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I heard a rumour that there is now a bike trail open from Riverton to Auburn. I know of the reisling trail from Clare to Auburn but not sure if it has been extended or if there is a completely new trail. So if anyone can confirm this or give me any details i would be very appreciative. thanks
Riesling Trail was extended in Nov 2009 to Barinia north of Clare, which is about 8kms. More recently the Rattler trail from Riverton to Auburn has been resurfaced and now forms part of the Riesling Trail, approx 20 kms extension. Thanks to Tourism SA and work of local community. Information is available from Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council or your favourite search engine. I have ridden the trail from Barinia to Auburn, smooth, fine, well compacted dolomite surface; be careful of loose edges if riding in groups. Surface is suitable for MTBs & flat bar road bikes (25mm tyres), my preference is MTB. My boss has ridden the newly resurfaced section from Riverton to Auburn for a recent TV postcards show and provided good report. I work at C&GV Council and can advise that the area caters well for tourism and cyclists, please don't hesitate to ask if you have any queries about the area.
thankyou for your input guys, i was happy to also discover the Mawson trail so close by to be able to make it a Riverton to Auburn cycling loop. hoping to head there real soon and breathe some fresh country air.
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We have recently ridden the whole Mawson Trail (well, minus a couple of sections) and the Ratter Trail (Riverton-Aubrun) and Reisling Trail (Auburn - ~8 kms north of Clare) are now where the Mawson Trail runs. Not sure how you'd make up a Riverton-Auburn loop . It is great cycling on a well surfaced rail trail.
Riding bikes in traffic - what seems dangerous is usually safe; what seems safe is often more dangerous.
so not suitable for normal road bike? I'm going there next weekend and was considering throwing my old al/carbon fork bike in and get away from annoying bike hires (I'm sure the stores are great, but they're not my bike )
I rode Riverton to Clare then 8km futher along side White Hut road then back to Riverton 1 week ago. I would not recommend 23mm tyres but a road bike will do it. Its very smooth and hard packed you'll get your bike covered in dolomite dust.
I should point out though the track between Riverton and Aubrun has been washed out in a number of places in particular the start leaving Riverton so any tyres narrower than 35c and you 'll need to walk short sections.
This pretty sums up the track surface start to finish.
Don't forget to have a break and see the ruins around Seven Hills
We just spent the weekend in Auburn and checked out the Riesling (Auburn to White Hut Rd) and Rattler (Auburn to Riverton) Trails.
We did the Rattler on Saturday as a family with She on the hybrid and Me on the 29er towing Little Bloke in the kiddie trailer. The weather wasn't special with a decent northerly pushing rolling showers of mostly drizzle. We did the run from Auburn to Riverton before lunch and back again in the arvo. Total distance is 42 km. The Rattler Trail is well named with many washouts either rutting the surface or exposing the clinker beneath it but it is still mostly OK. The weather, the extra load (on me) and the lack of bike fitness (on She) proved telling - we were slow (roughly 12km/h or nearly two hours each way) and both ended up a bit stuffed. The Little Bloke thought it was fab! Overall it's an easy trail with a good range and mix of terrain but exposed in places and not in the best of conditions due to wash outs, farm traffic and the odd sunken timber top bridge. Any bike with tyres wider than 35mm will do it no worries
On the Sunday, She was still recovering and I decided to run the Riesling in the afternoon by myself. Very very different. The entire 32 km is virtually faultless - better than the Main North Road actually. The weather was if anything worse than the previous day. The view from the track is lovely and the interpretive signs, various stopping points and other trinkets add to the experience. The main downside to the Track is its featurelessness in elevation - it's just two big triangles! Up from Auburn to Sevenhill and down from there to Clare then another up and down to the end. I did the lot then returned to Clare for a pickup (40km total, roughly an hour and a half I think) just before the heavens opened and I got truly wet instead of merely cold and damp. You could do this entire track on a roadie no worries though I'd avoid anything narrower than 25mm tyre unless you are game.
The maintenance on the Riesling is just outstanding and a credit to the community. I came across a fallen tree just north of Clare and was told by a trio of walkers that they'd just reported it to the Track Committee. No worries. I continued up to White Hut Rd and returned to the same spot within a half hour to find two blokes and their vehicles sawing the tree up with a chainsaw - on a Sunday arvo in the wind and the rain! Brilliant!
Of course nothing is perfect and there's not much been done to link the trails to the various towns...especially at the trail heads and particularly at the Riverton end. Kind of an under utilised feature we felt. The White Hut end is just that...an unremarkable end. It doesn't even have anything signage wise to connect it to the Mawson Trail let alone anything about the Riesling Trail. The Auburn link between the two trails is wonky too - the Riesling trickles out on the Main North Road at the edge of town with nothing to connect it to the Rattler which kicks off down at the old railway station (now Mt Horrocks cellar door) and it all feels like a bit of an afterthought. Small quibble but a shame nonetheless.
Word of Warning: the coffee in Auburn varies from mediocre to truly awful depending on the source (the latter is an establishment who can't be stuffed fixing their front door)...but thumbs up to Cogwebs for making us welcome and giving us all the trail info we needed and the Rising Sun Hotel for the most enjoyable provisions.
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