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Clare Valley

With its brilliant mix of great food and wine experiences, breathtaking scenery and a rich heritage, Clare Valley is full of delight, no matter how often you return.

To newcomers, the Clare Valley may look like a single destination – a place famous for its Riesling, steeped in pioneering history and surrounded by wondrous scenery – but the region cannot be defined by a single experience. Each visit is a series of great moments and revelations – a particular view, a great meal, an exciting new wine or a friendly chat with a local.

With around 30 cellar doors – some operating out of stone cottages, heritage buidings, state-of-the-art structures and farm sheds, the Clare Valley provides a compact wine tasting experience. Several wineries are located close to the Riesling Trail so you can simply jump on a bike and follow the 35 kilometre trail, which runs between the townships of Clare and Auburn.

Although vines were first planted at Sevenhill by Jesuit priests in 1851, the Clare Valley has never been bound by tradition. Alongside its dominant varietals of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and, of course, Riesling, alternative grape varieties such as Pinot Grigio, Malbec and Tempranillo have been added. Several wineries now operate small breweries, making pilsners, ales and stouts, along with a variety of other styles.

The same spirit of enterprise is evident in the Clare Valley’s approach to food. Celebrated for its high quality grain and hormone-free meat, the region is now producing a wealth of gourmet foods – everything from virgin olive oil to capers, pistachios, cherries and carob. Visitors can buy this produce direct from local retail outlets or at town markets.

Inspired by the excellence and abundance of local farm produce, Clare Valley chefs are fast developing a recognisable regional cuisine. Their menus reflect the changing seasons and perfectly match the food-friendly wines from the Clare Valley. New restaurants, cafés and wine bars are springing up across the region.

Long before winemaking, the Clare Valley’s economy was fuelled by copper mining and Merino wool. Evidence of these twin booms can be seen in the many ornate public buildings, grand country estates and elegant streetscapes in towns like Burra, Auburn and Mintaro. It’s no wonder that actor and director Russell Crowe shot several scenes for his 2015 historical drama, The Water Diviner, in this part of South Australia.

With its quiet country roads, well-tended vineyards, abundant produce and warm country hospitality, the Clare Valley is a place that will lure you back again and again. Relax, delve into its many different layers, enjoy the solitude and savour every moment.

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Found 409 Trails
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Heysen Trail – Full Trail

Walking
1200km

The Heysen Trail is one of the world’s great walking trails and the longest dedicated walking trail in Australia.The 1,200 km trail starts at Cape Jervis and winds along the beaches and sea cliffs of the south coast before passing over rolling hills and rural landscapes of the Fleurieu Peninsula and Mt Lofty Ranges. Beyond […]

Walking 60 Days

Mawson Trail – Full Trail

Cycling  |  Walking
900km

Starting just north of Adelaide and travelling to the Outback town of Blinman in the Flinders Ranges, the Mawson Trail is the ideal option for mountain bikers wanting to travel through South Australia’ s remote rural areas. Close to nine hundred kilometres long, the trail includes little-used country roads, State forest and national park fire […]

Cycling 2.32 Weeks
Walking 3.62 Weeks

River Torrens Linear Park Trail

Walking  |  Cycling
30km

This shared use trail follows 30km of river from Athelstone, following the River Torrens, through to Adelaide CBD, and then to the river mouth at West Beach/Henley Beach. Lined with River Red Gums and reed  beds, the trail is an oasis in the city and suburbs. With numerous playgrounds, picnic spots, duck-feeding spots and toilets […]

Walking 5 Hours
Cycling 3 Hours

Kersbrook Horse Trail

Horse Riding  |  Cycling  |  Walking
29.89km

The Kersbrook Horse Trail is a shared use trail in and around the town of Kersbrook and nearby Forestry SA land. Download map brochure here: Kersbrook Horse PDF The Kersbrook Horse Trail is South Australia’s only continuously looped, officially mapped horse trail. NOTES:  There is one section of the trail that is of higher risk […]

Horse Riding 6.85 Hours
Cycling 4.38 Hours
Walking 6.85 Hours Intermediate

Adelaide’s Underwater Heritage Trail

Scuba Diving
115km

Includes four shipwrecks – the Grecian, Zanoni, Star of Greece and Norma. The shipwrecks are located from Ardrossan, on Yorke Peninsula to Port Willunga on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Underwater plaques are adjacent to each vessel. Divers planning to visit the Zanoni require a permit from Heritage SA as it is situated within a protected zone. […]

Scuba Diving 1 Day Intermediate
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