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Parafield Rail Trail

South Aust. metro

Location: 15km north of Adelaide
Length: 3 km
Surface: Bitumen
Start / End: Mawson Lakes Interchange to Parafield Railway Station
Public Transport: Bus, Train
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Mountain BikesCycling – Mountain Bikes
  • Cycling – Touring and Hybrid BikesCycling – Touring and Hybrid Bikes
  • PramsPrams
  • Scooters and Inline SkatesScooters and Inline Skates
  • WalkingWalking
  • WheelchairsWheelchairs

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Potential RT
  • Other Trail
  • Former Railway
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The trail is a pleasant path along a linear park adjacent to the Adelaide to Gawler railway, connecting Mawson Lakes with the southern suburbs of Salisbury. It is mostly flat and is ideal for children and novice riders.

There are no facilities along this trail.

Parafield Airport lies to the east of the trail.

At Mawson Lakes, connect to the Dry Creek Trail.

At the northern end, quiet streets on the western side of the rail reserve link to Salisbury for connections to the Penfield Rail Trail and Little Para River Trail.

Nearby Attractions

  • Mawson Lakes for shopping, cafes, linear parks.
  • Classic Jets Fighter Museum at Parafield Airport.
  • Access to Dry Creek Trail at Mawson Lakes and other trails in Salisbury.
  • Rail access at both ends of the trail.

Last updated: 28 April 2024

The Parafield Rail Trail features a sealed surface of good width, well sheltered by trees and shrubs along its length.  Trail start is at Mawson Lakes Interchange and end is at Parafield Station. The trail is separated from the Adelaide – Gawler railway by a watercourse.  Greenfields station is the only intermediate station accessible from the trail via a narrow footbridge.

Section Guides

Mawson Lakes Interchange to Parafield Station (3.0km)

From the station interchange, proceed north under the road overpass to find the trail start point. Cross the footbridge over a creek and turn left onto the trail. 300m from the trail start, a narrow footbridge on the left gives access to another path linking to Greenfields Station.

The trail has good shelter from trees and shrubs on both sides. Parafield Airport is to the right and aircraft are frequently observed.

The Rail Trail ends at Parafield station at Kings Road where a small bridge links to the station carpark.

 

Side Trails

Alternate Return (3.0 km)

At Parafield station cross the railway line and turn left onto a cyclepath. Follow the railway south on a combination of cyclepaths and quiet back streets, returning to Mawson Lakes Interchange. This route will eventually form part of the Gawler Greenway Rail Trail.

Parafield Airport (0.5 km)

From Parafield station the sealed trail continues eastward, parallelling Kings Road. The trail ends after 500m at Dakota Drive. Quiet roads can be followed from here to the Classic Jets Fighter Museum.

Dry Creek Trail

The Dry Creek Trail is a 21.4km trail which follows Dry Creek from the Tapa Martinthi Trail in the west to Wynn Vale Dam in the east. Mostly gentle grades make it an easy ride for most abilities. This trail can be accessed immediately south of Mawson Lakes Interchange.

Stockade Rail Trail

The Stockade Rail Trail is a 2.6 km trail on the old Dry Creek to Stockade/Northfield line. Travel via the Dry Creek Trail to reach Stockade.

Levels to City Bikeway

The Levels to City Bikeway extends from Mawson Lakes to the City. However the Mawson Lakes to Pooraka section uses busy roads and is not recommended (use the Dry Creek Trail instead). The Pooraka to City section is all sealed and uses a combination of quiet back streets and sealed shared use paths.

Penfield Rail Trail

The Penfield Rail Trail is a 7 km trail which starts at Salisbury station, 3.2 kms north of Parafield station. Quiet back streets can be used to travel to Salisbury.

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Background Information

Traditional Owners

We acknowledge the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is constructed.

Development and Future of the Rail Trail

The Parafield Rail Trail has been developed over many years and is now an excellent sealed surface with good width.

A new path is planned to be constructed between the railway line and Thomas More College from Kings Road to Alba Court. When complete this will provide a safe and more direct link to Salisbury.

Rail Line History

The Adelaide-Smithfield section of the Gawler line was opened in 1857, making it one of South Australia’s oldest rail lines. In recent years the Gawler line has been electrified and all trains are now modern electric railcars.

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