The Riesling Trail

Walking Trail Facts
Distance
35 km one way
Duration
9 hours one-way
Difficulty
Wheelchair accessible
Terrain
Undulating
Region
Clare Valley
Download maps & GPS files
  1. 1 map PDF
  2. 2 GPS files
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Photos
4 photos
Travel options
  1. Car
Travel time from Adelaide
1-2 hours
The Riesling Trail

About the Walking Trail

The Riesling Trail follows the contours and curves of the former railway from Auburn to Clare, providing ever-changing views of vineyards, mixed farms, natural bushland and world-renowned wine region. A quality, compacted surface and easy gradient makes it ideal for walkers and cyclists of all levels, as well as wheelchair and pram users.

There are wooded sections that feel like English laneways and embankments that give sweeping views of villages and the hills. Along the way there are picnic spots and storyboards about the history, the landscape, the Ngadjuri people, the communities and local heroes.

At 35km, the Riesling Trail walked one-way in about 9 hours (or ridden one way in about 2.5 hours). To do the lovely countryside justice, and enjoy the hospitality of the wineries, attractions and accommodation close by, give yourself more time and make the trail a leisurely pursuit. You can start your journey from a number of sign-posted side roads in each town (and even between towns). There are car parks close to the trail in Auburn, Watervale, Sevenhill and Clare.

Water tanks are provided at the Watervale and Sevenhill shelters.

The trail markers you encounter along the way feature distances, directions, services and stories. View some history on notes on  rieslingtrail.com.au.

Read a hiker’s account of walking sections of the Riesling Trail on ozhike.wordpress.com.

Trail Distances

  • Auburn to Watervale 9km
  • Watervale to Sevenhill 9km
  • Sevenhill to Clare 7km
  • North of Clare: Clare to Barinia Road, White Hut 10km

Extend your walk options by continuing south from Auburn on the Rattler Trail, 19km to Riverton.

Walking and Riding Suggestions

View some of the follow suggestions on rieslingtrail.com.au:

  • For the kids
  • Restful and relaxing
  • Wine lovers
  • Long and Strong
  • Downhill and delightful
  • Art Lovers

Downloads

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Photos

Walk Contributor

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Walking SA is the not-for-profit peak body that leads, promotes and supports all forms of walking in South Australia, including walking for recreation, transport, health, wellbeing, organised events, adventure, environmental appreciation and fun experiences. Our vision is to see more people walking more often.