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Jun 27, 2017 - Clare Valley

17 June - Clare Valley A beautiful sunny morning but cold, clothes washing duties completed we drove to Riverton as Ruth wanted to visit the market. It was about a 40 minute drive and we arrived to find a small market, mostly in the local memorial hall, just like a small village market. Nothing hugely interesting, the vegetables looked tired otherwise it was bric-brac and homemade jams and chutneys. It was that sort of market. We headed back north across country to Mintaro, a very pleasant drive in rolling hills, little tree lined valleys...

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Oz and the Big Lap

Jun 4, 2016 - Clare

Sitting in the van in the rain, well the rain is outside fortunately ruminating over our time in Clare I thought I’d better update our progress (or lack of it). Yes there was no update yesterday but we did venture out to a Craft Brewery http://clarevalleybrewing.com.au/ and though we could not sample the product we did by a case of Grape Cider which is described as “Good golly Miss Molly. Miss Molly Malone is made entirely from grapes! We brewed it in a semi sweet style, it’s all fruit, delicately fizzy and crystal clear, it’s also...

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Jun 3, 2016 - In the Clare Valley

We arrived in Clare without incident and set up on a nice site that backs onto a creek (read stormwater drain). Carol organised to meet Leanne at the Clare Rise Bakery and we had rather nice cheese and ham roll toasted, what made it nice was the fact that the ham was hand carved of a bone and the cheese was sliced from a wheel… Then it was a bit of shopping and as the weather had turned cold we returned to the van thus concluding the day…

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Jan 23, 2016 - Clare

Another lovely day & my time here is running out so I tore myself away from the tennis again this afternoon & took the short drive to Mintaro, a town just 16 km south of Clare where the whole town is State Heritage Listed. Mintaro’s history was shaped by two important mining industries in 19th century South Australia. In the 1840s and 1850s it became an early staging point for transporting copper from the Burra mines to Port Wakefield, and from the 1860s onwards, it was South Australia’s leading producer of high quality slate. The slate...

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Jan 22, 2016 - Clare

Heavy rain overnight & I had a little cat in my bed for most of the night– he doesn’t like thunderstorms which are pretty full-on in a caravan. The benefit was that the caravan park is situated among lots of gum trees & the beautiful smell of freshly-washed eucalypts was almost overpowering this morning. This afternoon I dragged myself away from the tennis & decided I needed to do some sight-seeing so I went to Bungaree Station which is about 12 km north of Clare. When it was established in 1841, it was the most northerly station in South...

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Jan 20, 2016 - Clare

Yesterday was too hot for sight-seeing so I spent most of the day watching the tennis. Today was still warm after a humid night with light rain on & off all night but I can’t spend all my time here watching the tennis, so I spent a fascinating couple of hours this morning at the Severnhill winery which is the oldest & to me, the most interesting winery in South Australia. It was established in 1851 by the Jesuit priests to produce altar wine & is still owned & run by them but now produces lots of well-regarded table wines, both red & white...

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Jan 18, 2016 - Hahndorf to Clare

A lovely drive today through the Adelaide Hills to Gawler then past all the little towns & the multitude of wineries along the Clare Valley. It was only about 160 km, a 2 hour drive with the caravan, so I got here & had time to set up before lunch. It got hot this afternoon so the best thing was to stay in the caravan & watch the first day’s play in the Australian Open tennis. I went for a drive into town later in the afternoon, admired some of the beautiful old buildings & picked up information about what I need to see in the area which...

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Sep 17, 2014 - Day 4

Today we had a rest day from driving for being a little tired. My friends and I went to the bakery for lunch. After, we went back to our tent and we had a big play in the park. My friends called it the best park ever! That night was the coldest night ever! 1 degree!

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Sep 16, 2014 - Day 3

Today we drove through Victoria and across the border into South Australia. We had to stop our car so that a man could check if we had any fruit, because we are not allowed to take fruit across the border. Then we went to an outback place called Banrock Station. We had lunch at a winery and the view looked beautiful. That night we stayed in a tent in a town called Clare.

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Aug 1, 2014 - Clare valley

I'm writing this in bed at 8am as it is minus 1 outside = too cold to get up. Panda has stopped objecting too her coat in fact I don't think it is warm enough so I have tucked my thickest warmest jacket over her and she has not objected to that either. Yesterday we had a lovely day taking in the scenery of the southern flinders ranges and Clare. We visited craft shops, walked up and down the main streets of some really pretty little towns, ate lunch in a cafe in Laura and generally had a fabulous time. Also did a little wine tasting of...

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Apr 16, 2013 - Burra and Clare

We left Manna Hill and came at last to the Quarantine station where the officer was looking in all motor home fridges for fruit and vegetables. He didn't ask for the honey or orange juice. It was good to get that over with and he was very pleasant. We arrived in Burra and what a pleasant little town it is with a duck pond and quaint old buildings. We had lunch there at a very fresh food cafe. We were thinking of staying there and went to the caravan park which was full and then to the show ground which didn't look like it had much there so...

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Oct 15, 2012 - Clare,around town

16th October Clare is about an hour and a half from Adelaide and a short distance from the Barossa. The Clare Valley has been making wine for a long time. Jesuit priests planted the region's first grapes in 1851, just 15 years after European settlers arrived. Wines made the region famous but mines and farming made it wealthy. Edward Burton Gleeson settled here in 1840. In homage to his Irish hometown, he named it 'Clare'. The Hawker brothers then settled at Bungaree Station to start farming- self sufficiency was critical as it was a two...

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