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Barossa Rail Trail - Trail Description

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Barossa Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Barossa Valley between Gawler and Angaston
Start/end: Gawler to Angaston
Status: Open
Length open: 42km
Surface: Sealed
Terrain: Flat to undulating
Best seasons: all
Public transport: Train, Coach
Features: wineries, tourist
Contact Region: South Australia
Trail View near Jacobs Creek (2020)
Trail View near Jacobs Creek (2020)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for wheelchairs Suitable for prams Suitable for scooters in line skates
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Features

This scenic shared use trail (walking and cycling) is located in the heart of the Barossa Valley and links the major towns of Gawler, Tanunda, Nuriootpa and Angaston via the railway corridor, taking advantage of panoramic views and the topography of the land.

Although much of the Gawler to Tanunda section 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 by bike. It is possible to enjoy a ride all the way from Gawler to Angaston mainly on traffic-free dedicated cycle paths. Care must be taken on the short on road sections through Gawler and Tanunda and at all road crossings. You can take advantage of the many coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants in all the Barossa towns.

At the terminus of the Barossa Rail Trail in the Angaston rail yards, The Barossa Council has created a unique recreation area called the Barossa Adventure Station which features a one kilometre mountain bike trail, zip-line, accessible trampolines, bespoke tower and slide, skate ramps, boulder walling, half-court basketball, sensory sound forest and serene picnic facilities. The Barossa Adventure Station will cater for all the family needs and is located only metres away from the main street of Angaston.

Nearby MTB trails at Moculta and Pewsey Vale - see Trailforks website for information.

• The Barossa Rail Trail is of good width and quality so walkers and cyclists can pass safely
• Public amenities are available within the towns' parklands
• Plenty of places to eat and stay in the region
• There are caravan parks in Tanunda and Nuriootpa

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Description

Gawler to Lyndoch (14km)

This section was completed in 2014 and features a high quality smooth hot mix surface.

From Gawler Central Railway Station, travel via Murray Street and Lyndoch Road, then turn right at the Lyndoch Road level crossing into Sunnydale Avenue, then left into Calton Road. This route is uphill initially, then undulating to the start of the Barossa Rail Trail at Kalbeeba. A safer route avoiding Lyndoch Road is available, starting alongside the council administration building carpark in High Street. Signage and road markings are only partially complete. Pick up a route map at the Cycle Hub Information Centre.

From Gawler Railway Station, travel via Twelfth and Eighth Streets, across the pedestrian bridge to Walker Place, then cross the main street to Calton Road. The first kilometre of Calton Rd is uphill, steep at first, then undulating for another 3 km to the start of the Barossa Rail Trail at Kalbeeba.

• Gawler station has an F Class steam locomotive on display at its northern end
• The Barossa Rail Trail follows the unused railway line from Kalbeeba to Sandy Creek, then follows the Barossa Valley Way and railway to Lyndoch
• There are no steep or dangerous sections, but take care at road crossings
• The trail passes mostly cropping and grazing farmland and then vineyards and wineries closer to Lyndoch
• At Lyndoch Hill the trail passes through the hotel grounds and rose garden
• Picnic facilities, water station and toilets are located opposite Lyndoch Bakery

Lyndoch to Rowland Flat (5.6km)

This section is a good quality sealed cycle path which follows the Barossa Valley Way and then the unused railway line to Rowland Flat.
• The section that follows the railway line has a couple of short, steep climbs
• The trail passes vineyards and wineries
• This part of the line suffered a number of derailments over the years. An information board near Rowland Flat details the events.

Rowland Flat to Tanunda (9.4km)

This section is not a rail trail but a good quality sealed cycle path which follows the North Para River and then the Barossa Valley Way to Tanunda.

• The section that follows the North Para River has several short, steep climbs and awkward sharp switchback bends, and two stock grids
• There are some dangerous sections on this trail so all cycle riders should exercise caution
• The trail passes through the grounds of Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre
• The trail finishes at the start of the main street in Tanunda which can be busy but speeds are usually low - exercise caution
• Cycle Hub at Barossa Visitor Information Centre in Tanunda (68 Murray Street) includes bike hire, showers, public toilets, cycle storage and lock-up, bike maintenance stands, tools and some spare parts
• Tanunda Railway Station (300m east of the Cycle Hub) is in a reasonable state of repair and was in use by community groups until recently
• Numerous accommodation, food and beverage options in Tanunda

Tanunda to Nuriootpa (6km)

This section is mostly a rail side trail. From the Cycle Hub it is an on-road journey through Tanunda on Murray Street with good on-road cycle lanes for most of the distance. Alternatively the quieter and more scenic Bilyara, Langmeil and Para Roads can be used. The 3.5km rail side trail starts at Kroemer's Crossing Roundabout at the intersection of Murray St and Burings Rd and is a good quality sealed cyclepath.

• This section features a long (approx. 3km) avenue of red roses between the unused railway line and cycle path, passing vineyards and wineries
• Large shady trees between the path and main road
• Exercise care at roundabout road crossings at Kroemer's Crossing (Burings Road) and Dorrien (Seppeltsfield Road)
• Remains of Dorrien Siding are visible south of Seppeltsfield Road
• Hot air balloons can often be sighted in the morning, usually during the first hour following first light
• Historic Penfolds building at Nuriootpa has been re-purposed to provide numerous food and beverage options
• At the point where the railway crosses the Barossa Valley Way at Nuriootpa, turn right into South Tce then left into The Crescent to continue to Angaston

Side Trail - Nuriootpa Linear Park Shared Use Path (2km not included in the Barossa Rail Trail)

• At the point where the railway crosses the Barossa Valley Way at Nuriootpa, continue straight ahead to Nuriootpa centre
• About 200 metres north of this crossing is Tolley Reserve with an RX steam locomotive on display as well as toilets, picnic facilities, playground, skate park and MTB/BMX track
• A riverside linear path runs from Tolley Reserve under the Murray Street road bridge and then onto the Nuriootpa caravan park
• Numerous accommodation, food and beverage options in Nuriootpa.

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. At Nuriootpa turn into South Terrace then left into The Crescent to access the Nuriootpa - Angaston rail trail.
• No buildings remain at Nuriootpa station but platforms, railway lines and water tower are still in place
• Nuriootpa had a turning triangle rather than a turntable for reversing engines. The triangle is still in place, often hidden by long grass, and the cycle path crosses it twice.
• Railway Terrace, on the opposite side of Nuriootpa station, formed one straight of a rectangular racing circuit used for the 1950 Australian Grand Prix. Murray Street was another straight, right through the middle of the shopping precinct.
• This section passes through vineyards and past wineries, and features high embankments and deep shady cuttings at the Angaston end
• The trail has been enhanced with high quality metal sculptures, information and map boards and seating at regular intervals
• Early morning wildlife encounters (birds, kangaroos, rabbits etc) are not uncommon on this section
• Road crossings have been paved to resemble rails and sleepers - exercise caution at all road crossings
• Iconic Barossa Farmers Market can be accessed from the Light Pass/Diagonal Road crossing or the Stockwell Road crossing. Saturday mornings only.
• Angaston Station site has been reinvented as a multi-purpose recreation area known as the Barossa Adventure Station.
• A 1km MTB track overlooks the old railway yard
• Barossa Valley Machinery Preservation Society has a large shed in the station grounds. They have numerous restored (or under restoration) vehicles, engines and machinery occasionally on display.
• At Angaston the trail terminates in Washington St. Turn left then left again into Sturt St to access Murray Street shops and cafes.
• Angaston has a working Blacksmith’s Shop in the main street, open weekends and public holidays.
• Numerous accommodation, food and beverage options in Angaston

Background Information

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 been seen on the line since 2003, with the withdrawal of the Barossa Wine Train..

'Stonie' trains used the line to ferry soda products from Penrice quarry to Osborne until 2013.

In 2010, the track between Nuriootpa and Angaston was removed and the high standard rail trail constructed.

As the railway is still technically 'operational' from Gawler to Nuriootpa, this section of the trail has been built beside it or following the creek. However the line has now been removed at the Kroemer's Crossing roundabout near Tanunda so is unlikely to be used again without significant restoration works.

Links

For more information on the Barossa Trail and other cycle paths see the link below

The Barossa Trail

For more informatuion or to report problems, see links below.

Barossa Council

Barossa Cycle Hub

Adelaide Metro

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TrailForks MTB Trails

 

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05 December , 2019 by Martincousins

My partner and I rode the Angaston to Lyndoch section of this trail in a day in September 2018. The Barossa is perhaps the best-known wine region in Australian and a major tourist and foodie destination – so there are plenty of places to eat and drink, but also the roads can be quite busy. We stayed at Angaston but there are many accommodation options in Nuriootpa, Tanunda and surrounds, many of them upmarket. We hired a tandem from the helpful and well-stocked Barossa Bike Hire in Nuriootpa. While the Barossa (rail) Trail, cyclepath and Jack Bobridge trail stretch for over 40km, only approximately the 10km between Nuriootpa and Angaston is on or beside a disused rail line. This is also one of the most pleasant and scenic parts of the whole trail, and passes close to several wineries. We saw several other cyclists on this section. Angaston is pretty and deserves some time for a coffee or refreshments. Heading south from Nuriootpa the cycleway has some sections on or beside the busy Barossa Valley Way. It also has some steeper but scenic sections away from the main road. The weather was warm, so once we reached Lyndoch and had some lunch we decided it was time to return to Nuriootpa rather than continuing to the larger town and transport hub of Gawler. We did this via a back road which wound past wineries and through farm land, and provided more elevated views over the Barossa Valley.

12 November , 2014 by KazzH57

I have riden the new section from just outside Gawler to Lyndoch - a nice easy ride, totally on bikeway only crossing a few side roads and the main road once. Scenic country, passing through fields, vineyards and an arched rose garden, ending across from the bakery in a pretty green park with a sheltered area with seating and conveniences.

24 March , 2014 by barfarina

This needs an update - it's finished to the outskirts of Gawler and is generally a nice ride (needs some plants to beautify in places) and connects over 40 km to Angaston. Well worth it.

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News

News

Barossa Rail Trail Improvements

(Posted: 24/09/20)

A dangerous intersection at Kroemer's Crossing, at the Tanunda end of the Barossa Rail Trail in South Australia, has been made safer for all users with the opening of a new large roundabout.

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Barossa Adventure Station enhances the Barossa Rail Trail Experience

(Posted: 03/07/20)

The $2.5m Barossa Adventure Station was officially opened on 4 July 2020. The Barossa Council and the community are to be congratulated for their vision to create a destination that complements the beauty and adventure of the rail trail journey.

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The Barossa Trail Extension (SA)

(Posted: 08/10/12)

The SA Barossa Trail is being extended. The Barossa Council is mid-construction on a $5.5m extension of the bike path from Tanunda to Gawler.

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