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Mike Turtur Bikeway - Trail Description



Mike Turtur Bikeway

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Type: Rail-side trail
Location: Between Adelaide city and Glenelg
Start/end: South Terrace Tram Stop Adelaide to Tram Stop Glenelg
Status: Open
Length open: 9km
Surface: Sealed
Terrain: City Scape
Best seasons: All Year
Public transport: Train, Tram
Features: tourist
Contact Region: South Australia
South Road overpass ramp (2020)
South Road overpass ramp (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



  • This is not a rail trail as such, but a rail side trail next to a working tram line.
  • It is a commuter trail between Glenelg and Adelaide City which is used by over 1000 people daily. Recreational use has grown significantly in recent years.
  • It has a smooth sealed surface for the entire length, with some interesting sculptures along the way.
  • Access to this trail is very easy, and you can join or exit the trail anywhere you like along the entire length


Access Points

This trail is easily accessed along it's entire length.  It runs next to the Glenelg tram line and has a road next to it on the other side.

This trail also connects to other cycle paths in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, including the Westside Bike Path, and the Sturt River Cycleway (called the Sturt River Linear Park).

It is a very flat path that crosses a few busy roads, although all have traffic lights so that you can safely cross.  There are some interesting metal sculptures along the way, and an overpass over the Main South Road, giving you a good view of the surrounds.

The whole of the Adelaide CBD is surrounded by parklands, which have many walking and cycling paths.  Once you get to the Adelaide end of the trail, you can make use of these paths to gain traffic free access to other parts of the city.

South Terrace (Adelaide Parklands) to South Road Overpass (4km)

• From South Terrace the trail runs between the tram line and Peacock Road to Greenhill road which can be crossed using the traffic lights pedestrian crossing to the western side of King William Road.
• The trail continues on the footpath for a short distance before moving away from the road to follow the tram line as a dedicated shared use path.
• The trail follows the tramline through to Goodwood Road which can be crossed using the pedestrian crossing. The trail then follows Railway Terrace.
• It should be noted that the section of the trail from Greenhill Road to Musgrave Street, approximately 900m of narrow path in poor condition, will be upgraded and widened in late 2020.
• The trail follows Railway Terrace until it turns left and becomes Devon Street. At this point, turn right and ride through the tunnel under the tram overpass. On the other side of this short tunnel turn immediately left into Railway Terrace and ride a short distance to the end of the street where you turn right and walk your bike to the Railway Station subway (on left) which takes you under the train line to the reserve on the opposite side of the line. Once out of the subway, turn left and ride to the tram overpass and veer right, following the cycle path to Ethel Street/Norman Terrace which follows the tram line to the pedestrian crossing on Leah Street.
• Once you have crossed Leah Street the trail is a well-defined shared use path along the edge of the tram line. After a short distance you will climb the South Road overpass which provides good views of the city.

South Road Overpass to Brighton Road, Glenelg (6km)

• Approximately 500m on from the South Road Overpass you will have to cross the tram line at the pedestrian crossing at stop 7 Glandore. Please walk your bike through and look out for trams.
• The trail continues on as a shared use path to Marion Road where the pedestrian crossing can be used. A short distance on you will again use the pedestrian crossing to cross Cross Road. Once over Cross Road the shared use path continues. Watch out for the ‘bike chain people’ art work, they will pop up from time to time.
• Just over the Morphett Road pedestrian crossing point you will see the Sturt River (concrete channel). On the other side of the river crossing the path continues along the tram line but there are is a bike path to the right which takes cyclists over the tram line to Anzac Highway and then onto the Westside Rail Trail which leads back to the city. There is a bike path on the left which is the Sturt River Cycle Path, a 12km path that extends to the Southern Expressway and the Patrick Jonker Veloway.
• Continue on the shared use path as it follows the tram line to Glenelg. Watch out for the Giraffe on the edge of the path.
• The trail ends at Brighton Road where you can use the pedestrian crossing to either continue along Jetty road to the beach or alternatively, if Jetty road is too busy, use Augusta Street, 200m to the north.


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Background Information

Naming to the Trail

The Mike Turtur Trail has been named after a local Cyclist, Michael Turtur. He has competed in the Olympic Games and three Commonwealth Games winning a total of five medals. He was Race Director for the Tour Down Under from inception in 1999 to 2020. In January 2018 Mr. Turtur was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for "distinguished service to cycling, particularly through the development and promotion of world-class road cycling events, and to the community of South Australia".

History of the Trail

On 2 August 1873 a private company ‘Adelaide, Glenelg and Suburban Railway Company’ opened a line between Adelaide and Glenelg, on the route of the present tramway.

On 24 May 1880, a private company ‘Holdfast Railway Company’ opened the Holdfast Bay Line from the Adelaide Railway Station to Glenelg. The two rail lines ran parallel to each other, separated only by a few suburbs. Whilst one line was a profitable proposition, two were not, and both lines were almost immediately in financial trouble and merged to form the ‘Glenelg Railway Company’ on 11 May 1882. The two lines were now almost viable as they were able to rationalise and share rolling stock.

In December 1899, the ‘Glenelg Railway Company’ was acquired by the South Australian Railways, who continued to operate the Adelaide to Glenelg line as a steam railway until 1929 when the tracks were rebuilt and electrified for tram operation. The Adelaide Railway Station to Glenelg line was removed in 1929.

Growth in the number of buses on the road network resulted in a decline in patronage and growing losses for the tram line. By the 1950’s Adelaide’s network of trams had disappeared with the exception of the Adelaide to Glenelg line primarily due to the line being constructed on its own rail reserve, providing faster travelling times and minimal interference with road traffic.

The Adelaide to Glenelg tram is still operational today and the Adelaide tram network is beginning to grow again.

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07 December , 2016 by cascho

I did this trail today and found it a nice easy journey. It follows the tram line and is essentially flat and sealed the whole way, plus the regular stations mean if you tire you can easily get the tram back. There are a number of road crossings that will slow you down, but overall it is a good as any other rail trail. The only difficulty was crossing the metro line and the confusion on where the path goes. Enjoy.

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Mike Turtur Bikeway in South Australia receives a $28m boost to improve safety

(Posted: 06/07/21)

The State Government has announced that a bridge for cyclists and pedestrians will be constructed over the Goodwood Railway Station on the Mike Turtur Bikeway at a cost of $28m.


Mike Turtur Bikeway Rail Side Trail Upgrade (South Australia)

(Posted: 16/10/20)

South Australia's Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure in partnership with the City of Unley has developed a concept plan to substantially upgrade the Mike Tuter Bikeway.