Some Basic Pointers

The Trail is designed for walking anti-clockwise, starting and finishing at the Clare Valley Wine, Food & Tourism Centre. Trail notes are written assuming you are walking anti-clockwise, in which case you will also be following the WHITE-fronted trail markers.

Having said this, there is nothing stopping you from walking the Trail in the reverse direction, heading clockwise, in which case you will be following the GREY-backed trail markers .

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Stage 1 – Clare to Armagh

Summary

  • Start: Clare Valley Wine, Food & Tourism Centre, 8 Spring Gully Rd Clare SA 5453
  • End: Jim Barry Wines: 33 Craig Hill Rd, Clare SA 5453
  • Distance: 23km
  • Elevation: 680m (approx.)
  • Allow: 6 hours (walking time only at 3.8km/hour pace)
  • Difficulty: Harder 5.5km exposed, windy and rocky ridges, multiple ridge climbs, also 9.5km of easy unpaved roads

Description

Stage 1 takes you through the northernmost section of the Trail and includes spectacular panoramic views from Dunns Range.

Detailed description here; Stage 1


Stage 2 – Armagh to Spring Gully

Summary

  • Start: Jim Barry Wines, 33 Craig Hill Rd, Clare SA 5453
  • End: Jeanneret Wines, 22 Jeanneret Rd, Sevenhill SA 5453
  • Distance: 17.4km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, 5.5km of easy road, some short steep hill climbs, several creek crossings, and otherwise mostly single track path

Description

Stage 2 kicks off in Clare before heading along the Armagh Creek, then into the higher country of Spring Gully.  This section of the Trail showcases sweeping hilltop views, secluded native bushland and wildflower country, plus 4 wineries.

Detailed description here; Stage 2


Stage 3 – Spring Gully to Leasingham

Summary

  • Start: Jeanneret Wines, 22 Jeanneret Rd, Sevenhill SA 5453
  • End: O’Leary Walker Wines, 7093 Horrocks Highway, Leasingham, Clare SA 5452
  • Distance: 13.5km
  • Allow 4 hours of actual walking time (in between cellar door visits and other rest stops)

Description

Traversing the picturesque Skillogalee Valley, Stage 3 encompasses six wineries, the greatest number of cellar doors of all the stages on the Trail.

Detailed description here; Stage 3


Stage 4 – Leasingham to Auburn

Summary

  • Start: O’Leary Walker Wines, 7093 Horrocks Highway, Leasingham, Clare SA 5452
  • End: Taylors Wines, Clare Valley, 89A Winery Rd, Auburn SA 5451
  • Distance: 12.5km
  • Difficulty: Moderate to easy – gentle undulations along established trails, tracks and unpaved roads

Description

Passing through the enchanting village of Auburn, Stage 4 comprises the southernmost section of the Trail, and can be completed on foot or by bike. Although Auburn will charm you with its bespoke cellar doors, historic pub, and delightful cafe culture, Mount Horrocks is arguably the hero of this Stage, being visible from almost every aspect.  Only 12.5km in length, but easily  stretched into a full day’s outing given the many places of interest to visit along the way.

Detailed description here; Stage 4


Stage 5 – Auburn to Polish Hill River

Summary

  • Start: Taylors Wines, Clare Valley, 89A Winery Rd, Auburn SA 5451
  • End: Paulett Wines, Bush de Vine Restaurant, 752 Jolly Way, Polish Hill River SA 5453
  • Distance:

Description.

Detailed description here; Stage 5


Stage 6 – Polish Hill River to Clare

Summary

  • Start: Paulett Wines, Bush de Vine Restaurant, 752 Jolly Way, Polish Hill River SA 5453
  • End: Clare Valley Wine, Food & Tourism Centre, 8 Spring Gully Rd Clare SA 5453
  • Distance: 14.5km.
  • Difficulty:  Moderate/hard – some steep climbs over ridge tops early on in the walk, plus a solid final climb up to Pauletts Winery.  Allow approximate walking time 4 hours (not including rest stops)

Description.

Stage 6 is the final section of the Clare Valley Wine and Wilderness Trail. A standout section, Stage 6 offers a challenging walk over two north-south tracking ridge-tops, providing spectacular views across all three Valleys collectively comprising “The Clare”.

Hikers will be rewarded with exceptional dining options, regardless of whether starting at Paulett Wines, or the Clare Valley Wine, Food & Tourism Centre.

Detailed description here; Stage 6