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Transform Your Travel

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It’s a whole lot easier to get yourself moving in the morning if there’s a coffee to entice you. Give your daily commute to the city an overhaul by turning it into an active adventure. If the gym isn’t your thing, then incidental activity can be key to keeping yourself fit, happy and healthy. Walk, cycle, run, skip or sashay your way to these morning and afternoon CBD pit stops. 

Interactive Map

South Adventures

Morning

The fastest way to transform yourself into a morning person is to awaken your senses with a hot coffee and feeling of wind whipping through your helmet hair! Cycle your way smoothly from the southern suburbs, past Fawn Coffee, and straight down to the east end on the recently updated bikeway on Frome Street. If you’re curious how large the cycling community is, keep an eye out for the new bikeway counters that track daily and yearly cyclist numbers.

Fawn Coffee, 269 Gilles Street, Adelaide.

Bike Path on Frome Street, See city cycling trails

Getting there: Cycle from the southern suburbs on the Belair to City path. Walk to Fawn Coffee from the South Terrace tram stop in 15 minutes.

Fawn Coffee

Image: Fawn Coffee via Instagram

Afternoon

Dust off those tennis rackets, dig out a basketball and recover your sneakers from under the couch – the courts at Pityarilla Activity Hub are the perfect place to shake up your afternoon routine. Before cycling home, cool down at Bar Etica with a cocktail and treat yourself to some of their irresistible small plates.

Pityarilla Activity Hub

Bar Etica, 84 Halifax Street, Adelaide. 

Getting there: Cycle from the East End on the bikeway on Frome Street. Walk to Pityarilla Activity Hub from the South Terrace tram stop in 10 minutes, and from the Hub to Bar Etica in 10 minutes.

Image: Etica

North Adventures

Morning:

Follow the winding paths around the glistening water of beautiful River Torrens. Grab a hot chocolate at Lounders Boatshed Café and sit by the river to enjoy the sounds of feathery floating friends. It can be easy to forget there’s a lovely river running right through the CBD, make a visit to its green banks a part of your morning ritual.

Lounders Boatshed Café, 1018 Victoria Dr, Adelaide. 

Getting there: Cycle from the northern suburbs on preferred cycling streets. Walk to Lounders Boathouse from Stop 1 King William Road in 4 minutes. Briskly walking the river loop (Zoo bridge to Weir) will take just over an hour.

River Torrens with paddle boats

Afternoon:

Swing away the stress of the day with a round of twilight golf. The North Adelaide Golf Course will give you all the tools you need to have a crack at sending a ball sailing over the green (or sinking into the sand!). Celebrate or commiserate after your round with a cold round at the Queens Head Hotel.

North Adelaide Golf Course, last round starts at 6.29pm.

Queens Head Hotel, 117 Kermode Street, North Adelaide.

Getting there: Walk to the Par 3 kiosk (next to the Weir) from the Mall in 20 minutes. Walk to the longer courses (Pro Shop off Strangways Terrace) from the Mall in 20 minutes. The Queens Head is a 10 minute walk from the Pro Shop. Cycling will cut these trips in half!

North Adelaide Golf Course

East Adventures

Morning:

Wake up and smell the roses... and freshly roasted coffee beans. Grab an expertly brewed cuppa from the connoisseurs at Exchange Coffee and then head to the Rymill Park Rose garden for an idyllic morning meander. This is the perfect excuse to hop off the O-Bahn early and do some early morning exploring.

Rymill Park Rose Garden, corner of Bartels road and Dequetteville Terrace.

Exchange Coffee, Shops 1-3, 12-18 Vardon Ave, Adelaide

Getting there: Walk to Exchange from Grenfell Street Stop S1 in 5 minutes. Walk from Exchange to Rymill Park Rose Garden in 10 minutes.

Exchange Coffee

Afternoon:

Reserve an afternoon to appreciate some of the finer things in life – start with a cocktail or two at the stunning Bar Torino before skipping over to Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi for a session of sunset butterfly watching. The unique biodiversity of the park makes it the ideal home for the rare Chequered Copper Butterfly!

Bar Torino, 158 Hutt St, Adelaide.

Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi

Getting there: Skip to Bar Torino from Rundle Mall in 20 minutes or cycle in 8 minutes. Cycle up the bikeway on Frome Street. Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi is a 7 minute walk or 1 minute ride from the bar.

Bar Torino

Image: Bar Torino via Instagram

West Adventures

Morning:

At the edge of the leafy stretch of War Memorial Drive sits a somewhat unexpected pocket of community activity. The North Adelaide train station has been converted into a quaint café and just across the tracks sits the Park Terrace Community Garden. Grab a peppermint tea and admire the handiwork of local green thumbs before continuing your journey to the city by walking up the gorgeous Linear Park Trail.

Red House Shop & Café, North Adelaide Railway Station, War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide.

Getting there: Ride from the western suburbs and hop off after you cycle under the Park Terrace bridge. If you park at the Entertainment Centre, you can walk to Red House in 13 minutes. Walking from Red House to the Mall along the Linear Park Trail takes 35 minutes and cycling takes only 10!

Red House Cafe

Image: Red House via Instagram

Afternoon:

Get your culture fix with an afternoon adventure through MOD., where art and science collide in a most innovative and interactive ways. Then come back down to earth after your futuristic experience by winding your way up river along the Linear Park Trail. Bonus stop: drop by the markets for a delicious dinner at Plant 4 in Bowden on Wednesday and Friday nights. 

MOD., North Terrace, adjacent Morphett Street Bridge, Adelaide, Open after 5 on week nights.

Plant 4, 5 Third St, Bowden, Open late on Wednesday and Friday.

Getting there: Walk to MOD. from the Mall in 10 minutes or cycle in 5. Walking to Plant 4 from MOD along the Linear Park Track takes 35 minutes and cycling takes only 10.

MOD exhibit

Credit: roseliemoon via Instagram

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