Clare Valley Family Holidays

Space to stretch their legs

If your kids need a good night’s sleep, take them on a Clare Valley holiday.

It’s all about the outdoors, so by day’s end, a warm cosy bed is a welcome sight.

Martindale Hall, Clare Valley, South Australia

Holidaying in the Clare Valley is about the simple things in life. Why not hire bikes and cycle down the Riesling or Rattler Trails? Pack a picnic and stop for lunch. Roll into a winery or the next town on the trail for a well-earned break.

Family fun

If it’s BMX action they want, head to Inchiquin Lake for a day of jumps and bumps. Inchiquin Lake is Clare’s main stormwater storage facility. It’s surrounded by open space recreation areas, BMX tracks, walking trails, play equipment and picnic spots. Magnificent blue gums complete this idyllic setting.

Stay the whole day and take a twilight ride on a miniature railway. There’s more than a kilometre of tracks, including carefully crafted tunnels and several bridges. Twilight train rides operate on the second and fourth weekend of each month.

Catch a new release movie in Blyth’s modern cinema. Every Saturday there’s a new film to enjoy. Stock up on treats at the candy bar.

Tour back in time

Take your children to Burra for an experience they’ll never forget. Once the site of the world’s biggest copper mine, it finally closed in 1981. Collect your Burra Heritage Passport Key to walk the tunnels of the Monster Mine and through the open air museum.

See where giant wombats used to roam the earth in the Red Banks Conservation Park. One of the nation's most important Diprotodon (giant wombat) discoveries was made in the park in 2001. In 2008, the fossilised remains of a 50,000 year old Marsupial Lion were also found.

Beat the maze

Visit Mintaro for an attraction that stretches your kid’s legs and minds at the same time. Made from 800 conifer trees and formed into a hedge, Mintaro Maze has fountains and giant chess games made from locally quarried slate.

Family fun, as easy as riding a bike.

Andrew Cosi Costello and family

He's the host of South Aussie with Cosi, a family man and most importantly, passionate about South Australia. Andrew 'Cosi' Costello shares his top five tips for a great family holiday in South Australia.

1. The wineries are great and so close together and Annie's Lane is my favourite as you can pack your own lunch and eat it on the lawns. Sevenhill Cellars also has an area for the kids to sit and draw while you taste some wines and then enjoy a quick game of cricket on the lawns outside.

2. Clare Races. I go to the Easter races every year - I don’t think I have missed one since I was 18! Great for the family and we normally take a racehorse there every year too so come and say g'day.

3. Clare Caravan Park on your way into Clare is up there with my top spots to stay in SA. A big park with 700 massive gum trees and plenty of space.

4. Take your bikes or hire some and hit the Riesling Trail. It’s a long, safe ride that takes you through the wineries.

5. Check out the Mintaro Maze and see if you can find your way to the centre and back out again. It's really cool.

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