Footsteps in Adelaide Walk Four: River Torrens Walk

Starting Point for this walk could be at any point from the city where you can see the river. Popular with  tourists, locals, walkers, cyclists and joggers, the full length of the River Torrens Linear Path extends all the way  from Henley Beach up to the Adelaide Hills. The great thing about this walk is that you feel close to nature and you can make it as short or as long as you like. You can also go on foot or by bicycle.

tips Great for a lunch time stroll, a weekend family picnic, a ride on Popeye boat or a jog of 5 kilometres along the Parkrun trail

Adelaide Zoo and Botanic Park on Frome Rd could be a convenient place to commence walking.

Walking east away from the city centre along the river will take you under the Hackney St bridge and into the inner suburbs of Gilberton and St Peters where you can see the beautiful Billabong (about a 20 minute walk) and then a further 15 minutes to the St Peters Adventure Playground. A short distance from here is the The Local Grind café, a popular spot for pastry lovers.

 

Walking west towards the city centre  and beach you will pass The University of Adelaide footbridge, rowing clubs, several cafes and within 5 minutes Elder Park where you will have a fine view of Adelaide Oval and Festival Centre. The newly opened Lounders Boathouse Café (next to Jolleys Bistro and King William St bridge) has won an architectural award and is well worth a stop.

 

Lounders Boathouse Cafe

A suggested short walk from Elder Park would be to walk across the new riverbank footbridge connecting North Terrace to Adelaide Oval. Take note of the fine waterfall and glass features which sparkle at certain times of the day. You could then walk back on the other side of the river towards your starting point at the zoo. Look out for the many  swans, pelicans and ducks.

A suggested long walk (or perhaps jog or bike ride) from Elder Park would be to continue to the Torrens Weir and then Bonython Park  – about 15 minutes walking. From here the path continues for 10 kilometres or so to Henley Beach, best done by bike. Towards the beach look out for horses and then stop at Henley Square for an ice cream or coffee.

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