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Coast to Vines Rail Trail - Trail Description

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Coast to Vines Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Southern Adelaide Suburbs
Start/end: Marino Rocks Railway Station to Willunga former station site in Station Rd
Status: Open
Length open: 37km
Surface: Sealed
Public transport: Train
Features: wineries, tourist
Contact Region: South Australia
Marino to Hallett Cove (Sep 2006)
Marino to Hallett Cove (Sep 2006)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for wheelchairs Suitable for horse riding Suitable for prams Suitable for scooters in line skates
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Features

  • The Coast to Vines trail is a great day or weekend destination on the Fleurieu Peninsula
  • The track has a sealed surface for most of the distance
  • Gradients are gentle, except where some bypasses go around old bridge sites

There are excellent shady cuttings, underpasses, original embankments and bridges

  • The landscape is varied from sea views to rural and farming land
  • The wineries of McLaren Vale are nearby, and there are plenty of places to eat and stay

Options

  • You can ride on the cycle path adjacent to the Southern Freeway from Korro to Old Reynella

Description

This is an excellent trail that runs from the Southern suburbs of Adelaide to Willunga, a distance of 37km.  Winding along the historic former railway corridor between Marino Rocks And Willunga, the trail is rich in beauty and history.  From the magnificent cliffs at Hollett Cove, to the natural beauty of the Onkaparinga River Recreation Reserve, this trail offers scenic coast to hinterland views.  Visit the historic towns of Old Reynella and Old Noarlunga along the way, and take in spectacular vineyard vistas as you travel through the renowned McLaren Vale wine district.

Access Points

  • Marino at Marino Rocks Railway Station
  • Hallett Cove Railway Station carpark off Perry Barr Rd
  • Old Reynella, Railway Terrace.  This is the recommended start point for families and less experienced riders heading south to Willunga.
  • McLaren Vale, northbound at the Visitor Information centre, southbound at the Almond Train carpark.
  • Willunga at the former railway station site in Station Rd.

Marino to Old Reynella (9.4km)

From Marino Rocks Station, the trail runs south beside the railway to Hallett Cove.  It is a bit undulating, but frequent stops will be needed to take in the ocean views.

  • At Hallett Cove the trail swings away to the east from the railway.  Follow it uphill to Zwerner Drive opposite the Hallett Cove Mall shopping centre.
  • The next 2km of the original alignment is not accessible, so follow the map directions carefully.  This section is on-road, steep gradients and roads can be busy.
  • At the bottom of the steep hill, the trail re-commences, and passes under the Southern Expressway.  Follow the sealed pathway beside the expressway for 400m
  • At the next trail intersection, turn left away from the expressway.  Pass beneath the Main South Rd bridge and and climb to the busy Old South Rd and cross at the lights.

Old Reynella to McLaren Vale (20km)

From here the trail is a wide, well vegetated reserve through the suburbs linking together other conservation reserves and parks.
Major road crossings have traffic islands or lights.

  • After Hackam the scenery becomes more rural as it descends to Noarlunga Downs.
  • At Noarlunga Downs, the trail crosses the Onkaparinga River on a restored bridge, and after another 600m it reaches Railway Rd.
  • The trail climbs up to the Seaford Rise housing estate before turning east into the Pedler Creek valley.  From here it becomes a rural landscape of rolling hills.
  • At the end of the valley the trail joins a pathway beside the busy Victor Harbour Rd for 250m before passing under it to emerge beside Main Rd, McLaren Vale.
  • You will pass by the Visitor information centre, well worth a stop for a coffee, and great display of the local region
  • Part of the McLaren Vale trail has been constructed, but you must follow the busy Main Rd for 1km until you reach the 'Almond Train', an old railway carriage that has been converted into a gift shop

McLaren Vale to Willunga (8km)

Turn left and join the trail for an uninterrupted 8km gentle downhill journey to Willunga.  There are many olive trees growing wild beside the trail and you are surrounded by vineyards.

  • The well preserved Willunga railway station remains.  The township is only a few hundred metres away
  • A visit to the Old Willunga Courthouse and Police Station Museum is worthwhile.  Other attractions are the rose gardens, nurseries and the Willunga Wirra Arboretum.

For more information on this trail see the book Rail Trails of Victoria and South Australia.

Background Information

Like all thriving rural regions, the residents lobbied hard for the all important rail link to Adelaide.  However, the railway branching off at Hallett Cove was not opened until relatively late in the railway era in 1915.  It carried wood, fruit, wine, almonds and building materials for just over 50 years until 1969.  It also carried passengers until 1957.

The line was dismantled back in 1972, but luckily most of the corridor remained in public hands, allowing the later development of this great rail trail.

The rail trail is managed by the cities of Marion and Onkaparinga, both of which are committed to further improving it's quality.

Links

For further information, or to report any problems, please see contacts below

City of Onkaparinga Ph: 08 8384 066 or website

www.onkaparingacity.com

City of Marion Ph: 08 8375 6600 or website

www.marion.sa.gov.au

For more information click here

South Australian Government Link

www.southaustraliatrails.com

McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre  Ph: 1800 628 410  or website

www.mclarenvale.info

February 2013

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Contact Us About This Trail

Email or click here: sa@railtrails.org.au.

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Comments

Comments

1 comment
March 24, 2014 by barfarina

For the most part, terribly signposted - riders shouldn't have to guess as to where the trail goes next, especially when it's crossing at railway stations or major roads!

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Coast to Vines Rail Trail Detour (SA)

(Posted: 25/09/11)

Coast to Vines Rail Trail detour to be in place from July 2011 to May 2012.

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