A country bike ride along the Amy Gillett Bikeway
The Amy Gillett bikeway is a specially built bike trail which runs from Oakbank, through Woodside and Charleston to Mount Torrens in the Adelaide Hills.
**Editors Note : 9 June 2020: Although the bike track remains open and the track undamaged, some sections of fencing from Charleston to Mt Torrens may still be affected by the Cudlee Creek fire in December 2019. Please stay on the track and walk and ride safely.**
The bikeway was built to honour the memory of Amy Gillett, a member of the Australian women’s cycling team who was tragically killed whilst training in Germany in July 2005.
To reach the bikeway from the tollgate (the start of the South Eastern Freeway), take a 20 minute drive to the start of the bikeway just outside the town of Oakbank. Depending on the age and riding ability of your kids, there are two suggestions for places to commence your ride along the bikeway.
For a short 3km ride to Woodside, a great place to leave the car and unload the bikes is Gillman Rd. The bikeway is sealed, wide and has only a slight gradient. There are several roads to cross along the way, which is the only downside to this section of track. Once the track reaches the busy town of Woodside, there are a number of roads to navigate, including the Onkaparinga Valley Rd to Tiers Rd where the bike track recommences at the end of Station Rd. Keep a lookout for the blue Amy Gillett bikeway signs along the route.
If you require a toilet stop, public toilets are located at the Woodside Institute: as you head into the township of Woodside, on your right you will see a driveway leading to the main oval. Follow the driveway to your left, past the marked pedestrian crossing to locate the toilets. There is also a nice little playground situated here which would suit the younger children very well.
Should you wish to avoid crossing roads with kids on bikes, another option is to drive 2km past Woodside until you reach Naughtons Rd on your right. There is a very large area for parking next to the blue and yellow Lions shelter. From here you can jump straight onto the bike track and cycle for about 3.2 km, across Quarry Rd until you reach the quiet backstreet of Newman Road. Turn right down Newman Rd for approximately 4o metres until you find a ‘local access only’ sign. The bikeway recommences here moving further away from Onkaparinga Valley Rd and through the peaceful countryside to Mount Torrens. With fewer roads to contend with and scenic views, this makes for a very easy and enjoyable ride with only a slight gradient. There are plenty of shady gum trees along the way in case you need to stop for a drink and a bite to eat. The most appealing part of this section of track is the ability to still see your child if they get a little ahead.
Wait for a clear day, no matter what the season, and head out to this beautiful section of countryside for a very enjoyable and relaxing bike ride in the fresh air.
We’ve been told there are geocaches along the route, so you might also like to embark on a geocaching adventure on your ride. For more information on geocaching, click here.
For more information about the work of the Amy Gillett Foundation, visit the Amy Gillett Foundation website
What: The Amy Gillett Bikeway
Where: Oakbank to Charleston | Adelaide Hills
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