Experience the History


Settlers from England, Ireland and Poland arrived in the early 1800s and built several quaint villages. Many of these original buildings now house wonderful galleries and restaurants.

Historic Mintaro


Visit historic Martindale Hall, featured in the movie Picnic at Hanging Rock. Try Mintaro Maze, a living maze of twists and dead ends. Just be sure to you give yourself a little extra time...

Things to Do

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See our Native neighbours

2km Walking Trail


Take a leisurely stroll along the 2km walking trail around the motel grounds and you may be lucky enough to spot the family of Kangaroos that reside up on the hill

The Riesling Trail

Ride, Cycle or Walk


What better way to experience all that the Clare Valley has to offer than to take a walk or ride on the beautiful Riesling Trail! Stretching from the quaint village of Auburn to the sedate town of Clare, the trail follows the former railway line through some of the most picturesque scenery in the Clare Valley.

Along the way there are storyboards detailing the history and landscape of the area, as well as tales about the local heroes and the Ngadjuri, the Aboriginal people of the region, known as 'peppermint gum people' after the peppermint box eucalyptus tree found throughout the district. Why not take a picnic hamper to enjoy at one of the numerous scenic picnic spots or enjoy the hospitality of a few of the many wineries?

Hire a bike or put on your walking shoes and come and enjoy this unique tourist attraction.

Model Train Rides

Inchiquin Lake

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What started as a small 450-metre train track for children to enjoy in the local park, has since grown to a popular tourism attraction in Clare. Located alongside Lake Inchiquin about two kilometres from the main street, the Clare Valley Model Engineers have constructed a railway over one-kilometre long that features several bridges, twists and turns, plus a delightful tunnel in a 10-hectare park. The trains have been operating for 16 years, by local enthusiasts who also maintain the parklands site. Trains run on the second and fourth weekend of the month. November - March, Saturday from 6pm and April - November on Sunday, as well as the Sunday of a long weekend, from 10.30pm to 4.30pm.

Follow the Burra Heritage Trail

Just a half an hour drive from Clare is the historic mining town of Burra, one of Australia's significant historic towns, with its magnificent collection of historic buildings that give a real insight into the life and times of Australia's early settlement. Take advantage of the Burra passport & key that lets you visit 49 historical sites at your leisure.

Tours & Cycle Hire


There is something for everyone in The Clare Valley. whether you prefer a relaxing chauffeur driven tour or an off-road 2 wheeled cycling adventure.

See links below for some fun ideas.







Clare Valley Motel 74A Main North Road Clare South Australia Tel: 61 8 8842 2799 Email: info@clarevalleymotel.com.au