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The Riesling and Rattler Trail - Trail Description

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The Riesling and Rattler Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: 130km north of Adelaide
Start/end: Riverton former Railway Station site to Clare former Railway station site
Status: Open
Length open: 54km
Surface: Fine gravel
Terrain: Gentle gradient
Public transport: Coach
Features: wineries, tourist
Contact Region: South Australia
The trail near Leasingham Sep 2006)
The trail near Leasingham Sep 2006)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for wheelchairs Suitable for prams
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Features

This trail traverses two beautiful areas of SA countryside just a couple of hours drive north of Adelaide.  It is a long high quality trail traversing a variety of rural landscapes and small rural villages.  There are many options available to enjoy the whole trail or just short sections.

  • The rail trail is gently graded.
  • All road crossings have facilities to cross safely.
  • Allow extra time to leave the trail to explore vineyards and historic features
  • The trail features many original cuttings, embankments and bridges
  • Many quality interpretive signs at regular intervals

Extra Options

  1. Clare to Barinia Rd, White Hut - 10k
  2. The Rattler Trail - 19k
  3. John Horrocks Loop 9km
  4. Father Rogalski Loop 10km
  5. Spring Gully Loop 16km
  6. The Mawson Trail - 800k
  7. The Mawson Trail is a cycle trail running from just north of Adelaide to the Flinders Ranges. It mostly follows country roads and forest trails. Through the Claire Valley it follows the rail trail from Auburn to Riverton.

Information and maps for these loops can be obtained from the Clare Visitor information centre.

Description

Access Points

  • Clare Railway Station Site
  • Leisingham Winery
  • Clare Valley Visitor Information Centre
  • Sevenhill Railway Station Site
  • Watervale Railway Station Site
  • Auburn Railway Station Site
  • Riverton Trail Start/ Finish point at Riverton Sports Oval

Auburn to Clare (25km)

This is the original section of the trail and has been maintained to a very high standard.  Plenty of interrpretive signs and wineries along the way.

  • Depart north from the oval at Auburn station, then turn left and go through the the park to Highway 83. Cross with care and follow a marked trail beside the highway for about 500m, then enter the railway easment.
  • Proceed north along the trail and enjoy the gentle climb to Leasingham, 8km away
  • After bypassing a small missing bridge, the trail climbs gently towards Watervale and to Pentwortham.
  • At Pentwortham, Highway 83 crosses the trail and follows it to Clare. Visit the historic St Mark's church (visible from the trail) where district pioneer John Horrocks was buried in 1846.
  • After a further 5km you will reach Sevenhill, wher you will pass the local cemetery on your descent into Clare.
  • The trail terminates at a carpark at the old railway yard. The station is gone, but a new shelter has been built adjacent to Leasingham Winery.
  • Follow the town centre signs to the highway and the township of Clare.

  Clare to Barinia Rd, White Hut (10km)

This is a new section of the trail that extends north from the site of Clare Railway station site.  It features a quality surface through shady cuttings and bridges before coming out to beautiful farmland areas.

  • Proceed further north for another 10km to Barina Rd, White Hut. The trail currently terminates at this point.

Auburn to Riverton (19km)

This section was built with funding from the Federal government stimulous package and features a high quality compacted fine gravel surface.  Some areas have been badly eroded during flooding in late 2010, so take care

  • Proceed south from site of Auburn railway station, past sporting ovals along a shady corridor
  • Missing bridge bypass is steep and eroded. Take care, walk your bike through here
  • Take a break at the Rynie railway station site shelter
  • Take some extra time at Riverton to check out the magnificent intact Railway Station

Maps and trail descriptions available from Clare and Auburn Visitor information centres, and Riverton Historic Centre

For more information on this trail see the book Rail Trails of Victoria and South Australia.

Background Information

One of Australia's early explorers, Edward John Eyre, made his way through the valley in 1939. His favourite reports led John Horrocks to settle in the locality. He later founded Penworthham which was the first settlement north of Gawler. Other settlers followed and in1840 Edward Gleeson set up a sheep station and established Clare, named after his native country in Ireland. Copper was discoverd at nearby Burra in 1845. Villages were established and roads were built, and by the 1880's and 90's wine growing had taken hold in the region.

The railway reached Riverton in 1864, but it wasn't until 1918 that the railway had reached the valley and Clare, finally stretching to Spalding in 1922, a distance of 86km. The line was closed in 1984 and the track was dismantled in 1989.

The trail is managed by a voluntary committee of management with assistance from the Department of Recreation and Sport (Trails SA).

Links

For further information, or to report problems see links below

Clare Valley Visitor Information

Ph: 08 8842 2131

www.clarevalley.com.au

Trail Committee of Management

Secretary Ph: 08 8843 0196

 

Riesling & Rattler Rail Trails brochure / map (2MB)

 Clare Valley Business & Tourism Association

April 2012

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Contact Us About This Trail

Email or click here: sa@railtrails.org.au.

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Comments

Comments

2 comments
March 09, 2014 by wow01

I rode on both these trails on 26 February 2014. The Riesling trail has a well-maintained surface. The Rattler trail from Auburn to Riverton and return is undergoing repairs in some places but was open to bikes on the day I was there. It is a bit rough in places with coarse gravel on the riding surface, so I would recommend a mountain bike for this section. Three of the four bridges on the Riverton section have new steel decking, great to see the work coming along.

March 26, 2013 by Damian

I created an account to specifically see the Gradient profile, which once logged in the link has disappeared!! the password email reminder is blank. site not working very well.

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News

News

Funding for Riesling - Rattler Rail Trail upgrade

(Posted: 30/05/13)

Funding has been obtained to repair and upgrade the 'Riesling- Rattler Trail' in SA

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