Clare Travel Guide

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Clare Things to Do

  • QUARRY HILL LOOKOUT

    For me, this was the best lookout in Clare. The road runs off the Main North road, just south of the Clare Caravan Park. A dirt road, in good condition takes you to the lookout, then it's just a short walk up a hill to see the beautiful 360° views over Polish Hill River Valley, Pikes vineyard estate, Paulette wines, and Wilson vineyards. I could...

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  • SPRING GULLY LOOKOUT

    The tourist information centre is located on the corner of the Spring Gully Tourist Road, a tourist drive that took us past some nice scenery and to the Spring Gully lookout.The lookout has a picnic area and great views over the Blyth Plains, just a pity it wasn't the best of days for viewing, a little hazy.On the way here, we passed by a vineyard...

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  • DRIVE THE BACKROADS

    The backroads around Clare are very scenic. They are dirt, they are not that wide, they carry hardly any traffic, so don't be frightened about driving along them, they come out somewhere!I love travelling these roads, I feel a bit like an explorer! I never know what I might find and see!We came across many Wineries and of course acres and acres of...

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  • CLARE HISTORIC WALK

    I really enjoy walking towns when I have a "historic walk" brochure to follow.Luckily, our accommodation was next to the Information centre which is located on the Adelaide side of Clare. We were free to browse the centre which was chocked full of FREE brochures and booklets. The kind lady behind the desk gave me the Clare historic walk brochure,...

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  • CLARE RACES

    A day at the races in a country town is always an enjoyable days outing!The history of racing in the Clare area goes back to the early 1880s, and involved an annual New Year's Day race meeting on a number of local properties.Then, in 1889, Clare's Racecourse was established and has been here ever since. This "once-a-year" event continued, broken...

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  • CLARE CEMETERY

    The Clare cemetery is a large cemetery located outside of Clare on Benny Hill's Road. As Clare is quite old and I like exploring old cemeteries, for me it was a must see. The Cemetery was opened in 1872, and the oldest graves are on the left as you walk through the gates.An extra bonus was the autumn leaves.

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  • FLOWERING GUM TREES

    Flowering Gums are a variety of Gum Tree you will come across in the northern towns of Australia. They grow well here, so it was no surprise that I came across the one in my photo. It was April, and they were in flower. This was a gum blossom I hadn't seen before, different and pretty! When you look at the blossom, you will see it isn't petals, but...

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  • HISTORIC CHURCHES IN CLARE

    There are a few nice historic Churches in Clare.The ones I saw, and both were in Victoria Street, were the original Wesleyan Chapel, built in 1857 and now used as a B&B. I thought it was lovely from the outside, I wondered what the inside looked like.Next door is the Uniting church, opened in 1867, and the lecture hall and Sunday School rooms were...

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  • HISTORIC BANKS

    Historic Banks in Australia are nearly always a beautiful building. Here, in Clare, the tradition carries on.I loved the ANZ Bank Building. This building was designed by an Adelaide architect, and built by local tradesmen in 1877, at a cost of 4,000 Pounds.It is said to be one of the finest pieces of 19th century architecture in the lower North of...

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  • KNAPPSTEIN WINERY

    Knappstein Winery/Brewery is located in the original 19th century Enterprise Brewery, a National Trust building and the landmark of the Clare township. It's a gorgeous sandstone building, which originally was a Brewery, only this ceased operating in 1916. In the 1970's, it was used as a Winery, then later, they started brewing Beer again. A copper...

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  • OLD HOMES IN CLARE

    Clare was established in 1840 so you would expect to find plenty of old homes.I found plenty, from little Cottages, to beautiful homes with lace-work. There is quite a variety of old homes in Clare, and a lot are built out of bluestone found in the area.

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  • OLD POLICE STATION MUSEUM

    The Old Police Station Museum was built in 1850 as Clare's first Courthouse and Police Station. If you want to visit inside, and see the large collection of furniture and clothing from the Victorian era, early records of the Clare area, photographs of early Clare and displays of agricultural machinery and early horse-drawn vehicles, then you had...

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  • OLD INSTITUTE & COURTHOUSE

    Located just around the corner from Mill Street Cottage, are the other two historic buildings. One is the Institute, which is now the Library, and the other is the Old Court House.The Courthouse has been used since 1880 and up till today. Next door, is the Police Sergeant's house and cells. The Old Institute was built in Italianate architecture in...

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  • MILL STREET COTTAGE

    We are now going to walk to the Old North Road which runs parellel to the Main North Road [main street] We walked through the park next to the new Town Hall, and came out where three historic buildings are located in a row.The first one is known as "Mill Street Cottage," a gorgeous sandstone double story cottage, built with stone from a local...

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  • HISTORIC BUILDINGS ALONG MAIN STREET

    Located on the opposite side of the roundabout, is this ornate former AMP building. An impressive building, it now is an employment agency, and would you believe, one of a few buildings in Clare with an Elevator!Still keeping to the same side of the road, I come across the Old Town Hall. Can you work out how to tell it is the Old Town Hall?Take a...

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  • SALVATION ARMY CITADEL

    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.

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  • WAR MEMORIAL GATES

    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.

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  • HISTORIC TAFE BUILDING

    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...

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  • NEAGLE'S LOOKOUT

    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...

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  • Knappstein Wines - Cellardoor Not To Be...

    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.

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  • Experience Some Grandeur (Martindale...

    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,...

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Clare Hotels

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  • Clare Country Club

    White Hut Road, , Clare, State of South Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Comfort Inn Clare Central

    325 Main N Rd, Clare, 5453, Australia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Clare Valley Motel

    74a Main North Road, Clare, 5453, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Clare Transportation

  • BUS TO CLARE

    Yorke Peninsula Coach Services provide a service to Clare and the towns in the Clare Valley.On Mondays, it doesn't operate, the rest of the week it does.Please check the website for an up to date time-table of this service.You would be looking at in 2012.... Adults...$36.00

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  • Private Tour Service

    I haven't used this service, but I loacted it and thought it may be good for people who wanted to take in a day trip to the Clare Valley.This tour service will pick you up from your hotel and then take you to the Clare Valley. You can organise the tour to suit your needs/interests.Please refer to their website for more details on this (and many...

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Clare Local Customs

  • VINEYARDS & WINDMILLS

    As you drive around the clare valley, visiting many vineyards and seeing many vineyards, you will also see the smaller size windmills in amongst the Vines. The Clare valley is quite cold, and the windmill is set going when frosts are expected. It is hoped the current of moving air, will stop the vines from being burnt with frost.

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  • ALPACA'S & SHEEP

    Sheep farming is also important in the Clare Valley.What we saw, were a number of Alpaca's in amongst flock's of Sheep. Farmers have realized that the Alpaca is a good guardian, and will look after "their" adopted herd, chasing predators like Foxes away, even trying to stomp on the Fox!Alpaca's bond with grazing animals easily, making it a...

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  • Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend

    Okay, okay this isn't really a local custom, but the Clare Valley Gourmet weekend is a tradition that has been running in Clare since 1985. It's usually held in May (2007 was May 5th & 6th). The South Australia Tourism website states; "The Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend was the first of its kind in Australia and our pioneering group of local...

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Clare Tourist Traps

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    by balhannah Written Jul 1, 2012

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    To reach this lookout, you can either walk up steep steps to the top of the hill, this is beside the supermarket in Wright Place, or you can walk along Mill street, turn left into Union street, and this will take you there.

    In my opinion, it is a waste of time coming here. Once, not a bad lookout, now it's awful!
    I looked over the supermarket roof and many more roofs, it was so bad, I didn't even take a photo!
    I did take one of a lovely Rose in the Rose garden, that was the best part.

    Don't waste you time coming here, there is much better elsewhere!

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Clare Off The Beaten Path

  • BLYTH HERITAGE FENCE

    We came through the small town of Blyth on our way to Clare. Blyth only has a population of approx 350 people, some of them must be quite clever, as they came up with making a Heritage fence to attract tourists.The fencing surrounds Padnaindi Reserve, where a playground for children and a picnic area is located. Sixteen laser cut panels, which...

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  • FARRELL FLATS MAIN STREET

    We were on our way to Burra, so a stop was made at Farrell Flat to see the old town, and to find Toilets.We found the Toilets, a brand new building with a car park, on the other side of the main street.To beautify this area, the corrugated iron fence had a mural painted of Australian Animals and Birds. In the wide median strip, was a new shed with...

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  • FARRELL FLAT

    Farrell Flat, a small town, very quiet these days as the main road now bypasses the town.We saw two people and that was all......Where was everybody?Well, one Car was parked infront of the Pub!Homes were old, Shops were old, the Railway station was a "has been," although it did look like by the number of railway tracks here, that once it may have...

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  • Clare

    Clare and Clare Valley is an acclaimed Wineregion, surrounded by classic Farmland and a prestine Bushland. the among rolling Hills and everchanging Landscape, you will not find a dull moment.the Township of Clare is just 1 1/2hours drive from Adelaide. Edward Burton Gleeson settled here 1840 and started a Farming Community. self-sufficiency was...

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  • Driving Through The Clare Valley

    If you're driving to the Clare Valley from Adelaide you will probably arrive in Auburn, at the southern end of the wine region. From here to Clare the major townships are:LeasinghamWatervalePentworthamMintaro (you'll turn off to the right after Pentwortham to reach Mintaro)Sevenhill (after Pentwortham on the main road and a short drive back from...

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  • Basic Map of the Clare Valley

    The Clare Valley is made up of a number of small towns and around each town are a number of fine wineries. Here is a basic map of the area. Having someone else to drive is great - you get to taste all the wonderful wines on offer. Although famous for it's white wines, Clare produces a number of fine reds too.In summer you can bike to the wineries...

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