gawler, but Calton Road will take you to the shopping centre
The Gawler to Angaston line was officially opened in 1911 to much fanfare. The Railway Authorities commissioned a special school train for the opening, which carried 1258 children.
In 1917 the line was extended further north east from Nuriootpa to Truro and later a further branch off this to Penrice Quarry about 6km from Nuriootpa.
Regular commuter passenger services were withdrawn in 1968 and no passenger services have not been seen on the line since 2003, with the withdrawal of the Barossa Wine Train..
Rail traffic is very light, now only the occasional Genesee and Wyoming Australia operated 'Stonie' uses the line to ferry soda products from Penrice to Osborne.
In 2010, the track between Nuriootpa and Angaston was removed and the high standard rail trail constructed.
As the railway is still operational from Gawler to Nuriootpa, this section of the trail has been built beside it or following the creek.
For more information on the Barossa Trail and other cycle paths see the link below