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Helmsford Vineyard, Clare Valley

How to get to the Clare Valley: it's easy from Adelaide

Drive for less than two hours and you’ll be among the vines of the Clare Valley. Find out how to get here, and what to do once you arrive.

So close to Adelaide

Hire a car at Adelaide Airport and check into your Clare Valley accommodation within two hours. Just set the GPS or head north and follow the signs to Gawler and the Horrocks Highway.

Don't feel like driving? Several tour operators offer day trips to the Clare Valley, departing from Adelaide. Book a charter to the Clare Valley and benefit from the knowledge of one of the local tour guides.

Taking the road less-travelled

It's easy to get from Adelaide to the Clare Valley. Hire a car, join a tour or jump on a bike.

Natural beauty

The Clare Valley is a combination of vines, tree-clad hills and spectacular agricultural plains. Drive in any direction for views that will stay with you forever.

The region offers a network of walking and cycling trails, with several designed in loops so they can be easily negotiated. Drop in to a Visitor Information Centre and grab a brochure to help you plan your visit. You’ll find them in Clare and Burra. Just look for the blue sign with a yellow “i” on it.

Self-drive and see more

The Clare Valley also features in several of our self drive itineraries, including the Epicurean Way; where you can travel for your tastebuds, and the Explorer's Way; where the Clare Valley is a beautiful stop-off before you make your way to the outback. 

Cycle instead

The Clare Valley is a bike rider's haven. The 35 kilometre Riesling Trail and 19 kilometre Rattler Trail link many towns and wineries and highlight the many secluded picnic spots along the way. There are numerous bike hire companies around the region to collect your bike from.

If you fancy something a little more refined, enjoy the vistas from the comfort of a luxury, chauffeur-driven classic car.

Head off-road

Jump in a four-wheel drive (4WD) and head off-road. Clare is a great base for touring the north of South Australia and is very close to the Flinders Ranges.

See outback panoramas as you follow in Goyder's footsteps on the Dares Hill Circuit and World's End driving trail. Pick up a copy of the guide book containing maps and information from the Burra Visitor Information Centre.  

Food and wine

Food and wine dominate the tourism menu in the Clare Valley, and the choices are overwhelming.

Take a gourmet themed tour. Tailor your package or go with the flow. Either way, your taste buds will be in for a treat.

Clare Valley - a romantic and secluded escape

Stroll or ride among the vines and find your own little hideaway. Indulge your passion for food, wine and each other in the Clare Valley.

Clare Valley maps and brochures: plan your visit

Want to know where to go in the Clare Valley? Find tours, accommodation, restaurants and much more with our maps and brochures.