Clare Valley, South Australia © South Australian Tourism Commission
Guide to the Clare Valley
- Getting to Clare Valley
- When to visit
One of the major wine regions in South Australia, the Clare Valley is best known for its world-class riesling.
A fertile wine region two hours north of Adelaide, the Clare Valley is home to some of the most awarded wineries in the country. It’s also one of Australia's oldest wine-producing areas, dating back to the 1850s. With farm-gate stores, providores and restaurants offering incredible food, your choice of luxury accommodation, scenic cycling and walking trails and a rich history to explore, a stay in the Clare Valley is a treat for all the senses.
The quickest way to get to Clare Valley is to fly into Adelaide Airport (ADL) and drive 2 hours, or 142km (88mi) north.
- Car hire options are available at the airport to pre book, or hire on the day.
- There are no hire car options in Clare Valley so if you would like to hire a car, you will need to do so in Adelaide.
Or sit back and enjoy the scenery on a Yorke Peninsula Coach which operates 3 days a week from Adelaide Central. The route you will take is the “Mid North- Adelaide (Peterborough-Jamestown-Clare-Gawler)”. Pre Booking is essential.
Getting around this scenic wine region is a breeze with many options available. Get around by car, coach, taxi, private tour or cycling along one of the most scenic trails in the region.
The shoulder seasons, spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May), are the best times to visit Clare Valley as you can skip the crowds and get the best of the sunshine while also cosying up to the fireplace with a locally made wine in the evening.
- High season: Summer (December to February)
- Low season: Winter (June to August)
- Don’t miss: Clare Valley Gourmet Week (May)