- 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
- 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.
Gawler to Lyndoch (14 km)
The Adelaide – Gawler railway line electrification project has been delayed a number of times and is still closed. The Government’s assessment is that it should re-open in June 2022. In the meantime the only means of reaching Gawler is by replacement bus.
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.
Trail view near Jacobs Creek (2020)
Dorrien Roses (2020)
Rail Trail Hills and Vineyard View (2020)
Start at Kalbeeba near Gawler as the Barossa Trail (2020)
Trail between Kalbeeba and Sandy Creek (2020)
Old House close to Lyndoch (2020)
The rail side trail is a bit more undulating than the railway at Rowland Flat (2020)
Trailside Art near Jacobs Creek (2020)
Barossa Cycle Hub at Tanunda
Trail Side Roses - Nuriootpa (2020)
Trail Side Vineyards - Nuriootpa (2020)
Historic Penfolds Building - Nuriootpa (2020)
One of the many 'echidnas' alongside the trail (2011)
Rail Trail Vineyard View (2020)
Barossa Farmers Market (2020)
View from the rail trail near Angaston (2020)
Climbing up to Angaston (2020)
Approaching Angaston station area. (2020)
The Angaston station area has been transformed by the Council into a recreation centre for the community (2020)
The Angaston station building has also been restored (2020)
The turntable at the Angaston Station is now a feature of the trail (2020)
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.