G’day, pet-loving wanderlusters! Ready for a trip to Clare Valley, South Australia’s enchanting wine region? With its rolling hills, scenic vineyards, and charming historical towns, Clare Valley is not just a paradise for wine connoisseurs, but also a fantastic getaway for pet owners like us!
In the heart of Australia, this lush and fertile valley caters to the explorative whims of our four-legged companions just as much as ours. Known for its intimate cellars and abundant produce, Clare Valley has embraced a pet-friendly culture, much to the delight of visitors who can’t bear to leave their pets behind. From the wineries that welcome wagging tails, to the outdoor dining options where our fur-babies can lay by our side, Clare Valley offers an idyllic, pet-friendly environment that’s truly hard to resist.
So, pack your pet’s favourite toy and some local gourmet treats, as we embark on a journey to discover the charms and comforts of Clare Valley together!
Clare Valley’s Pet-Friendly Attractions and Activities
The good vibes in Clare Valley don’t stop at its vineyards. No, sir! There’s plenty for us pet parents to do with our fur-kids.
One of the great things about Clare Valley is the welcoming vibe from its wineries. Many, like the Sevenhill Cellars and Pikes Wines, extend a warm welcome to pets, meaning you can sample the region’s finest drops without leaving your pooch behind. Just remember to check each winery’s pet policy before you visit.
For the active pets and their owners, Clare Valley has a heap of parks and trails to explore. The famed Riesling Trail, a 35-kilometre stretch winding through vineyards, farmland, and natural bushland, is an absolute ripper. Let your doggo off leash at Gleeson Wetlands, a sanctuary for local flora and fauna right in the heart of Clare. Just remember to respect the local wildlife and keep an eye on your furry mate.
Looking for a scenic picnic spot? Head to Lake Inchiquin. It’s a picturesque area where you can enjoy a local gourmet hamper while your pet gets acquainted with the area’s scents and sights.
In Clare Valley, the pet-friendly fun just doesn’t stop! Keep those tails wagging and those tongues panting with these irresistible pet-friendly attractions and activities.
Top 10 Pet-Friendly Accommodations in Clare Valley
1. Bungaree Station
Established in 1841, this significant historic sheep station offers an immersive experience in Australian pastoral history, making it a unique accommodation choice. Set in a picturesque landscape, your pet will have 2000 hectares of park-like grounds to explore, full of local wildlife and historic buildings. The cottages maintain a charming historical aesthetic, while providing modern amenities such as Wi-Fi, kitchenettes, and BBQ facilities. For pet owners, Bungaree Station is a walk through history with your furry friend by your side.
2. Neagles Retreat Villas
This retreat offers luxury, comfort, and nature wrapped into one. Nestled among the vineyards of Clare Valley, these modern villies are just a stone’s throw from popular wineries and the Riesling Trail, a must-do for dog-walking. Each villa features a full kitchen, spacious living areas, and a private enclosed yard for your pet’s safety. Relax on the deck with a glass of local wine while your furry mate enjoys the fresh country air.
3. Discovery Parks – Clare
Located in the heart of Clare Valley, this park offers a fun-filled, outdoorsy getaway. Whether you’re into caravaning, camping, or prefer the comfort of cabins, they’ve got you covered. With a swimming pool, playground, and bike hire, it’s a hit for families and their pets. The park has wide-open spaces for walking and playing fetch, and pets are welcome in selected cabins.
4. Skillogalee House
This charming stone cottage set amidst vineyards and bushland offers a quintessential Clare Valley experience. It features a fully equipped kitchen, three bedrooms, and a cosy fireplace, making it perfect for family getaways. Pets will love the fully fenced garden, while pet owners will appreciate the doggie welcome pack. What’s more, it’s just a short stroll to the Skillogalee Winery and Restaurant – perfect for wine lovers!
5. Amy’s House B&B
Nestled in Auburn, the gateway to Clare Valley, Amy’s House is a beautifully restored heritage building offering cosy self-contained cottages. Each cottage features a private garden, fully equipped kitchen, spa bath, and wood fire. Pets are welcome inside and there’s a fenced yard for them to roam freely. If you want to dine out, Auburn’s pet-friendly restaurants and cafes are just a short walk away. A homely, relaxing place to stay with your four-legged friend.
6. St Helen’s Country Cottages
For a slice of rural luxury, look no further than these multi-award winning cottages. Nestled in extensive gardens in Clare Valley, the property offers a mix of modern and heritage aesthetics. The pet-friendly Pavilion has an enclosed yard for your furry mates and a cosy wood fire for you to relax by. Located just off the Riesling Trail, there’s plenty of opportunities for walks amidst vineyards and scenic countryside.
7. Clare Valley Cabins
These modern, architect-designed cabins are nestled amongst 42 acres of gum studded grassland. They offer a tranquil rural escape yet are only a few minutes’ drive from Clare’s shops and restaurants. Pets are allowed indoors, and with only two cabins on the property, it’s a truly peaceful getaway for you and your pet.
8. Brice Hill Country Lodge
This luxury accommodation in the heart of Clare Valley provides a serene escape with an outdoor pool, BBQ area, and tranquil gardens. Pets are welcome in the Lodge’s enclosed courtyard, where they’ll have their own kennel and run. You can also walk your furry friend on a leash around the 6-acre property and soak up the beautiful views.
9. Thorn Park by the Vines
This boutique retreat offers a high-end experience, with beautifully decorated rooms, stunning views, and outstanding dining options. Dogs are welcome at the property’s self-contained Sky Suite, which has a secure courtyard for pets and is equipped with all the luxury amenities for a comfortable stay.
10. Paulett Wines Bush Devine Vineyard Suite
Stay right on a working winery at this unique accommodation. The suite is located on the property’s ridge-top, offering stunning panoramic views of the vineyards and bushland. The pet-friendly suite features a fully equipped kitchen, outdoor BBQ area, and a welcome bottle of Paulett’s wine. The vineyard has walking trails that you and your pet can explore.
Choosing Your Pet-Friendly Accommodation in Clare Valley
Choosing the perfect pet-friendly accommodation in Clare Valley may seem daunting, but don’t fret, mate! Here are some important factors to consider to make your selection a breeze:
- Your Pet’s Personality: Is your pet outgoing, or do they prefer a quiet corner to themselves? Choose a place that matches their disposition for the best experience.
- Proximity to Pet-Friendly Activities: If you’re planning to visit wineries or parks with your pet, look for accommodations close to these attractions.
- Amenities: Check if the accommodation has secure outdoor spaces, and whether pets are allowed indoors. If your pet has special needs, ensure these can be catered for.
- Reviews: Reviews from other pet-owning travellers can provide valuable insights into how genuinely pet-friendly an accommodation is.
It’s crucial to understand and respect the pet policies of each accommodation. This includes following rules about pet access to indoor areas, cleaning up after your pet, and maintaining quiet hours.
Preparing Your Pet for the Clare Valley Adventure
Getting your pet ready for a Clare Valley adventure is all part of the fun! Here are some tips:
- Health Check: Ensure your pet is up-to-date with vaccinations and flea treatments. It’s also worth discussing travel sickness remedies with your vet if your pet is prone to it.
- Pack Essentials: Besides food and water, remember to pack a leash, waste bags, your pet’s bed or blanket, and their favourite toys.
- Keep the Routine: Try to maintain your pet’s feeding and exercise routine during the trip to keep them comfortable.
- Plan Your Activities: Research pet-friendly attractions beforehand, so you don’t have to leave your pet alone.
As for local pet etiquette and regulations in Clare Valley, always leash your pet in public, clean up after them, and ensure they’re not disturbing the peace or local wildlife. Remember, it’s all about being a responsible pet parent!
Conclusion: Your Pet-Friendly Clare Valley Adventure Awaits
Well, there you have it, mates – your ultimate guide to a pet-friendly adventure in the picturesque Clare Valley. Remember, it’s not just about the destination, but also where you rest your heads and paws at the end of a fun-filled day. With its welcoming accommodations, vibrant pet-friendly culture, and array of activities, Clare Valley is the pawfect getaway for you and your four-legged companions.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack those bags (and don’t forget the doggy biscuits!) and set off on your Clare Valley adventure. Trust me, it will be a holiday that you and your pet will treasure!
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