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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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Chowilla – Slaney Creek

Canoeing
14km return

Slaney Creek is in the Chowilla anabranch system running between River Murray and Chowilla Creek. There are at least 3 major snags that must be negotiated in Slaney Creek. One day round trip of approx 14 kms. 1. Commence at the Customs House boatramp and paddle downstream to the junction with Slaney Creek (approx 1.5 […]

Canoeing 6 Hours Easy

Chowilla – Salt Creek Murray Loop

Canoeing
45km return

This loop trail in the anabranch creek system you are paddling against the flow most of the distance (approx. 21 kms). When you reach the Murray River you will paddle downstream. On this trail you cover the upper third of the anabranch creek system and entering into NSW. 1. Start at Boarder Cliffs Customs House […]

Canoeing 4 Days Easy

Chowilla – Salt Creek 3 day Loop

Canoeing
62km return

1. Start at Border Cliffs boat ramp (Lat: 33974532 S, Long: 140.958220 E) 2. Paddle upstream to portage point at 399 River miles portage into Hypurna Creek (approx. 75 m) and then paddle down to the junction with Salt Creek. Passing the “Chute” on the LH side approx. total distance = 2.2 kms + 75m […]

Canoeing 4 Days Easy

Chowilla – Salt and Hypurna Creek Loop

Canoeing
33.5km return

1. Start at Boarder Cliffs Customs House boat-ramp (Lat: 33974532 S, Long: 140.958220 E). 2. Paddle downstream to the “Shute” (approx. 150m) a fast-flowing, narrow creek (leaving the main river on the RH side) joining Murray River and Hyperna Creek. (If the “Shute” is considered hazardous for the skills of the group the alternative is […]

Canoeing 3 Days Easy

Chowilla – Pipeclay Creek

Canoeing
7.5km return

Pipeclay Creek is a anabranch creek of the Murray River in the Chowilla Creek system. 1. Launch at Border Cliffs Customs House boatramp (or from the NPWSSA campsites just downstream from the boatramp) and paddle downstream for approx 3.5kms. 2. Find the entrance to the oxbow lake around the “Isle of Man” and follow that […]

Canoeing 3 Hours Easy
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