Known as the southern gateway to the Clare Valley wine region, Auburn is home to an array of accommodation, fine dining options and cellar doors.
Auburn was initially named Tateham’s Waterhole in 1849 after the first settler, William of Tateham, who reputedly lived in a dugout (literally a hole in the ground) on the side of the River Wakefield. The town was renamed after the Irish town of Auburn in 1856 and flourished as a resting place for the ‘bullockies’ and 'muleteers’, the men responsible for carting copper ore from the mines of Burra to the gulf at Port Wakefield.
Today the town retains much of its authentic charm, as well as its original stone buildings, with many converted into restaurants, coffee shops and heritage-style accommodation. Auburn was also the birthplace of the poet, CJ Dennis and is the southern most point of the Riesling Trail.
You can easily spend a day at one of the Cellar Doors, such at Mt Horrocks or Taylors Wines, play a round of Mini-Golf at Simpson Rices Creek, have an Ale at Clare Valley Brewery or the Rising Sun Hotel, appreciate the Art at Vanderpeer Gallery or a show at HAT's. Hungry? No problem with Mellors Cafe for a High Tea or Terroir for that special treat.
Find out more information at Cogwebs (where you could also hire a bike!)
For more information about Auburn, visit www.auburn.sa.au/