Cleve is a cross roads town on the Eyre Peninsula that services a rich grain growing region. A nice small town Cleve is. Tidy and well presented it is.

The town has its origins in the 1850s, with the town established some twenty years later. The new town was named after Cleve House, the county seat in Devon, England of the Snow family, cousins of Sir William Jervois who was the Governor of South Australia at the time.

Cleve is a hub for farmers and suppliers on the Eyre Peninsula and hosts a field day held each second year to offer the newest in farming equipment and stock.

The first European settlers in the area were the three McKechnie brothers; James, Peter and Donald who arrived in 1853.The first European woman arrived in 1862; a wife of one of the brothers.

In 1878, the current site of the town was inspected and surveyed, in anticipation of creating a new town to serve the growing wool and crop industries which were rapidly expanding.

The Cleve Museum is located one block removed from the main street. The museum is housed in an heritage building.

The Cleve churches are a mix of the very old and the very new.

The War Memorial in Cleve is the traditional WW1acknowledgement with great presence.

The hotel in Cleve is the traditional single level pub format.

Cleve is a really nice place and visit, if a diversion is required is still recommended.

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