Best of Clare and Burra
(South Coast Departure)
Three Days: 16th — 18th November 2020
Twin Share: $759 per person. Sole Use: $879 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.
Come with us and explore two fascinating towns in SA’s mid-north—Clare and Burra. These contrasting towns have everything from delicious wine to a heritage mine. The scenery is magnificent, and there is so much to see and do. We visit the mansion of Martindale Hall, wander through a spectacular local garden, discover the incredible heritage of Burra with a guided tour, enjoy the beauty of the works one of SA’s top artists, visit the impressive Sevenhill Cellars, and more.
Day One – MONDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2020
(includes light lunch and two course dinner)
We depart this morning after completing home pick-ups (limited areas*), heading up through the Fleurieu Peninsula. We pause for a comfort stop before travelling through the suburbs of Adelaide and onto the Northern Expressway. Along the way we take a break for morning tea.
Making our way north we pass through Tarlee before entering the beautiful Clare Valley. With vineyards all around, we travel along the valley, passing through the towns of Auburn, Leasingham, Watervale and Penwortham. We reach the town of Clare in time for our lunch.
Following our refreshments we have some free time to stroll in the main street and explore this busy centre before reboarding the coach to travel a little out of town, through rolling hills to Mintaro. Martindale Hall is built on gently rising grounds with a wide view across the countryside. This grand old home was featured in the successful Australian film, “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and it has a fascinating and romantic story. It is a delight to wander through the home.
In the late afternoon we return to Clare and head to our accommodation for the next two nights: the very comfortable Clare Country Club (Ph: 08 8842 1060). After time to settle into our rooms we gather together for a delicious two course dinner.
Day Two – TUESDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2020
(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)
After a delicious breakfast we venture out from the Clare Country Club for a great day exploring.
We start by travelling to one of the higher points in the area, Quarry Lookout, for views of the beautiful surrounding countryside.
We then make our way to a very special place—the Heritage Garden. Over many years Walter and Kay Duncan have created a wonderful garden here in the Clare Valley. Walter is well known for his work with roses, but there is so much more to the garden than roses. As there is a lot to see and explore, we have plenty of time here to stroll and take it all in.
After morning tea, we make our way out of the Clare Valley and across to Burra. There’s a little time to explore the main street before we come together for lunch.
This afternoon we are joined by a local guide, who will take us for a comprehensive tour around the town. Burra’s Monster Mine gave South Australia a vital economic boost when the state was in a difficult place financially. The huge size of the mine, and the massive value of the ore removed, resulted in Burra having a large number of beautiful buildings constructed. With so much of the town’s amazing heritage well preserved, Burra has developed a ‘passport’ which gives us entry into various historic locations that would otherwise be closed. This means we can experience some truly wonderful locations and develop a better understanding of Burra’s importance in the history of South Australia.
After our tour we leave Burra to return to Clare and our accommodation.
Day Three – WEDNESDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2020
(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)
This morning we farewell our hosts at the Country Club to begin the journey home. We start by heading west from Clare, and as we venture through the hills we stop at Brooks Lookout. From here we have a wide vista over the plains leading west.
After taking in the views, we continue west to the charming town of Blyth to visit the delightful Medika Gallery, studio of artist Ian Roberts. Ian is known for his magnificent paintings of Australian birds and in 2013, he was recognised for his art and community work with a Medal of the Order of Australia. Ian planted large number of native plants and trees in the Clare hills to attract birds, and his works have now extended to include incredibly detailed paintings of native plants and flowers. We have time to enjoy Ian’s art and to chat with him about his work and passion for Australian plants and birds.
Returning to the Clare Valley, we travel to one of the icons of the area—Sevenhill Cellars. Sevenhill was named after the Seven Hill district of Rome, and was settled by the Jesuits. They chose this location to establish a vineyard and winery for producing sacramental wine, and it was the very first winery in the Clare Valley. While Sevenhill still produces wine for Catholic and other churches today, it is also known for its premium table wines, plus a notable and impressive range of fortified wines.
As well as wine, there is plenty more to enjoy here. Sevenhill is a beautiful location and also home to the impressive St Aloysius’ Church. Constructed of local stone, the church was built through the 1860s and ‘70s. We have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the church, in this very peaceful location.
From Sevenhill we head south out of the Clare Valley and travel across to the Barossa Valley for a delicious two course lunch.
Continuing homeward, we avoid Adelaide by travelling through the Adelaide Hills. After arriving back on the Fleurieu Peninsula we are returned home* with memories of the beautiful countryside, diversity and fascinating history of Burra and the Clare Valley.