Stuart O'Grady Bikeway to the Barossa Trail
Some claim that this route is complete but on riding it there were missing parts and the signage was very variable. It is just under 11km and contains 150m of elevation gain.
SOB to Gawler Oval
This part of the route is fairly uneventful with blue and white "Gawler Cycleway" signs (only one mentions the Barossa Way though). Starting at the end of the SOB, turn right onto the slip road to the Gawler Bypass and then left onto Two Wells Road. Crossing over the Gawler Bypass (and ignoring the other slip road) there is a sign indicating that you should turn left onto Paternoster Road, this is a road with "sharrows". Continue up it and turn right into Richardson Drive. There is an unsigned path to the left before the road bends to the right. You can take this path. It is a steep drop (my Garmin claims it is 17%). If you think this drop is too steep there is another route that leads to the shared path further along Richardson Drive and yet another from further up Paternoster Road via Chignell Circuit. The council has built a shelter at the bottom of the drop, just past another "Gawler Cycleway" sign (no idea why they put it there rather than at the road).
Just follow the path and eventually you will reach a bridge over the Gawler River. Turn left and ride under the old freight railway line and then under the Gawler Central railway line. Turn left and cross the bridge and then turn left and take the path under the railway line (again) with the "steep" warning sign rather than the one leading to the show grounds. The path enters the car park of the netball complex (more sharrows). Continue past the Gawler Oval railway station.
Turn left onto Paternoster Road
Right turn onto Richardson Drive
Who needs signs (apparently)
Now you have a sign, go straight
Turn left after crossing this bridge
Turn left and cross the bridge
Gawler Oval to Warren Street
This part seemed to be overly out of the way but it goes under Main North Road rather than cross it so I assume that is the reason it goes this way.
After the bowling club turn left, ignoring the directions to Gawler Central, and head through the car park for the shared path. Sadly this takes you to one of Gawler's narrow pedestrian bridges. Hopefully they are planning on replacing it with something wider, and flatter. On the other side there is no "Gawler Cycleway" signage and multiple paths but fortunately only one is a shared path so take that towards the bridge that takes Main North Road over the river.
The shared path emerges at Drury Street and we are back to sharrows, north on Drury and then right onto Barber Street and another blue sign pointing to the shared path next to Burrows Street. Curiously the sign also points straight ahead towards Gawler Central station, which seems weird as it must direct you onto Murray Street rather than use the shared paths that head in the same direction.
The path drops you on Flinders Street and there is a shared path to your right but you don't want to take that as it will take you back towards Gawler Central Station. Turn right onto Murray Road and then left onto Edith Street instead.
Another blue sign (and sharrows) pointing you to ride down Warren Street. You can ride down it but you'll be disappointed. The plan is to have a shared path crossing of the railway line but at the moment there isn't one. There's a beaten path but you can't ride across the tracks.
Instead of doing this, ride up Edith Street and ride over the railway crossing.
I hope the council sorts out this section before summer and adds more signage as it's very confusing.
Head to Drury Street
Some signage here would help
From Barber Street turn right onto the shared path next to Burrows Street
You want me to turn right onto Warren Street?
Path's not really complete is it?
Not riding that way
Edith Street to Bishop Street
I believe it is intended for the path to cross the railway line at Warren Street and then go around Pioneer Park, cutting through the car park to get to High Street. In theory it is supposed to use a private lane next to the council's car park but that is closed due to a dispute between the council and the owner of the lane so you would need to use the car park to get up to David Street. No signs to tell you to do this though.
As I didn't take the Warren Street I continued up Edith Street, turning right after the railway crossing and going across Lyndoch Road and onto Daly Street. I was hoping for some signage to indicate where the "Gawler Bikeway" passed through Daly Street but no such luck and I overshot the turning, which is Kemp Street.
Go straight up Kemp, there is some traffic calming in the middle, at the top follow the sign and turn right onto East Terrace and then left onto Rusby Drive. Most of this part of the path relies on sharrows for navigation (and not always on the road you are on but on the one you turn onto which is a bit sad).
Going up Kemp Street
Top of Kemp, at least we are heading in the correct direction
Bishop Street to Cheek Avenue
Mostly just follow the sharrows.
Another blue and white sign on Cheek Avenue
Cheek Avenue to Sunnydale Avenue
The Barossa Valley Way (road) is a gentle climb but Eucalypt Drive drops down (~8%) and then the shared path at the end gradually climbs back up to Sunnydale Avenue.
Approach to Sunnydale Avenue
Sunnydale to the Barossa Trail
This is the new piece of shared path. I'm a bit suspicious of some of the small creek crossings, the railway line is a lot higher than the new path (and doesn't go up and down) but hopefully they won't flood.
At Railway Terrace you are onto the original Jack Bobridge Trail into the Barossa, where you would have entered it if you had come up Calton Road.
New shared path at Sunnydale Avenue
At Railway Terrace