Angaston celebrates 175 years

Charming village: Founded in the 1840’s Angaston just celebrated its 175th birthday. Photo: State Library of South Australia B 61020/57
Charming village: Founded in the 1840’s Angaston just celebrated its 175th birthday. Photo: State Library of South Australia B 61020/57

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Located in the heart of the Barossa Valley, Angaston is one of South Australia’s oldest towns.

Founded in the 1840’s Angaston just celebrated its 175th birthday and the town is dripping in history, food, wine and things to do.

Nestled in the Barossa Range Angaston is a charming village of about 2000 people and a mecca for tourists with many of the original buildings still intact.

It was named after one of South Australia’s founders, George Fife Angas, who sponsored many of the region’s early German Settlers.

Home to the oldest public building in the Barossa and full of beautiful examples of classic 19th-century architecture, Angaston has a rich history.

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Things to do:

Farmers Market

The Barossa Farmers’ Market is an absolute must-see experience while a gentle stroll down Angaston’s elegant main street will reward you with vibrant cafés, homemade preserves and plenty of lunch options.

Casa Carboni

The southern end of Angaston is home to casa carboni, the Barossa’ very own Italian epicentre, where Chef Matteo offers cooking classes and a traditional enoteca, right next door to the Barossa Valley Cheese Company where you can taste a selection of locally made cheeses.

Heritage Walk

The Angaston Heritage Walk allows visitors to ‘feel’ the rural past of South Australia. Go back in time to experience the optimism of a new town, times of drought, the quest for religious freedom and the importance of communications to relieve isolation.

Wineries and Cellar Doors

In the town, or within a short drive are some of the historic and well known Barossa wineries and cellar door outlets. There are also a few surprises. The ambience, the vistas, the local wine knowledge are all well worth a visit.

Barossa Cycle Track

This is a high-quality 7km rail trail, which follows the old rail easement and has a smooth bitumen surface. It features high embankments and deep shady cuttings at the Angaston end, has been enhanced with high-quality metal sculptures, and seating is provided at regular intervals. You can hire bikes or just walk along the old train track.

Parks and recreation

Angaston boasts two great parks with attractive gardens, plenty of space, playground equipment for the children and barbecues under shelter. Visit the Memorial Reserve on Murray Street and Angas Recreation Park on Washington Street/Park Road.

Historical Walk

Take the Heritage Walk of Angaston and look at the interpretive signs with photographs dotted around the town. The Village Green has a series of plaques and pillars of local families. There are interpretive plaques in the Old Union Chapel. Look for the Barossa Old Rose Repository near the First Angaston Cemetery (1847-1869).

Shopping

Angaston has a variety of interesting shops in which to browse and buy, all within easy walking distance. Check out the speciality food stores, gift shops, boutiques, chemist, florist, second-hand clothing shops, jewellery stores, gem fossicking, newsagent, bottle shops, craft stores as well as the hardware store

Geocaching

Geocaching is the real-world treasure hunt that’s happening right now, all around you. Angaston also has a geocaching trail, go to geocaching.com to find out more.

Fruit Heritage

Angaston had a thriving fruit industry in the 19th and 20th century exporting a wide range of fruit interstate and overseas including apples, pears, currants and plums. At one time there were seven packaging and canning sheds in the town.