Clare Valley Driving
Go your own way
The Clare Valley is less than two hours away from Adelaide. A major road (A32) leads all the way and you barely have to make a turn.
When you arrive in the Clare Valley, grab a map of one of the driving trails from a Visitor Information Centre. Take the Goyder Driving Trail, World's End Circuit north of Burra or travel south and follow Dare's Hill circuit.
Most visitors begin in Auburn. It’s a friendly town that has retained its historic magic. Bullock drivers made it prosperous. Now you can try wine at Mount Horrocks Wines and eat lunch at Cygnets. Hunt for antiques and collectables at The Auburn Gallery and Venturas Visions Gallery.
It’s only a short drive onto the hamlets of Leasingham and Watervale. Leasingham is home to Tim Gramp Wines and nearby Claymore Wines. Watervale is not far from Annie’s Lane and Clos Clare wineries.
Sevenhill is where you’ll find Sevenhill Cellars. Jesuit priests started the winery in 1851 and still run it today. Guests are free to wander through the St Aloysius Church and crypt. The town also has a pub, the Sevenhill Hotel, which has a reputation for fine dining.
Clare is the region’s main service town. It also has some great wineries and restaurants. Eat a gourmet dinner at Artisan’s Table or a pub meal at The Last Word Inn. Visit Knappstein Wines, which also makes premium beer. Tim Adams cellar door is nearby.
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Burra and Gilbert Valley
In contrast to the cosy wine region, the old mining country is wide and generous.
Burra is one of Australia’s great historic attractions. The self-drive Heritage Passport tour takes you to Redruth Gaol, the Unicorn Brewery, the Monster Mine and the dugout homes of “Creek Street”. Visit the town’s three museums and several antique shops.
The area around Gilbert Valley was once home to Australia’s cattle king, Sir Sidney Kidman. It’s renowned as some of the best farming land in Australia.