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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 394 Trails
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Tom Roberts Horse Trail

Horse Riding  |  Walking  |  Cycling
107.86km

The City of Onkaparinga has a series of online maps and information available by clicking here. This natural terrain multi-use trail network broadly spans from Cherry Gardens in the north, to Kangarilla in the south and Woodcroft in the west. Established through on-road linkages, road verges and unmade road reserves this trail is designed for horse riding and can […]

Horse Riding 3.09 Days
Walking 3.09 Days
Cycling 1.98 Days

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

Honeyeater Link Trail – Sandy Creek Conservation Park

Walking
0.72km

Sandy Creek Conservation Park is surrounded by farmland, vineyards and deep sand mining pits. Established on gently undulating sand dunes with occasional creeks, the park conserves some of the last remaining vegetation of the sandy soil lowlands of the Barossa Valley. Spring is the best time to view the wildflowers. The park lies on the […]

Walking 10 Minutes Easy

Wallowa Hike – Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park

Walking
4.7km

Nestled amongst the Barossa Ranges, Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park is perfect for bushwalkers, rewarding you with panoramic views, fascinating rock formations and a range of native plants and animals. There are two walking trails within this park which pass through a variety of landscapes including creeks, rocky outcrops, areas of low forest, scrub and open grassland. […]

Walking 2 Hours Intermediate

Deep View Lookout Hike – Morialta Conservation Park

Walking
2.38km

Cross the creek and follow the Morialta Falls Plateau Hike to climb out of the valley floor. Once out of the valley you will have great views back to Adelaide city and out to the northern suburbs. In winter walkers will be rewarded with a stunning array of orchids flowering on the side of the […]

Walking 42 Minutes Intermediate
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