Clare Valley’s rolling hills offers some tremendous photo opportunities for the keen photographer or ‘IGer’. Here are just a few suggestions.
A 12km scenic drive from Clare Country Club will get you to Spring Gully Conservation Park. This park has a steep, undulating terrain that leads into the creek bed of Spring Gully. From Blue Gum Lookout take a walk through grassy woodlands to a seasonal waterfall that plunges from a height of 18 metres after rain.
Enjoy a picnic at the picnic tables thoughtfully located at the lookout, and admire the wildflowers and orchids that bloom in spring. Look out for kangaroos and possums for that perfect photo!
2. Burra Mine Lookout
This now defunct copper mine from 1845 is full of stunning turquoise water, making for impressive photo opportunities. It will be easy to be distracted from your photography mission, as this area has a visitor centre and ample opportunity to immerse yourself in life in a 19th century Australian mining town.
3. Brooks Lookout
Sitting 400 metres above the wheat field’s of the Blyth and Wakefield Plains, you can see 90 kilometres to the southwest to Yorke Peninsula, or look west towards the Barunga and Hummocks Ranges. There is a covered picnic table and interpretative signage to help you make the most of your visit.
4. Neagles Rock Lookout Point
This is a great option for families as it’s a short, 1km (if slightly adventurous) climb up to the lookout, 455m above sea level. There’s plenty of shade on the way up, and look out for the rare Peppermint Box woodland and endangered Osborn’s Eyebright.
This astonishingly pink salt lake is approximately 30 minutes drive from the town of Clare. You can even walk out into the lake to get that perfect shot. Did we mention it’s pink?