The trail is 35 km and runs from Auburn to Clare (or vice versa). It passes by a lot of great vineyards and wineries and passes through some beautiful countryside. Depending on the winery that you visit they may or may not charge for a tasting (usually around 5 wines). If they do charge, then they'll usually take the amount off any bottles of wine that you purchase.
Now we won't pretend that we're super knowledgeable about wine so we won't delve into the details of everything we drank. However, someone who is super knowledgeable about wines is our friend Chloe from Crush at Social. You can find her blog post on the regions best wines here.
Note: If you didn't come prepared with your own bike don't stress, you're not alone. There are a few bike hire places in town. We'd suggest hitting the visitor information centre in Clare and getting some info there!
Camping and Accomodation Options
Option 1: Clare Discovery Park - this is your usual family-friendly campground with all the trimmings. At $30 a night for an unpowered site it isn't cheap, but it totally does the job! Its also located right across the road from the trail so is easy to get to and from. As a bonus, this means you can also drop your purchased wine bottles off during the day if necessary.
Option 2: Auburn Community Caravan Park - this is a great value park with clean amenities. At $8 per person it's pretty good value and the unpowered sites are nice and grassy. We'd stay here next time we visited for sure.
The Riesling Trail - Our Day on The Bikes
Our day begun with a visit to the Clare Visitors Centre.
Here we were able to get a map of the region, and the bike trail along with some helpful information and local knowledge.
The 3 wineries we visited can be visited in under 10km of bike riding, making it an achievable itinerary for almost everyone..
We purchased some 2018 "The Forager" Shiraz for $28. It is delicious.
Clare Rise Bakery
After our tasting we headed to the local bakery, Clare Rise. The bakery was recommended to us by the crew from Shut the Gate, and we're glad because their vegetable pasty was delicious!
We also grabbed a Turkish loaf for lunch.
Next up we headed into the main shopping centre of Clare. We hit Woolworths for some more food and picnic supplies and then turned around to head back down the Riesling Trail.
Worth noting is that they offer a wine and cheese tasting flight in which they match 5 artisan cheeses with 5 single vintage wines for $35 - this appeared to be pretty popular!
Here we splurged a little.
We bought 2 bottles, The 2016 Ladera Tempranillo ($40) and The Fergus, a blend of Grenache, Tempranillo and Malbec ($28).
Here again the tasting flight costs $10, but this is taken off any wine you purchase.
We bought The Inigo 2018 Malbec for $28.
Reisling Trail Overview
To visit all 3 of the wineries we hit can involves less than 10km of riding, making this a day out that is accessible for all ages and skill levels.
Bike riding (or hiking or running) the Riesling Trail makes for an enjoyable day out for anyone, even for those not drinking. The scenery is spectacular, and during Spring in particular the flowers are absolutely gorgeous.
Here is the GPS of our days outing. It's longer due to our detour into Clare and a trip towards Auburn after visiting Sevenhill Cellars.