Riverton former Railway Station site to Clare former Railway station site
The trail near Leasingham Sep 2006)
On the trail near Clare (Sep 2006)
Seven Hill railway station site (Mar 2010)
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
Clare to Barinia Rd, White Hut - 10k
The Rattler Trail - 19k
John Horrocks Loop 9km
Father Rogalski Loop 10km
Spring Gully Loop 16km
The Mawson Trail - 800k
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.
Clare Railway Station Site
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
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).
For further information, or to report problems see links below