Nuriootpa has a long history which dates beyond white settlement. The Ngadjuri and Peramangk, who inhabited this area, used this as a trade and meeting place.
The name “Nuriootpa” is thought to be a derivation of the Peramangk word “Nguraitpa” which means neck country. This refers to the Dreamtime story of Yurebilla, a giant Ngarno who came from the north and was killed. His body became the Mount Lofty Ranges, with the Barossa Valley forming his neck.
European settlers came to the area in the early 1840s. A town was officially established in 1855. Local inn owner William Coulthard purchased Section 156 in the Hundred of Nuriootpa in 1850 and began selling allotments in 1855.
The town went on to flourish and thrive. You can read more about Nuriootpa’s more recent history in this document: NURIOOTPA: A vision realised