Discover boutique hotels in Clare Valley, Australia
When to go
Summer in South Australia (December to February) can be a crazed, crowded and sun-burnt prospect, particularly around this neck of the woods, which is closer to the dry Outback than the more populated regions. A better idea is to visit during autumn (March to April) when the harvest is on and the days are cooler.
PlanesThe Clare Valley is a 2.5-hour drive north of South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide, which has a shiny new international airport (www.aal.com.au). Domestic flights from all other homeland capitals and many regional centres fly into Adelaide too. There’s also a sealed airstrip at Jamestown, just north of the Clare Valley, for charter planes sized up to DC-3 (and believe us, that’s hefty).
AutomobilesThe Clare Valley is long and skinny so you’ll need your motor to traverse the cellar doors and townships. Having keys to your own steed will help you discover back-road vineyards off the tourist trail. Hire a car at Adelaide airport or in Adelaide itself.
TaxisClare Valley Taxis (08 8842 1400) runs between the towns in the valley.