Whether you are a jogger, a stroller or someone who wants to hire a bike and free-wheel, the Linear Park is a year-round delight. The bitumen (blacktop) track wends its way from the Adelaide Hills to the seashore. Most tourists will start in the city itself. A short stroll from King William St gets you to the river and from there you can take the path on either side of the river. From memory, it's about 27km to the beach and back. The best section is close to the city. You get great views of the city, the Adelaide Convention Centre and Adelaide Oval. Heading towards the Hills, the River sometimes floods ... but in a small, pretty way, with ducks floating over slightly submerged grass. At the right time of year you get to watch fuzzy ducklings finding their feet ... which is great for kids. This track is really easy for all ages. Babes can totter along and wander onto the grass. Older folk will find it a fairly easy walk. In the early morning head towards the Hills; the track wends its way behind the Zoo and the sound of animals greeting the day brings a smile to your lips. There are several restaurants on the Linear Park Trail, with Jollys being the pick of the bunch. Great food (we love the tea smoked duck - yum!), excellent views and a gentle uphill stroll back to the city hotels. I ran this track for several years on a Saturday morning and we discovered that there is a 'community' - people who use the Trail often - and we all got to know each other with a smile and a hello. Of course, like any city, it's not a trail you would walk by yourself at night. And be careful on blind turns because some of the bike riders are speed demons. Okay, with the legal disclaimers out of the way, slip on a pair of walking shoes and get out there. Apart from feeding the ducks and swans, you can take a ride on the river boar Popeye, or hire a paddle boat. Picnic on the lawns around the Rotunda in Elder Park, take a detour near the Weir for a hit of golf on the Par 3 or head towards the Hills and then take a detour at the University playing fields and discover Melbourne Street. Oh, by the way, there are toilets along the track. And plenty of places to sit and simply watch the locals go by.
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