48 Hours in the Clare Valley

Starting in Auburn, the gateway to the Clare Valley, enjoy a coffee at Velvet and Willow of Auburn...

Day One: Auburn - Sevenhill


Starting in Auburn, the gateway to the Clare Valley, enjoy a coffee or breakfast offering at Velvet & Willow or Simpson Rices Creek. A bit further into the valley enjoy what The Watervale General Store has to offer.

Dine-in for a weekend lunch at Terroir Auburn, or daily at the Rising Sun Hotel, both offering a fabulous selection of local food and fine wines.

On the winery front, there is Mount Horrocks Wines, Grosset Wines, Koonowla Wines and Taylors Wines.

Not wine? Try olives and olive oil at Bonina Olive Grove.

Feeling energetic? The Riesling and Rattler bike/walking trails also begin in Auburn - hire a bike from Cogwebs and start your trek through the Clare Valley.

Jump in the car and head north, winding your way through the hamlets and villages of the region, including Watervale, Leasingham, Penwortham and Sevenhill. Cellar doors along the way include Tim Gramp Wines, O’Leary Walker Wines, Claymore Wines, clos Clare and Crabtree Wines, just to name a few.

For dinner, try the renowned Sevenhill Hotel, or another local like the Watervale Hotel or Magpie & Stump Hotel Mintaro.



Day Two: Sevenhill - Clare


Begin with breakfast at one of the many local bakeries - Little Red Grape Bakery at Sevenhill or Clare Rise Bakery or try a local cafe. Zest and Wild Saffron both offer a full breakfast menu using local eggs and award-winning Mathies bacon. After something a bit different? Try a gourmet breakfast at Skillogalee Winery Restaurant, enjoying the morning air.

Get back to nature investigating Gleesons Wetlands, or explore the Riesling Trail, or take a hike through the magnificent Spring Gully Conservation Park, passing Eldredge Wines and Sussex Squire Wines for a tasting or two before stopping at the Neagles Rock Lookout to take a photo.

Feeling hungry? Try Mr Mick Cellar Door & Kitchen in Clare, for a selection of delicious Spanish style tapas. There’s also Seed Winehouse + Kitchen, Indii of Clare or Umbria Rustic Italian, all located in the main street of Clare.

Before you head home, buy a bottle or two of local wine at one of the cellar doors in Clare, or some regional produce to impress your friends.

The Clare Valley Wine, Food and Tourism Centre has a wide variety of local wines and regional produce, arts and crafts on display and for purchase.