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.
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.
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.
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.