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.

Thompson Building, Kapunda Community Gallery, South Australia

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 - which is part of the 900 kilometre 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 path to Riverton. This trail isn’t as flat but the scenery is just as compelling.

Passport Trail

Burra’s Heritage Passport Trail is the only way to see what was once Australia’s biggest copper mine. Buy the Burra Heritage Passport Key from the Burra Visitor Centre. It gives you access to eight historic sites, including the Monster Mine, Redruth Gaol, Unicorn Brewery Cellars and the Dugouts.

You will also receive a guidebook detailing 49 historic sites over an 11 kilometre driving trail.

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 and cool, shady spots to enjoy in summer.

The Clare Valley - happy trails to you.

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