The River Torrens Linear Park Trail is a great pathway piercing the very heart of Adelaide’s CBD. It’s a 35-kilometre pathway connecting Henley Beach to the CBD, extending past the city into Adelaide’s northeastern suburbs, and then the Adelaide hills.
Despite all of the rumours of what lives/has died in the River Torrens, the Linear Park Trail is a beautiful track following the natural path of the river. Hire a bike on the hill out the front of the Convention Centre and ride to Henley Beach in the summertime. Rug up and go for a walk to the hills in winter. There are also numerous fun runs every year that use parts of the track, so if you’re looking to improve your fitness or be a Good Samaritan, you can, all the while admiring the lovely scenery. It’s hard to believe that you’re still in the city after just a ten-minute walk along this path. Big green trees, running water, overgrown foliage, bird and animal noises ringing in your ears (monkey sounds even, if you head east, past the Adelaide Zoo). This path is a great place to escape the rush of university and work.
You might not be up to doing the full 35 kilometres, but the whole path is beautiful, wherever you start. With trails snaking away from the main path, you can begin and finish wherever you want. Take a bike and your family, or just walk by yourself.
The most popular part of the trail is along the Torrens Lake in the city. Have a rest on your walk and sit on the grass by the riverbank, where you can have a picnic, feed the ducks, and people watch.
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