It was 1884, when the Salvation Army came to Clare and the Mid-North. The Salvation army tries to help people, but here in Clare, the Officer's copped a lot of harrassment from the locals.
It was sold in 1996, and today, its a Hairdressing Salon.
Just a little further along Main North road from the Tafe College, is Clare Oval and its War Memorial Gates.
The Oval is located on the opposite side of the road.
Next to the Gates, make sure you look at the Glassed in 9th Light Horse Memorial, which has a Turkish Krupp field gun, Australian soldiers clothing and more on display.
This was our 1st building we came across, the now "TAFE" building, but was once the Clare Public School, opening its doors in August, 1879. By 1900, there were 162 students atttending School here! Eventually, more and more students came to School here, making this School too small and a new one needed to be built.
A TAFE college is where Adults can go and learn, doing either short or long courses.
To find Neagle's Lookout follow the Brown tourist signs from the main road in Clare. Follow the road into the reserve where there is car parking, information boards, plus picnic tables and chairs.
This reserve is rather scrubby, and the track to the 455m high summit is TERRIBLE!
You shouldn't attempt this walk if not fit or steady on your feet, as it is quite a climb, and easy to take a tumble.
I did manage to spot some native plants in flower, I am not sure what they were. Quite a few plants in this reserve are on the endangered list.
Once at the top, there are some very large rocks, these were used in the 1970's Aussie film "PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK." There is a photo at the top with the cast of the Film dressed for the part and sitting upon these rocks.
If you want to read about the film, check the listed website.
I thought the views at the top were ok, but nothing fantastic.
Knappstein wines is a small, premium grap grower and producer of wines. They have a great cellar door and now also produce their own beer (which you can also taste at the cellar door).
The Knappstein cellar door staff were so friendly and helpful - it was a great cellar door experience; great wine and freindly staff to guide you through it.
Martindale Hall is an authentic 19th century Georgian Mansion. It was built in 1879 and was actually featured in the Australian film "Picnic at Hanging Rock". It features all the original furniture and fittings and is a nice stopping off point for something a bit different while in Clare Valley (i.e. not for wine).
They also offer accommodation, which would be pretty amazing I should think.
the countryside, wine tasting in the many wineries, playing golf at the highly rated Clare 18hole Golf Course and all is well at lawn tennis courts.
you can hire bikes at Clare's Cycle Hire
cycling out to the old Jam Factory, which houses a much lauded Winery now.
and if you like to buy good, quality Olive Oil, you'll find it right here in Clare
at the Visitor Center you get all information and help you require for a pleasant stay in and around Clare Valley
Halfway between Mintaro and Sevenhill you'll find a number of small vineyards in the Polish Hill River Valley. Here it is worth visiting Pauletts Vineyard, with it's spectacular views from the cellar door and also Pikes, nestled in the valley itself.
There are other wineries in this area, but these were two that stand-out in my memory. Pikes makes some lovely crisp white wines and Pauletts (less famous than Pikes) had some delicious wines on offer too. The view from Paulettes cellar door alone makes the visit worthwhile.
My highlights from Watervale were Crabtree wines & Annie's Lane winery. Crabtree is a lovely boutique cellar door with some delicious wines to be tasted. We bought a dozen at a very reasonable price. Annie's Lane is a larger winery producing some very fine reds and crisp, fruity whites in the tradition of the Clare Valley. These two wineries were probably my favourites from this trip.
This small town also has a number of heritage buildings. If you pick-up a "Historic Walk" leaflet for the Clare Valley you can enjoy a leisurely stroll through this town and see the historic buildings on offer.
Quelltaler, in Watervale, also has a Wine Museum which was quite interesting.
Watervale is in close access to the Riesling Trail so it's a nice stopping off point for those exploring the area by bike or on foot also.
Annie’s Lane at the Quelltaler Estate in Watervale is a MUST-SEE for all wine lovers.
Annie's Lane winemaker Caroline Dunn makes some wonderful wines at Annie's lane. Her wines have an emphasis on fruit ripeness and a savoury structure. She was the first woman to win the Jimmy Watson Trophy and after our visit to Annie's Lane at Quelltaler Estate we can see why.
Please try their Copper Trail Shiraz.
The winery also holds a number of events on it's estate so check it's homepage for more information. Wish I were there this month as on Jan 22nd 2005 will be hosting the SA leg of "A Day on the Green" tour with many famous performers and musicians.
Crabtree is a small family run vineyard that produces a number of wonderful hand-crafted premium wines. Their muscat of Alexandria is delightful and we also enjoyed their Crabtree Watervale Riesling.
They produce small quantities of semillon, cabernet sauvignon and grenache, but their main wines are their riesling and shiraz.
I highly recommend including Crabtree of Watervale on your wine tour if you're interested in visiting one of the small boutique cellar doors in the Clare Valley.
Skilly Hill is an area located near Sevenhill. It makes for a wonderfully scenic drive and the area has a number of boutique cellar doors and vineyard lunchtime restaurants.
Skilly Hill also has a number of self-contained B&Bs.
Sevenhill is home to the oldest winery and vineyard in the Clare Valley - the Jesuit's Sevenhill Cellars. This winery is worth visiting for those not interested in wine also. The winery is in a delightful setting and you can visit the Jesuit St. Aloysius Church and it's crypt.
Sevenhill Cellars produces a number of excellent ports and wines.
Nearby is the Riesling Trail and there is a great picnic spot at the nearby Richardson Oval.
Leasingham was once a small town that catered for the miners travelling from Burra to Port Wakefield. Now more of a road juntion than a village it is located between Auburn and Watervale in the Clare Valley.
There are a number of wineries in this area, so stop the car and have explore them.
Mintaro is a wonderful little town and actually where we based ourselves when exploring the Clare Valley. It is in easy reach of the surrounding townships and the town itself is very quaint.
The town of Mintaro is a State Heritage Area. It's a small town that can be explored on foot. It has one main road and most of what you need is located on (or just off) that street.
Mintaro was established in 1849. I enjoyed the local cemeteries and thought the local cottages were very quaint also. The local pub was good fun, with a warm fire on a cold winters night and friendly locals to have a chat with.
Mintaro has a number of vineyards, two cellar door outlets, a boutique winery and an old country pub "The Magpie and Stump".
Accommodation is available. We hired a cottage, but there were B&Bs etc.
Mintaro is also famous for the magnificent Martindale Hall. Here you can see the gracious lifestyles that were once enjoyed by the early large-scale pastoralists. Martindale Hall is also, of course, famous for being the location where much of the film "Picnic at Hanging Rock" was filmed.