Clare Valley Attractions


Clare Valley
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Introducing the Clare Valley

Take a 300km circle drive through the Clare Valley – one of Australia’s premium wine-growing regions – exploring historic towns that were once the lifeblood of South Australia. Perfect for adventurous honeymoon couples.

What to do and see in the Clare Valley

Sample fine wines at some of the numerous cellar doors, all within a 15-minute drive of each other, and taste local produce from their fine restaurants.

Discover remnants of the region's copper mining heritage in the historic towns of Kapunda and Burra, step back in time in the Heritage-listed towns of Auburn and Mintaro, enjoy panoramic views over vineyards and woods in the Skilly Hills and browse numerous galleries and antique shops found along the route.

Trip length from Adelaide 2–3 days Total distance 300km Road conditions Sealed and unsealed roads Segment distances: Adelaide to Kapunda 1hr 30mins; 76km Kapunda to Clare 1hr; 71km Clare to Burra 35mins; 42km Burra to Adelaide 2hrs 20mins; 154km Suggested overnight stops: Claire, Burra or Mintaro

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Must-see sights along the route, include:


– Follow the 10km Kapunda Heritage Trail past tunnels, open cuts and miners’ cottages at the birthplace of Australia's copper industry. Pop into the two-storey folk museum–one of the country’s finest folk museums–with its extensive agricultural and mining displays.

Admire the many buildings adorned with magnificent 'Kapunda lacework' and enjoy lunch at the Wheatsheaf Pub at Allendale. Check out 'Map Kernow' on the southern edge of town – this 8m high statue was constructed as a tribute to the copper miners of Kapunda.


– Discover one of the most beautifully preserved towns in South Australia. In its heyday, Burra was the seventh largest town in Australia, with a population larger than Melbourne’s.

Explore the town on Burra's 11km Heritage Passport Trail and pop into the Redruth Gaol, the Monster Mine and ‘Creek Street’, where 1600 people lived in dugouts along the riverbank.

Stroll the picturesque walking trails, tee-off at the local golf club, hire a bike and then browse the antique shops. Don’t miss Thorogoods of Burra (a boutique cider brewery) and the Burra Art Gallery.


– At the centre of one of South Australia's premier wine regions, Clare offers fine dining, panoramic views and secluded accommodation. Located at the northern end of the Riesling Trail, Clare is surrounded by many fine wineries, including Scarlatties Gallery, Moun Surmon, Cardinham, Phoenix Estate, Leasingham, Tim Adams and Knappstein.

As well as sampling fine wine at the local cellar doors, you can choose to tee-off at the highly rated Clare Golf Course, hire a bike, play lawn tennis or try the bowling greens. And of course there’s plenty of opportunity to browse for local handicrafts and to dine at a range of restaurants that offer a gourmet food and wine experience.


– The village of Sevenhill marks the turn-off to exploring Skilly Hills – a series of picturesque green valleys covered with steeply wooded slopes set beside open fields under vine. Discover Clare Valley’s oldest winery at Sevenhill Cellars. Owned and operated by Jesuits since 1851, it is perhaps one of the most picturesque and unusual wineries in the country.

Sample wine in the old monastery cellars and tour the winery and surrounding buildings – at the winery’s heart is the magnificent St Aloysius Church. Sample premium wines at a variety of well-known boutique cellar doors including Eldredge Wines, Stringy Brae, Jeanneret, Mitchells, Kilikanoon and Penna Lane.

Many offer lunchtime restaurants as well as delightful bed and breakfasts with scenic outlooks. Don’t miss the Sevenhill Market, held on the last Saturday of each month, for freshly baked bread and a variety of local food products. Dine in style at the award-winning gourmet retreat of Thorn Park Country House.


– Established in 1849, Mintaro is part of a State Heritage Area and home to one of Australia's finest stately homes, Martindale Hall. Many of the town’s buildings feature Mintaro slate, renowned worldwide for its use as a playing surface on billiard tables.

Stroll through quaint old streets, reminiscent of those you might encounter in the English Cotswolds or Dales. Discover stone churches, a waterwise classical garden, cottage gardens, a ruined flourmill, interesting cemeteries and an antique shop (where poet C.J. Dennis lived for most of his boyhood).

Sample wine from several small vineyards and enjoy a traditional pub lunch at the historic 'The Magpie & Stump' pub. Overnight at nearby Martindale Hall, a Georgian-style mansion that was built in 1879: don’t miss the ornate carved stonework. Take a tour of the cricket pitch, boating lake, race course and polo field.


– Located at the southern start (or end!) of the Riesling Trail, Auburn offers a splendid array of guesthouses, great dining options and a collection of renowned cellar doors.

Admire Auburn's magnificent bluestone buildings that line the quiet streets in this character-filled town. Wander along St Vincent Street, busy with many stone cottages that have been converted into restaurants, antique shops, gourmet coffee shops and heritage-style accommodation.

Don’t miss dining at the historic Rising Sun Hotel or the Mount Horrocks cellar door. Sample wines at the award-winning Grosset wines or nearby Taylors wines.


– Discover a number of heritage buildings, including the beautifully preserved Stanley Grammar School (now a private residence) and several cellar doors including Annie's Lane at Quelltaler, which features a wine museum with a display of century-old winemaking techniques and equipment.

Redbanks Conservation Park

– Explore the meandering gorges of vertical red alluvial cliffs, near Burra, which are covered in Mallee scrub and bluebush and are home to wombats, echidnas, euros and the remains of mega-fauna no longer walking the earth.

Riesling Trail

– Explore one of the world's top wine trails. Following a disused railway line between Auburn and Clare, the 27km trail consists of three ‘loops’ and passes through picturesque countryside, stands of 150-year-old gum trees, rolling farmlands and a dozen cellar doors. The trail is equally enjoyable on foot or bicycle. Other vineyards lie close by.
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