Clare Valley Attractions
Things to do, places to see, from north to south.
Clare – is the commercial ‘centre’ of the Clare Valley, albeit at the northern end. It is the home of many wineries and restaurants. North of Clare are Jim Barry, Cardinham & Mt Surmon wineries. In Clare are Tim Knappstein & Leasingham wineries and just south are Kirrihill, Tim Adams & Neagles Rock. There are restaurants in Clare at Treloar’s, The Citadel, Salt ‘n Vine, Coffee & Cork and Neagle’s Rock.
Sevenhill - has the oldest winery & vineyard in the Clare Valley founded by the Jesuits in 1851. The Sevenhill Cellars here are well worth a visit. The magnificent St Aloysius Church is a focal point with visitors able to wander through the crypt. The Sevenhill Hotel on the main road is a favourite for its good restaurant. Paulett & Pikes wineries are on the road to Mintaro from Sevenhill.
Skilly Valley – The Skilly Valley runs parallel to the west of the Clare Valley. It is home to a number of wineries including Mitchell’s, Kilikanoon, Penna Lane, Jeanneret, Stringy Bay and the well-known Skillogalee Restaurant & Winery. A drive through the beautiful gum clad hills of this valley will not be forgotten.
Penwortham – once the home of John Horrocks who explored much of the country north of the Clare Valley up to the Flinders Ranges. You can visit his grave at St Marks Church and nearby the cottage of his brother, now heritage listed as Green’s Cottage.
Watervale - is a small town right in the centre of the Clare Valley, 110 kms north of Adelaide. It is known for it’s fine Rieslings. There are smaller wineries with cellar door outlets here including Stephen John, Olsson’s, Crabtree, Clos Clare, as well as the Annie’s Lane cellar door at Quelltaler Winery. Bric-a brac at ‘Country Clutter’ near the General Store.
Mintaro – as a stopover for the ore carters from Burra is now a
State Heritage Area. There are stone churches, cottage gardens, a flour mill
and interesting cemeteries. Many of the buildings feature slate from the
Mintaro Slate Quarry. The same slate has been used for billiard tables around
the world since 1856.
Burra - one of Australia’s most historic copper mining towns
with many heritage buildings and antique shops. Copper was discovered here by
two shepherds in 1845. It was the copper mine at Burra and the transport of ore
to Port Wakefield by bullock team that gave rise to the creation of townships
at Mintaro, Watervale, Leasingham, Balaklava & Bowmans.
Leasingham – 2kms south of Watervale. Once a small village catering to the bullockies & muleteers carting copper ore from Burra to Port Wakefield for shipment to Wales for smelting. It now has several prominent cellar door outlets, including O’Leary Walker, Claymore, Tim Gramp & Brian Barry wines. Here is also the Leasingham Restaurant.
Auburn – 8 kms south of Watervale is renowned as the birthplace of the poet, CJ Dennis, and is one of the region’s earliest settlements. It is largely unspoilt and features lots of beautiful stone buildings, many National Trust & Heritage listed. Here are several interesting antique and curio shops as well as the award winning Rising Sun Hotel. The home of Taylor’s, Grosset, Eyre Creek, & Mt Horrocks wines.
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