Auburn is that very close to town to Clare within the Clare Valley. Auburn is also a very historic town, with a significant number of heritage buildings and historic items. Auburn is also the home of Mount Horrocks Wines.
Often considered the Gateway to the Clare Valley, Auburn was originally settled by William Tateham, who lived in a dugout along the Wakefield River and was first named Tateham's Waterhole because of this. It was also the birthplace of Australian poet, C. J. Dennis (born 1876), who lived for a time in the former Auburn Hotel, which has since been demolished. A small tributary of the Wakefield River, Dennis Creek runs through the town and was named in honour of his father, who was the hotel publican. The town was also the birthplace of Australian cricketer and Australian Rules football player, Ernie Jones (born 1869).
Since the 1970s, the town has become a major tourist destination, with a number of local winery cellar doors and B&Bs. Auburn is serviced by a historic pub and several cafes and tourist type shopping.