The Clare Valley is well known as a cool climate wine producing region, specialising in dry style Rieslings. Named after County Clare in Ireland, the town of Clare is centered in the Valley that stretches along a 40km corridor, which is home to 40 cellar doors. The first vines were planted in the region in 1851 by some Jesuit priests who had fled Poland.
Fruit Picking Work in Clare Valley
Where’s Clare Valley
Clare is 134km North of Adelaide. If driving, take the Main North Road from Adelaide which takes you directly to the town of Clare. There is also a daily bus service available from Adelaide to Clare.
Some farms will provide dorm style bedding or will accommodate harvest workers with camper vans or camping equipment. There are also a variety of hotels, motels, caravan and cabin parks, and farm stays throughout the Clare Valley, centering around the towns of Clare and Auburn.
Not Fruit Picking – What to do?
- Check out the variety of museums and galleries that pay homage to the rich historical legacy of the area.
- Hire a bike and see how many of the 40 wineries you can visit in one go.
- Head to the nearby town of Burra and see the epic disused mines.
Many harvest jobs will meet the Second Australian Working Holiday Visa eligibility and count towards the 88 days of specified work. Some regional locations and jobs are ineligible which could lead to the Department of Immigration rejecting your application. So remember to confirm whether or not your fruit picking or harvest job will count towards the Second Australian WHV.