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.


The Clare Valley has some great wineries. There are more than 40 and most of them have a cellar door. Drop in for a taste.

Walking and Cycling

The Riesling Trail

Traversing the picturesque Clare Valley wine region, the Riesling Trail is one of the first rail-trails to be developed in South Australia. Developed by the Office for Recreation and Sport and the Clare Valley community, the trail runs for 27-kilometres along the old Riverton to Spalding railway line.

The trail runs between the towns of Clare and Auburn – approximately two hours drive north of Adelaide. It is well compacted, making it suitable for recreational walkers, off-road bicycles, wheelchairs and pushers. Named after the grape and wine variety that the region is famous for, the Riesling Trail travels past many cellar doors and other visitor attractions, making it ideal for those wanting a leisurely walk with a distraction or two!

There are numerous loop trails which allow users to return to their starting point without travelling over old ground. Car parking is available in Clare, Sevenhill, Watervale and Auburn.

The Rattler Trail

Walk or cycle along the Rattler Trail. This nineteen kilometre trail passes farms and landmarks.

The Rattler Trail is an extension of the Riesling Trail. Opened in 2010, it was built on the former railway line that ran from Auburn to Riverton.

The Rattler Trail forms a loop trail within the Mawson Trail network. Enjoy the scenic views from the hills along the Mawson Trail.

At Riverton, the Rattler Trail starts from the oval. At Auburn, the trail starts at Mount Horrocks Station. There are public toilets in local towns and nearby car parking spaces in Riverton, Rhynie and Auburn.

Take your own bike or hire one at Cogwebs in Auburn.