Walking Tour Details
|Type of Tour||Guided Walking Tour|
|Tour Length||3 days|
|Tour Starts & Ends||Adelaide|
|Accommodation||Premium – Clare Valley Wilderness Lodge|
|Food||Premium – Restaurant & Winery Lunches|
|Wine||Premium – Clare Valley Wine with Meals|
|Group Size||Max 12 (Min 6)|
|Price:||$1795 per person|
|Single Supplement Own Room||$190|
|Single Supplement Share Same Gender Guest||$0|
|Price:||From $1595 per person|
|Groups please contact firstname.lastname@example.org|
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Clare Valley Wine & Wilderness Trail Tour Overview
Our 3 day guided walking tour along the Clare Valley Wine & Wilderness Trail is our premium product featuring exceptional hiking, luxury accommodation, premium food and wine.
We take care of everything from pick up to drop off.
- 2 nights superb accommodation at the Clare Valley Wilderness Lodge
- Meals by 4 of the Clare Valley’s best;
- Pikes Slate Winery Restaurant
- Paulett’s Winery – Bush Devine Cafe
- Watervale Hotel Restaurant
- Transport from and returning to Adelaide SA.
- Carry only a small day pack.
- Approximately 10km – 15km per day hiking, moderate terrain.
- Flexible days, relax in the lodge if you want a day off hiking.
- 2 x local hiking guides to take care of all your needs.
- Pre and post tour accommodation (if required) in Adelaide.
- Please bring a small day pack to carry water, camera & snacks etc.
- Please provide your own hiking gear as required, clothing, poles, shoes etc
3 Day Clare Valley Wine & Wilderness Trail Tour Itinerary
- Please Note: We attempt to stick to the following itinerary as close as possible, however sometimes we need the flexibility to restructure this slightly due local conditions including weather.
1. Adelaide to the Clare Valley
The Clare Valley Wine Region lies just 1.5 hours drive North of Adelaide, located in the northern reaches of the Mt Lofty Ranges, the Clare Valley is dotted with small boutique wineries, stunning rural landscapes, large sections of native bush and some of the best food and wine on offer anywhere in the Country.
Our goal over the next 3 days is to sample it all by combining our love for all things Clare Valley with our love for hiking and walking.
After a quick stop to try the local coffee, we head straight for the Clare Valley Wine & Wilderness Trail (CVWWT). This 110km hiking trail meanders through the rural and wilderness landscapes, emerging to walk past 26 cellar door, multiple restaurants, cafes and pubs.
Today’s walk is a 11km section of Stage 2 of the trail taking us into the Spring Gully and Skilly Valley regions, there is lots of bush, vineyards, wineries and fantastic views in all directions.
In addition to walking on the CVWWT we also have private access to a number of Skilly Valley Vineyards so will divert off the official trail to wander through these beautiful places as well.
During today’s hike we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch along the way and finish off with a wine tasting at Mitchell wines.
We’ll then make our way to our exclusive accommodation at The Clare Valley Wilderness Lodge, after checking in and relaxing for a bit, we’ll then head off to the Watervale Hotel for dinner.
The Watervale Hotel has a stunning reputation for dishing up premium food and has the biggest wine list I have ever seen. Tonight we’ll enjoy local Clare Valley Wine with our meal.
- Pick up from Adelaide Accommodation.
- Drive to the Clare Valley.
- Hike for approx 11km (on the CVWWT & via Private Vineyards).
- Wine tasting at Mitchell Wines.
- Check into our accommodation.
- Evening meal with wine at the Watervale Hotel.
- All transport.
- Meals: LD
2. Clare Valley Wine & Wilderness Trail
The sunrise over Mt Angus on the Dunns Range is spectacular, with views down into the Clare Valley and Polish Hill River Valley it is a not to be missed experience….
We’ll get up nice and early and start walking along the range as the sun rises, it’s likely to be cold and frosty however we’ll rug up and start the day like the birds, the experience is one to be remembered.
After a short time we come to an secluded hill top hut where we’ll do a cooked breakfast with tea and proper coffee.
From our hill top breaky we’ll continue along the trail to eventually finishing up at the Sevenhill Township, we’ll cross the floor of the Clare Valley and head up into the Gillentown Range.
On completion of the walk we’ll head to the Pikes Winery Slate Restaurant for lunch and wine tasting.
After lunch we can arrange a little more wine tasting for those keen, or given the early start you may like to head back to your accommodation and relax in the beautiful lodge, sit by the big open fire if it’s cold or sun yourself in the great outdoors.
Tonight’s meal is served in the lodge and is provided by another Clare legendary restaurant Seed, the meal is served with local Clare Valley Wine.
- Sunrise hike on Dunns Range.
- Gillentown Ridge.
- Pikes Slate Restaurant Lunch.
- Walk 12km of Stage 2 of the CVWWT.
- Wine with lunch.
- Optional Wine Tasting.
- Quality time at the Lodge.
- Evening meal by Seed served at your accommodation with local wine.
- Meals: BLD
3. Clare Valley to Adelaide
Our final day has us completing stage 6 of the Clare Valley Wine & Wilderness Trail, from Sevenhill to the Pauletts Winery & Bush Devine Cafe.
From the valley floor at Sevenhill we immediately cross the fence into the Sevenhill Cellars property, our trail meanders through vineyards and native bush before we enter the stunning winery grounds of Sevenhill Cellars, established be Jesuit Priests in 1851, Sevenhill Cellars is Clare Valleys oldest and first winery. Historic stone buildings and history abound, we include a tour of Sevenhill including the wine cellar and Church crypt.
From Sevenhill Cellars we make our way over the Dunns range and into the Hill River Valley (Polish Hill River), we pass through vineyards and farmland belonging to Hill River Clare Estate and Paulett Wines.
The last hill up to the Pauletts Winery and restaurant is “challenging” but the aromas emanating from the restaurant and the promise of more quality Clare Valley Wine normally give even the most exhausted hiker just the kick they need to stumble through the cellar door to be fed and watered (and wined).
- Check out of accommodation
- Complete 12km of Stage 6 of the CVWWT
- Sevenhill Cellars tour
- Pauletts Winery Lunch
- Wine tasting with lunch
- Transport to Adelaide & farewells
- Meals: BL
About Your Accommodation
The Clare Valley Wilderness Lodge is located in the Spring Gully region of the Clare Valley, just 10 minutes from the Clare Township.
It is a large stone home which sleeps 10 comfortably in 5 double and twin rooms, there is a large central lounge with huge fireplace, leather couches, large dinning table and floor the ceiling windows to take in the magnificent views.
The lodge is on 55 acres and borders the Spring Gully Conservation Park. The main native vegetation on the property is the rare Red Stringy Bark which the Conservation Park next door was established to protect back in 1961. There is clean country air, peace and quiet, heaps of Kangaroos and singing Magpies in the mornings, you’ll never want to leave!
We stay in the lodge for 2 nights on the 3 day tour and have made sure there is plenty of opportunity in our schedule to spend quality time at the lodge.
About Your Guide
Your local Clare Valley Wine & Wilderness Trail guide is Tim Grigg.
Tim has 2 decades of experience operating adventure tours all over Australia, he is a director of Travelwild Australia Pty Ltd, which operates tours from the Clare Valley to the Kimberley and everything in between, he’s Chairperson of the Clare Valley Wine & Wilderness Trail (CVWWT) Committee and together with his hiking buddy Michael Nugent is responsible for starting the CVWWT project in 2020, which to date has completed over 60km of hiking trail through the Clare Valley. Tim also operates Clare Valley Wine Tours, so he knows a thing or two about the beautiful wine coming out of the Clare Valley as well. Importantly Tim is a keen hiker and has lived in the Clare Valley for over 20 years.
Clare Valley Wine & Wilderness Trail (CVWWT)
Much of the 3 day walk uses the CVWWT, as Chairperson of the CVWWT Committee Tim knows the trail backwards, you are unlikely to get lost on the trail with Tim, given he has planned the entire route, negotiated access with landholders and banged in his fair share of trail markers!
Find out more about the CVWWT at cvwwt.com.au
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