Introductory to Moderate
  • 2 days self guided cycle
  • 2 nights private cottage, 1 night hotel room with ensuite
  • 3 Breakfasts

4 Days$880AUD

Trip Code: CVZ

Clare Valley Cycle Premium Short Break Trip highlights

  • Enjoy the independence of self-guided cycling with all logistics taken care of for you
  • Discover charming rural towns and settlements.
  • Cycle through the picturesque wine regions of the Clare Valley SA
  • Visit the historic Sevenhill Cellars winery with Mary Mackillop connection
  • Complimentary lunch and wine tasting at leading Clare Valley winery

Enjoy this active short break cycle tour in the pretty Clare Valley, exploring all its delights as you pedal through rolling hills dotted with charming towns, vineyards and historical sites. Over two days you'll cycle the full length of the Riesling Trail, taking a side trip to Spring Gully to enjoy Blue Gum Look­out or to take a walk through grassy wood­lands to an 18m sea­son­al water­fall. At the monastic town of Sevenhill witness the underground cellar and ancient vineyards. Make your experience of the Clare Valley as leisurely or as vigorous as you want, perhaps putting in longer days to cycle further, or, to linger longer at some of the wineries. Whatever you decide, the region will weave its magic and leave lasting memories.



Today you will need to make your own way to Clare. On arrival in Clare, check in to your accommodation. The afternoon is free to explore the town or visit a winery or two. If you are travelling via Adelaide we can assist with booking a taxi transfer (for an additional supplement). Overnight in Clare.

Meals:  Nil

Today you’ll walk a few minutes to collect your bikes from our local supplier who will fit you up for the cycling days ahead. You’ll start the day by heading south along the Riesling Trail although those looking for coffee, snacks or a big breakfast may consider the short 2km ride into Clare first to fuel up for the day. Heading south just outside of Clare you’ll leave the trail and head west along the Spring Gully Loop then turn onto the John Horrocks Loop, a combined section of around 15km taking in some wonderful wine country and vineyards before coming back to meet the Riesling Trail south of Sevenhill. As a special treat on this premium tour we offer a complimentary wine tasting followed by canapes at one of the Clare Valley's leading wineries, Paulett Wines a short distance along the next section heading east along the Father Rogalski (Polish Hill) Loop. After lunch continue along the Rogalski loop passing Pikes wines and Sevenhill Cellars, two landmark Clare Valley Wineries and worthy of a detour. You’ll meet the Riesling trail again at the township of Sevenhill then finish the day of cycling heading straight back along the trail arriving at your accommodation which is conveniently located adjacent to the trail itself. Overnight in Clare.

Meals:  B

Today you’ll leave Clare and cycle the Riesling Trail south to Auburn but before this you’ll head north to Barinia along the northern section of the trail then back along rural roads with a detour to the Gleeson Wetlands and back to where you began before heading south. You could also choose to sleep in, explore Clare and more local wineries or create your own itinerary for the morning, the choice is yours. Regardless of your morning cycle choice the remaining ride (25km) follows the Riesling Trail route which was part of the former Spalding railway line branch line which ran between Riverton in the south to the northern terminus at Spalding and was opened in 1918. It operated until 1983 and ceased after the Ash Wednesday bushfires burnt through the valley and damaged much of the track. The rails and steel bridges were removed and in 1993 and this part of the line was converted to a walking and cycling trail and has become tourist drawcard for the region for those wishing to experience the Clare Valley in an active way. Heading south you will pass through the townships of Sevenhill, Penwortham and Leasingham before arriving at Auburn and along the way you’ll pass bakeries, cafes, coffee shops, pubs, Art Galleries and of course numerous wineries many of which, as the name of the trail might suggest, produce Riesling the most important white wine grape variety of the region. The township of Sevenhill has a great winery just off the trial which you would have passed yesterday, the Sevenhill Cellars. This establishment is stepped in history with a walking trail of around 3km taking in Sevenhill’s significant wine and spiritual sites, including the Underground Cellar, old-vine vineyards, St Ignatius of Loyola Shrine and St Aloysius’ Church with its crypt. It was at this location that Saint Mary MacKillop took refuge with her brothers for an extended period. From here you cycle south to the town of Auburn at the southern end of the rail trail. Your night will be in a stone federation period country pub. Overnight in Auburn.

Meals:  B

The trip ends this morning in Auburn. You will to arrange a taxi (or we can assist) back to Clare to collect your car.

Meals:  B



The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


  • 3 nights in twinshare accommodation - Private self contained cottage (2 nights) and hotel with ensuite bathroom (1 night)
  • 3 breakfasts - basic continental style
  • Electric bike hire with panniers, phone holder and repair kit
  • Navigational App and route maps
  • Luggage transfer from Clare to Auburn
  • Complimentary canape and wine tasting at leading Clare Valley winery

  • Travel to Clare and from Auburn (a private return transfer by taxi can be booked from Adelaide for a supplement)
  • Accommodation before or after the trip in Adelaide
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, car parking, towel etc
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not listed as included


Bike information

Trail Surface


Introductory to Moderate


This self guided trip involves 2 days of cycling on bitumen and well graded dirt roads as well as along the Riesling Trail and the Rattler Rail Trail with daily ascents of 182m to 447m. Some sections of the daily cycles may have traffic, including trucks. Daily activity is usually between 3 to 5 hours. The trip is graded ‘introductory to moderate’ due to the use of an electric bike. If you choose to hire a hybrid bike or bring your own bike the difficulty will increase to ‘moderate to challenging’ due to the terrain along the Spring Gully, John Horrocks and Father Rogalski Loops. The rail trails themselves are graded as introductory to moderate. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and good health and be a capable cyclist. Be prepared for potential variable weather conditions which can also add to the timing and comfort of a trip, for example riding into a head wind will take more time than when the wind is behind you. If bringing your own bike please ensure that your bike is fit for purpose - road bikes are not suitable for this trip unless they have been fitted with wider tread tyres. The best bike is a hybrid, gravel bike or mountain bike.

Departure dates

Daily from 1 Mar to 15 Dec

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Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Clare Valley Cycle Premium Short Break trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.

Frequently Asked Questions

Adelaide airport has flights to/from all major Australian cities and a few international destinations and is also a rail hub for the Ghan (Adelaide Darwin) and the Indian Pacific (Sydney Perth) rail services as well as being connected by numerous intra and inter state coach services. From Adelaide you can drive to Clare. Alternatively you can take a coach to Clare. You can also arrange a taxi to bring you from Adelaide to Clare.

Breakfasts are simple continental style - think cereal and toast. There are cafes close by in Clare and Auburn to purchase a more substantial breakfast with good coffee. There are lunch options at a number of wineries from simple snacks to a full set lunch menu as well as a number of hotels providing pub food. Similarly there are local options for the evening meal in both Clare and Auburn from café to restaurant and a number of hotels.

Basically no, a bicycle is a vehicle like any other and you can be charged and fined for drink driving (and lose points off your drivers licence). The consequences of falling from a bike can result in serious injury including death and most insurance policies exclusions for drink driving would extend to cycling under the influence. Most wineries promote a 'sip and spit' approach to wine tasting. It is always going to be far better if you take a bottle or two of wine home with you and celebrate your days cycling there at the end of the day.

Yes, you need to be a capable cyclist. You will cover up to 45km in a day, across undulating terrain and various trail types as well as road cycling so you would need a degree of confidence on this cycle tour. Excessive rain or adverse weather conditions will always require more care while cycling. Always ride to conditions and your ability and don't hesitate dismounting for any section you are not comfortable with.

Yes, e-bike hire is included in this trip cost. Please let us know if you would like to hire a standard bike. A small discount will apply.

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The Riesling Trail - Clare Valley, South Australia

Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.