With the ever-increasing popularity of hiking trails as a means of escaping into nature, South Australia's Clare Valley is the latest region to get its own dedicated wilderness trail.
Clare Valley is already host to several trails through the region including the popular Rattler and Riesling Trails, and the newest development is designed to provide unique access to its natural landscapes and showcase its premium food & wine offerings.
The Clare Valley Wine & Wilderness Trail (CVWWT) will be (once completed) a 100km walking and cycling trail traversing several areas of the valley, passing 24 cellar doors, 4 pubs, multiple cafes and restaurants, and will showcase the stunning rural and natural landscapes. Stage 1 is now open, while Stage 2 is officially opening in early October. The remaining stages are expected to be completed by Easter 2022.
Divided into 6 distinct stages, each around 15-20km long, the trail will cover a network of backroads, road reserves & private property. Walkers and cyclists will take slightly differing routes in some sections - walkers could expect to complete the full trail in 5 days, while cyclists could take between 2-5 days.
The benefits of the new trail are far-reaching for the Clare Valley region:
Wider community: It is well established that exercise is essential for a healthy body, while time outdoors and in the wilderness shows exceptional benefits for mental health. Public trails are a wonderful vehicle for encouraging exercise-related activity.
Wine Industry: The trail will showcase the region's wine industry by passing through winery property and past cellar doors, providing walkers with the opportunity to have a break and take advantage of the cellar door opportunities.
Food Industry: The trail will showcase the region's food industry by passing through townships where cafes & restaurants are located.
Accommodation Industry: The trail will assist the accommodation industry by encouraging participants to use accommodation both on and off the trail, via longer stays in the region. Camping is currently not possible but may be considered in future.
Bike Hire Operators: The trail will assist bike hire providers by providing approximately 100km of additional cycling routes in the region.
Travel & Tour Operators: The trail will assist the travel & tour operator industry by providing an activity to package together with additional travel options.
Local Traders: The entire Clare Valley community will benefit from more tourism dollars being spent in the region and thus building and stabilising local employment.
Visit the CVWWT website for FAQs and detailed information and maps about each section. A huge range of local & government supporters are backing this new project which will be an exciting addition to exploring the Clare Valley.
In the current world of the pandemic, there has never been a better motivator to encourage yourself to get outside into nature for the benefit of mental health, fitness, community and support for Aussie businesses and tourism operators.