From Willliamstown, as we headed along Warren road and past the Warren Reservoir towards Gumeracha, we came across many Kangaroo's grazing in paddocks.
The time would have been about 3.30 - 4pm. You will find them on the left hand side as you are heading towards Birdwood. I was told by a local they have been there for years and are always there.
They are wild, but if you are quiet, then you should be able to get photo's.
This concluded a wonderful day in the Barossa Valley
After enjoying Chateau Yaldara it was time to head home, making one last stop at The Whispering Wall, located near Williamstown.
Built between 1899 and 1903, the dam was a revolutionary engineering feat for its day.
The attraction here, which is quite fun to do, is the acoustic effects when somebody stands next to the wall at either end. What you whisper, can easily be heard by the person at the other end of the Dam wall, a distance of more than 100 metres. It does work!
A history board with information of the construction of the dam, Toilets, a picnic area, and a bush setting where you may see wildlife, make it a nice place for a family to come on a weekend..
OPEN ......8-5pm daily
This Chateau is a little different, as the inside is open and you view a wonderful Antique Collection.
Hermann and his wife Inge, loved art and antiques . It was their intention to establish a collection of antiques to be housed in the winery and open to public viewing, they have successfully done this.
They travelled to England, France and Germany in search of new pieces, and around Australia for the ever-growing collection. The collection was put together over 35 years, and is considered one of Australia’s best collections of 19th century porcelain. Included are pieces from the great porcelain houses of Meissen, Sevre, Worchester, Chelsea and Stinton.
In 1999, they sold Chateau Yaldara and built the Chateau Barrosa to house the collection.
OPENING HOURS.... Mon-Sat 10.00am-4.30pm.... Sun 11.00am-4.30pm
Adult - $8.50.....Child - $4.50
Surrounded by scenic vineyards and overlooking the North Para River, is another magnificent Barossa Chateau, AND another favorite of mine! A MUST VISIT
This Chateau is not old like the others we have seen.
Hermann Thumm, in 1946, found the ruins of a historic flour mill dating from 1867. It was situated at the junction of two streams, and surrounded by majestic gum trees.
His life’s dream was to build a winery/chateau complex reminiscent of the old country, and so he did, naming the winery “Yaldara” an aboriginal word meaning “sparkling. Chateau Yaldara is renowned for its champagnes and sparkling wines.
Chateau Yaldara’s first vintages were red and white wines in the European style, later expanding rapidly to include sparkling wines and champagnes and introducing the Spaetlese (late picked) wines to Australia.
Art is often on display, and this if FREE TO VIEW.
The Chateau is beautiful inside, and even the wine tasting area is luxurious!
Cafe Y, offers lunches with local produce and daily specials, closed Tuesdays. In the grounds, beside the river are very nice areas to spread that picnic rug in beautiful surroundings.
If you come on a Friday, then you can take the "Winemakers Selection Wine Flight & Cheese Matching," every Friday at 3:30pm, best to book.
OPEN ...7 DAYS 9.30am - 5pm
There is plenty of room for parking.
Bethany, set in amongst the vineyards, is the OLDEST SETTLEMENT in the Barossa Valley
As we entered the village, the sign said just 80 people live here now, back in 1843, when first established, there were 200.
This area was occupied by Germans. I love learning about the history of the area, how the land was roughly fenced, ploughed and sowed, huts were not much and scattered around the area. Some settlers stayed here all their lives, like Gottfried Nitschke, born in 1802 and with his wife Eva Arlt, settled and remained for the rest of their lives in the town, many others moved on.
Life was hard and in the early years kangaroos, possums, wild herbs, roots, ducks, turkeys and other wild fowl provided a welcome addition to their staple diet. German tradition was strong, and adhered to, so ocassions like births, baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths were carefully recorded in their big black family bibles. Until recently the communal organization of Bethany could still be traced in some of the fences which ran back in straight lines to the creek.
I wonder if you are a visitor from Germany if you would notice the town is laid out in the well known German style called Reihendorf or Waldhufendorf.
Bethany is a good place to see the original cottages, most have been restored and look a picture.
Many have been made into B&B's.
We stopped at the Old school house and Art Gallery, unfortunately it was closed, but it does open and hold exhibitions, especially when Barossa Festivals are on.
Wineries are in Bethany, so buy a Bottle of wine and head to the nice reserve on Bethany Creek for a picnic, or morning/ afternoon tea. It was originally the village common where the animals of the original residents were allowed to graze.
Located about 2kms from Tanunda
In Angaston, is another Brown Signpost that will show us the way to nearby MENGLER'S HILL, A MUST VISIT in the Barossa Valley.
The hill was named after an early vine grower, Mr Mengler. If coming from Angaston, be ready for the turn left which is just around the corner on the hill. This road leads into the lookout which has a huge parking area.
The view is incredible! From here, you seem to look over the whole Barossa Valley [not quite], but you do see vineyards, Wineries, small & large towns as far as they eye can see.
Located here, is a bronze plaque, pointing out the towns, etc that you can see. Interesting, the furthest I could find was 22kms away, so you can imagine how good this look-out is.
I have been here every season of the year and am only disappointed if the day is very hazy.
This time, we struck a good day, and most of the vines were coloured because it was Autumn making it extra pretty.
You can spend some time here, and have a picnic lunch at one of the picnic tables. Good food, good Wine and a view, couldn't ask for more!
A MUST VISIT
You don't even have to visit the Winery if you don't want to, as here at Seppelts, there is a beautiful picnic/BBQ area. There were many electric BBQ's and tables & chairs set amongst the gardens and trees, even lighting if you stay a little into the evening. To use the BBQ's, visit the cellar door. It may pay to book a bbq in advance for the busy summer season.
Benno's kiosk in the picnic ground and serves wines and German-style beers Barossa Bock and Barossa blonde, and cordial for the children. Plenty of off road parking, and clean Toilets.
Even the rubbish bins look ok, they are barrels
Open Weekends and Public Holidays from 11am – 4.30pm
Closed June 1st – Aug 21st. !
As we walked around the Winery, we found many lovely heritage buildings and beautiful gardens. We saw the Stables, used for vehicle and equipment storage in the 1850's, the Cooperage, where you can take a tour to see the cooper at work. [smell the oak wood!] There were cottages and a bigger bluestone home, even the vats were made to look like a Castle tower!
"LOVELY - A MUST VISIT
This heritage listed Winery I think is well worth the effort to visit.
Years ago, I did one of the winery tours, seeing how wine was made from the very start to the very end. It was worth doing, and I see there are quite a few tours you can choose from today.
This time, we just had a look at the heritage buildings and went to the Cellar door.
The Main building in my photo, is a two level building including cellar door tasting and sales area, VIP tasting area (Trophy Cellar), bottle storage, conference room and offices. It was built in 1866.
Open 7 days 10.30am - 5.00pm
Daily Heritage Tours: 11.30am & 3.30pm
Looking at the well maintained croquet court, it was hard to imagine that 3,000 tonnes of concrete was removed to make way for this competition standard croquet lawn.
The first Chateau croquet tournament took place in the Spring of 2002. Nowdays, it is often used by visitors to the Chateau.
Chateau Tanunda is Australia's largest Chateau (est. 1890).
Between the years 1888/90, the Chateau was built with granite from Bethany Quarry, where the bricks were hand made. The Chateau is a large, grand blue stone building situated amongst beautifully kept surrounding gardens. It is the birthplace of the Barossa wine industry, where the first plantings (1845) and the first winery (1848) were established.
At one time it was the largest building in South Australia larger even than Parliament and the largest winery in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Chateau was styled on the huge Bavarian households and grand buildings of Hamburg of the 1850’s to 1870’s. It is quite magnificent, having a 21metre high tower, and a cellar floor with walls 2-3 feet thick.
It has a storage capacity of 5 million litres – 7,000 barrels in the downstairs cellar, 3,000 upstairs and over 14,000 in the Bond Store. The whole estate was driven by steam boiler until 1958 and the famous Chateau whistle was the call to start or stop work across the valley.
If you do walk Tanunda main street, take the detour into Chateau Tanunda to view this wonderful building.
The Cellar Door is open from 10 - 5pm 7 days a week.
Located on Seppeltsfield Estate, is the Seppelt's Mausoleum. It is a private Mausoleum of the Seppelt family, therefore, it isn't open to the public. It was built in 1927.
The family's history in Australia dates back to 1849 when Silesian chemist Joseph Ernst Seppelt migrated to Australia and settled in the Barossa Valley.
The architect of the Mausoleum was a Seppelt. Benno Seppelt, son of the founder and original Seppelt family, stated he wished to be buried here. His wish was granted. The Mausoleum was built and he was laid to rest in 1930. Since then, all of the Seppelts have been interred here.
The Mausoleum sits high on a hill on the Seppelts estate. You are allowed to walk up the very steep hill and then the steps to the Mausoleum door. The walk is surrounded by trees and date palms. Once at the top, have a rest, well, I needed one, and take in the lovely views of the area.
We have departed Tanunda, and now are going to Seppeltsfield, along the way passing through the small town of Marananga.
St. Michael's Lutheran Church is a very pretty Church we stopped at. Serving the community for over 150 years, it is one of many beautiful churches in the Barossa. Gnadenfrei St Michael’s Lutheran Church holds services each Sunday.
They even produce a wine called “Mixed Blessings” made from 12 different varieties of grapes donated by members of the church parish. Community events including the annual Marananga Wine Show are held in September, and the Community Bonfire and Carols under the Stars.
It is well worth walking the main street of Tanunda.
The tourist information centre is located at 66-68 Murray street, [main street] Tanunda, and will give you walking maps.
A grand building in the main street of Tanunda, is the Tanunda Hotel, built in 1845 and has been added to over the years, and the large shop belonging to E. Schrapel & Sons, dating to 1884.
There are a few really beautiful Lutheran churches, and some nice parks and fountains along the way. Quite a long street to walk, but fun looking at all the shops!
Not long after entering Tanunda main street, we see on the RH side, the Barossa Museum. This is located in the old 1865 Post & Telegraph Office, a heritage building built from stone of the colonial era.
The Barossa's history is preserved here, including tools, a traditional black wedding gown, books and photo's, clothing, Church furniture still with German inscriptions, and a large map of Germany showing the various German states with villages, towns and cities marked where German settlers came from.
FOR WINE LOVERS is the collective Barossa shop where you can taste wine made from 4 different wineries.
OPEN....7 days 10 - 5pm