In Clare Valley discover heritage towns, trails, museums, galleries, beautiful scenery & one of Australia's oldest wine regions.
The Clare Valley is one of the most picturesque wine regions of Australia. Take a scenic drive from Sevenhill to Mintaro. Mintaro is famous for its slate from the local quarry. Clare Valley is the perfect place to stretch the legs, so take time out to stroll the gardens and surrounds of the Georgian Martindale Hall, with its extraordinary Italianate interiors. You might recognise the building from the 1975 film 'Picnic from Hanging Rock'. There is also the living hedge maze to visit, consisting of over 800 conifers, fountains, twists and turns.
The Clare Valley region attracts many tourists, both domestic and international, who delight and relax in the friendly environment. Indulge in regional produce and award winning wines, while soaking in the spectacular views. Fill your basket with cheese, pasta, meats or olives. Clare Valley has heritage towns and trails, boutique wineries, museums and galleries which are linked by scenic roads and framed by farms and vines.
If you like somewhere with a little more history, visit St Aloysius’ Church, completed in 1875. St Aloysius’ Church has a crypt, and the only parish church in Australia to feature a crypt of this kind. The crypt is unique in that it was built in the Polish/Austrian tradition. There are few parish churches of this size and magnitude in the Australia. It is the final resting place of 41 Jesuits. Exploring the the grounds you'll also find a sandstone quarry, cemetery, shrine and college. More than 40,000 people visit the site each year.
On 16 February 1983, the Clare Valley was devastated by bushfires during the Ash Wednesday disaster. Although there were no fatalities in the area, over 6,100 hectares were burnt out. The railway line between the Clare Showgrounds and Penwortham was severely damaged, and resulted in its eventual demise. The old rail route has since been transformed into a popular bicycle riding track known as the Riesling Trail. This 35km sealed trail links the villages of the valley. Tourists worldwide travel to the Clare Valley to cycle the 'Riesling Trail', sampling the famous Clare Valley Riesling along the way.
The Clare Valley climate is moderate-continental, with long warm summer days followed by cool nights.