The Barossa Valley is more than just rolling hillsides and outstanding vineyards. This scenic part of the Australian countryside is also home to some of the nation’s most beautiful, picturesque towns. Travelers looking to escape the city and experience a more rural side of life may want to add a couple of days to a Barossa Valley journey—just to visit this quaint towns.
The Barossa Valley may be known for wine, but those who stop in Greenock will likely be drinking beer instead at the popular Greenock Tavern. Built in the 1860s, this watering hole in the middle of an old mill town—one that locals say is reminiscent of Scotland—serves up flavorful microbrews. And the village green in the town center host an artist market each week.
With a population of just 1,200 people, the town of Lyndeoch Vale isn’t the Barossa Valley’s largest town, but it is the region’s oldest. Its lush landscapes are a popular stop for travelers looking to pair food and wine, thanks to a number of well-known restaurants that provide visitors with “the first taste of Barossa.”
The European influence is easy to see in what’s likely the favorite town for travelers venturing into Barossa. Tanunda, which is home to colonial churches, wineries and lively cafes, is home to some 4,000 people, as well as the Barossa Visitor Information Centre and a Main Street lined with plenty of unique shops.