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Clare Valley Cycle 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
  • Get off the main trail to cycle the Spring Gully, Horrocks and Father Rogalski loops.

The Clare Valley is a celebrated wine region not just in South Australia but nationally and internationally yet its appeal extends far beyond the cellar door. The township of Clare is a classic South Australian town with heritage buildings built predominantly out of stone, a result of limited access to timbre during the colonial period. Unlike much of Australia there are few heavily timbered forests in this part of Australia and early architects had to work with what was available, mainly rocks. Consequently many early buildings in South Australia, from a humble workers cottage to government institutions, were built out of stone and earth, and at times constructed under the earth for shelter. In fact South Australia is the driest state within the driest continent on earth, Australia, and this is evidenced as you travel throughout the state with scarce water, scarce trees and often baron landscapes. Set against these odds is the iron cast character of South Australians, Indigenous and more recent, who have carved a niche and made a home here against the odds. The Clare Valley is typically South Australian with the burning heat of summer perfect for rising the sugar levels of the wine grape and the dry weather of Autumn perfect for preserving the fruit free of moulds and mildew at harvest time. It is South Australia's harsh yet predicable climate that has made the wine regions of South Australia perfect for growing grapes and producing wine renowned around the globe. Yet despite the acclaim of the wine regions the townships that pepper the valley are equally charming and alluring. Over two days of cycling you'll cycle the full length of the Riesling Rail Trail, take a detour along the Spring Gully and other cycle loops and have the opportunity to visit wineries and sample the local produce and perhaps pack the panniers with a few treats to take home.


Leaving Adelaide late afternoon you’ll have plenty of time to explore the states capital city known as the ‘City of Churches’. In early colonial history South Australia, from Adelaide, governed the northern regions of Australia now known as the Northern Territory. It is a state with considerable history being the first colony in Australia and only the forth place in the world where woman were given a vote back in 1894 and further it was the first electorate in the world to give woman equal political rights in not just being able to vote but being able to vote irrespective of marital status and also being allowed to stand for parliament. It is a city where the global media tycoon Rupert Murdock began his empire taking over the daily newspaper the Adelaide Advertiser, a publication he still owns, from his father. It is from Adelaide that explorer Charles Sturt ventured north to become the first European to travel through the harsh interior to the north of the continent which until this time remained uncharted and often thought to contain an ocean or inland sea. Your journey north by coach will thankfully not experience the hardships of Sturt but it 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. On arrival in Clare, check in to your accommodation.

Meals:  Nil

Today you’ll collect your bikes from our local supplier who will fit you up for the cycling days ahead. The day begins by heading south for around half a kilometre and through the township of Clare which might be a great place to fuel up with a good coffee and snacks for the ride. From here you will join the Riesling Rail Trail briefly then on the outskirts 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 15 km. This section takes in some wonderful wine country and vineyards before coming back to meet the Riesling Trail south of Sevenhill. From here we cross the trail and head out along an 8 km section known as the Father Rogalski (Polish Hill) Loop where you’ll pass a number of wineries with great opportunities for lunch and wine tasting. Our suggestions include the Pike Winery and Brewery’s Slate Restaurant or equally Paulett Wine’s Bush Devine Restaurant. These two establishments are often very busy and require prebooking online, but you could chance it on the less busy days. From here you’ll head north to meet up again with the rail trail at the township of Sevenhill then finish the day of cycling heading straight back along the rail trail with a slight variation on the last section back to your accommodation than the morning cycle through Clare.

Meals:  B

This morning you leave Clare via the Riesling Trail south to Auburn. Before this the route takes you on a loop north to Barinia along the northern section of the trail, returning along rural roads with a detour to the Gleeson Wetlands. 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 branch line. The line was opened in 1918 and ran between Riverton in the south to the northern terminus at Spalding. 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 this part of the line was converted to a walking and cycling trail. 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. The dominant variety of grape is the aromatic Riesling, as the name of the trail suggests. The township of Sevenhill has a great winery just off the trail which you would have passed yesterday, the Sevenhill Cellars. This establishment is steeped in history with a walking trail of around 3 km 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 style country pub.

Meals:  B

Today you’ll head back to Adelaide with a morning coach (Friday return) or afternoon coach (Sunday return) depending on your Adelaide day 1 departure day. Your coach will transfer you to the conveniently located Central Bus Station in downtown Adelaide where arrangements end.

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.


  • Coach transfer from Adelaide to Clare Day 1 and coach transfer Auburn to Adelaide Day 4
  • 3 nights in twinshare accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts - basic continental style
  • Hybrid bike with panniers, phone holder and repair kit
  • Navigational App and route maps
  • Luggage transfer from Clare to Auburn

  • 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

Trail Surface




This self guided trip involves 2 days of cycling on bitumen and well graded dirt roads as well as along the Riesling Rail 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

Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 Mar to 15 Dec

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Options & Supplements*
  • Ebike Upgrade SurchargeAUD$90
  • Single SupplementAUD$270
  • Single Traveller SurchargeAUD$340
*Prices listed are per person and also from

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Clare Valley Cycle 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 has a full service domestic airport as well as a number of international operators. There is also numerous bus/coach operators servicing Adelaide as well as the 'Ghan' and 'Indian Pacific' rail services.

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.

Yes, you need to be a capable cyclist. You will cover up to 78km in a day, across undulating terrain, and you will need to be confident cycling on roads. There is lots of cycling on the road in this trip. There are also some stages on well graded dirt roads where there may be soft sections to look out for. Excessive rain will always require more cares while cycling whatever the surface and there may be times when you will need to walk your bike for short stages if the road is difficult to navigate due to the conditions (eg. heavily rutted or muddy).

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

Clare Valley Cycle Short Break Trip reviews

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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