1. Cycle or walk through picturesque landscapes
There are numerous trails around the region that are perfect for cycling or walking. They vary in length and difficulty. The most popular is the Riesling Trail, which is a 35km trail from Auburn to Carinia via Clare. The Rattler Trail is 19km and passes from Riverton to Auburn. Spring Gully Conservation Park and Redbanks Conservation Park also offer pristine views, lush vegetation and even waterfalls.
2. Wines, vineyards and cellar doors
The Clare Valley is celebrated for its Rieslings. But the boutique wineries and vineyards also produce world-class Shiraz, Cabernet, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Semillion, Tempranillo and Malbec. Spend the day exploring the 30 plus wineries and cellar doors dotted throughout the region. Not a wine aficionado? Give Clare’s craft beers and ciders a try at breweries that are dotted through the region.
3. Satisfy your appetite
From romantic dinners to gourmet pub fare, the Clare Valley offers some truly amazing cuisine. Over the past 150 years, the region has produced some of Australia’s best grain, beef, lamb, free-range eggs, seasonal fruit, chocolate and olive oil. The Clare Valley Food Trail is not to be missed! View full list of restaurants and dining options here.
4. Keep the family entertained
From Mini Golf to Mazes, Clare Valley has everything to keep the whole family amused. Pack a picnic and let the whole family explore the World’s End Reserve. Kids can feed farm animals at Bungaree Station or enjoy the Richardson Park Playspace adjacent to the Riesling Trail.
5. Take in the photogenic surroundings
The gorgeous sceneries (especially as the autumn hues come into to effect) make for the perfect Insta-ready snaps. Wildlife, historic building, rolling hills and enticing cuisines create perfect photo opportunities for the budding photographer or the Instagrammer.
6. Explore the local arts scene
Clare Valley is home to artists who are drawn to the beauty of the region. Their unique creations can be found in the local galleries, restaurants and pubs. Stroll through the many galleries the Clare has to offer and soak in the authenticity of the works.
7. Learn about the area’s fascinating past
History is dotted throughout the Clare Valley. Spend the day exploring the of museums and galleries in the region. See heritage listed and historical buildings and learn about a region that dates back to the 1840’s. Take a sightseeing tour with a local guide or take a self-guided tour with the Burra Passport Heritage Trail.
8. Have a picnic
There is no lack of gorgeous picnic spots in the Clare Valley. Simply pack a picnic full of local specialists and throw a blanket down at Clare’s many parks, gardens, trails and lookouts. Want some more picnic ideas? Visit clarevalley.com.au/explore/nature-outdoors
9. Play a round of golf
Need a break from cycling, eating and drinking? The Clare Golf Club is a 18 Hole par 72 course with greens, with an Australian Mens Course rating of 72. The course is located in the heart of Clare Valley and is one of South Australia’s finest country golf clubs.
10. Just relax
Long lunches (think grazing tables and tapas), flowing wine, luxurious retreats and strolls through vineyards make for the perfect getaway. Relax, take a deep breath, and take it all in.