Enjoy a holiday in the Clare Valley
The Clare Valley is approximately 135km from Adelaide and less than a 2-hour drive from the city. The region is made up of several key towns, each offering a unique and varied experience for the traveller. The regions 40+ cellar doors and wineries are dotted throughout these areas. The town of Auburn is around a 20-minute drive from the Clare Country Club; Mintaro, known for attractions such as Martindale Hall and the giant hedge maze, is a 15-minute drive; the historic copper mining township of Burra – 30-minute drive; and Sevenhill (home to the oldest winery in the Clare Valley, Sevenhill Cellars) is a 5-minute drive. With its brilliant mix of great food and wine experiences, breathtaking scenery and rich heritage, the Clare Valley will delight holidaymakers visiting the region.
Food and Wine
The Clare Valley is one of South Australia’s most recognised regions for fine wine and gourmet food. Its wineries and restaurants are set among beautiful hills, vineyards and open plains, where you can dine and sample some of the world’s best Riesling variety. To complement the abundance of wines available from the cellar doors, discover the wealth of local and gourmet produce, including olive oils, preserves, pickles, chutneys and cured meats, direct from the farms.
The Riesling and Rattler Trails provide a scenic route for you to explore more of the unseen parts of the Clare Valley. The Riesling Trail, is a 35km track from Auburn to Clare, ideal for walking or cycling. It takes in picturesque countryside and regional attractions along the way, has several loops to explore if you don’t want to undertake the entire length of the trail, and also connects with the popular Rattler Trail. Stop along the way at boutique wineries, galleries, museums and more!
The Riesling Trail
Stretching 32km from the township of Auburn in the South through to Barinia in the North, the Riesling Trail is one of the Clare Valley’s most iconic trails. Passing through Leasingham, Watervale, Penwortham, Sevenhill and the township of Clare, the trail has several loops to explore. The John Horrocks loop is 9km long whilst the Spring Gully loop is 16km and passes by the Gully Conservation Park ending at Sevenhill. The Riesling Trail can take up to 4 hours to complete, cyclists and walkers will pass by stunning scenery, vineyard views, historic buildings, restaurants, cellar doors, art galleries and sculptures. This trail is at its best during spring due to the abundance of flora and fauna.
The Clare Valley is well-known for its rich history and heritage buildings such as the iconic Martindale Hall and the copper-mining town of Burra, and its Monster Mine. A short drive from the township of Clare you will find the little town of Mintaro, home to a giant maze. Mintaro Maze is a magnificent living hedge maze consisting of over 800 conifers, fountains, twist and turns. Test your skills and escape the maze – it’s fun for the whole family! Close by, you will also find the majestic Martindale Hall built in 1879. Take a tour and wonder its 32+ rooms that transport you back to the 1800’s.
The stunning 18-hole, 72 par Clare Golf Course, located adjacent to the Clare Country Club is one of South Australia’s finest country courses. Set amongst vineyards, woodlands, lakes and creeks, this course provides numerous natural challenges along with stunning scenery and the chance to take on the 11th hole overlooking the beautiful Lake Inchiquin. If you are travelling without clubs you can still have a round, as the Clare Golf Centre/Pro Shop offers electric carts for hire and golf equipment, including clubs, for sale or hire.
The Clare Country Club is nestled amongst beautiful rolling hills, just minutes from the centre of the Clare township, and within close proximity to many of the world-class cellar doors that make the region so popular. The resort is privately situated off the main road overlooking Lake Inchiquin and adjacent to the Clare Golf Course.