Clare Valley Trails
Follow the trails
There’s a lot to admire about the Clare Valley from your car but it’s no comparison to seeing it on foot or by bike.
Experience its living history, elegant buildings and country charm. Walk the region’s many trails to see the Clare Valley up close and personal.
Enjoy heritage walks in towns such as Mintaro, Auburn, Riverton, Penwortham, Saddleworth, Balaklava and Clare. Pick up a brochure from a Visitor Information Centre to plan your journey past historical buildings and landmarks.
A path of discovery
Walk through conservation parks to see stunning homes, waterfalls and beautiful blue gum trees that complement the region’s vineyards.
Several major walking and multi-use trails link Clare Valley towns. The Heysen Trail and Mawson Trail pass through the Clare Valley. Other trails branch out from them and take you to the heart of the region - the wineries.
The Riesling Trail, part of the 800 kilometre (500 mile) Mawson Trail, follows a section of old railway line that until the 1950s ran through Riverton, Clare and Spalding.
At a leisurely pace
The easy gradient and smooth surfaces take you past vineyards and lakeside picnic spots. It’s also suitable for pushers and wheelchairs.
Three looped trails run off the Riesling Trail. All pass cellar doors and lots of great places to eat. Because they’re away from the main trail, they’re a little steeper and on main roads.
The Rattler Trail splits from the Mawson Trail at Auburn and threads a 19 kilometre (12 mile) path to Riverton. This trail isn’t as flat but the scenery is just as compelling.
Burra’s Heritage Passport Trail is the only way to see what was once Australia’s biggest copper mine.
Whatever time of year, the Clare Valley wears a pretty face. There are the falling red leaves in autumn, bright blooms of spring, lush green and mistiness of winter, cool summer shade.
The Clare Valley, happy trails to you.
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Things to do
Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in the area.
There are plenty of events on in the Clare Valley. Here are some ideas you might like.