Rail Trail of the Month: Coast to Vines Rail Trail – from sandy beaches to cellar doors
Posted on 03/08/20
Winding along Marino’s magnificent coastal cliffs and through to the foothills of the renowned Southern Vales wine region, the Coast to Vines Rail Trail is the ideal way to explore the diverse attractions of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
The Coast to Vines Rail Trail is approximately 37km in length and commences from the southern end of the Coast Park trail which follows 28km of beaches on the western side of Adelaide. The Mike Turtur Rail Trail connects the Coast Park at Glenelg to the Adelaide CBD.
The trail begins at the Marino Rocks railway station and follows the Seaford railway line, affording magnificent views of the Adelaide Coastline both North and South. The trail then follows the old Willunga rail corridor along creeks and through tree lined cuttings within the suburban area before it turns inland toward the Southern Vales Wine region. The trail passes through many vineyards and cellar doors before arriving in McLaren Vale which is on the door step of many well-known wineries and eateries. The last 8km of the trail extends to Willunga and given the number of wineries near this section of trail, it is appropriately called the Shiraz Rail Trail.
Be warned, once you have experienced the Southern Vales and the Fleurieu Peninsula you may never want to go home.