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Westside Bikeway - Trail Description

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Westside Bikeway

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Type: Rail trail
Location: 500m West of Adelaide CBD.
Start/end: Adelaide Parklands (Mile End Railway Station) to Glenelg
Status: Open
Length open: 8km
Surface: Sealed
Public transport: Train
Contact Region: South Australia
Elevated path along James Congdon Drive (2020)
Elevated path along James Congdon Drive (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

Following the route of the Holdfast Bay Railway, this mostly tree-lined on- and off-road trail winds through the inner Adelaide suburbs before joining the Mike Turtur Bikeway and emerging at the beach in Glenelg.

  • Glenelg has a wonderful beach and many shops and restaurants.
  • The area around Moseley Sq. is a major entertainment area of Adelaide.
  • There are many street crossings; however the busy crossings have pedestrian and bike crossing facilities.
  • The trail is popular with walkers and cyclists, many of whom use it as a commuter trail to the city, and also with skate boarders.

Description

Access Points

  • River Torrens Linear Park shared use path – Adelaide CBD
  • Adelaide Park Lands Trail – on the eastern side of the Mile End Railway Station
  • The Mike Turtur Bikeway and Sturt River Bikeway at Camden Oval on Anzac Highway
  • Glenelg, junction of the Mike Turtur Bikeway, Brighton Road and Jetty Road.
  • The Coast Park shared use path on the Glenelg foreshore, at the end of Jetty Road

Adelaide to South Road (2km)

  • Starting at the Mile End Railway Station close to where the Holdfast Bay railway met the existing tracks from the Adelaide Railway Station on North Terrace.
  • The first 2km runs besides busy James Congdon Drive which was the original alignment of the railway line.
  • James Congdon Drive is busy however the path is off-road, elevated and tree lined which reduces the vision and noise of the road.
  • After passing the South Australian Athletics Stadium on the left, the trail swings to the right and crosses Railway Terrace and then James Congdon Drive at the traffic lights. The path is now on the opposite side of James Congdon Drive and continues for a short distance before crossing Sir Donald Bradman Drive at the traffic lights.
  • When you approach South Road at the next set of traffic lights, it is best to cross James Congdon Drive to the left, then turn right and proceed a short distance on the path down to the traffic lights pedestrian crossing and cross South Road. The trail veers slightly to the left and once over the left turn slip lane you will be on the Rail Trail.

South Road to Anzac Highway (6km)

  • River Torrens Linear Park shared use path – Adelaide CBD
  • The trail now follows the old railway line alignment and meanders along the landscaped rail reserve
  • There is a bike repair station near the corner of Moss Avenue and Tennyson Street.
  • Wiegall Reserve, which is on the left just past the Oval Terrace roundabout, has amenities and shelter.
  • As you approach Marion Road, look for the remains of Plympton station platform to the right. There is a shelter and a cairn here.
  • Cross Marion Rd at the pedestrian crossing and continue south west along the trail.
  • Cross Morphett Road and you will then pass the Immanuel Primary School on your right just before entering Camden Oval in suburban Morphettville.
  • Follow the trail through the oval onto a marked path beside the Anzac Highway. This is the last section of the original railway corridor as the remainder of the rail reserve has been used for housing and roadway.
  • Cross the Anzac Highway at the pedestrian crossing, and turn right and then sharp left and follow the bike lane along the edge of the open culvert which is the Sturt River.
  • Cross the tram line and turn right onto the Mike Turtur Bikeway – Rail Side Trail
  • 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.

Background Information

The first Railway from Adelaide to Glenelg was opened in 1873 by the Adelaide, Glenelg, and Suburban Railway Company, and ran from South Terrace. The Holdfast Bay Railway Company opened a competing line from North Terrace to Glenelg (the Westside Bikeway alignment) seven years later. The two companies amalgamated a few months later, and operated the railways until 1929 when the State Government Municipal Tramways Trust took over both lines. The Government proposed that both lines be converted from steam trains to electric trams and on the day that electrification of the South Terrace to Glenelg line (Mike Turtur Bikeway) was completed, the North Terrace to Glenelg line (Westside Bikeway) was closed. Minor works had been completed on the electrification of the North Terrace to Glenelg line however the onset of the Great Depression put an end to the works and to the train lines future. The South Terrace to Glenelg line still operates as a tram line today. It is ironical that the two independent lines operated adjacent to each other, often at a loss, but today the lines support rail trails that ultimately join together half way between Adelaide and Glenelg.

Links

For further information, or to report any problems, please see contacts below
City of West Torrens Ph: 08 8416 6333 or csu@wtcc.sa.gov.au

October 2020

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05 December , 2016 by cascho

I was on this trail today, and I would classify this as a trail for the surrounding communities rather than a journey trail. The trail surface is excellent and easy to follow, but there are a lot of road crossings, so many that it's hard to get any speed up. Overall an okay trail, but not for tourists or trail riders.

10 October , 2015 by ken.evanoff

I love rail trails, but I won't be riding this one again. You have to stop every 100-200 metres to cross roads, or wait at lights and you are never far from the roads and cars. It finishes on Anzac Hwy, so you have to connect to the Mike Turter Bikeway if you want to get to Glenelg. The Torrens River ride nearby is much better with less stopping and starting and much better scenery.

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