Tour Description

Anlaby Open Gardens

Two Days: 20th – 21st October 2019

Twin Share: $559 per person. Sole Use: $629 per person.

Included in the tour:
  • Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
  • Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
  • All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
  • Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.


Once a year the owners of Anlaby Station open their ten acres of historically listed gardens to the public. We enjoy the festivities and take time to explore the shade house, walled vegetable garden, rose gardens, peacock aviary, glass house and terraced lawns. From the oldest Merino Stud at Anlaby, we visit the oldest winery in the Clare Valley and the historic Martindale Hall in Mintaro. Join us on this relaxing overnighter as we step out in the spring weather and appreciate the beauty and heritage of our surrounding regions.


Day One – SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER 2019

(includes light lunch and three course dinner)

After completing home pick-ups (limited areas*) we make our way north out of Adelaide. As we pass through the northern suburbs and continue to Gawler the landscape begins to change and we pause to enjoy morning tea along the way.

The beauty of the famous Barossa region is clear for us to see as we continue out past Freeling and Kapunda to Anlaby Station. Established in 1839 by the Dutton brothers, who drove 5000 sheep from Goulburn in NSW to South Australia, Anlaby was at its peak in the early 1900’s, shearing over 60 thousand sheep annually. Like many important pastoral estates at the time, Anlaby was more like a small village, supporting around 70 workers, including 14 full-time gardeners to maintain the 18 hectares of lawn, flower beds, conservatories, rose gardens, lily ponds and terraces!  Since 2004, when the property was purchased by its current owners, there has been significant work restoring the 23 room homestead, surrounding buildings and garden. A work in progress, restoration of the garden will continue for several years, using historic photographs, postcards, original nursery catalogues and the diary kept by the head gardener in 1911, as references. The open day is a fantastic way to see the progress of the work that has been undertaken and enjoy a variety of festivities on offer. We will have plenty of time to look around and enjoy lunch in the picturesque surrounds.

Later in the afternoon we depart for Clare, one of Australia’s oldest wine regions. We’ll stop along the way for a look at one of the more intriguing wineries in the Clare Valley, Sevenhill Cellars. Settled by Jesuits in 1851 to produce sacramental wine, this tradition continues today alongside the production of premium table wines recognised globally for the regional qualities the Clare Valley offers. There will be time for a self-guided tour through the gardens, St Aloysius Church and its crypt.

We continue the short drive to our accommodation for the evening at the picturesque Clare Valley Motel (Ph. 08 8842 2799), renowned for its friendly service. We’re sure to have much to talk about when we come together for our dinner.


Day Two – MONDAY 21 OCTOBER 2019

(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)

After breakfast we farewell our hosts in Clare. Departing south through the vineyards we come to the historic town of Mintaro.

Declared a heritage area for South Australia in 1984, a must-visit in Mintaro is the magnificent Martindale Hall, a 32 room sandstone mansion built in 1880. Walking through this living museum is like stepping back in time, to the lives of wealthy pastoralists in centuries past.

We enjoy morning tea before heading back towards Auburn where we will visit a local gallery. Art @ Auburn is a community gallery that shows a collection of works from professional and emerging artists. With the collective including artists such as a silversmith, weaver, painter, felter, glassier and potter (just to name a few), this gallery boasts a unique display of local works with varying textures, forms and colours.

Late morning, we sit back and enjoy the scenic drive as we begin to wind our way back towards Adelaide, stopping at Willaston for our two course lunch.

This afternoon we’ll take the scenic route through the beautiful Barossa Valley, via Williamstown and Kersbrook. We continue on to the suburbs of Adelaide where we will meet the cars who will be taking us home after a refreshing spring weekend exploring the Clare and Barossa Valleys.