The Riesling Trail
  • Length: 35km

  • Duration: 9hrs

  • Grade: 1

  • Style: One way

  • Start: Curling St, Auburn

  • End: 329 Barinia Rd, Stanley Flat

  • Location: Clare Valley

  • Closest Town:

  • Distance from CBD: 115 km

  • State: SA

  • Latitude: -34.02525902

  • Longitude: 138.68926

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The Riesling Trail is a 35km, grade 1 One way hike located in Clare Valley, South Australia. The hike should take approximately 9hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

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

Read a hiker's account of walking sections of the Riesling Trail on

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

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GPX file courtesy of Walking SA. File may not contain elevation data and may only represent half the length on return hikes.

About the region

There are so many things to see, do and taste in the Clare Valley. First stop: the beautiful town of Auburn where you can pour yourself a glass at Mount Horrocks wines and dine on sumptuous local produce at Terroir Auburn. Lose yourself in the historic Sevenhill Cellars or sip prized Riesling at Pikes Wines. Step back in time, exploring the historic mining township of Burra, following the self-drive Heritage tour through to Redruth Gaol, Unicorn Brewery, Monster Mine and the dugout homes of Creek Street.

GPX File

Total distance: 33078 m
Max elevation: 494 m
Min elevation: 302 m
Total climbing: 254 m
Total descent: -160 m
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For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Walking SA

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