Travelling around Australia in a motorhome. A story of our travels starting from NSW then through Queensland, across to Northern Territory and Western Australia, then to South Australia, Victoria and finally across the seas to Tasmania. We have enjoyed everywhere we have visited and look forward to setting off again in our motorhome.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Greenock 4 March 2007

Drove down to Gawler and stopped in at a forgettable market, explored the main part of the town, had lunch by the park, then onto the nearby Barossa Valley! The Barossa is one of the iconic areas that we had been looking forward to seeing, being the birthplace of the Australian wine industry. We travelled through a number of small Barossa towns that were beyond our expectation of a pretty town with stone cottages and buildings historically intact and well preserved. This looks like a place worthy of a return holiday when the festivals are all on! Looks like there will be further trips one day!
We started off with the traditional wineries that we were familiar with from childhood - Seppelts, Penfolds, Yalumba and Peter Lehmann. The wineries were set in beautiful gardens that reflected their historic beginnings. Penfolds seemed to top them all so far. The talk was that Seppelts was for sale and big business comes first.
Stayed at the community reserve at Greenock for the night as suggested by the friendly locals. This is a quiet village on the edge of the Barossa but worthy of being in the centre. A fresh smell of pine and the friendly noise of the galahs and magpies was our dinner accompaniment.


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