With more than 30 cellar doors in a 40km radius, you’ll need more than a day to taste your way around the Clare Valley.
Located just a few hours’ drive from Adelaide, this charming wine region is easy to explore. If you enjoy getting out in the countryside, the Riesling Rail Trail is a great way to soak up the scenery and sample some of the region’s top drops at the same time. When hunger strikes, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to vineyard restaurants, atmospheric pubs and cute cafés. The local produce is superb and there are plenty of chefs who know exactly what to do with it. With loads of markets to browse every month, a thriving local arts scene, and a proud winemaking history dating back to the mid-1800s, there is plenty to keep you entertained in South Australia’s picturesque Clare Valley.
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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
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The closest major airport to the Clare Valley is Adelaide. From here, it's a 1.5 hour drive to the region. The Clare Valley Aerodrome is located just 14 kilometres north of the township but this is not used for commercial flights. A coach service is available from Adelaide to the Clare Valley.
The easiest way to get around the Clare Valley is by car or with a private tour group or by bicycle if you are feeling energetic. If you don't have your own bicycle, you can hire one in Clare or Auburn. Some bed and breakfasts also offer bike hire. Apart from the coaches in and out of the Clare Valley region, there is no public transport. It's difficult to travel around to the wineries, beaches and other attractions if you don’t have some form of transport.
Any time is a good time to visit the Clare Valley. Summer can be warm but cool sea breezes keep the temperature at a comfortable level for walking and other outdoor pursuits. Autumn brings with it crisp mornings and nights. Winter is perfect for snuggling up in front of a fire with a glass of red wine. The weather in spring is generally good although it can get chilly, especially after the sun goes down.
What you pack will depend on the time of year you are visiting, but you can't go wrong with clothes you can layer plus a jumper or jacket and wet weather gear. One or two smart casual outfits should be more than enough for dining out unless you're planning on visiting a lot of high-end restaurants or wineries.
There is good WiFi coverage in the Clare Valley's major towns. If you are visiting some of the more remote areas such as those around Burra, you may experience periods of time with no internet access.
There is good mobile coverage in the Clare Valley's major towns. If you are visiting some of the more remote areas such as those around Burra, you may experience periods of time with no mobile signal.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.