Highlighting the Premium, Wine, Food and Natural Landscapes of the stunning Clare Valley on over 100km of new hiking and cycling trails.
Stage 1 Opening 24th April 2021
Join us to walk stage 1 of the trial, from the Clare Valley Wine, Food & Tourism Centre to Jim Barry Cellar Door, a distance of approximately 20km.
Departure Time approx 10am (watch this space for more details)
Please note as the trail crosses multiple private properties, dogs are strictly not permitted
The walk will be followed by a major fundraising event to be held at the New Watervale Sporting Complex, again, details to follow.
What is the Clare Valley Wine & Wilderness Trail?
- A 100km walking / cycling trail around the Clare Valley.
- The trail will begin and end at the Clare Valley Visitors Centre.
- The trail will showcase the region’s natural beauty & premium food and wine products.
- The trail will be a public trail available to locals and visitors, users of the trail will be free to complete the entire route or smaller sections.
- Walkers would take 5 days to complete the entire route, cyclists between 2 & 5 days.
- Part of the trail will be a combined trail for both walkers & cyclists, at other times walkers and cyclists will take slightly different routes.
- The trail will travel on a network of backroads, road reserves & private property.
- The trail will consist of 5 sections, each approx 20km in length
- The target completion date for section 1 is April 2021.
- The target completion date for sections 2 – 5 is April 2022
Who Will Benefit from the trail?
- The wider community: It is well established that exercise is essential for a healthy body, while time outdoors and in the wilderness shows exceptional benefits for mental health. Public trails are a wonderful vehicle for encouraging exercise related activity.
- Wine Industry: The trail will showcase the region’s wine industry by passing through winery property and past cellar doors, providing walkers with the opportunity to have a break and take advantage of the cellar door opportunities.
- Food Industry: The trail will showcase the region’s food industry by passing through townships where cafes & restaurants are located.
- Accommodation Industry: The trail will assist the accommodation industry by encouraging participants to use accommodation both on and off the trail, via longer stays in the region.
- Bike Hire Operators: The trail will assist bike hire providers by providing approximately 100km of additional cycling routes in the region.
- Travel & Tour Operators: The trail will assist the travel & tour operator industry by providing an activity to package together with additional travel options.
- Local Traders: The entire Clare Valley community will benefit from more tourism dollars being spent in the region and thus building and stabilising local employment.
Who is supporting the trail?
The trail has received only positive support, we continue to add to the list, however so far officially the project is supported by;
- Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council
- Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North (RDAYMN)
- The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA)
- Clare Valley Wine and Grape Assoc.
- Clare Valley Wine, Food and Tourism Centre
- Riesling Trail Committee
- Lions Club (Clare)
- SARTI (South Australian Recreational Trails Inc.)
- Travelwild Australia
- Clare Show Society
- Spokespeople Cycling Repair Watervale
Tim Grigg: 0408 826 349
Michael Nugent: 0400 230 766