|Bain Rotunda overlooking the Clare Oval where the Clare Classic|
finish line and after party was located.
The historic town of Clare is located in the wine making region known as the Clare Valley, just to the north of the arguably more famous wine making region, the Barossa Valley, South Australia.
|Poster for the Clare Classic|
I'm sure this event was great but cycling isn't really my thing - and there's not really a lot to see in these long distance events as a spectator beyond the start and finish line celebrations.
My first priority was actually to try out Clare's skatepark. I wrote a much more detailed review of this on my etourist Skateboards Blogazine if you really want the run down, suffice to say, I spent an hour there, in 30 degree (Celsius) heat, and had a fairly good time.
After the skatepark I didn't really have a plan, I just wandered up and down the main street and through a few back roads to see what I could find.
I could probably have taken many pictures of the many historic buildings, just in the main street alone but I wasn't particularly in the zone for finding really interesting photos (I'm not saying Clare isn't interesting, I just wasn't feeling it on such a hot day). Instead I took a few photos of what caught my eye.
|'Wheel Wren' by Roland Weight|
|I wonder how big this tree|
was in 1839 when the first
white man passed by.
There were also a couple of other events and people noted on the plaque but I feel they were just name dropping at that point. Such as the funeral party carrying the remains of explorers Burke and Wills resting there on their way to Melbourne.
From there I walked back through the main street and followed a path that ran up the hill behind the Clare Oval just to see where it went.
|The Bain Retunda.|
Back in the day the rotunda was used for many public weekend concerts and, I'm guessing by the relatively new concrete seating installed around it, still is a place for performances.
Finally, as I was heading back toward the main street I spotted the steeple of a building above the tree line. It looked pretty historic so I thought I'd investigate to see the rest of the building attached below it.
It turned out to be St. Michael's Catholic Church which is part of a local Catholic school (I presume since the original church building from 1849 also had a Catholic school building attached). The new church building (the one in my photo) was completed in 1883.
|St. Michael's Church|
That was pretty much my day in Clare. There are actually set walking trails you can follow that will take you to all the key sites around the town (I probably should've done that). I can also recommend the Clare Motel as a great place for a very affordable, cooked lunch in pleasant surroundings.
Whilst my partner and I were in the region we also visited Martindale Hall and tried out Bukirk Glamping - click the links to read more about those experiences.