Encounter Bikeway (shared path)

Walking Trail Facts
31 km one way
Suitable for
Walking, Wheelchair Accessible, Pram Friendly, Dog Walking, Jogging, Cycling
Wheelchair accessible
Fleurieu Peninsula
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Travel options
  1. Car
Travel time from Adelaide
1-2 hours
Encounter Bikeway (shared path)

About the Walking Trail

Goolwa to Victor Harbor Coastal Bikeway (shared path).

Located on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula, approximately one hours drive from Adelaide. The Encounter Bikeway is an on-road and shared trail that links the four coastal towns of the City of Victor Harbor and the Riverport Town of Goolwa, via the coastal towns of Port Elliot and Middleton. The total distance of The Bikeway is 30km. However a range of riding/walking distances are available, making it suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.

The Bikeway is suitable for use by cyclists, walkers, skaters, rollerbladers and is wheelchair accessible.

The “Cockle Train” (runs between Victor Harbor and Goolwa Wharf) is a great option to catch one way and walk the other.

Following the foreshore from Laffin Point, Goolwa North, to Rosetta Wharf, Victor Harbor, via Middleton and Port Elliot. Join the trail at numerous access points, to undertake part or all of the trail.

Download a copy of the brochure before you go for detailed distances and things to do along the way.

Shorter Options

Approx. 5.5kms from Goolwa Wharf or 6kms from Middleton , Tokuremoar Reserve (Between Goolwa and Middleton)

Tokuremoar Reserve is a significant site for traditional custodians Ramindjeri / Ngarrindjeri. The 70 hectare site contains rare and endangered indigenous plant and bird species including a coastal melaleuca forest.

Optional Sidetrip

Approx. 3kms of Middleton foreshore to walk along and enjoy magnificant coastal views of Surfers Beach. Popular waters for the local surfing community.

4kms between Middleton and Port Elliot, Middleton to Port Elliot

Segment length: 4kms of undulating path

This is the most challenging section of the bikeway with a few short but steep hills.

Middleton is a renown surfing location and the nearby Basham Beach is a calving site for Southern Right Whales (June – October).

Port Elliot is a very popular seaside holiday destination for families with well known Horseshoe Bay and a range of retail shopping experiences, galleries, cafes and eateries.

Optional Sidetrip

Instead of walking on path you could walk on the sand and paddle in the shallows. Window shopping along The Strand in Port Elliot is always lovely and at the end of The Strand the view and walk around Freeman Knob is spectacular!


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