Clare and surrounds

Clare

A pretty country town at the centre of one of South Australia”s premier wine regions, Clare offers fine dining, panoramic views and secluded accommodation.

Just north of the town is one of South Australia”s finest country racecourses, along with a cluster of wineries: Mt Surmon, Cardinham and Phoenix Estate. Wineries in and around Clare include the much-lauded Tim Adams and Knappstein (in the old Enterprise Brewery). Clare is also at the northern end of the Riesling Trail. Bike hire is available from Riesling Trail Bike Hire located directly on the Riesling Trail.

Choose from a gourmet food and wine experience, to traditional pub grub. Enjoy the view from Salt ”n” Vines Bar and Bistro, or indulge in the relaxed, vineyard atmosphere at The Last Word Inn. Clare Asian Restaurant and Clare Chinese are both located in the heart of town.

There are three pubs in town, all within a couple of minutes walk of each other. For nightlife, the Bentley”s Hotel at the southern end of the main street features live bands at weekends.

For those with a sporting interest, there”s the highly rated Clare Golf Course, as well as tennis courts and bowling greens. Spare the time to browse through a number of specialty shops and be sure to look out for local handicrafts and produce.

If you want accommodation venues with large capacity, Clare has several motels, a very well-appointed caravan park and a country club – all ideal locations for large groups. There are also a number of charming bed and breakfasts and some apartment-style accommodation for those who prefer a secluded getaway.

Visitor Information: Clare Visitor Information Centre, Corner Main North Road and Spring Gully Road, Clare. Telephone: (08) 8842 2131 or
freecall 1800 242 131.

Attractions include the Riesling Trail, cellar doors, golf course, olive oil tasting, Bungaree Station and great restaurants.

Polish Hill River Valley
The drive between Mintaro and Sevenhill is especially scenic. It is home to the Polish Hill River Valley, a notable wine sub-region. It takes its name from the Polish settlement that occurred in the 1850s along the upper reaches of the Hill River. The local history is recorded in the restored church, which now acts as a museum.

Annie”s Lane Vineyard is here, though the cellar door is near Watervale. Annie was the wife of a migrant. As for the ”Lane”, it was where her cart got bogged! The Wilson Vineyard and Pikes Wines are nestled in the floor of the valley; while Pauletts perches high on the hill-face, providing heart-stopping views.

Attractions include cellar doors, Quarry Hill lookout and the Polish church museum.

Armagh and Blyth
The winding hills around the village of Armagh are becoming well known as the home of gourmet olive oils. Visit Patly Terrace Gallery for a tasting. Jim Barry Wines produce the world-renowned ”Armagh Shiraz” from vines grown in the area.

For stunning views of the western plains, continue your climb through the hills to Blyth. The scenic patchwork of colours created by different crops is a treat for all visitors, especially in spring and autumn. Pack a gourmet picnic and stop in at the Brooks Lookout to take advantage of the view. For nature buffs, there is a short interpretative botanical walking trail, with up to 100 plants of remnant vegetation. Don”t miss a visit to Medika Gallery, housed in the original German St Petrie Kirche Lutheran Church.

Farrell Flat
To the south west of Burra is Farrell Flat, home to one of the region”s two airstrips catering for light aircraft. Farrell Flat was originally a stopover point for bullock and mule teams transporting copper ore to Burra. You can learn more about the town”s history at the interpretive centre, located in the main street Community Gardens.

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