Nuriootpa was laid out by William Coulthard, circa 1850, and his historic home, Coulthard House, stands on the town’s main street. The Register of 1 May 1852 records the name as Nooriutpa, thought to be derived from the Aboriginal nguraitpa – the ‘neck country’ – an apparent reference to this being the neck of a giant being called Wano of the Kaurna people.
A wander along the main street will lead you to Linke’s Central Meat Store and Linke’s Bakehouse and Pantry, which have been offering authentic Barossa produce for generations. The Vine Inn, a local landmark in the Barossa for more than 150 years, celebrated its 75th year of community ownership in 2012.
As the commercial centre of the Barossa, 'Nuri' is proudly home to The Co-op, a one-of-a-kind Australian cooperative. It offers department store shopping, as well as an outstanding supermarket showcasing local produce. There are also some fascinating and eclectic secondhand stores in Nuriootpa, including Wilhelm Schaedels, Circa 1857 in the main street (sometimes mistaken for a museum) and the Community Helpers Warehouse – often recommended by locals as a true treasure trove of the Barossa.
And while it may be hustle and bustle on the main strip, just outside the township the Barossa Bushgardens are a peaceful wildlife haven. This community project is successfully propagating a wide variety of native plants which are indigenous to the Barossa region. They welcome visitors and can suggest a number of beautiful picnic spots within the grounds or further afield. In fact, lovely picnic spots abound in Nuriootpa, including Linear Park, Coulthard Reserve, Tolley Reserve and the Barossa Bush Chapel.
Families could spend the whole day at the iconic 'train park', and the adjacent playground and skate park. Or head to the swimming pool when the temperature starts to soar!
Nuri is home to some of the Barossa’s most recognisable cellar doors such as Wolf Blass and Penfolds, who with Elderton and Kaesler, sit alongside newcomers including Yelland and Papps and First Drop Wines – who also boast a tapas bar in their cellar door for nibbles between sips. For another kind of blend, visit Bean Addiction Coffee Roasters.