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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Barossa heritage at the touch of an app

People will soon be able to explore the history and heritage of the Barossa region thanks to a new Barossa Heritage Trails App, to be officially launched in May.

Featuring six self-guided walking trails and one driving trail, the interactive app highlights the rich and sometimes little-known heritage stories and experiences of the region.

The trails were created with local heritage groups and feature the townships of Angaston, Bethany, Light Pass, Mount Pleasant and Tanunda, with a trail for Nuriootpa coming soon.

Users will enjoy text, photos, video and audio as they explore unique locations, buildings and historic sites, encompassing both First Nations and European settlement.

The project is an initiative of The Barossa Council Public Libraries supported by Barossa Regional Heritage NetworkFoundation Barossa and the Peter Lehmann Arts & Education Trust.

Barossa Mayor, Bim Lange said the App is a wonderful addition to the region’s heritage experiences, both for local residents and visitors.

“We hope the App will inspire people to discover more about the character of the Barossa and encourage visitors to stay longer for a greater depth of heritage experiences,” the Mayor said.

“We believe it will appeal to a wide range of users, from heritage enthusiasts to families and school children.

“This virtual experience will elevate heritage trails as a must-do experience, alongside our premium food and wine offerings.

“We want to recognise the work of our local heritage groups for helping customise the trails to reflect the unique attractions and experiences that make the Barossa so special.”

Foundation Barossa spokesperson, Annabel Elton-Martin said the Peter Lehmann Arts & Education Trust came about to memorialise Peter Lehmann, a true son of the Barossa and supporter of all aspects of Barossa culture and heritage.

“This Heritage Trail App will provide education and access to the unique history and heritage of the Barossa region, and ensure the important stories are not lost and are available to both current and future generations,” she said.

“A huge congratulations to all involved for bringing this important project to life and ensuring our heritage continues to be a vital part of life in the Barossa and beyond.”

The Barossa Heritage Trail App is available for free download on Apple and android devices.

It will be officially launched in May to coincide with South Australian’s History Festival.

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