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