It’s almost impossible to pick just one town in SA’s Barossa Valley, but we simply couldn’t go past the charming English and German inspired Angaston.

Full of fascinating history, cosy cottages, great wine tasting and a main street lined with fig trees, the town is also famous for its dried fruit – stop in at Angas Park Fruit Co on Murray Street to pick some up. Down the street at No 13 sits the first house built in the district by German settler Johann Schilling in 1841.

Collingrove Homestead in southeast Angaston offers a great insight into the town’s heritage. Built in 1856 by amateur architect Henry Evans, it was added to over the years and grew to become a breathtaking example of a large country mansion.

Today Collingrove is open to the public and the old servant quarters have been turned into a fabulous little B&B, one of many in the town.

The Barossa’s valleys are dotted with exquisite wineries, best appreciated from the superb vantage point of Mengler’s Hill Lookout. But for an unbeatable view, treat yourself to a champagne breakfast floating high above in a hot air balloon.

Where? // 78km (1.5hrs) northeast of Adelaide in the Barossa Valley.

Did you know? // Colonel Light named the Barossa Valley in1838 after Spain’s Barrosa (hill of roses) where he fought against the French in 1811. The spelling mistake was never corrected and in 1839 the Colonel began selling large tracts of land, 28,000 acres of which were sold to early settler George Fife Angas – which became known as Angaston.

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