A charming, fun town to explore in the Clare Valley
Mintaro is a town in the Clare Valley , approximately 125 kilometres from Adelaide. A beautiful drive through the open landscapes to the historic town is a fantastic road trip, and a great destination for a day out. The town offers award winning cellar doors, art galleries, historic places of interest, parks, and restaurants.
Our first stop was the beautiful Mintaro Maze. This living hedge maze, consists of over 800 conifers, and has been a fun Clare Valley stop for many years. There is a sheet given on entry with items to find and the history of the maze. It's a great way to keep kids amused, finding statues, counting items and letting their explorer imagination run wild.
After a while and many dead ends we found our way to the centre. On the way out of the centre, there is a look-out you can see over the entire maze. Once completely out of the maze, the fun does not stop there. There are giant games made out of local Mintaro slate including, chess, Jenga, noughts and crosses, and snakes and ladders. I had a ball here so I am sure any kid will be the same. It's a unique experience that can be enjoyed by all ages. A small entry fee is required to enter.
There was history in every room with framed, written insight into who stayed in the rooms or what they were used for. Rare furnishings, antiques and fireplaces were featured and Martindale Hall was also the setting for the famous Australian film, Picnic at Hanging Rock.
Today Martindale Hall remains open to the public and is operated by the owners of Mintaro Maze in the Clare Valley. Guided tours are available to give you more insight and understanding into the history of the home.
As for where to eat, because a day must include lunch, my friend and I took a drive to Sevenhill and ate at the Sevenhill Hotel. This country pub serves hearty meals to enjoy with local wines. They also were awarded best country dining in 2017 and 2018 by the AHA awards.
Sevenhill Hotel, Burger and Chips
Our Mintaro/ Clare Valley day out stopped here, but if you are after a longer day out, there is many more places to see in Mintaro.
As for where in Mintaro you should eat, the Magpie and Stump Hotel is my go to pick. Built in 1850/51 this hotel is close to Matindale Hall and Mintaro Maze, and is a great place to enjoy great food and local wines and beers.
Reilly's Cellar Door and Restaurant is another fantastic option. Experience local produce and organic ingredients with a lunch at Reilly's. They are open for lunch, wine tasting and sales seven days a week.
If you are more interested in bringing your own meat to cook Mintaro offers a playground area next to the Bowling Club that features BBQ facilities and public toilets. Or if you enjoy a picnic Mintaro Garden Rooms are open seven days for you to wander through and enjoy this amazing family garden full of flowers and bird life.
Mintaro is a stunning area to explore, with lots to do and see, for families, couples or with a friend, plan a day trip away to the incredible area.