Clare is in the Clare Valley. Some of the reputed best wines in the world come from the Clare Valley. Clare therefore is the ‘capitol’ of the Clare Valley and is the commercial centre of the region. Clare is also an old and historic centre and has thus far been able to control heritage factors.

Clare is a rapidly growing centre; these days primarily because of very successful wine brands.

One of the first settlers in the area was John Horrocks, in 1839. The town itself was established in 1842 by Edward Burton Gleeson, and named after his ancestral home of County Clare in Ireland.

Clare, though small is difficult place to get around. The layout of the town's road system was apparently designed by a draughtsman in Adelaide, without any knowledge of the local geography. There are several roads in Clare that end abruptly at a cliff face, only to continue again at the top of the cliff.

Clare has become recognised for its 'experiences', including the famed Riesling Trail. Walking and cycling route between Clare and Auburn (25km), on the former railway line.

The Hotels in Clare are all century plus, and now up market pubs.

The Clare Catholic Church casts an imposing presence over the town. Magnificent it is.

The Anglican and United old but a little more modest.

The Museum is located on one of those dead end streets to the west.

The War Memorial/s is represented by the gates to the sport field.

Allow a few days to enjoy Clare, inclusive of that wine trail.

Heritage diary



Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course