The Clare Valley is a boutique wine region, set in a landscape of Australian bush and well-kept charming vineyards. To its west, Yorke Peninsula boasts crowd-free beaches, picturesque townships and spectacular national parks.
The charmingly secluded Clare Valley is the ‘heart of Australian Riesling’ and home to a vibrant food and wine industry. Explore the rolling countryside, heritage towns, restaurants and art galleries and cycle among the vines on the 35 kilometre Riesling Trail.
The Yorke Peninsula’s unspoilt coast includes white beaches, fishing towns and historic coastal ports. The rugged cliffs of Dhilba Guurandha – Innes National Park offer untouched flora and fauna and picturesque coastal trails.
Rich in European and natural heritage, both regions owe much to the boom times of copper mining in the mid-19th century. This history is evident in the towns of Kapunda, Mintaro and Burra in the Clare Valley, and in Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta (known as the Copper Coast) on Yorke Peninsula. Each has self-guided tours and walks, and excellent museums.
Best way to Travel
Clare Valley is a two hour drive north of Adelaide. There are daily coach services from Adelaide to Clare and surrounding towns. A great way to experience the Clare Valley is walking or cycling along the Riesling Trail, taking detours to wineries and other attractions. The Yorke Peninsula is just over a 90 minute drive from Adelaide. It is recommended visitors have their own vehicle to explore both regions or take an organised or private tour.
Must See & Do
Burra’s unique Heritage Passport allows the visitor access to nine locked sites, including the Monster Mine area, Redruth Gaol, the underground Unicorn Brewery cellars and the Dugouts. A comprehensive guide book details 49 historic sites over an 11 kilometre driving trail.
Take an easy bike ride along the 35 kilometre Riesling Trail named after the grape and wine variety the region is famous for. Ride among the vines, right up to cellar doors, restaurants and cafes. The trail has a compacted surface and easy gradient which makes it ideal for cyclists of all levels.
Sevenhill Cellars is the oldest winery in the region, established in 1851 by Jesuits priests who planted vines to make sacramental wine. While this tradition continues today Sevenhill is also highly regarded for premium table wines. It is worth a visit to the cellar door and to tour the underground cellars and crypt.
The Clare Valley boasts more than 50 cellar doors between the towns of Auburn and Clare, some operating out of stone cottages, heritage buildings, state-of-the art structures and farm sheds. The region is also home to some of the oldest wineries and cellar doors in the state and besides Riesling, the Clare Valley is is also fast becoming known for its Shiraz and Cabernet.
Sharing Culture - from coast, to vines, to giants in ancient lands, walk in the footsteps of our ancestors. Gain a unique insight into one of the world's oldest living cultures and discover the secrets of the ancient lands, hidden natural jewels and stunning landscapes with Aboriginal Cultural Tours.
Surrounded by the ocean on three sides, Yorke Peninsula is the perfect place for indulging in any water activity ... fishing, swimming, surfing, kite surfing, body boarding, kayaking, wind surfing, snorkelling, diving and sailing. Tour the Yorke Peninsula at your own pace on the Coastal Way road trip.
Dhilba Guurandha – Innes National Park, located at the bottom of the peninsula, has some of the most spectacular coastal scenery. With a magnificent coastline ranging from pristine sheltered coves and majestic cliffs pounded by the surging waves of the Southern Ocean, to serene salt lakes and offshore islands. Dhilba Guurandha – Innes National Park