The picturesque Clare Valley is one place you will want to stay longer. From world class wineries and food producers, the famous Riesling Trail cycling trail, to historic mining agricultural and rail towns there is something for every-one.
The township of Clare itself offers fine dining, panoramic views and a variety of accommodation options.
The Riesling Trail runs from Clare to Auburn and bike hire is available from several outlets through-out the region. They are happy to pick you up or drop you off so you can make the journey your own.
Possibly the most famous winery along the route is Sevenhill Cellars, founded by the Jesuit’s in 1851 to produce sacramental wine, a function which continues today. Whilst you are there take time to visit the magnificent Saint Aloysius Church and crypt.
From Sevenhill, you will find the drive to Mintaro extremely scenic. This area is known as the Polish River Valley, itself a notable wine sub region. Settled in the 1850’s the local history is recorded in the restored church, now museum.
Mintaro is a Stage Heritage Listed area. Stroll the main streets of the little village where you will find beautiful old stone churches, antique shops and art galleries. Whilst in the area make sure you visit the stately Martindale Hall, where you can tour the grand mansion dating back to 1879. The Mintaro Maze provides hours of fun for children of all ages.
Approximately 30 minutes drive north east of Clare is the Copper mining town of Burra. The best way to explore this town is via the Burra Heritage Passport Trail which you can collect at the Burra Visitor Centre. Nearby Kapunda is where copper was first found.
To the south of Clare you will find the picturesque rural towns of Jamestown and Spalding. Stop for a picnic in the beautiful Bundaleer Forest, or enjoy the hospitality at the magnificently restored North Bundaleer Homestead.