Stuart O’Grady Bikeway

Walking Trail Facts
Distance
22.6 km one way
Duration
5-6 hours for whole trail
Suitable for
Walking, Wheelchair Accessible, Dog Walking, Jogging, Cycling
Difficulty
Wheelchair accessible
Terrain
Flat
Region
Adelaide City & Suburbs
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Photos
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Travel options
  1. Car
Travel time from Adelaide
1 hour or less
Stuart O’Grady Bikeway

About the Walking Trail

The Stuart O’Grady Bikeway is a shared use trail the runs parallel to the Northern Expressway, officially the Fatchen Northern Expressway.

Arguably the trail is primarily focused on cycling, but is good for walking short sections for leisure, health or transport. There isn’t much shade, and the trail is flat, although there is a gentle climb heading to Gawler. The path is wide and a bitumen surface, so is suitable for wheelchairs. The trail is good for parents who walk with their small children riding bicycles.

The northern trailhead of the Stuart O’Grady Bikeway is on the corner of Two Wells Road and Weaver Road, Gawler.

The southern trailhead is at the end of a cul-de-sac parallel to Port Wakefield Road, near Calvengrove Road, Waterloo Corner. In May 2020 the southern trailhead has been connected with the new Tapa Martinthi Yala Shared Use Path that runs alongside the Northern Connector motorway. That trail then connects in the south to the Port River Bikeway which also opened in 2020. The total trails network of the three trails is 43km and is a shared-use bitumen trail, connecting Port Adelaide with Gawler.

Highlights along the trail include:

  • the former Smithfield Magazines, constructed in 1941 to store munitions and explosives. The magazine buildings were well spaced out and surrounded by earth mounds to drive any potential explosion upwards, to protect the other buildings and their contents. A battery powered electric tramway connected the buildings. Read more of the history at playfordspast.blogspot.com.au
  • Zoar Cemetery, which is all that remains of the Zoar bible Christian Chapel which was demolished in the 1956. The cemetery contains many of the early settlers in the district including, Eleanor Penfield, Catherine Way, wife of Rev J. Way (father of Samuel Way). Read more about the cemetery at australiancemeteries.com.au
  • Each road interchange is named after a significant military battle involvement of the Australia defence forces.

The Northern Expressway is named the Fatchen Northern Expressway after the late South Australian author and journalist Max Fatchen, who died in 2012 aged 92. His family has strong ties with Gawler, including the family’s old dairy farm, which the expressway passes. Some of the Fatchen family are buried in the Zoar Cemetery.

Trail sections

Trail Distance From To

Port River Bikeway

7.6km

Port Adelaide

You could start from Lipson St, Port Adelaide, or from the end of St Vincent St East where it meets Perkins Drive

Salt Pan Junction (Northern Connector Southern Interchange or the South Road / Port River Expressway interchange)

You could start from Salt Pan Junction or Magazine Road.

Tapa Martinthi Yala Shared Use Path (trail alongside Northern Connector)

16.7km

Salt Pan Junction (Northern Connector Southern Interchange or the South Road / Port River Expressway interchange)

You could start from Salt Pan Junction or Magazine Road.

Northern Connector Northern Interchange (where Northern Connector meets Port Wakefield Rd)

You could start from the start of the Stuart O’Grady Bikeway off Calvengrove Rd, Waterloo Corner.

Stuart O’Grady Bikeway

22.6km

Northern Connector Northern Interchange (where Northern Connector meets Port Wakefield Rd)

You could start from the start of the Stuart O’Grady Bikeway off Calvengrove Rd, Waterloo Corner.

Gawler

You could start from the start of the Stuart O’Grady Bikeway off Two Wells Road, Buchfelde (near Gawler).

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