Clare Valley Tourism & Travel
Clare Valley Australia
Situated in the Mid North region, some 110kms north of Adelaide the capital of South Australia the Clare Valley stretches from Auburn in the south to Jamestown with the Mount Lofty Ranges to the north.
Clare Valley Wine Region
The internationally acclaimed Clare Valley wine region boasts a beautifully scenic countryside comprised of rolling hills and charming small historic towns. With many great wineries within close proximity to each other, the Clare Valley is the perfect destination to explore. Vineyards in the area mainly produced fortified wines such as port and sherry until the 1940's, when a change was made to the table wines that the consumer market is demanding today. The Clare Valley is most famous for its beautiful vineyards, many of which can be explored on the 25km Riesling Trail; more than 35 wineries are found within the Clare Valley Wine region, renowned for its production of top quality Riesling and Shiraz.
Clare Valley Attractions
See fascinating heritage-listed buildings on a self-guided walk through the town centre of Clare; the Old Police Station and Courthouse building now holds the Clare National Trust Museum featuring the Victorian clothing, furniture and household effects that the early settlers would have used. Get amazing views over the Clare Valley Vineyards from Quarry and Billy Goat Hill or the young or young at heart can experience some wholesome farmyard fun at Geralka Farm.
Many open art studios are situated in Blyth, just a short drive west of Clare. Visitors can view the resident artists at work and see finished pieces on display at the little galleries and art and craft stores about town.
Clare Valley Events
The Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend is a major event encompassing the entire valley and celebrates all the good things in life; local wineries come together to host the festival of fine wine, good food, and great entertainment.
In the Township of Clare, the four-day La Romeria del Rocio Spanish Festival has celebrated the Rocio Pilgrimage since 1988. For much lighter entertainment, the Clare Show incorporates concert bands, Irish dancers, Bavarian dancers, performing dogs, bell ringers, and much more.
Clare Valley Restaurants and Cafes
The many wineries situated in the Clare Valley are famed for the fine local produce and food served within restaurants right at the cellar door. The town of Auburn, located within the Clare Valley has a gorgeous classic French restaurant and a number of great pubs offering hearty Aussie pub fare.
Clare Valley - Near by
Famed for its abundant street parties, the friendly art hub of Kapunda boasts some amusing murals and numerous art galleries around the centre of town. A visit to nearby Tarlee is a must for antique lovers, and fishing enthusiasts should head to Port Wakefield for an excellent catch. The historic mining town of Burra offers many great country pubs perfect for ending the day with an elegant wine, a jovial beer or bite to eat. To heighten the adventure, a number of ruggedly beautiful National Parks are also waiting to be discovered close by.
Beautiful blue-gum forest, abundant wildlife and around 50 bird species can be viewed on the many 4WD and walking tracks within the Spring Gully Conservation Park, adjacent to the Clare Valley. Interesting old mines and dugouts may be stumbled across in the Red Banks Conservation Park and visitors can experience a former sheep station that is now the Martindale Hall Conservation Park.
Clare Valley History
During Australias mining rush in the 1840s, the Townships in the Clare Valley helped with supplies for miners working at the Burra copper mines. The wine region began with the Jesuits from Vienna who established the first winery in 1851. The Jesuit vignerons named the winery Sevenhill Cellars after the Seven Hills of Rome.
Clare Valley Today
Since the 1970s, the Clare Valley joined the interests of the major wine-producing and to the natural and historical delights to become a major tourist destination, with an increasingly large number of popular wineries opening within the region and much local produce available to complement the excellent wines.