The only History Tour of the Valley

A Camel Shoots Explorer John Horrock

A blend of History, Heritage combined with a Winery Lunch and glass of Wine.

The Nomads Tour is for the inquisitive and curious traveller, adventurous people looking for something more. We look at the early settlement of Clare Valley, Our heritage is from the English, Irish and Polish.  They came from the other side of the world and shaped the Clare Valley into what it is today. You’ll have to join me to find out how Harry the camel shot Mr Horrocks.

Inclusions;

Winery Lunch, Chefs Selection paired with a glass of wine.

Visit Horrocks Huts and gravesite.

Tour of Sevenhill Church, Weikert Ruins, grounds, Crypt, original cellar, shrines and 160yr old vines.

Entry and guided tour of Martindale Hall.

Afternoon tea at Skillogalee if time permits.

Pick-up Setdown at local accomodation.

Inclusions valued at $95.00 and fully narrated.

Available as a Shared, Private or group Booking. Contact me for group pricing. 

Clare Valley Tours is an accredited Covid Safe Practising Business

Local Pick-up from $200pp

NOMADS TOUR (NT01)

What a day! Horrocks, shot by his Camel?? The Jesuits Martindale Hall Mintaro

“For the curious and inquisitive”
We recommend coupling the Nomads Tour with
the Burra Unearthed Tour.
Leave your local pick up point at 10am.
Return approximately 5pm.

A thought-provoking tour for those interested in the early history of the Clare Valley. You’ll hear 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 first camped.

You’ll enjoy an intimate, guided tour of Sevenhill Cellars – a sacred site of seductive 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, taste their world-famous wines.

From here, we’ll travel on back roads and private property, through vineyards and farmland with stunning views of Polish Hill River and beyond. There’s no shortage of photo opportunities.

We’ll sample wines from some of the Valley’s younger stars like Hill River Estate, Pikes, Paulett or Reillys – we share the love at Clare Valley Tours – and we’ll choose a winery to stop for lunch as well.

As we travel between cellar doors you’ll doubtless have plenty of questions: What crop is that? What vines are those? When will the vines bud? We’re confident we’ll have all the answers!

The historic township of Mintaro is not to be missed. Established around 1850 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, The Church of Immaculate Conception

And then there’s the jewel of South Australia’s Mid-North, Martindale Hall. Take a trip back in time with a guided tour of this Georgian-style mansion built in 1879 by country squire Edward Bowman, who surrounded the home with a polo ground, a cricket pitch, a racecourse and a boating lake. He eventually sold the property in 1891 to William Mortlock, who bought it as a wedding gift for his wife. Martindale Hall was, of course, the setting for iconic 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 Skillogalee Restaurant for afternoon tea.

A perfect way to finish a great day out.Logo is for Quality Assured Industry Accredited Operator

What’s included

  • All entry fees and tasting fees
  • Lunch with a standard glass of wine, or tea or coffee
  • Afternoon tea at Skillogalee
  • Booking fees, if any

Inclusions valued at $95.00

What’s not includedClare Valley Tours tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

  • Wine purchases
  • Glasses of premium wine
  • Extra food and drink purchases