Visitors often begin their visit to the Clare Valley wine lands in the southern town of Auburn. Open, friendly and retaining an historic magic, Auburn is also home to a splendid array of guest houses, great dining experiences and of course, a collection of renowned cellar doors.
It was initially named Tateham’s Waterhole in 1849, after the town’s first settler, William of Tateham, who reputably lived in a dugout (literally a hole in the ground) on the north side of the river.
Auburn’s magnificent bluestone buildings line the quiet streets, many of them listed on the National Trust and State Heritage Registers.
Auburn is the southern start (or end!) of the Riesling Trail. Following a disused railway line, the trail is mostly flat and ideal for walkers and cyclists of all ages and fitness levels. It trails 27km to Clare, through picturesque countryside and past a dozen cellar doors; more ambitious cyclists and walkers can visit from among some 30 outlets.