Angaston to Nuriootpa Track – Walk & Cycle through the Barossa
The Angaston to Nuriootpa Track is a high quality trail designed for both walking and cycling in the heart of the Barossa Valley. With a smooth bitumen surface perfect for bike riding, the trail is wider than traditional paths so walkers and cyclists travelling in opposite directions can pass safely. Remember that all users must keep left, and pedestrians have right of way.
Officially opened in November 2010, the 7km path is popular with both locals and visitors. To begin the trail in Angaston you have to turn off the Barossa Way at Sturt Street, then proceed about 100 meters to the starting point.
If starting in Nuriootpa you turn off the Barossa Way into South Terrace, adjacent the Barossa Council Chambers near the railway crossing. You then turn left into The Crescent and follow the rail corridor, heading east past the Nuriootpa Railway station through to Angaston. The starting points at both ends are apparently a little hard to find, as the signs on the main roads are not obvious.
With stunning scenic views of the Barossa Valley along the way, including high embankments and deep shady cuttings at the Angaston end, you can also learn about the Barossa’s rich history via seven interpretive signs placed along the track. They detail the history of the rail line, local flora and fauna, Indigenous connections, and how land uses have changed over time. You will see life-size sculptures at either end of the trail, but also keep an eye out for less obvious echidna markers every kilometre which show you how far you’ve travelled.
While there are no toilets along the track, public amenities can be found at:
- Murray Street, Tanunda
- Tanunda Recreation Park
- Tolley Reserve, Nuriootpa
- Nuriootpa Library
- Murray Street, Angaston
- Angaston Village Green
Attractions in the area include the Barossa Bushgardens, Mengler Hill Sculpture Park, Barossa Farmers Market (held each Saturday morning) and a variety of cellar doors.
What is a Rail Trail?
According to the Rail Trails Australia website, rail trails are shared-use paths recycled from abandoned railway corridors. They can be used for walking, cycling and horse riding. There are now rail trails all around Australia, linking big and small country towns, meandering through scenic countryside just as railways did in the past.
For more information on Rail Trails click here.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Barossa website.
What: Angaston to Nuriootpa Track
Where: Angaston to Nuriootpa, Barossa Valley
Who: Suitable all ages
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