Cape Clear, Victoria

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Cape Clear
Cape Clear Hotel
Cape Clear is located in Golden Plains Shire
Cape Clear
Cape Clear
Coordinates37°47′0″S 143°37′0″E / 37.78333°S 143.61667°E / -37.78333; 143.61667Coordinates: 37°47′0″S 143°37′0″E / 37.78333°S 143.61667°E / -37.78333; 143.61667
Population125 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Golden Plains Shire
State electorate(s)Buninyong
Federal Division(s)Wannon
Localities around Cape Clear:
Mannibadar Happy Valley Springdallah
Mannibadar Cape Clear Berringa
Pitfield Pitfield Illabarook

Cape Clear is a small town located in Victoria, Australia. Cape Clear has a hotel and a general store. The town is close to the Woady Yaloak River. The area was once vibrant during the gold rush in the 19th century with the area swamping to 25,000 people during the height of the gold rush with the local population being lower than 1,000. Cape Clear Post Office opened on 17 April 1865.[2] and still ran and owned by the same family. It is now largely dependent on farming.

Model lighthouse

Cape Clear was named by Irish goldminers who originated from Cape Clear in Ireland.[3] Despite its name, it is about 100 kilometres from the coast.[3] A 13 metre high model lighthouse with a working light was constructed near the hotel in 2008 to create a local landmark.[3]

The Cape Clear Cast Iron Mileposts, located on Lismore-Scarsdale Road and Rokewood-Skipton Road, are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.[4]

The local pub, built in 1935 as a hotel and restaurant, is a local landmark and has remained relatively unchanged from its construction.

Cape Clear Primary School is a school in the area located along the main highway.

Cape Clear Community Hall is powered an off-the-grid solar system.

Cape Clear Church was sold and is in the hands of a private owner as of 2019.

Cape Clear reservoir provides water to majority of the town.

Cape Clear Cemetery is still in operation and has graves dating back to the Gold Rush.

Cape Clear CFA is a largely local crewed CFA depot with several fire engines with historical imagery present within the Cape Clear Hotel.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Cape Clear (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 11 April 2008.
  3. ^ a b c "Lighthouse a winner at Cape Clear". Weekly Times. 16 October 2008.
  4. ^ "Cast Iron Mileposts (H1702)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
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