Summary

Distance 12.5km
Duration Allow 3-4 hours
Difficulty Moderate to easy – gentle undulations along established trails, tracks and unpaved roads.
Elevation Gain -m [223m if travelling in reverse, Auburn to Leasingham]
Start O’Leary Walker Wines, 7093 Horrocks Highway, Leasingham, Clare SA 5452
End Taylors Wines, Clare Valley, 89A Winery Rd, Auburn SA 5451
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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.

From O’Leary Walker Wines car park, head west towards the entry point to the Riesling Trail.  Turn left, and head south for 200 metres or so, before turning right through an open gate. Follow a vehicle track across the paddock, then exit via another open gate onto a dirt track.  Turn left, and follow the trail  markers along an old stock route for three kilometres or so. Enjoy sweeping easterly views across the Clare Valley towards Mount Horrocks and Polish Hill River Valley, until you reach the turn off for Tank Road.  Turn left, and follow this track all the way to the big water tank at the crest of the hill. Pause here a while, taking in the panoramic views – on a clear day you can see the Camel’s Hump Range in the distance.

Continue east along the road, turning left into Maddern Road once you arrive at the next junction.

Follow Maddern Road until you arrive back at the Riesling Trail, turn right, and follow south into the charming village of Auburn.  If you are walking late on a Friday, you may be lucky enough to jag cocktail hour at Mr Nobody’s in the main street – but never fear – there are plenty of other fine wine options here in this delightful, picture-postcard-worthy township. 

You will pass by the Rising Sun Hotel before arriving at Velvet & Willow Wines, here you may stop for a latte or a wine, enjoy a seat in their beautiful heritage garden setting, or perch yourself at the bar at Wines by KT and enjoy a bespoke tasting session.of current and museum releases or a glass of their flagship Riesling Gin and tonic.

On leaving Wines by KT, continue south along the footpath and watch for the trail marker turning you left along a creek path prior to reaching the service station.  Follow this path across Eyre’s Creek and up to Mt Horrocks Wines, a delightful cellar door space converted from the historic Auburn Railway Station.  Enjoy some of Stephanie Toole’s exquisite wines, and then head north along a new section of the Riesling Trail, which pops you out onto a paved road north of the township.

Turn right to cross Eyre’s Creek, then look for the trail marker guiding you left onto a grassy track.  Enjoy the lovely views across vineyard country up to Mount Horrocks (look for the phone towers)  This old government road will , take you to Overton Road.  Turn left, and follow your nose (and the signs) to iconic Taylors Wines.  You can now soak up the atmosphere at this historic family winery – along with some refreshments – as you have now completed Stage 4.

Wineries and Cellar Doors

  • O’Leary Walker Wines
  • Mr Nobody Wines (wine/cocktail bar)
  • Velvet & Willow
  • Wines by Kt
  • Mount Horrocks Wines
  • Grosset Wines (limited opening hours, check their website for details)
  • Taylors Wines

Toilets

Toilets are located at the start and end of Stage 4 (cellar door opening hours only), and at;

  • Rising Sun Hotel
  • Velvet and Willow
  • Wines by KT
  • Mt Horrocks Wines

Other Points of Interest

  • Option to cycle instead of walk
  • Accessible to Riesling Trail
  • Velvet & Willow Cafe + outdoor garden seating
  • Cocktail hour Mr Nobody’s on Friday evenings
  • Terroir fine dining restaurant
  • Auburn Wine Walk (information via any of the local cellar doors)

Stage 4 Map & Photos