The oldest town in the Barossa Valley

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 12/05/2023

Reading time: 2 mins

The Barossa Valley is one of the most known wineries in the world that offers high-class wines, including Shiraz.

Bethany is a small town in the Barossa Valley and has been around since 1842 when 28 families settled in the area. Originally the town was called Bethanien or Neu Schlesien (New Silesia) but during World War I, it was changed to Bethany. Around this time, a lot of German town names were being removed from Australia.

How to get to Bethany

Bethany is a small town that is right next to Tanunda and Angaston in the Barossa Valley. Driving by car is the easiest way to get to Bethany from Adelaide, which is about an hour’s drive.

You could also get a train from Adelaide Station to Gawler Central Station. Then a rideshare or taxi from Gawler Station to Bethany.

What can I do in Bethany?

Bethany is worth visiting just for the history being the oldest town in the Barossa.

Bethany Wines

Bethany Wines has been a family-owned winery since 1981. There have been delicious award-winning wines, with some you can try at the cellar door!

Come in to visit and do a wine tasting while learning about how the family has been making the delicious wines here. You can expect to possibly try grenache, shiraz, and of course chardonnay.

Barossa Sculpture Park

The Barossa Sculpture Park has 16 granite and marble sculptures spread throughout the park. Follow the path and see these sculptures that are made by international and local artists.

Nearby is also the Mengler Hill Lookout, which has views across the park. There is also the Barossa Pioneer Memorial in the park.

Stay in Bethany

There are a couple of different places where you can stay in Bethany. The town is the perfect place to stay during your weekend getaway to the Barossa Valley.

You can stay at the Barossa Vineyard Cottages, Bethany Cottages, or Blickinstal Barossa Valley Retreat. All three places will make you feel at home!

Rifle Range lookout

Rifle Range lookout has some beautiful scenic views across the Barossa Valley. Most people will stop by here while hiking along the Heysen Trail. It is also a great spot to stop by for a picnic while admiring the views.

Looking to explore more of the Barossa Valley? Join a Barossa Valley wine tour and taste a selection of different wines across the Barossa.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.