Auburn, South Australia

Gateway to the Clare Valley

Auburn is on the southern edge of the Clare Valley and has become popular with tourists visiting the area. The town was settled in the mid 1850's and has well preserved heritage buildings. Some have been turned into tourist accomodation, which makes the town a favoured base for those wanting to explore the Clare Valley.

The first building in what became the town of Auburn, the Rising Sun Inn, built in 1850. Auburn was a stopping point for the bullock teams moving copper ore from the mines at Burra, through Mintaro, then Auburn and to the sea at Port Wakefield. The Rising Sun is still popular with tourists offering meals as well as accomodation.

Main street cottage.

Although it's now a small country town (with a population in the 300s) it seems it had been a major centre. These sets of buildings were the Court House and the Police Station.

Next door to the Court House and Police Station, the Post Office. Currently still operating as a post office.

The mainstay of many an Australian country town, the CWA. The Country Women's Association, providing support, fundraising, social events and an important part of the community.

An art shop.

It seems Auburn was quite a prosperous town and the institute building reflects that.

Auburn's other claim to fame is that it's the birthplace of the Australian poet, C.J. Dennis and he grew up there.

It's a lovely little town, a perfect base to explore the Clare Valley.