Auburn and surrounds

Auburn’s magnificent bluestone buildings line the quiet streets, many of them listed on the National Trust and State Heritage Registers, and not a few offering excellent Bed and Breakfast accommodation.
Auburn is also the southern start (or end!) of the Riesling Trail which runs 25 kilometres to Clare, through picturesque countryside and past a dozen cellar doors. More ambitious cyclists and walkers can visit some 40 outlets.

The farming community of Tarlee, is a great place to stop for antiques, arts and crafts. Stroll down the main street to admire some of Tarlee’s buildings and stop for a while at the picnic area. Accommodation options include a bed and breakfast, motel and nearby farm stay. If you’re in the Clare Valley for the Gourmet Weekend, drop into Tarlee for the annual Country Market held on the Monday morning of the May weekend.

Up the Barrier Highway you will come to Riverton. This charming town continues to thrive as the commercial centre of a rich farming district. The local community has preserved many of the significant heritage buildings.
The Riverton Railway Station is undoubtedly a highlight, having gained some notoriety as the site of Australia’s first ‘political assassination.
McCaw Creek Winery is the only winery in the Gilbert Valley, located midway between Riverton and Rhynie along a very pleasant drive.

Saddleworth and Manoora
Stop in at Saddleworth to experience a traditional country town atmosphere and to wander through the shops. The old Catholic Church cemetery atop the hill has interesting epitaphs as well as a nice view over the town. A heritage walk brochure is available from the Saddleworth Institute.
Further north on the highway you come to the small railway town of Manoora, the gateway to the heritage town of Mintaro and the start of an especially lovely drive.

The small town of Marrabel is renowned for its annual rodeo on the October long weekend, an event that has been drawing enthusiastic crowds since 1935.

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