A guide to Cycling in the Clare Valley

The Clare Valley is a cyclists' haven, with plenty of trails to ride including the famous Riesling Trail.

The Riesling Trail Clare Valley

The Riesling Trail

Perhaps the most iconic, bucket list destination in the Clare Valley, you absolutely must check out the Riesling Trail on your next visit. Following an old railway line, the trail is relatively flat (the trains didn't love big hills, and neither do we, meaning no big hills to climb). It was developed in 1994 after the Ash Wednesday Bushfires of 1983 damaged the line beyond repair. The trail runs for 33kms from Barina down to Auburn, passing by many vineyards and historical sites.

Want to read more? We have a whole blog specifically on how to ride the Riesling Trial, check it out here.


The Rattler Trail

The Rattler Trail is an extension of the Riesling Trail, officially opened in 2007. It runs from Auburn to Riverton via Rhynie.


Mawson Trail

As one of the longest trails in South Australia, the Mawson Trail is 900kms in length and runs all the way from Blinman in the Flinders Ranges to Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills. It passes through Burra via White Hut Road into Clare and then down to Riverton, and is designed for mountain biking, particularly in the sections north of Burra.


Shamus Liptrop Trail

Shamus Liptrop Trail

The Shamus Liptrop Cycling Trail runs from Halbury to Balaklava for 10kms. It is named after a local cyclist born in Halbury in 1992, who unfortunately suffered a cycling accident and died as a result at the age of 19. The trail was constructed along a disused railway line so is flat and relatively easy.



Bike Hire

Bike hire is available in Clare from Clare Valley Cycle HireRiesling Trail Bike Hire and Scoot the Valley, and in Auburn from Cogwebs. Please call operators beforehand to book.


Explore the scenic landscapes, enchanting scrublands, tranquil creeks and peaceful settings of Clare Valley’s parks and lookout spots. Throw a picnic rug under a tree, lie back and enjoy the setting.
Cycling is a big part of the lifestyle and experience of the Clare Valley.