Peaceful surrounds, excellent adventures and delicious food and wine make up this fun tour
Bike through the wonderful scenery of the Barossa and Clare Valley
Leisurely pedal through the serene surrounds
Potter about through the landscape, visiting the cellar doors and sampling the wines
The paths and trails used on this tour really enhance the trip as they truly are delightful and enjoyable to ride
Tuck into the delicious cuisine included in the tour, and sample some of the finest wines

Cycling Tour Barossa & Clare Valley (Self Guided)

Duration
3 days
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This 3-day cycling tour in the Barossa and Clare Valley lets you discover the incredible food and wine highlights of South Australia at your own pace. This a self-guided itinerary, so you can cycle at your own pace, stop for as long as you want at the designated stops, and explore places off the beaten path if your heart desires. Having said that, support is never far away with a phone call if assistance is required. Join this wonderful cycling tour through rolling vineyards, some of Australia’s oldest cellar doors and world-class wines. Cycle the off-road paths available including the length of the wonderful Riesling Rail Trail in the Clare Valley. Enjoy!

  • Category
    For Food Lovers
  • Type
    Self-Guided
  • Duration
    3 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    1 - Beginner
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    1 - Easy
  • Terrain
    Agricultural
  • Distance
    65.2 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    21.7 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    3 days
  • Main Destination
    South Australia
  • Distance
    65.2 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    21.7 miles
  • Elevation
    1 - Easy
  • Terrain
    Agricultural

Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Cycling the Barossa

    Make your way to the start point - a scenic 90-minute drive from Adelaide to Nuriootpa will land you in the heart of the Barossa where your tour begins. Upon arrival, you will be set you up on your bikes, together with maps and directions, for your fun day of cycling around the beautiful Barossa. The suggested cycling has you ride for an easy, flat 30-35kms (18-21mi) using the off-road trails in the region, with visits to famous gourmet & wine outlets including Maggie Beers, Penfolds, Jacobs Creek, St Halletts cellar doors and many more.

    A lovely platter style lunch and tasting is booked for you and is included in your tour. Cycle back to Nuriootpa, jump in your vehicle and head to Auburn (1 hr+) for your overnight stay, and the start of the Riesling Rail Trail.

    Your accommodation is booked at the charming Rising Sun Hotel. Vehicles can be safely parked and left at the rear. Auburn is a small historic town and regarded as the southern gateway to the Clare Valley. Vines were planted in Auburn as early as the 1850s. Today, the wine remains Auburn’s main source of industry.

    Dinner: A booking has been made for you at the Rising Sun Hotel for 7.30pm (you can vary this time by direct arrangement and subject to availability). The meals here are superb! Included in your tour package is entrée +main course per person, with drinks and/or extra courses being additional.

    • 21.7 miles
    • Rising Sun Hotel, Auburn
    • Lunch and Dinner
  2. Day 2Cycling to Clare on the Reisling Trail

    Breakfast is booked at the local favorite Velvet & Willow café and is included in your tour, with great coffee the perfect start to the day! Your bikes will be delivered to you this morning. Pack your bags ready for check out (your bags will be collected and transported to your next nights’ accommodation for you). Today you cycle approximately 35kms (21mi) toward Clare, with lots of stops on the way. Using the maps provided, the navigation is fairly straight forward, with lots of signage to assist you along the way. You will head out north from Auburn immediately joining the Riesling Trail. Head to Kilikanoon Wines for your first optional wine tasting. The tour operator has selected this cellar door purely for the quality of the wines, some of the best Riesling in the world. Head back to Hughes Park Rd and drop into Mitchell Winery about 600 meters (1968ft) up the road which it is also strongly recommended stopping at on your way to lunch. Continue another 600m (1968ft) up Hughes Park Rd until you reach Trevarrick Rd, turn left and your lunch venue is 200m (656ft) on the left at Skillogalee Wines& Restaurant, where a lunch booking has been made for you and is included in your tour (a la carte excluding drinks).

    Enjoy the amazing and highly regarded food at this wonderful winery. There is some cycling to do after lunch so perhaps don’t indulge too much! Departing Skillogalee, there is a short steep hill which can easily be walked here without causing issues for the itinerary. There is no hurry. Follow the Rail Trail for 8kms (5mi) all the way into Clare. There are a number of optional stops after lunch including Knappstein Wines in Clare, a great location to finish the day. From Knapptein’s, head to your accommodation in Clare. Remember to let the tour operator know if you make any purchases that need collection (eg wine).

    Your evening meal in Clare is not included in your tour so you have a choice from a range of venues to visit (here's a list of the tour operator's recommended options):

    SEED Winehouse & Kitchen: Award-winning and highly recommended

    Umbria Rustic Italian: New white-cloth Italian restaurant also highly recommended

    Clare Country Club Restaurant: Super convenient dining at your accommodation with a great local wine list. Book at reception.

    Enjoy a relaxing evening in Clare soaking up the wine country feel of this regional town.

    • 21.7 miles
    • Clare Country Club or similar
    • Breakfast and Lunch
  3. Day 3Cycling to Auburn

    Today you follow the Riesling Trail back to Auburn, taking a more direct and what feels like a more downhill route. There are a myriad of wineries to possibly visit, and you can. For this itinerary, the tour operator has scheduled what they feel are the best but you can, of course, stop at any time or place you choose. Whilst you will ride the length of the Riesling Trail today, there is no need for an early start. Relax, and enjoy the country air. A full breakfast is included with your accommodation. Leave your bags at reception to be collected.

    No visit to the Clare Valley is complete without a stop at one of Australia’s oldest wineries and cellar doors, Sevenhill Cellars. Make sure you view the small museum and the barrel cellar downstairs, a step back in time. Oh, and the wines are worth a little taste too, if not for a touch of holiness. Optional: For keen and fit riders, the Father Rogalski Loop (10km/6.2mi) is a worthy distraction. It is steep in parts, but the views and the wineries on the route are great rewards, especially the brilliant Pikes Wines.

    Continue along the Riesling Trail toward Auburn but keep an eye out for signage to Crabtree Wines on your left at Watervale (turn left at North Terrace off the rail trail). A gorgeous boutique cellar door with superb whites and roses. Back on the Riesling Trail, the next scheduled stop is lunch O'Leary Walker Wines. Stunning views, great wines and a gorgeous setting outside (on a nice day) and views over the valley. A gourmet platter lunch is booked and included in your tour package (excluding drinks).

    Your riding is almost done, with no further scheduled stops, but some recommendations:

    Taylors Wines: A lovely cellar door and great wines, a bit of a ride off the Riesling Trail heading into Auburn

    Mount Horrocks Wine & Station Café: Located on the edge of Auburn, it’s a great end of day visit, with terrific historical references, great wines, and a superb coffee.

    Tour End: Return your bikes to The Rising Sun, your luggage will also be waiting. Enjoy your onward journey (Adelaide is a 2-hour drive from Auburn or perhaps head to Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills). Safe travels!

    • 21.7 miles
    • Breakfast and Lunch