Bethany SA, Australia

Bethany SA, Australia

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Disconnect from it all in Australia's wine country

Founded in 1842 by German immigrants, Bethany claims the title as the oldest settlement among the quaint villages dotting Australia's Barossa Valley. Known far and wide as one of the world's top wine-producing regions, the Barossa (as locals call it) is a picturesque patchwork of villages, farms, and vineyards stretching out from the banks of the North Para River, the centerpiece of the valley. In a village of just 300 people, you'll have plenty of chances to interact with the locals at your Bethany vacation rental. It's the perfect place to unplug and de-stress over a fine red.

Up, up and away (with some wine, of course)

Chances are, you've come to Bethany for the wine, and you won't be disappointed. A Bethany vacation rental is a great base for touring the world-renowned vineyards and wineries of the Barossa Valley. Leave the car behind and indulge on an organized tour, or rent a bike or segway if you're feeling more adventurous. Pick up some locally produced treats along the way at one of the farmers' markets or artisanal shops along the historic Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail. No visit would be complete without taking it all in from above on a breathtaking hot air balloon ride.

From working wineries to whispering walls

Unquestionably, the big draw of the Barossa Valley is all the award-winning wineries, and for good reason. The rich reds are particularly popular, and you won't have to stray far from your Bethany vacation rental to find them -- Bethany Wines and Turkey Flat Vineyards are right in town. For great views over the valley and vineyards, head to Barossa Sculpture Park on nearby Mengler's Hill. When your taste buds need a rest, be sure to visit the Barossa Reservoir dam, better known as the Whispering Wall for its amazing acoustics that let you hear whispers 300 feet away.

There's plenty of fresh air to go around

Any time is a good time to roam through Barossa's vineyards, thanks to weather that stays mild in even the coldest months. Summers are hot and dry, with high temperatures in the 80s or even higher, from December to March. Winters are cooler, but still fairly mild. In the coldest months of June to August, lows typically just dip into the 40s, while you can see highs in the 60s. You'll want layers in the shoulder months, because nights and early mornings come with a chill. For stunning scenery and golden leaves, come during harvest time from March to May.

I heard it through the grapevine

Formed by the North Para River, the Barossa Valley is known for its fertile farmland, rolling hills, and, of course, the lush vineyards that have brought the region international acclaim. While the wineries are the centerpiece, the towns and farms of the Barossa also produce some top-notch cheeses, meats, and baked goods. A patchwork of picturesque farms, small villages, and rustic wineries, the idyllic landscape is a photographer's dream. Tanunda, one of the valley's main towns, is less than 10 minutes from Bethany, so don't worry about being stranded if there's something you forgot to pack.