Adelaide Hills Rail Trail

What is the Rail Trail?
A recreational path for bike riding, walking, jogging and horse riding. For all people to use and enjoy in safety, off the road. In 2009 the SA Government decided to name the trail the Amy Gillett Bikeway in memory of Amy Gillett. (see link below, right)

The Amy Gillett Bikeway

Oakbank to Charleston (and beyond)
The first two sections of the Amy Gillett bikeway are available for all to use. Walk it, ride it, trot it, skateboard it!!! And Stage 3 has been approved - which will extend the Bikeway from Charleston to Mt Torrens. For more information on the trails, click the Maps link.

Tourism

In the heart of the Adelaide Hills
The Adelaide Hills Rail Trail is within easy distance to some great tourist attractions such as the Birdwood National Motor Museum, Melba´s Chocolate Factory at Woodside, Bed and Breakfasts, Wineries and Cafes

A Short History

The Railway between Balhannah and Mount Pleasant was opened in 1918 and ran until 1953 as a freight and passenger service. The line was used for the Woodside Migrant Centre until 1958 and the Oakbank Race Carnival until the early 1960´s. During the past 40 years or so much of the rail structure has been removed, including some bridges. Thankfully much of the land is currently being cared for by neighbouring landholders.

The Concept

Disused railways are perfect for conversion to recreational trails as they are relatively level and easy to ride, walk and cycle for people of all ages and abilities as well as being away from road traffic and therefore safe. It is hoped that this railway will be one of those successful conversions in the not too distant future.

About Amy Gillett

The Bikeway has been named by the South Australian Government in memory of Amy Gillett, a passionate SA sportswoman who was tragically killed in Germany in 2005 whilst cycling and preparing for a race the next day. Amy was 29 when she died.