Rich in agricultural heritage, explore the country town of Cleve with its historic murals, 4WD trails and scenic walks and drives.

With plenty of trails to explore and the beach not far away, Cleve is a great spot to base yourself and enjoy some country hospitality. Check out a very traditional Aussie pub in Darke Peak, learn about the history of the region, take a bushwalk and picnic at the heritage-listed Yedulknie Weir.

Stay in self-catered apartments in town, park your RV at the local site, stay at one of the local hotels or enjoy an escape at the Utunyah Retreat for that country-getaway.

And don’t forget to stop by the local cafes and hotels for something yummy, too!


Things To Do

Explore Darke Peak

Named after the first European explorer in the area, who was killed while exploring the region, you can visit his grave as well as get scenic views across the district from the top of Darke Peak Ranges. The Darke Peak Hotel is also worth checking out – it’s a traditional Aussie pub!

Check out the Yeldulknie Weir & Reservoir

Home to abundant birdlife, the Yeldulknie Weir’s wall and wheelhouse are state heritage-listed. With native vegetation, picnic facilities, a barbeque, gazebo, seating and toilet facilities it’s the perfect place to both explore and relax. And it’s just five kilometres east of Cleve.

Arts and history

There’s plenty to see around the district – Cleve’s Centenary of Federation mural on the corner of Main Street and East Terrace, the May Gibbs Monument (she wrote Snugglepot & Cuddlepie) and the Goyder’s Line Monument are all unique pieces of history to check out. You can also visit the National Trust Museum – viewing by appointment.

Scenic Trails

Yeldulknie Conservation Park Hiking Trail

There’s an abundance of flora and fauna to be spotted on this trail – the park was proclaimed to protect the many hectares of Mallee Woodlands. Information on the trail can be found in the car park adjacent to the trail.

Cleve Heritage Walking Trail

A self-guided walking tour, the trail highlights a number of buildings and areas of significance within the township. Find the Heritage Trail map and information in the Cleve District Visitor Guide – it’s available online and through Cleve Visitor Information Outlets.

Carappee Hill Hiking Trail & Conservation Park

Carappee Hill is the highest point on the Eyre Peninsula, so you can imagine the view is pretty good! The trail is about 4km return, but with a steep incline, so keep that in mind! Also remember parking at the beginning of the trail is on the roadside and can be hard to find.

Rudall and Darke Peak Scenic Drive

Cruise through the scenic countryside as you take in the views of this picturesque, 10km range. You’ll also go past Federation Lookout, so stop by for a view of the district!