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Barossa Rail Trail

South Australia

4.6 based on 7 reviews
Location: Barossa Valley, between Gawler and Angaston
Length: 42 km
Surface: Sealed
Start / End: Gawler to Angaston
Public Transport: Coach, 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

Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway
  • Rural and vineyard scenery
  • Tanunda to Angaston is flat, ideal for children and novice riders 
  • German heritage

Nearby Attractions

  •   Wine and food experiences
  •   Barossa towns
  •   Barossa Adventure Station recreation area- Angaston 


This scenic shared use trail (walking and cycling) is located in the heart of the Barossa Valley and links the major towns of Gawler, Tanunda, Nuriootpa and Angaston via the railway corridor, taking advantage of topography and panoramic views.

Although much of the Gawler to Tanunda section is not strictly a rail trail, it gives cyclists and tourists the opportunity to extend their ride or walk and explore more parts of the Barossa by bike. It is possible to ride from Gawler to Angaston mainly on traffic-free dedicated cycle paths. Care must be taken on the short on-road sections through Gawler and Tanunda and at all road crossings. Take advantage of the many coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants in all the Barossa towns.

At the terminus of the trail in the Angaston rail yards, The Barossa Council has created a unique recreation area called the Barossa Adventure Station that features a 1 km mountain bike trail, a zipline, accessible trampolines, tower and slide, skate ramps, boulder walling, half-court basketball, sensory sound forest and picnic facilities. Barossa Adventure Station will cater for all the family and is located metres from the main street of Angaston.

There are mountain bike trails at Moculta and Pewsey Vale.

Toilets and picnic facilities are at Lyndoch, Tanunda, Nuriootpa and Angaston.

Barossa Cycle Hub at the Tanunda Visitor Information Centre (68 Murray St) includes bike hire, showers, public toilets, cycle storage and lock-up, bike maintenance stand, tools and some spare parts.

Gawler Cycle Hub at the Gawler Visitor Information Centre (2 Lyndoch Rd) includes bike hire, showers, public toilets, cycle storage and lock-up, bike maintenance stand, drinking fountain, picnic tables and shelter.

There are plenty of places to eat and stay in the region, including caravan parks in Tanunda and Nuriootpa.

Section Guides

Gawler to Lyndoch (14 km)

This section was completed in 2014 and features a high quality hot mix surface.

From Gawler Central Railway Station, travel via Murray St and Lyndoch Rd, then turn right at the Lyndoch Rd level crossing into Sunnydale Ave and left into Calton Rd. This route is uphill initially, then undulates to the start of the Barossa Rail Trail at Kalbeeba. A safer route avoiding Lyndoch Rd starts beside the Council administration building carpark in High St. Signage and road markings are only partially complete; pick up a route map at the Cycle Hub Information Centre.

From Gawler Railway Station, travel via Twelfth and Eighth Sts, across the pedestrian bridge to Walker Place, then cross the main street to Calton Rd. The first kilometre of Calton Rd is uphill, steep at first, then undulating for another 3 km to the start of the Barossa Rail Trail at Kalbeeba.

Gawler station has an F Class steam locomotive on display at its northern end.

The Barossa Rail Trail follows the unused railway line from Kalbeeba to Sandy Creek, then follows the Barossa Valley Way and railway to Lyndoch. There are no steep or dangerous sections, but take care at road crossings.

The trail passes mostly cropping and grazing farmland, then vineyards and wineries closer to Lyndoch.

At Lyndoch Hill the trail passes through the hotel grounds and rose garden.

Picnic facilities, water station and toilets are located opposite Lyndoch Bakery.

Lyndoch to Rowland Flat (5.6 km)

This section is a good quality sealed cycle path that follows Barossa Valley Way and then the unused railway line to Rowland Flat. 

The section that follows the railway line has a couple of short, steep climbs.

The trail passes vineyards and wineries.

This part of the line suffered a number of derailments over the years. An information board near Rowland Flat details the events.

Rowland Flat to Tanunda (9.4 km)

This section is not a rail trail but a good quality sealed cycle path that follows the North Para River and then Barossa Valley Way to Tanunda.

The section that follows the North Para River has several short, steep climbs and awkward sharp switchback bends, and two stock grids.

There are some hazardous sections on this trail, so all cyclists should exercise caution.

The trail passes through the grounds of Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre.

The trail finishes at the start of the main street in Tanunda; this can be busy, so exercise caution.

Cycle Hub at Barossa Visitor Information Centre in Tanunda (68 Murray St) includes bike hire, showers, public toilets, cycle storage and lock-up, bike maintenance stands, tools and some spare parts.

Tanunda Railway Station (300m east of the Cycle Hub) is in a reasonable state of repair and was in use by community groups until recently.

There are many accommodation, food and beverage options in Tanunda.


Tanunda to Nuriootpa (6 km)

This section is mostly a railside trail. From the Cycle Hub it is an on-road journey through Tanunda on Murray St with good on-road cycle lanes for most of the distance; alternatively the quieter and more scenic Bilyara, Langmeil and Para Roads can be used. The 3.5 km railside trail starts at Kroemers Crossing Roundabout at the intersection of Murray St and Burings Rd, and is a good sealed cycle path. 

This section features a long (around 3 km) avenue of red roses between the unused railway line and cycle path, passing vineyards and wineries. There are large, shady trees between the path and main road.

Exercise care at roundabout road crossings at Kroemers Crossing (Burings Rd) and Dorrien (Seppeltsfield Rd). The remains of Dorrien Siding are visible south of Seppeltsfield Rd.

Hot air balloons can often be seen in the morning, usually during the first hour of daylight .

The historic Penfolds building at Nuriootpa has been repurposed to provide food and beverage options.

Where the railway crosses the Barossa Valley Way at Nuriootpa, turn right into South Terrace then left into The Crescent to continue to Angaston.


Side Trail – Nuriootpa Linear Park Shared Use Path (2 km not included in the Barossa Rail Trail)

At the point where the railway crosses the Barossa Valley Way at Nuriootpa, continue straight ahead to Nuriootpa centre. 

About 200 m north of this crossing is Tolley Reserve, with an RX steam locomotive on display as well as toilets, picnic facilities, playground, skate park and MTB/BMX track.

A riverside linear path runs from Tolley Reserve beneath the Murray St road bridge and then on to Nuriootpa caravan park.

There are many accommodation, food and beverage options in Nuriootpa.

Nuriootpa to Angaston (7 km)

This high quality rail trail follows the old rail easement and has a smooth hot mix surface. At Nuriootpa turn into South Tce then left into The Crescent to reach the Nuriootpa – Angaston rail trail. 

No buildings remain at Nuriootpa station but platforms, railway lines and water tower are still in place.

Nuriootpa had a turning triangle rather than a turntable for reversing engines. The triangle is still in place, often hidden by long grass, and the cycle path crosses it twice.

Railway Tce, on the opposite side of Nuriootpa station, formed one straight of a rectangular racing circuit used for the 1950 Australian Grand Prix. Murray St was another straight, right through the middle of the shopping precinct.

This section passes vineyards and wineries, and features high embankments and deep, shady cuttings at the Angaston end.

The trail has been enhanced with high quality metal sculptures, information and map boards and seating at regular intervals.

Early morning wildlife encounters (birds, kangaroos, rabbits etc) are not uncommon on this section.

Road crossings have been paved to resemble rails and sleepers; exercise caution at all road crossings.

On Saturday mornings, Barossa Farmers’ Market can be reached from the Light Pass/Diagonal Rd crossing or the Stockwell Rd crossing. 

Angaston Station site has been reinvented as a multi-purpose recreation area known as the Barossa Adventure Station. 

A 1km MTB track overlooks the old railway yard.

Barossa Valley Machinery Preservation Society has a large shed in the grounds of Angaston Station. Restored/under restoration vehicles, engines and machinery are occasionally on display.

At Angaston the trail terminates in Washington St. Turn left then left again into Sturt St to reach Murray Street shops and cafes.

Angaston has a working blacksmith’s shop, open on weekends and public holidays, in the main street.

There are many accommodation, food and beverage options in Angaston.

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8 reviews of “Barossa Rail Trail”

We rode Lyndoch to Angston, 58k return. Lovely views, only small section from Nuriootpa to Angston actually on railway easement. Some steep sections between Rowland Flat and Tanunda, but good views compensate. Good surface, lots of opportunities for vineyard visits. Lovely area to ride.

We are staying at Lyndoch Hill Motel for a few nights. Nice place, and central to our plans for riding the Barossa trail. Today we rode from Lyndoch to Angaston and return, approx 58kms. This is a bike trail, or shared use path for most of the way except for the 7km section between Nuriootpa and Angaston, which is a true Rail Trail. I consider the Rail Trail section of this trail to be one of the best in Australia. The only drawback is that it is only 7kms long. The surface is smooth hot mix seal, and there are many sculptures and interpretive signs on the way. The Station precinct at Angaston has been beautifully preserved, including the station building and platform, some old rail lines, goods shed, and turntable.
The trail between Nuriootpa and Tanunda is next to the disused railway line, but the rest of the trail is well away from the old line.
The trail is extremely hilly and windy between Tanunda and Rowland Flat. However this may appeal to some trail users, as it runs next to the river and there are some nice views.
This trail is sealed all the way, and there are loads of opportunities to visit wineries, bakeries, restaurants and pubs every few kms.
A lovely trail in a lovely part of the world.

Spent a day riding 32km of this wonderful rail trail. Hired excellent bikes in Nuriootpa and cycled between Angaston and Tanunda, stopping at several wineries along the way. The views along many sections of the trail, and particularly from the outdoor winery settings, were fabulous. The trail is well signposted, the surface is very good, and it is a great way to see the famous Barossa Vineyards.

I rode this trail both ways last week. It was in excellent condition, and travelled through some beautiful country. The best part for me was the section around the Jacobs Creek winery!
Riding was easy with only a few short steep hills around Jacobs Creek, as in the actual creek, although they were a bit of fun after some of the long straights.
Interestingly, when riding through the small town like Tanunda, I found drivers to be patient, courteous and considerate, unlike their city cousins!
The whole area is very beautiful, and it’s well worth spending a few days there. The trail rates 10/10 from me!

My partner and I rode the Angaston to Lyndoch section of this trail in a day in September 2018.
The Barossa is perhaps the best-known wine region in Australian and a major tourist and foodie destination – so there are plenty of places to eat and drink, but also the roads can be quite busy. We stayed at Angaston but there are many accommodation options in Nuriootpa, Tanunda and surrounds, many of them upmarket.
We hired a tandem from the helpful and well-stocked Barossa Bike Hire in Nuriootpa.
While the Barossa (rail) Trail, cyclepath and Jack Bobridge trail stretch for over 40km, only approximately the 10km between Nuriootpa and Angaston is on or beside a disused rail line. This is also one of the most pleasant and scenic parts of the whole trail, and passes close to several wineries. We saw several other cyclists on this section. Angaston is pretty and deserves some time for a coffee or refreshments.
Heading south from Nuriootpa the cycleway has some sections on or beside the busy Barossa Valley Way. It also has some steeper but scenic sections away from the main road. The weather was warm, so once we reached Lyndoch and had some lunch we decided it was time to return to Nuriootpa rather than continuing to the larger town and transport hub of Gawler. We did this via a back road which wound past wineries and through farm land, and provided more elevated views over the Barossa Valley.

I have riden the new section from just outside Gawler to Lyndoch – a nice easy ride, totally on bikeway only crossing a few side roads and the main road once. Scenic country, passing through fields, vineyards and an arched rose garden, ending across from the bakery in a pretty green park with a sheltered area with seating and conveniences.

This needs an update – it’s finished to the outskirts of Gawler and is generally a nice ride (needs some plants to beautify in places) and connects over 40 km to Angaston. Well worth it.

Background Information

Traditional owners

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

Development and future of the rail trail 

In 2010, the track between Nuriootpa and Angaston was removed and the rail trail built.

As the railway is still technically ‘operational’ from Gawler to Nuriootpa, this section of the trail has been built beside it or following the creek; however, the line has now been removed at the Kroemers Crossing roundabout near Tanunda so is unlikely to be used again without significant restoration works.

Rail line history 

The Gawler to Angaston line was officially opened in 1911. Railway authorities commissioned a special school train that carried 1258 children for the opening.

In 1917 the line was extended northeast to Truro and later a further branch was added to Penrice Quarry about 6 km from Nuriootpa.

Regular commuter passenger services were withdrawn in 1968 and no passenger services have used the line since 2003, when the Barossa Wine Train was withdrawn.

‘Stonie’ trains used the line to ferry soda products from Penrice quarry to Osborne until 2013.


Barossa Rail Trail extension nears completion

Posted: 22/06/22

A 2km extension of the Barossa Rail Trail from Kalbeeba to Gawler East is nearly ...


Short trail link to Barossa Rail Trail

Posted: 23/04/22

A short trail link has recently been completed by The Barossa Council (in South Australia) ...


Barossa Rail Trail is being extended

Posted: 30/01/22

Barossa Rail Trail extension at Kalbeeba looking east ...


Barossa Cycle Hub re-opened

Posted: 30/01/21

The Barossa Cycle Hub in Tanunda (South Australia) re-opened this week after an extended closure ...


Barossa Rail Trail Improvements

Posted: 24/09/20

A dangerous intersection at Kroemer's Crossing, at the Tanunda end of the Barossa Rail Trail ...


Barossa Adventure Station enhances the Barossa Rail Trail Experience

Posted: 03/07/20

The $2.5m Barossa Adventure Station was officially opened on 4 July 2020. The Barossa Council and the ...


The Barossa Trail Extension (SA)

Posted: 08/10/12

The new section of Barossa Trail will be 27km in total, and will be known ...


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