Top ten things to do in Autumn

Autumn is a spectacular time of year with perfect weather and an abundance of events, check out our top 10 list of what to fill your itinerary with!

Riesling Trail

Ride your bike on the Clare Valley Riesling Trail from Clare to Sevenhill (make sure you take a photo with the 'Drover and his Sheep' sculpture in Clare as above). The 33km long trail takes you past eateries, cellar doors, art galleries, playgrounds and sculptures so there's plenty to keep the whole family entertained, or just go for a ride. Bikes are available for hire in Clare.

 

Cellar Doors 

Choose from the list of award-winning cellar doors around the region and sip your way through the wines of the Clare Valley. Some even offer wine and cheese tastings (like Tim Adams Wines, pictured) or restaurants such as Mr Mick Kitchen so you get the most out of your stay. Some require bookings, so make sure you plan your stay.

 

Enjoy a round of Golf

Tee-off and enjoy a round of golf at the Clare Golf Course, adjacent to the Clare Country Club and Gleeson Wetlands. A gorgeous day out in the sunshine, keep an eye out for their upcoming events.

 

Take your tastebuds on an international trip (even though you can't)

Tantalise your tastebuds and dine in at one of the leading restaurants in the region, Indii of Clare or Umbria Rustic Italian. Even though you can't travel to India or Italy to eat their cuisines, a trip to the Clare Valley will keep you satisfied. Dinner available from Umbria Tuesday - Saturday, plus lunch and dinner available at Indii every day - so you're guaranteed to be able to enjoy at least one (but we recommend both). 

 

Get festive at our many events!

Don’t miss the fabulous festivals in the Clare Valley in Autumn, including the SA Autumn Garden Festival, Plains Producer Running Festival, Clare Races and renowned Clare Valley Gourmet Week. Look out for other smaller events that pop up this time of year, including markets, workshops, live music, tastings and more - something to suit every interest. Please click here for events happening over Easter.

 

Enjoy scenic views and a picnic

Enjoy a picnic at one of the lookouts, including Brooks Lookout, Blue Gums Lookout at Spring Gully Conservation Park, or Quarry Hill Lookout. Pick some wine up on your way and you're all set!

 

Meet the residents of Martindale Hall with a self-guided tour.

Discover the grand Georgian exterior and extraordinary Italianate interiors of Martindale Hall in Mintaro. Stop for lunch at the Magpie and Stump Hotel on your way to our next suggestion.

 

Discover every (h)edge in Mintaro

Lose yourself in the Mintaro Maze, a living hedge maze consisting of over 800 conifers, fountains, twists and turns. After coffee in the cafe, embark on the Historic Mintaro Walk which takes you past some of the oldest buildings int the heritage-listed town. Though most are now privately owned as residences or bed and breakfasts, you can still learn more about the towns historic past.

 

Meet the locals and tour a heritage station

Visit Bungaree Station and enjoy the History Trail, a dedicated heritage tour of the property. And if like us you fall in love with it, you can even stay the night at their accommodation and help the team feed the animals in the morning, including kangaroos and deer! The bonus is that it's the first pick up point for a new Hop-On Hop-Off Bus wine tour (contact the Clare Valley Wine, Food and Tourism Centre for more information). 

 

Grab a Burra Heritage Passport and accompany key from the Burra and Goyder Visitor Information Centre and make your way around the 11km self-guided tour of Burra, exploring eight locked buildings and 50 other sites of interest.

From gourmet festivities and music festivals, to country shows and regional markets, the Clare Valley calendar is packed with interesting and entertaining events.
Clare Valley accommodation options are diverse, with something for every level of comfort and budget.
Whether you are visiting Clare for a few days or a few months, you will find ideas here to help you plan your itinerary.