The popular little villages that make up the Clare Valley are best known for their abundance of Wineries and picturesque countryside. Located a little further from Adelaide than the Barossa, the Clare Valley is just as significant for its wine production but has flown a little under the radar when compared to its counterpart, the Barossa Valley.
Steeped in Australian history, the compact collection of villages each have their own story, from the town of Seven Hill, which was established by the Jesuits to provide wine for religious purposes, to the town of Penwortham which was home to the region’s earliest settler, John Horrocks, who explored the region by camel.
We were drawn to make a stop in Clare, to ride the famous Reisling Trail. We thought this was probably the best way to take in the beautiful countryside, as it winds through the ever changing vineyards, farms, natural bush lands and historical villages.
Things to do in the Clare Valley
The list of things to do and see in the Clare Valley is endless, and the Clare Valley tourism information has it well covered http://www.clarevalley.com.au. Below are some of the things we can recommend.
The trail provides an ever changing view of the scenic countryside, and historical villages. The total length of the trail from Barinia to Auburn is 33km’s, passing through 7 towns, which are between 4 and 8 kilometers apart. The smooth gravel surface with a gentle gradient makes it a nice ride for all ages and abilities. There are picnic area’s, toilets and places to refill your drink bottle along the trail. Riding part of the trail will give you a pretty good taste of what you experience riding the full length.
Where: Between Barinia and Auburn. If riding part of the trail we recommend Clare to Pentwortham.
Tip: You have to leave the trail to ride through the towns, shops, and most attractions, there are not really shops or cafes on the trail itself. Bike hire is available from Clare. There is no public transport between the villages, you have to ride back to where you started.
Map: Download Trail Map Here
Clare Valley Tours
See the Clare Valley with local tour guide, Mr. Wilson, offering a range of tours and airport pickups.
Dining and Shopping
Spotted around the region is no shortage of fine dining and boutique shopping to suit most styles and budgets.
Tips: Many venues operate Friday through to Monday. Check opening times if you are visiting outside these days.
Most of the villages between Clare and Auburn offer a self-guided historical walk. If you want to take in the rich history, this is the way to do it. Each community has a unique story to tell.
Where: Clare, Seven Hill, Pentwortham
Tips: Maps are available from the Clare tourist information Centre. Allow 1-2 hours per walk.
The Clare Valley Aerodrome was recently built by the local community, to promote aviation activities to the region. They have a hospitable flying club and are conveniently located on the outskirts of Clare.
Nearest Accommodation to Airport:
Bungaree Station http://bungareestation.com.au
Luxury Accommodation with airport pickup/drop-off available:
The Reserve Apartment in Clare http://thereserveapartment.com.au
We stayed at the Clare Valley Caravan Park, located right beside the Reisling Trail just on the edge of Clare. The park has lovely grassy area’s in a bush setting, with nice clean facilities.
There is no shortage of accommodation options available in the region.
There are major supermarkets located in Clare and plenty of restaurants and cafés to choose from if eating out.
Have you visited the Clare Valley?
Let us know what things you enjoy doing in the Clare Valley.