The Barossa

Trip Start May 10, 2009
Trip End Jun 30, 2009

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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

We were soon back in South Australia on the Tuesday morning. At the border we were checked for illegal possession of Victorian/NSW fruit and veggies and then we stopped at the first fruit stall to stock up once more on the delicious local produce of grapes, plums, tomatoes etc.  At least we have time to eat it all before the next checkpoint back into Western Australia!!

The landscape through the Riverland and into the Barossa was mainly filled with vineyards and every now and then high stainless steel wine vats.  Soon after Wolf Blass vineyards, we arrived at the Barossa Valley Caravan Park at Nooriootpa which is a delightful park set amongst tall eucalypt trees full of birds chirping all day. What a lovely sound.  In the morning we were woken up by native Kookaburras – the ones in WA apparently are immigrants!

During our day in the Barossa the weather was sunny and we had a lovely drive through the picturesque hilly landscape stopping at some very interesting places.  The first was Luhrs Cottage – a four room pug cottage built in 1845 by Johann H. Luhr the first local teacher.  The cottage also housed the first Lutheran school in the area with many German school books on display in the school room.  Next stop was Angaston, home of Angas Park dried fruit, a cheese factory, German butcher and many original buildings from the 1800s – a delightful rural town to wander around.  From there we drove through the beautiful Eden Valley with its rolling green hills complete with cows, horses, sheep, goats and lamas grazing on the green hillsides overlooked by a big wooden cross located up on the lookout. Our next stop was the Whispering Wall on the Barossa Dam which was amazing. A faint whisper on one side of the dam wall could easily be heard  on the other side. We didn't believe it possible until we tried it ourselves.

Our last stop was Tanunda and the well known Goat Square or "Der Ziegenmark" which was an 1842 meeting place used for bartering goods. Tanunda is also the centre for the Jakob's Creek Winery which is a huge company employing most of the local population.  The first vines for the winery on the banks of Jacob's Creek were planted in 1847 by a German immigrant, Johann Gramp. 

On our return to the caravan park we just had to take a photo of the very first caravan in the area built in 1931 which was literally a house built on the back of a truck! During the rest of our last evening in the Barossa Valley we relaxed enjoying the chorus of birds in all the tall trees around us. 

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