• 2 days self guided cycle
  • 2 nights private cottage, 1 night hotel room with ensuite


4 daysfrom


Trip Code: SOG7494

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
  • Private transfer from Adelaide airport or CBD location at beginning and end of tour
  • 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.


Create your own itinerary for today. You can explore the charming city of Adelaide first then travel directly to the township of Clare by private transfer, or, if you are keen to get straight out to the renowned wine region of the Clare Valley we can transfer you from any CBD location or Adelaide Airport at any time (pre-booking required). Your journey north will give you the opportunity to reflect on this unique state as you pass through the small towns and villages on your way to Clare around two hours north. You'll have an opportunity to collect your bikes that afternoon if you plan your arrival before 5:00pm and cycle the 2km into Clare for a range of dining options. 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 lunch at one of the Clare Valleys 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:  Nil

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:  Nil

Cycle back to Clare, then drive back to Adelaide at your leisure.

Meals:  B


  • 3 nights in twin share accommodation - Private self contained cottage (2 nights) and hotel with ensuite bathroom (1 night)
  • 1 breakfast - basic continental style
  • Hybrid bike hire with panniers, phone holder and repair kit (e-bike available for additional amount)
  • Navigational App and route maps
  • Luggage transfer from Clare to Auburn, and back to Clare

  • Travel to/ from Adelaide
  • 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




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. This tour has been graded overall as ‘moderate to challenging’ due to the terrain along the Spring Gully, John Horrocks and Father Rogalski Loops yet 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. Ebikes are available at a supplement price and in the case of ebike usage the overall grading would scale down to introductory to moderate. 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 Premium Cycle for Jane Valentine 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.

Clare Valley Cycle Premium Short Break Videos

The Riesling Trail - Clare Valley, South Australia

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Why cycle with us


As the pioneers of self guided active travel in Australia you can expect a seamless experience. Our quality tour notes and logistical expertise sets us apart and ensures a quality experience for you.


Our team is passionate about cycling and their extensive knowledge and experience means you get the very best advice - every time. We will help you tailor the right cycling itinerary for you.

Quality services

Expect first-class and flexible support both on and off the trail. We've sourced the highest quality bikes and most authentic accommodations so you can enjoy a stress free cycling trip.

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.

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