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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 397 Trails
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Little Para River Trail – City of Salisbury

Walking  |  Cycling
16.5km

The Little Para Trail is the most significant trail in the City of Salisbury which allows riders to follow a predominantly flat 10km trail (apart from a short on road detour at Porter st) from Carisbrooke Park (next to Main North Rd) to Port Wakefield Rd. There is also an opportunity to follow the trail […]

Walking 1 Day Easy
Cycling 4 Hours Easy

Willichum Lookout Hike – Canunda National Park

Walking
0.42km

Willichum Lookout Walk offers splendid panoramic views of the bay, the park and rocky cliffs from a viewing platform. Discover a spectacular coastline of cliffs and long stretches of surf beaches in Canunda National Park. Featuring a diversity of coastal habitats, Canunda offers great opportunities to enjoy bushwalking, observe local birdlife, surf the waves or […]

Walking 6 Minutes Intermediate

Seaview Hike – Canunda National Park

Walking
3.41km

The Seaview Walk features spectacular rock formations, sandy beaches, seabirds and a myriad of plants, while offering stunning scenic views of the coastal environment. The blue-green coastal daisy bush may be found along the walk and is usually smelled before it is seen as the leaves have a pleasant aroma. Evidence of wombat and echidna […]

Walking 51 Minutes Intermediate

Coola Outstation Historical Hike – Canunda National Park

Walking
6.92km

The Coola Outstation Historical Walk is located 20km south west of Millicent. The walk features the Coola Lookout which offers a fantastic view of the lake, dunes and farmland surrounds. Across the boardwalk is an area of dryland tea-tree known as the ‘singing forest’ with picnic facilities available. Examples of early farm machinery may be […]

Walking 1.73 Hours Intermediate

Cape Buffon Walk – Canunda National Park

Walking
2.47km

The Cape Buffon Walk highlights how the forces of wind and waves have shaped the limestone cliffs, sea stacks, reef platforms and vegetation along the coast. A variety of plants can be found along the trail. Discover a spectacular coastline of cliffs and long stretches of surf beaches in Canunda National Park. Featuring a diversity […]

Walking 34 Minutes Easy
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