- 22.6 km one way
- 5-6 hours for whole trail
- Suitable for
- Walking, Wheelchair Accessible, Dog Walking, Jogging, Cycling
- Wheelchair accessible
- Adelaide City & Suburbs
- Download maps & GPS files
- 2 GPS files
- 11 photosJump to Photos section
- Travel options
- Travel time from Adelaide
- 1 hour or less
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 quite abrupt (for cyclists in particular), at the end of a cul-de-sac parallel to Port Wakefield Road, near Calvengrove Road, Waterloo Corner. The southern trailhead will be connected with a new 16km shared path under construction as part of the Northern Connector to the Port Expressway.
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.