Clare Valley, Gawler, Whispering Wall, Burra Historic Town, vineyards, cellar doors. Self-Drive Tour with Hotels Car Hire (unlimited kms) Bonus Vouchers. Departs from Adelaide. Themes include: South Australia, Departs from Adelaide, Fly-Drive Car, Returns from Adelaide. + Show more
3 days Car Hire, "no worries" unlimited kms, comprehensive insurance
2 nights good standard Clare Valley hotel (luxury upgrades available)
South Australia Bonus Voucher Book ($500 value discounts at shops, restaurants & attractions)
Relax all the hard work has been taken out of your Self-Drive Holiday. Enjoy the freedom of the open road and the security of this popular DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Itinerary.
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Explore the bucolic splendour of the rolling hills and dales of the famed Clare Valley Wine Region with welcoming cellar doors of world renowned wineries on your Self-Drive package holiday. Wander pretty streetscapes in historic country towns and villages with farmers markets, antiques, friendly pubs, galleries, cafes and restaurants serving fresh local produce. Discover historic mine sites and walking trails and see the colonial architecture of Gawler Historic Town, the first country town in SA.
Self-Drive Tour from Adelaide, South Australia
DAY 1 Adelaide - Clare Valley
Wander in rolling hills where history was made when ancient priests created famous vineyards and where mining helped Australia to grow; relax in friendly country towns and welcoming cellar doors and see magnificent aged buildings.
Today you can see Gawler Historic Town (first country town in South Australia, historical walking trails through Church Hill State Heritage Area), Whispering wall (retaining wall of Barossa Reservoir, engineering masterpiece, creates unique acoustic effects, words whispered at one side can be clearly heard 100 meters away on other side), Goldfields Walk, Templers, Freeling, Linwood, Kapunda, Tarlee, Riverton, Rhynie, Undalya, Auburn (walking track to Clare), Leasingham, Watervale, Mintaro, Sevenhill, Clare, (Mintaro Maze, Lakeside Miniature Train Rides), Burra Historic Town (developed in 1845 when copper was discovered by two shepherds, Burra Historic Mine Site, Engine house Museum, Creek Miners Dugouts, Unicorn Brewery Cellars) or Stein Hill. Direct driving 139km (1.50 hours)
Overnight Clare Valley
DAY 2 Discover Clare Valley
Pay homage to the early settlers and creators of the wonderland of wineries, restaurants, country pubs, farmers markets and farm gates, galleries and characterful towns and villages as you wander the fecund Clare Valley. Celebrate the craft of the old master winemakers (and the new, cutting edge breed of vintners), the farmers, artisans and settlers who long ago recognised the value of terroir, the high terrain, continental climate and fertile soils. Enjoy life in the charmingly slow lane, meandering the rolling hills, dales and lowlands of the Clare Valley wine trail and enjoying bucolic vistas and the beauty of the heritage villages and streetscapes as you wander the Riesling Trail, some 27 km long through the townships and wineries between Auburn and Clare visiting wineries such as the iconic Taylors, Annie's Lane, Mount Horrocks and Pikes.
Clare Valley (one of Australia's oldest wine areas , 40 wineries, spectacular views, wildlife, wineries and heritage villages), Clare township (regional centre, pretty gardens and parklands, cafes, pubs), Bungaree (quaint town in fertile landscape), Sevenhill (named for similarity to landscape around Rome, Sevenhill Cellars picturesque winery established in 1851 and still owned by Catholic religious Society of Jesuits. Scenic drive to Polish Hill River Valley and Polish Church Museum. Good photo-ops at nearby Skilly Hills), Penwortham (pretty St Mark's church, Watervale (Eyre Creek, heritage buildings, pioneer winemaking by Francis Treloar , Quelltaler winery buildings, museum and vineyards), Leasingham (pretty hamlet, rich viticultural lands, location of prominent winery Leasingham, was historic stopover [1850's] for Burra copper mines), Auburn (gateway to Clare Valley wine region and Riesling Trail, heritage buildings, cafes, restaurants, antiques, galleries, early Irish settlers town  on River Wakefield, stopover for carters, 'bullockies' and muleteers' between Burra mines to Port Wakefield), Rhynie (historic pub), Tarlee (link between Barossa and Clare Valley wine regions, historic stone quarries used in the foundations South Australian Museum and Adelaide Railway Station), Stockport (historic town  on the River Gilbert, Stockport Observatory), Riverton (1854, significant heritage buildings on River Gilbert, farming district, museum and park),
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DAY 3 Clare Valley - Adelaide
Time to spare in the beautiful Clare Valley; meander through the bucolic hills, visit some country towns perhaps take a picnic to a pretty Conservation Park, then take your time returning from the Clare Valley to Adelaide.
Perhaps today you can see Saddleworth (traditional character country town, railhead for grain producers, interesting old church and settlers cemetery), Manoora (pretty 1850 town, originally a sheep station, nearby mansion Martindale Hall of local stone), Marrabel (annual October rodeo since 1935, big statue of a bucking horse and rider), Waterloo, Mintaro (1849 village designated State Heritage Area, historically prospered as major stopover for copper ore carters), Martindale Hall State Conservation Park (see life as lived by the landed gentry in the 1800's), or Blyth, perhaps enjoy luncheon in one of the special wineries of the region before saying goodbye to the Clare Valley. Direct driving 139km (1.50 hours)