Activities in the Clare Valley
In addition to visiting Skillogalee and the surrounding vineyards, restaurants and wineries, the Clare Valley has many other attractions to while away the day. From walking through the beautiful Spring Gully Conservation Park directly behind Skillogalee, to biking the nearby Riesling Trail, the Clare Valley is full of activities for adults and children.
Explore some of the things to do in the Clare Valley region, and beyond, below.
What's On in the Clare Valley
From gourmet festivities and music festivals to country shows and regional markets, the Clare Valley calendar is packed with interesting and entertaining events.
For more information visit the Clare Valley Tourism Site.
The Riesling Trail
The Riesling Trail follows the old railway line for 35 kilometres from Auburn to Clare and onto northern most point at Barinia. Walk or bike the trail as it takes you through some of the most picturesque landscapes of the Clare Valley, past vineyards and through historic towns. Make sure to follow the John Horrocks loop to be taken past the Skillogalee Cellar Door for a wonderful wine tasting or to recharge and relax in the Skillogalee Restaurant.
For more information and a map visit rieslingtrail.com.au
Spring Gully Conservation Park
Explore the trails or stop for a picnic in the Spring Gully Conservation Park. Located directly behind the Skillogalee Estate and around 8 kilometres south of Clare the park serves as an important habitat for wildlife and vegetation conservation. The park is home to the red stringybark Eucalyptus macrorhyncha and is the only reserve left in South Australia, and during the spring you will be treated to an abundance of native orchids.
For more information and maps visit the National Parks and Wildlife website.
Clare Valley Art and Culture
The beautiful landscapes, people and produce of the Clare Valley inspire creativity in the many local artists, creators and musicians. You will discover a wide selection of artistic works at the local galleries, exhibitions, wineries and restaurants. Art events, music festivals and gourmet events are also run throughout the year with the most popular being the Clare Valley Gourmet Week(end) held in May.
Visit Historic Towns
Close to Skillogalee are the historic townships of Mintaro and Burra. Take your car and explore the rich history of early South Australia, including driving the 11 kilometre Burra Heritage Trail to discover the town’s early mining history, or visit the largely untouched historic town of Mintaro or follow the beautiful Lavender Federation Trail to Martindale Hall, a pleasant 15 minute drive from Skillogalee.
Why not extend your visit to the mid-north by exploring the unique landscape that is Wilpena Pound and the Flinders Ranges. Located about 3 hours north of Clare are the Flinders Ranges, the largest mountain range in South Australia. Rich in Aboriginal history and home to a vast array of wildlife, the rugged, weathered peaks and rocky gorges of the Flinders Ranges form some of the most iconic and stunning landscapes in the country.
Learn more at the South Australia Tourism website.