Greenock, Barossa Valley

24 March 2019

On the north western side of the Barossa valley, Greenock village is a peaceful retreat set amongst vineyards established by Lutheran immigrants of the 19th century.

We spent time camped at the village oval which has a beautifully restored grandstand. Self-contained RVs can spent up to a week in lovely surroundings and a short walk into the village. It is the perfect spot for which to explore the rest of one of the oldest winegrowing region’s in the world.

One of the homes on our village walk

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

Unlike many Lutheran Churches, St Peter’s does not dominate the village but sits back from the main street.  Its spire can be seen from anywhere in the village.

The creek on which Greenock was established is now dry and at one time it meandered its way through the village as houses were built along its course.  The village is nestled among low hills with heavy street vegetation characterised by large gnarled pepper trees.  Two pepper trees were planted by Ernst Eduard Bachmann shortly after his arrival on board the “Lusitania”, from Silesia, Germany in 1881.

One of the two pepper trees plants by Ernst Bachmann shortly after his arrive in 1881.

The village has since been planted with many other pepper trees although these are by far the largest. Their gorgeous falling crowns dominate the streetscape along with fig trees and large stands of gum trees. So much greenery gives the village a rural feel.

Sleeping Beauty house with vines and scrub clambering all over it
Bougainvillea climbers along a house fence

Ernst established himself as the local carpenter, cabinet maker, funeral director, Shell Oil and Petrol retailer, firewood, timber, paint and hardware merchant, insurance agent, glazier and grape grower.

In 1936 these occupations were taken over by Ernst’s son Wilhelm who continued his work in these roles until his death in 1974.

The village wineries have a long history with the from mid-19th century times when immigrants brought new agricultural and horticultural practices from Europe. Centuries old organic and biodynamic methods are now certified in the area allowing for the production of organic and preservative-free wines.

10 thoughts on “Greenock, Barossa Valley

    • It is a beautiful part of South Australia. Lots of quirky shops, if that’s your thing, as well as great vineyards and of course the food is excellent. Well worth the effort if you’re able to make time. Thank you for the visit and stopping to comment 🤗 Linda

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  1. Beautiful! First of all, how wonderful to be permitted to camp right at the village oval! There aren’t many places left in the U.S. where that would be allowed. Second, how did you capture that sky behind the Lutheran Church? And third, love those ancient pepper trees.

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    • Many small towns and villages offer free camping add a way to entice visitors to the area. The 2016 estimate of Grey Nomads on Australian roads was 616, 000. There is a debate hitting up here about the payoff between what we spend on local economies against the cost of wear and tear on local infrastructure ie. roads etc. While the opportunity is still there more are taking to the roads as a way of life.

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          • Oh my goodness–never heard of The Magic Pudding! My whole family could recite whole chunks of it word for word, and I still can. It is so funny, and Lindsay’s illustrations are inextricable from the text. Australian friends of ours in Greece gave us this book back in 1963, and we’ve treasured it ever since. Do let me know what you think when you’ve had a chance to read it!

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