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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
Trams between Adelaide and Glenelg
Trams between Adelaide and Glenelg
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 commutor trail between Glenelg and Adelaide City.
  • 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 Westide 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.


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Background Information

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. At the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games, he won two gold medals in the men's 4000m teams and individual pursuits, and a bronze medal in the 10 mile scratch race. At the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games, he was the flag bearer for Australia and won a gold medal in the men's 4000m team pursuit.
Following his cycling career, Mr Turtur went on to share his knowledge and experience by becoming the SA Institute of sport Cycling Coach for five years. From 1993 Michael Turtur was the manager and promoter of the Adelaide Super-Drome located in South Australia's State Sports Park, which is the headquarters for the highly successful, AIS's Women's and Mens Track Cycling Program.
In 2011 he was a State finalist for Australian of the year, and was a television commentator for the Channel Seven during its Olympics coverage.

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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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