Top ten things to do in Summer

There is so much to do in the Clare Valley during Summer, use the holidays as an excuse to get away and explore the region.

Visit the Clare Valley Wine Food & Tourism Centre.

Enjoy a cool glass of riesling whilst you browse through an array of local brochures, wine and produce on display. If you're after suggestions on things to do in the Clare Valley, including wineries, wine tours, lunch and dinner venues, historical and walking attractions - it's well worth dropping in.


Enjoy refreshments at The Olive Bus, overlooking the magnificent vineyards.

Offering ploughman's lunch or a lovely coffee & cake along Spring Farm Road, The Olive Bus is a quirky venue for the food lover. Open from Friday to Monday, 10am to 4pm


Take the kids to the Clare Valley Model Engineers 'Twilight Trains' 

Alongside Lake Inchiquin in Clare resides the Clare Valley Model Engineers, where you can go for a ride on the model trains for just $2! The track is over a kilometre long with 4 bridges and a tunnel. You'll be able to catch a ride on the Trains on the second and fourth Saturday evening of every month, from 5pm to 7:30pm.

Rides are usually available on our working bee days depending on driver and track availability. These are held every Saturday and Wednesday morning at 9am to 12noon.


Jump in the car and take the scenic road from Sevenhill to Mintaro.

There is so much to explore in this stretch of road. Stop for lunch at the Sevenhill Hotel or the Magpie and Stump Hotel for a classic pub feed, or enjoy a winery restaurant lunch with a view at Paulett Wines or in a historic building at Reillys Wines. Explore the history, taste the wines and dive into the art scene.


Stay cool exploring our History.

 Explore the heritage and keep cool in the Unicorn Brewery Cellars as part of the Burra Heritage Passport. The Passport is available for purchase at the Burra and Goyder Visitor Information Centre, open 7 days and allows you access to historic sites that are otherwise locked. Stop in and enjoy a bite to eat at one of their many cafes before you leave.


Sit on the large veranda Rising Sun Hotel and explore Auburn.

Sip a cool glass of Riesling at the Rising Sun Hotel, and why not enjoy some lunch whilst you're there? Afterwards, you can wander to Velvet and Willow Garden Cafe & Cellar Door and enjoy their garden, visit Simpson Rices Creek for a round of Mini-Golf and then round the day off with a delicious dinner at Terroir Auburn.


Enjoy a Wine and Cheese Flight at Tim Adams Wines.

A selection of single-vineyard wines by Tim Adams paired perfectly with different cheeses from The Smelly Cheese Shop. The flight is $35pp and is self-guided. Take your time to savour the flavours as you work through the flight. Best thing? Tim Adams is easily accessed from the Riesling Trail and only 2kms south of the Clare Main Street.


Be cultured in theatre with Shakespeare in the Vines at Sevenhill Cellars.

Every February, Essential Theatre brings Shakespeare to life with a regional tour across South Australian wine regions. Sevenhill Cellars host it on the lawns of their cellar door which makes for a gorgeous night out. Bring your picnic chair or rug, some snacks or opt-in to receive a plate on arrival for dinner, and of course, all of this is whilst your enjoying Sevenhil's Wines.


Sit outside with a glass of wine and enjoy tapas at Mr Mick Cellar Door and Kitchen.

Lunch with a glass of rose sounds pretty good on a summers day. Delight your tastebuds with their menu available every day for lunch and Friday Night for dinner. The foods so good you'll want a bit of everything, and because it's tapas - you can!


Explore the arts at Clare Valley Art Gallery.

The Clare Valley Art Gallery has an extensive range of contemporary Utopian Indigenous Art, of which majority is painted on site. With regular visiting artists, visitors can experience first hand how these amazing pieces are created and chat with the artists themselves. The Gallery sells Australian giftware, fun gifts for the wine lover including insulated ladies clutches and jewellery, cheese boards made from local wine barrels and a large range of Himalayan salt lamps.

And for more art ideas, visit the Arts and Culture page, where you will find the Clare Valley Art Trail.


Behind the trophies and tributes, the Clare Valley’s winemakers strive for simplicity and authenticity in their wines. For them, wine is about people, pleasure and hospitality.
With its wide-open spaces, quirky characters and historical charms, children and families alike will delight in the magic of the Clare Valley.
From farmhouse restaurants, to gourmet pub fare and romantic dining locations, the region offers a delectable range of food offerings.