Mintaro Garden Maze, South Australian Tourism Commission

Population 223

Although it is in the Clare Valley region, Mintaro's prosperity is not linked with the valley's booming wine industry. Instead, its buildings date back to the 1840s and '50s, when bullock drays carried copper from the Monster Mine at Burra to Port Wakefield in the south. Many of the buildings use local slate. In 1984 Mintaro became the first town in South Australia to be classified a State Heritage Area.

Visitor Information

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

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Clare

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  • Burra SA

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  • Balaklava

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In Town

Timandra Garden: one of the town's fine garden displays; enter via Timandra Nursery, Kingston St.

Mintaro Garden Maze: kids will love getting lost in the maze, comprising over 800 conifers; open 10am–4pm Thurs–Mon; Jacka St.

Reillys Wines: wine-tastings, cellar-door sales and a restaurant; Burra Rd.

Mintaro Cellars: wine-tastings and sales; Leasingham Rd.

Mintaro Slate Quarries: fine-quality slate, produced since the quarry opened in 1854, is used world-wide for billiard tables; open 7.30am–3pm Mon–Fri; viewing platform in Kadlunga Rd.

Heritage walk: self-guided trail includes 18 heritage-listed colonial buildings and 2 historic cemeteries; brochure available.


Martindale Hall This 1879 mansion was built for Edmund Bowman who, the story goes, commissioned it for his bride-to-be from English high society. The lady declined his offer of marriage, and Bowman lived there on his own until 1891. Today visitors can explore the National Trust, Georgian-style home with its Italian Renaissance interior. The mansion featured extensively in the 1975 film Picnic at Hanging Rock. Accommodation and dining are available. Open 11am–4pm Mon–Fri, 12–4pm Sat–Sun; Manoora Rd; (08) 8843 9088; 3 km SE.

Polish Hill River Valley: a subregion of the Clare Valley wine region, with cellar doors offering tastings and sales; between Mintaro and Sevenhill.

Waterloo: features the historic Wellington Hotel, once a Cobb & Co. staging post; 23 km SE.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Wine-tasting - Nuriootpa and Angaston 66 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

Cycling in the Barossa 71 km

In the Barossa, you can hire bikes from the visitor centre in Tanunda and take the paved 7-kilometre cycle path to Nuriootpa. For a guided, multi-day supported bike tour, sampling the best of the region’s cuisine... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Reilly’s Cellar Door & Restaurant

This 1850s cottage serves as both the cellar door for Reilly’s Wines and a fine lunchtime destination. There are excellent antipasto and cheese platters for relaxed grazing, along with more substantial seasonal... Find out more

The Station Cafe

The cosy, quaint and downright cute Auburn Railway Station has been reborn as a cellar door for Mount Horrocks Wines and a venue for weekend snacks and casual lunches. In keeping with the honest, hand-crafted philosophy... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Knappstein Enterprise Brewery 14 km

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 13 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

Burra Creek Gorge camping area 28 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 43 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

Bunyip Park camping area 47 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 47 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

Redhill Recreation Ground 62 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

Port Arthur Roadside Rest Area 66 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

Curnow’s Hut camping area 67 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 Parham camping area 71 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 33 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

Barossa Valley Tourist Park 66 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

Tanunda Caravan and Tourist Park 71 km

Enjoy the Barossa Valley experience from this popular park; it is a great base for exploring the fabulous wine-producing region. Located 1.5 km from the town centre, with easy access, it offers patrons a good range of... Find out more

Gawler Caravan Park 75 km

This is a good quality park close to the town centre and located on the banks of the Gawler River. It is a good base for exploring the nearby Barossa Valley and is easily accessible from the Sturt and Barrier highways.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Reilly’s Country Retreat

Tucked behind the cellar door for Reilly’s Wines, here’s rustic chic in the heart of one of South Australia’s best preserved mid-19th-century hamlets. The character-rich retreat includes a selection of... Find out more

William Hunt’s Retreat

Two hundred years on, and the local carpenter’s bluestone barn has been reborn as deluxe accommodation. Two private self-contained suites – one compact for a couple, the other larger and with two queen... Find out more

Dennis Cottage

A luxuriant garden surrounds this haven in the heart of historic Auburn, the gateway to the Clare Valley. Crafted with flair and Mediterranean style, the cottage is full of convivial spaces and warm, earthy hues, from... Find out more

Martindale Hall

The imposing Georgian facade of this country house is well known from the movie Picnic at Hanging Rock, and it’s a magnificent sight when seen up close. Faithfully preserved in near-original condition, the... Find out more

Trestrail Cottage

This endearing one-bedroom stone cottage in the ranges west of Sevenhill is an exciting refuge. Sited among 40 hectares of unspoilt bushland, it’s like having a nest in the tree tops and there are boundless... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Hanson rest area 16 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 21 km

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

Very small area adjacent to the highway. Limited shade.

Riverton rest area 28 km

At Riverton

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

Burra Creek Gorge camping area 32 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.

Tarlee park area 40 km

At Tarlee

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Baldina rest area 40 km

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

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Mount Bryan rest area 44 km

At Mt Bryan

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the hotel.

Spalding park area 47 km

At Spalding

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Snowtown North rest area 51 km

62km S of Warnertown (L)

Under trees just off the highway. For southbound only.

Lake Lochiel rest area 52 km

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

Just off the highway and overlooking the lake.

Inkerman North rest area 60 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.

Moppa Road rest area 64 km

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

Just off the highway behind a few trees.

Truro East Rest Area 66 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.

Dublin park area 69 km

At Dublin

On the service road.

Georgetown park area 69 km

At Georgetown

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.

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