Primarily a service town for outlying farms, Cleve has preserved its rich farming heritage with impressive wall murals around town and in permanent outdoor displays of everything from a dray to the council’s first grader.
Cleve has all major shops, varied accommodation and great country sports facilities including the 18 hole golf course running along a creek bed.
The township was surveyed in 1878 and Cleve was proclaimed on 6 March 1879, named by Governor Jervois after his cousin’s county seat in Devon, England. The new town was only 27 kilometres from the shipping port of Arno Bay. Cleve is a unique inland Eyre Peninsula town in that it is not serviced by either rail or Ausbulk silo.
Take in the National Trust listed Old Council Chambers housing a museum of early day heritage attractions. Stand atop the lookout adjacent to the town, offering fine panoramic views. An attractive scenic drive follows the line of the Cleve-Cowell Hills. Fine views are obtained of the plains and Spencer Gulf. It is not uncommon to spot emus, kangaroos or mallee fowls during this drive.
Activites and Experiences at Cleve
- Sports Participate
- Animal Viewing
- Accommodation Caravan Park, Cleve Hotel
- Ambulance St Johns Ambulance
- Banking Facilities ANZ, BankSA, Post Office agent for Commonwealth Bank.
- Bottled Gas Roadhouse
- Chemist Pharmacy
- Licensed Club Golf Club, Sporting Club, Bowling Club
- Service Club Apex, Lions, Future Directions, CWA, Hospital Auxiliary, Rural Watch.
- Dentist Cleve Dental Surgery
- Fuel Cleve Roadhouse, Shell Roadhouse, Pringles ApPlus
- Hospital Cleve District Hospital
- Public Bar Cleve Hotel Motel
- Medical Facilities Cleve Medical Centre
- Newsagent Cleve Newsagency
- Police Cleve Police
- Post Office Cleve Post Office
- Supermarket IGA Foodland
- Takeaway Food Bakery. Roadhouses
- Places of Worship Anglican, Lutheran, Uniting, Roman Catholic, and Christian Outreach Centre.
- Flora and Fauna
- Industry/Mining, Agriculture