The Barossa’s first village, preserved in time.

Bethanien, as it was known at the time, was the first settlement in the Barossa Valley, founded in 1842 by the survivors of a particularly brutal sea passage from Prussia. The descendants of those original 28 families still proudly live and work in - and care for - Bethany today.

 

Summary

  • distance: 2km (4km round trip)

  • Flat, bitumised surface

  • Public toilets and picnic facilities at Bethany Reserve
     

More information

Speak with the experts at the Barossa Visitor Information Centre for more information about the Bethany Historical Walk.

Along with Krondorf, Bethany is one of the best preserved examples of an original Hufendorf village lay-out, with houses built close to the road with long, thin stretches of farmland running at right angles, and intersecting Tanunda Creek. This ensured that all residents had equal access to both the road and water resources, and hints at the tight-knit nature of the community. This strong sense of interconnection is alive and well today.

The Bethany Historical Society has produced a detailed pamphlet “A Historical Walk of Bethany” which includes a town map that clearly shows the unique Hufendorf layout of the village. Many of the properties in Bethany are state or local heritage listed and this pamphlet provides plenty of rich historical information. A meander through this beautiful village, which includes the beautiful Bethany Church and historically important Bethany Pioneer Cemetery, is an hour or two very well spent.

You can collect a copy of the pamphlet from the Barossa Visitor Information Centre, or click the image below to download and print your own copy.