Auburn is one of the oldest settlements in the Clare Valley, so it’s a great place to explore the history of this famous wine region.
The National Trust cares for a number of beautiful buildings, including the old Police Station (1859), the Mechanics Institute (1859), St John’s Anglican Church (1862), Post Office (1862) and the Council Chambers (1879), and all are located in St Vincent Street, the picturesque street now recognised as an historic precinct.
Auburn also has a claim to fame in poet CJ Dennis, who was born here in 1876 and went on to become most famous for his poem ‘A Sentimental Bloke’. You’ll find many of his works at the National Trust and library.
Located at the southern approach to the Clare Valley, Auburn began as a resting place for the ore laden wagons and their teams as they made their way from the Burra copper mines to Port Wakefield.
It’s here that you will first be introduced to the wine lands of the Clare Valley. The undulating hillsides have extensive plantings by both the large and smaller wine growers and provide a stunning backdrop to the town.