Sevenhill Cellars, South Australian Tourism Commission

Population 3061

Clare is known as the 'Garden of the North'. In the mid-1800s, Edward John Eyre reported favourably on the area and pastoral settlement followed; the town came to be known as Clare after the county in Ireland. The land has proved as favourable as Eyre claimed and Clare continues to boast a rich agricultural industry, including the famous Clare Valley wine region. The first vines were planted by Jesuit priests at Sevenhill in 1851. The Sevenhill Cellars are still operated by Jesuit brothers and the monastery buildings, including the historic St Aloysius Church, are of special interest.

Visitor Information

Cnr Main North and Spring Gully rds; (08) 8842 2131 or 1800 242 131

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In Town

Old Police Station Museum: once a prison, a casualty hospital and housing for government employees, it is now a National Trust museum with historic artefacts and photographs; open weekends and public holidays, other times by appt; Neagles Rock Rd; (08) 8842 2376.

Lookouts: Billy Goat Hill from Wright St and Neagles Rock Lookout on Neagles Rock Rd.

Town walk: self-guide trail; brochure from visitor centre.


Clare Valley wine region This is the country’s best region for riesling. Read more

Watervale: a historic town with a self-guide walk leaflet available from the visitor centre; 12 km S.

Blyth: a little country town overlooking the western plains. Take a short walk on the interpretive botanical trail or picnic at Brooks Lookout. Medika Gallery, originally a Lutheran church, offers an art gallery and Australian craft sales; 13 km W.

Auburn: the birthplace in 1876 of poet C. J. Dennis. Take a self-guide walk through National Trust historic precinct in St Vincent St; 26 km S.

Scenic drive: travel south to Spring Gully Conservation Park with its walking tracks and rare red stringybarks.

Fishing spots near town

Port Broughton 69 km

Port Broughton is a favourite destination for anglers wanting to fish from charter boats. The boat ramp in the sheltered harbour is next to a small pier complex and is popular for small fish including salmon, Tommy ruff,... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Wine-tasting - Nuriootpa and Angaston 79 km

Elderton Wines near Nuriootpa is a carbonneutral winery. Its cellar door is partially solar-powered and the vineyard is using biodynamic methods of production. Yalumba in Angaston has three organic wines and an... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Artisans Table Wine Bar + Bistro

This relaxed restaurant boasts an enviable location deep among the vines and sugar gums. There’s a capacious dining room; opening onto a sunny deck overlooking the scenery. While steak and chicken dishes make an... Find out more

Wild Saffron Gourmet Food & Catering

Though this is undoubtedly a great venue for a coffee and a quick bite – their muffins and cakes are top notch – the repertoire of delights in store is wide ranging. If you’re heading out on the... Find out more

Penna Lane Wines

Not content with making a range of exceptional, award-winning wines, this boutique outfit also turns out a range of home produce and tasting platters from its low-key cellar door. The vineyard is located high in the... Find out more

Sevenhill Hotel

A popular local lair, right on the main road, this historic venue has long been a favourite watering hole for travellers, farmers and winery workers. It serves high-calibre pub food like generous-sized steaks and... Find out more

Skillogalee Winery Restaurant

Skillogalee was a trailblazer for winery dining, and it’s still a treat to spend a languid afternoon on the verandah of this endearing 1850s cottage, revelling in the estate’s fine wines and stylish country... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Knappstein Enterprise Brewery

History has turned full circle for the Clare Valley’s Enterprise Brewery, which ceased beer-making operations in 1916, but was revived for its original purpose in 2006. In between time, this gorgeous sandstone... Find out more

Campsites around town

Auburn Caravan Park 23 km

This small park is in Auburn, the historic gateway town to the Clare Valley at the start of the popular Riesling Trail, on Saddleworth Rd, next to the oval and recreation grounds. Follow the sign from the Mid North Rd.... Find out more

Bunyip Park camping area 33 km

Off the beaten track, Koolunga is a quiet farming town north of Clare. It’s a handy overnight stop for north-bound travellers and, as the site’s name suggests, the town is also renowned for sightings of the... Find out more

White Cliffs Reserve 34 km

Come to White Cliffs for pleasant camping beside the Broughton River with its reed-fringed waterholes and stately river gums. You’ll find it on Yacka Rd, 6 km east of Koolunga. Bring firewood and water, and... Find out more

Burra Creek Gorge camping area 37 km

Mighty river red gums feature in this extensive reserve on Robertson Rd, 26 km south from Burra on the Heysen Trail. After winter rains the creek environment is a lush habitat for birds and other wildlife. It’s a... Find out more

Mallee camping area 48 km

Striking red cliffs are a feature of this camping spot in open mallee country, 15 km east of Burra. Follow the signpost from Eastern Rd, and come equipped with firewood and preferably a gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Redhill Recreation Ground 48 km

This overnight highway stop on the outskirts of the small farming town of Redhill is 50 km south of Port Pirie. It’s just off the Princes Hwy along an access road to the west of the train line.... Find out more

Curnow’s Hut camping area 55 km

This restored 3-bedroom stone hut is in the south of the forest, 15 km south of Jamestown off Bundaleer Gardens Rd. You need to book, as the camping area is padlocked. Bring water and preferably a gas/fuel stove. Camping... Find out more

Port Arthur Roadside Rest Area 61 km

A shady, no-frills stop for weary travellers at the head of Gulf St Vincent, the rest area is close to mangrove flats where you might see wading birds at low tide. It’s just off the Port Wakefield–Yorketown... Find out more

Port Parham camping area 74 km

Famed for its shallow waters and great crabbing beach, this small coastal settlement is a much-loved spot for family outings and boating. The camping is on a council reserve on the northern edge of town, with access 1 km... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Burra Caravan and Camping Park 35 km

This picturesque park is situated alongside a creek just two minutes walk from the centre of Burra, an historic mining town. The park has good basic facilities and plenty of large shady trees. It is an excellent base... Find out more

Crystal Brook Caravan Park 66 km

This is a small, neat council-owned park just on the edge of town. It is a very pretty park with large red gums, a creek alongside, and lawn sites. We find it good value.... Find out more

Port Broughton Caravan Park 68 km

A large park on the waterfront at the small town of Port Broughton, this is ideal for a quiet break or for fishing and crabbing. Bookings are required in peak periods, and a minimum-length stay period applies at Easter... Find out more

Barossa Valley Tourist Park 79 km

This good quality Barossa Valley caravan park has a large number of sites, a choice of accommodation and a range of facilities including tennis courts. It is within walking distance of the town centre and close to... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Brice Hill Country Lodge

These four elegantly decorated suites take full advantage of their prominent position. In addition to serene valley views, the landscaped grounds include a rose garden, gazebo and heated swimming pool, giving the lodge... Find out more

Molly’s Chase

Named after a beloved West Highland terrier, this 20-hectare property has two modern log cabins encircled by woodland. It’s a classic patch of Australiana, with large gums dotted across rolling, open country roamed... Find out more

Mundawora Mews

These bluestone cottages just north of Clare are steeped in history. With connections reaching back to the earliest days of settlement in the valley, this working sheep and cattle property is both a peaceful escape and a... Find out more


Here’s the perfect marriage: a legendary winery, much-lauded restaurant and fine country lodgings, all in one picturesque location. The same deft, personal touch that goes into crafting this family’s wines is... Find out more

Thorn Park by the Vines

Within easy reach of Clare’s wineries, this expansive rural estate offers a medley of heritage accommodation in its homestead, coach house and old barn. Acclaimed for its elegant interiors and bewitching garden... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Hanson rest area 29 km

13km S of Burra (L) or 28km N of Manoora (R)

Just off the highway among a stand of pine trees. 

Winkler park area 33 km

2km S of Saddleworth (L) or 7km N of Riverton (R)

Very small area adjacent to the highway. Limited shade.

Spalding park area 37 km

At Spalding

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Snowtown North rest area 38 km

62km S of Warnertown (L)

Under trees just off the highway. For southbound only.

Riverton rest area 40 km

At Riverton

Just off the highway among trees. On the south side of town.

Burra Creek Gorge camping area 41 km

T/O 16km SE of Burra (R) or 69km NW of Morgan (L)

Secluded bush setting on the banks of the creek 11km south-east of the highway. Donations accepted.

Mount Bryan rest area 41 km

At Mt Bryan

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the hotel.

Lake Lochiel rest area 42 km

82km S of Warnertown (L) or 33km N of Port Wakefield (R)

Just off the highway and overlooking the lake.

Baldina rest area 48 km

21km SE of Burra (L) or 64km NW of Morgan (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Tarlee park area 51 km

At Tarlee

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Georgetown park area 56 km

At Georgetown

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.

Inkerman North rest area 59 km

12km S of Port Wakefield (L)

Just off the highway. For southbound only.

Inkerman South rest area 61 km

22km N of Dublin (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Gladstone park area 67 km

At Gladstone

Adjacent to the highway and next to a caravan park.

Dublin park area 73 km

At Dublin

On the service road.

Moppa Road rest area 77 km

29km NE of Gawler (L) or 3km W of Nuriootpa (R)

Just off the highway behind a few trees.

Laura park area 78 km

At Laura

Under shady trees opposite a caravan park.

Truro East Rest Area 80 km

1 km E of Truro (L) or 45 km W of Blanchetown (R)

Small area just off the highway among a few large trees. Good shade.

Warnertown rest area 81 km

At Warnertown

Just off the highway. On the south side of town. For northbound only.

What's on around town

Clare Races: horseraces among the vines; Easter.

Spanish Festival: Apr.

Gourmet Weekend: May.

Clare Show: Oct.

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