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Coast to Vines Rail Trail - Trail Description



Coast to Vines Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Southern Adelaide Suburbs – Commences 15km from Adelaide CBD
Start/end: Marino Rocks Railway Station to Willunga former station site in Station Rd
Status: Open
Length open: 37km
Surface: Sealed
Public transport: Train
Features: wineries, tourist
Contact Region: South Australia
View of Adelaide from the trail at Marion Rocks (2020)
View of Adelaide from the trail at Marion Rocks (2020)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for wheelchairs Suitable for horse riding Suitable for prams Suitable for scooters in line skates



  • The Coast to Vines trail is a great day or weekend destination on the Fleurieu Peninsula
  • The track has a sealed surface
  • Gradients are gentle
  • There are excellent shady cuttings, underpasses, original embankments and bridges
  • The landscape is varied from sea views to land vineyards
  • The wineries of McLaren Vale are nearby, and there are plenty of places to eat and stay


  • You can ride on the cycle path adjacent to the Southern Freeway from the old Korro Railway Station site to Old Reynella

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Only a short distance from the city of Adelaide, this bike wine tour combines easy cycling with winery visits and tastings, lunch and the gorgeous vineyard and coastal scenery of this region.


This is an excellent trail that runs from the Southern suburbs of Adelaide to Willunga, a distance of 37km.  Winding along the historic former railway corridor between Marino Rocks and Willunga, the trail is rich in beauty and history.  From the magnificent cliffs at Hallett Cove, to the natural beauty of the Onkaparinga River Recreation Reserve, this trail offers scenic coast to hinterland views.  Visit the historic towns of Old Reynella and Old Noarlunga along the way, and take in spectacular vineyard vistas as you travel through the renowned McLaren Vale wine district.

Access Points

  • Marino at Marino Rocks Railway Station
  • Hallett Cove Railway Station carpark off Perry Barr Rd
  • Old Reynella, Railway Terrace.  This is the recommended start point for families and less experienced riders heading south to Willunga.
  • McLaren Vale, northbound at the Visitor Information centre, southbound at the Almond Train carpark.
  • Willunga at the former railway station site in Station Rd.

Marino to Old Reynella (9.4km)

  • From Marino Rocks Station, the trail runs south beside the operational railway to Hallett Cove and then follows the alignment of the Old Willunga Rail Line. It is a bit undulating, but frequent stops will be needed to take in the ocean views.
  • At the Hallett Cove Railway Station, follow the signage which directs you through the railway station (walk with your bike) to the ramp at the southern end of the station. This ramp leads you to the overpass above the railway line. On the eastern side of the railway line the path continues.the trail swings away to the east from the railway.  Follow it uphill to Zwerner Drive opposite the Hallett Cove Mall shopping centre.
  • The trail swings away to the east from the railway and follows a deep gully and waterfall creek toward the Hallett Cove Shopping Centre. If you are in need of a rest, Glade Crescent Reserve has an excellent playground and toilets.
  • After crossing Lonsdale Road at the traffic lights, the path follows the old railway line alignment. The trail passes through the scenic Hugh Johnson Boulevard Reserve in this section. Just beyond the Young Street crossing you will reach the highest point on the trail. 
  • The trail passes under the Southern Expressway.  The trail will then pass beneath the Main South Rd bridge and climb to the busy Old South Rd where you can cross at the lights. The path then follows Old South Road to the right for a short distance before re-joining the old railway alignment.

Old Reynella to McLaren Vale (20km)

  • From here the trail is a wide, well vegetated reserve through the suburbs linking together other conservation reserves and parks.Major road crossings have traffic islands or lights.
  • After Hackham the scenery becomes more rural as it descends to Noarlunga Downs.
  • At Noarlunga Downs, the trail crosses the Onkaparinga River on a restored bridge (watch for the sewer vent pole in the middle of the path on the approach to the bridge), and after another 600m it reaches Railway Rd.
  • The trail follows next to the new electric railwa,y passing the new stations of Seaford and Seaford Meadows
  • The trail climbs up to the Seaford Rise housing estate before turning east into the Pedler Creek valley.  From here it becomes a rural landscape of rolling hills.
  • At the end of the valley the trail joins a pathway beside the busy Victor Harbour Rd for 250m before passing under it to emerge beside Main Rd, McLaren Vale. Take care as the underpass decking has blind corners and can be slippery when wet.
  • You will pass by the Visitor information centre, well worth a stop for a coffee, and great display of the local region
  • The trail crosses the busy Main Rd into Caffrey St for 300m, then turn left back onto the trail
  • You then cross the Main Rd as you reach the 'Almond Train', an old railway carriage that has been converted into a gift shop.
  • There are many shops and bakeries in McLaren Vale and Toilets are available at Memorial Reserve, 270m south of the ‘Almond Train’, on the opposite side of the road.

McLaren Vale to Willunga (8km)

  • The trail continues on from the 'Almond Train' for an uninterrupted 8km gentle uphill journey to Willunga.  There are many olive trees growing wild beside the trail and you are surrounded by vineyards.
  • The well preserved Willunga railway station remains.  The township is only a few hundred metres away
  • A visit to the Old Willunga Courthouse and Police Station Museum is worthwhile.  Other attractions are the rose gardens, nurseries and the Willunga Wirra Arboretum.

Background Information

Like all thriving rural regions, the residents lobbied hard for the all important rail link to Adelaide.  However, the railway branching off at Hallett Cove was not opened until relatively late in the railway era in 1915.  It carried wood, fruit, wine, almonds and building materials for just over 50 years until 1969.  It also carried passengers until 1957.

The line was dismantled back in 1972, but luckily most of the corridor remained in public hands, allowing the later development of this great rail trail.

The rail trail is managed by the cities of Marion and Onkaparinga, both of which are committed to further improving it's quality.

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For further information, or to report any problems, please see contacts below:

City of Onkaparinga Ph: 08 8384 066 or website

City of Marion Ph: 08 8375 6600 or website

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South Australian Government Link

McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre  Ph: 1800 628 410  or website

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12 June , 2018 by scottfender

Rode the Coast to Vines over the Victorian Queens Birthday weekend June 2018. A Great ride overall, starting at Marino Rocks through to Willunga finish point. You must stop at Shingleback Winery just as you come off the freeway on your left hand side of the trail. We left our vehicle at Marino Rocks as suggested by Micky A's review first part of the ride is uphill and some downhill riding Hallet Cove. From Hallet Cove to McLaren Vale is fairly easy riding plenty to see a few major road crossings as well. Signage overall is ok, Once you get to McLaren to Willunga is a steady uphill ride about 9km which after some wine tasting was a little more difficult. Willunga has a main street shops and a great little bBakery, loved the Potato Pie, yumo.. The only down side if possible is the lack of Public transport from Willunga back to Seaford Rise, buses will not allow riders with bikes. Its about a 16km trip back to Seaford Rise from Willunga which is mostly downhill with a few uphill sections better on the trip back. Have some gold coins in your pocket for the train trip back from Seaford Rise to Marino Rocks about 20 minute trio back as with Micky A's review saves about 1.5 hours total time. We rode about (40km) in total to get from Marino Rocks to Willungs about 2.15 hours with a stop at McLaren Vale Winery. About 16km - 1 hour back from Willunga to Seaford Rise Station so in total about a 56km day trip. Well worth it for the sights and overall experience of the ride. Not so good Things: * Singage could be better, particularly at road point crossings. * No Public Bike transport from Willunga to Seaford Rise Station. Great things: Variety of the ride Fully sealed Rail Trail - Bitumen Trail is quite wide for bikes and pedestrians Easy to Moderate riding Toilets and amenities were excellent with plenty of water stations. Would recommend for families as well. Compared to some of the rail trails in Victoria, Adelaide rocks. Well worth the effort.

07 August , 2016 by Micky A

I have ridden this bike trail on more than a dozen occasions and I find it fun and interesting each time. One of the best parts of the ride is you can cut your ride short if you don't feel like doing the whole return trip by catching a train at Seaford Rise to Marino Rocks where the trails starts/finishes. The easiest way I think is starting at Marino Rocks and riding to McLaren Vale / Willunga as there are more steady downhill segments. There is a great bakery at McLaren Vale, the trail goes right past and there are plenty of wineries you can pop in and have a tasting at places like Shingleback and Serafino wineries. Hint: If you want to miss some of the trail - leave your car at Marino Rocks Railway Station, ride to McLaren Vale or Willunga and on the way back catch the train at Seaford Rise ( the trail goes straight past it on the way down) back to Hallett Cove and ride the last bit to Marino Rocks or get off the train at Marino Rocks. This cuts about an hour off the ride and eliminates the steady uphill part between Seaford and Reynella. It's really a nice ride capturing a bit of everything from start to finish.

24 March , 2014 by barfarina

For the most part, terribly signposted - riders shouldn't have to guess as to where the trail goes next, especially when it's crossing at railway stations or major roads!

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Onkaparinga River Bridge Closure and Coast to Vines Rail Trail detour during construction works

(Posted: 26/05/21)

The City of Onkaparinga is reconstructing the shared use bridge section of the Coast to Vines Rail Trail (South Australia) between Seaford Meadows and Noarlunga Downs.


Coast to Vines Rail Trail Detour (SA)

(Posted: 25/09/11)

Coast to Vines Rail Trail detour to be in place from July 2011 to May 2012.


Temporary changes to the Coast to Vines Rail Trail (SA)

(Posted: 23/03/10)

Construction of the Seaford Rail Extension will commence in late March 2010.