Corkscrew Road is a short road that links Gorge Road with Montacute Heights. In fact, it is a dizzying route with a lot of curves.
It a very popular road among the cyclists but also among the tourists and road trippers that are coming from Adelaide or Melbourne. Actually, it can be added in place to see near Adelaide.
Although it is not as popular as the Black Spur Drive, it is still worth the detour if you are in the area.
Where is the Corkscrew Road located?
The road is situated in the Montacute area Adelaide Hills, in South Australia near the city of Adelaide.
This region was developed in the 1840s because the settlers found gold in the area.
You can situate the road on the map below:
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Some information about the Corkscrew Road.
The Corkscrew Road is about 4 kilometers (2,35 miles) long and is famous for its 4 amazing turns. It is a two-lane asphalted road in good condition.
The road is 3.7km (2.29 mile) long-running through 4 dramatic curves. While you will climb the road, you will gain about 250 meters elevation with an average gradient of 6,7%. In fact, the drive starts at an altitude of 145 meters (480 feet) and ends at 393 meters (1286 feet) above sea level.
The elevation gain is 246 meters and the average gradient is 6.64%. Some turns have a gradient of 15%. That’s why the road is attractive for cyclists, but also bikers and automobilists during their road trip in South Australia.
The drive will take you just 5 minutes so you can easily drive or ride in both ways to discover that scenic route better.
How to get to Corkscrew Road?
The road is located near Adelaide town, about 18 kilometers (11 miles) that will take you 25 minutes. So, if you are coming from there you have to drive the A11 Highway. Then take the Montacute road until you reach the Corkscrew Road.
You can also access that road from the Gorge road. The entrance is just before reaching the Kangaroo Creek Reservoir near the Eucalypt Forest.
You can easily find the itinerary of the drive on this map:
What to do near the Corkscrew Road?
As mentioned just before, the road is located near the Kangaroo Creek Reservoir or the Eucalypt Forest but also the Black Hill Conservation Park.
In fact, depside this road is just outside the suburbs of Adelaide, this area is perfect to get out of the city and enjoy the nature.
Usually, you will easily find some hotels or camping in or near Adelaide if you are looking for accommodation in the area.
Also, if you want to drive a really impressive road you can drive to Warrnambool and discover the Great Ocean Road.
A preview of the drive:
You can have a preview of the road with this Youtube video. That way you can discover the route before going there.
Is the Corkscrew Road open?
The road is open all year round. If you are in a car or on a bike be attentive to bicycles, as it is a well-known place for road bicycles.
Also, if you are on a bicycle take care of the cars or bikes that can drive too fast or cut the turns!
Finally, we can say that if you are looking for a nice place to ride or to have a day trip near Adelaide in South Australia, you definitely have to drive the Corkscrew Road. There, you will enjoy nice switchbacks and nature near the town!
Pictures credits: Tim Munro Photography
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