Activities in the Clare Valley
Looking for fun and exciting things to do in the Clare Valley region? Look no further! In addition to visiting Skillogalee and the surrounding vineyards, restaurants, and wineries, the Clare Valley offers a plethora of activities to keep you entertained throughout the day. Whether you prefer hiking through the beautiful Spring Gully Conservation Park located right behind Skillogalee, or biking the nearby Riesling Trail, the region has something for everyone, including adults and children alike.
Take your time to explore some of the fantastic activities available in the Clare Valley and beyond, listed below. From family-friendly attractions to adventurous outdoor pursuits, there’s never a dull moment in this beautiful part of Australia.
What's On in the Clare Valley
With a bustling calendar filled with gourmet festivities, music festivals, country shows, and regional markets, the Clare Valley offers a diverse range of engaging events to suit every taste. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of this vibrant region and create unforgettable memories.
For more information visit the Clare Valley Tourism Site.
The Riesling Trail
Embark on a captivating 35-kilometre adventure along the Riesling Trail, which extends from Auburn to Clare, ultimately reaching its northernmost point at Barinia. This picturesque trail, tracing the path of an old railway line, offers an unforgettable experience for both walkers and cyclists. Marvel at the stunning landscapes of the Clare Valley as you pass lush vineyards and traverse charming, historic towns.
Don’t miss the captivating John Horrocks Loop, which leads you to the renowned Skillogalee Cellar Door. Here, indulge in exquisite wine tastings, or unwind and recharge at the inviting Skillogalee Restaurant.
Find more information and a map at rieslingtrail.com.au – your gateway to exploring Clare Valley’s beauty.
Hiking and Walking Trails
Nestled amidst spectacular hiking trails, Skillogalee Restaurant and accommodation offer the perfect pit stop for walkers and hikers. Take a break for a delightful lunch or stay overnight to truly appreciate the surrounding beauty.
Explore the remarkable Lavender Federation Trail, a 325-km walking path from Murray Bridge to Clare, showcasing some of South Australia’s most stunning landscapes.
Or discover the new Clare Valley Wine and Wilderness Trail, a 110-km journey meandering through the famed wine region, past charming cellar doors and picturesque vineyards.
Spring Gully Conservation Park
Delight in Nature at Spring Gully Conservation Park: Trails, Picnics, and Wildlife
Just 8 kilometres south of Clare and adjacent to the Skillogalee Estate, the Spring Gully Conservation Park awaits exploration. Ideal for trail walks, picnics, and wildlife spotting, the park serves as a crucial habitat for vegetation and wildlife conservation.
Discover the unique red stringybark Eucalyptus macrorhyncha, found only in this South Australian reserve. Visit during springtime to witness a stunning display of native orchids in bloom. Experience the tranquil beauty of Spring Gully Conservation Park for an unforgettable outdoor adventure.
For more information and maps visit the National Parks and Wildlife website.
Clare Valley Art and Culture
Discover the Creative Heart of Clare Valley: Art, Music, and Gourmet Delights
The enchanting Clare Valley, with its breathtaking landscapes and vibrant community, fosters a thriving artistic scene. Local galleries, exhibitions, wineries, and restaurants showcase an array of artistic creations, from visual art to music. Attend art events, music festivals, and gourmet experiences held throughout the year, including the much-loved Clare Valley Gourmet Week(end) in May.
Begin your artistic exploration at the Arts Collective Clare Valley in Auburn and the Burra Regional Art Gallery, where you’ll uncover the region’s creative soul and be inspired by the talent of local artists and musicians.
Visit Historic Towns
Unearth the Rich History of Clare Valley: Visit Mintaro, Burra, and Martindale Hall
Near Skillogalee, the historic townships of Mintaro and Burra beckon exploration. Delve into South Australia’s early history with a drive along the 11-kilometre Burra Heritage Trail, uncovering the town’s fascinating mining past. Experience the charm of the well-preserved township of Mintaro, or follow the scenic Lavender Federation Trail to Martindale Hall, just a pleasant 15-minute drive from Skillogalee.
Embark on a captivating journey through time, discovering the intriguing stories and heritage of Clare Valley’s historic townships and landmarks.
Consider prolonging your mid-north visit by venturing into the awe-inspiring landscape of Wilpena Pound and the Flinders Ranges. Just 3 hours north of Clare, the Flinders Ranges is South Australia’s largest mountain range, steeped in Aboriginal history and teeming with diverse wildlife. The dramatic, weathered peaks and striking rocky gorges make up some of Australia’s most iconic and breathtaking scenery.
Embrace the opportunity to explore these remarkable landscapes and immerse yourself in the rich heritage and natural beauty of Wilpena Pound and the Flinders Ranges.
Learn more at the South Australia Tourism website.