The team at Watervale Hotel are passionate about fresh local food and Clare Valley produce.
What else to do – by foot, cycle or car
The Clare Valley has an amazing diversity of experiences to enjoy. Here are just a few suggestions.
When in Watervale
Watervale is in the middle of the Clare Valley wine region, and tourism region. It is 15km south of Clare, 10km north of Auburn and 10km west of Mintaro. It takes less than 90 minutes to drive from Adelaide on the Northern Expressway. It is perfect for a Clare Valley holiday, or as a stopover on the way to the Flinders Ranges.
If you are staying in Watervale, or even if you are not, a visit to the Watervale General Store is a must. Chef Louise Haines cooks up a killer breakfast, and serves all day coffee and lunch.
The Crabtree Winery right opposite the Watervale Hotel is open every day, but Clos Clare, opposite Penobscot Farm is only open on weekends. In nearby Leasingham visit Claymore, and O’Leary Walker which has beautiful views, lunch and coffee. Great spot for kids to run around. Tim McNeil has an amazing view from his Cellar Door as well.
The historic Quelltaler Winery museum and Clare Valley wine region interpretive centre will also soon be home to the Watervale Cellars, the Penobscot Farm Provedore store and licensed café. It would make a wonderful place for a wedding or corporate function, catered for by the Watervale Hotel.
Best Cycling in Clare Valley
There are three kinds of cycling adventures in the Clare Valley and surrounds.
The roads are ideal for road cyclists, which is why the Clare Classic operators chose our region to hold their event.
There are tracks for mountain bikers in the Spring Gully Conservation park and other off track sites. For real mountain bike obsessed stop in the Clare Valley on the way to Mount Remarkable one hour to the north – a world famous downhill track.
For the less fit or less thrill-seeking among us, or simply those more interested in food, wine, history or relaxation you can hire a bike to see much of the Valley.
The Clare Valley is famous for the Riesling Trail, a bike path built on the site of the old railway line. It isn’t flat, but its not that challenging either. There are some other great rides on the roads either side of the Riesling Trail, but then it gets a bit more hilly. The Horrock’s Loop through Skilly Valley is a must!
If you are fit enough and want a work-out you have an wide range of wineries and attractions to visit. You still can if you have or hire an e-bike.
We suggest leisurely half or one day rides (more dependent upon your speed than length), with the start point determining the suggested routes.