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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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Yangie Bay to Long Beach Hike – Coffin Bay National Park

Walking
20km return

Known for its remote coastal scenery, the bays and coastline around the Coffin Bay National Park are ideal for boating, fishing, sailing, scuba diving and windsurfing. You can explore the park’s coastal landscapes of high windswept cliffs and massive dunes, pounding surf beaches and sheltered sandy bays. At the southern end of the park is […]

Walking 7 Hours Intermediate

Bararranna Hike – Arkaroola

Walking
7.0km return

The scenery is always changing along this winding route, as it crosses shaly hills and passes between the high walls of Arkaroola Creek. There is plenty to interest geologists. There are massive Merinjina Tillite deposits from the glaciation which started about 700 million years ago; there is the distinctive wedge shape of Bararranna Hill in […]

Walking 3.5 Hours Intermediate

Sturt River Linear Park

Walking  |  Cycling
13.50km

This shared use trail has been developed across a number of council areas. More information can be found: City of Onkaparinga City of Mitcham City of Marion  

Walking 3.94 Hours Intermediate
Cycling 2.16 Hours Intermediate

The Dutchmans Valley Hike – The Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park

Walking
10.0km return

The Dutchmans Valley Hike (5 hrs return, 10km return) This track takes you west of the Dutchman range to two lookouts with spectacular views down Spencer Gulf and north-west towards Lake Torrens. Follow the Northern Boundary Track for 1.8 km before turning south along the Valley Track. Trail markings end where the Heysen Trail leads […]

Walking 5.0 Hours Intermediate

The Dutchmans Stern Hike – The Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park

Walking
10.5km return

The Dutchmans Stern Hike (5 hrs return, 10.5km loop) Explore the scrubland, gorges and open woodland that this park is known for. The bluff known as the Dutchmans Stern, located 10km north east of Quorn, is a prominent landmark. Home to a host of plants and animals, the Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park has plenty of […]

Walking 5.0 Hours Intermediate
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