Updated: Jan 11, 2022
Auburn is considered the "Gateway to the Clare Valley", and is a pretty town with numerous historic sites. The township was established in 1849 and gained importance during the 1850s as part of "The Gulf Road", as bullock teams hauled copper from Burra to Port Wakefield.
Auburn has a number of National Trust buildings, including the Court House and Police Station, built in 1859 from local stone by Joseph Mellor, Uniting Church (1861), St John's Anglican Church (1862), Post Office (1862) and the Auburn Institute (1866).
The oldest building in Auburn is possibly the Rising Sun Hotel (1850), where visitors can enjoy an excellent meal and heritage accommodation, complete with its own ghost! Visitors can also enjoy coffee in the fabulous gardens of Velvet and Willow, site of the former Glovers store. Look up at the ceiling of the verandah to view the original wood shingles. Velvet and Willow have also preserved the old bakers' oven, which can be admired as you order your coffee!
Take your time to enjoy the town of Auburn with the Auburn Historic Walk self-guided walk, courtesy of the Auburn Community Development Committee and Auburn National Trust.
Read more with colour photographs:
Walking SA: Walk with history in Auburn
Weekend Notes: 9 Interesting Historic Buildings in Auburn
Adelaide Review: Good Country: Auburn's cradle of poetry
Below Slideshow of Auburn's Historic Buildings - Click < or > to view
Aerial view of Auburn situated on the edge of the Clare Valley and bisected by the Wakefield River. The name was given by the Burra Mine superintendent from a poem by Oliver Goldsmith "Sweet Auburn, loveliest village on the plain". 1938 SLSA B-7520
General view of Auburn and surrounding countryside.1910 SLSA B-24495
Auburn - Main Street looking South. 1920 SLSA B-24501
Auburn Part of the main street. SLSA B-31979
Auburn Main street, Auburn showing the petrol garage SLSA B-8317
Auburn Hotel by David Bowshall - SA Memory
Street Scene, Horses and coach with passengers travelling along the street of Auburn. SLSA B 31361