- Duration: 7 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Clare, SA
- Product code: NT01
A thought-provoking tour for the curious and inquisitive traveller
and interested in the early history of the Clare Valley.
Detailed, fully-narrated stories of the Valley and its early pioneers, visiting the grave
of Clare’s first settler John Horrocks, and the landmark tree under which he
Sevenhill Cellars is a revered site of sacramental wine and spiritual character that was
built by the society of Jesuits in 1851. Hear their stories, inspect their
160-year-old vines and, of course, we’ll have a taste of their world-famous
wines, including an immersive tour of the church crypt, grounds and
Leaving Sevenhill we’ll travel on scenic back roads with
access to private property, through vineyards and farmland. Stunning views of
Polish Hill River and beyond. There’s no shortage of unique photo
We travel into the historic township of Mintaro. Settled and established
around 1847 as an overnight stop for Ox Drays carting the rich ore of the Burra
Mines to Port Wakefield, the heritage listed town is known for its world class
slate. It’s also home to the first Jesuit church built in Australia.
Refreshed from a winery lunch we meander out of town to the jewel in the
Mid North of South Australia, Martindale Hall. A journey back in time reliving
the lifestyles of wealthy pastoralists. A fully guided tour of this Georgian-style
mansion built in 1879 by country squire Edward Bowman. He surrounded his home with a polo ground, a
cricket pitch, a racecourse and a boating lake, entertaining South Australian
society. Bowman, fallen victim to droughts and debt sold the property to
William Mortlock in 1891. Martindale was a wedding present for his wife, Rosie.
Martindale Hall was featured in the classic Australian film, Picnic at Hanging
Rock. We assure you, the ghosts here are all friendly.
We then travel the backroads from Mintaro to the picturesque Skillogalee
Valley, passing sprawling Hughes Park on our way to the Spring Gully reserve.
A great day out. History Food Wine, Breathe it In, Clare Valley
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