The Barossa Valley

All the places you’ll go: the Barossa Valley

‘Be consumed’ – the tagline for South Australia’s latest advertising campaign for the jewel in its tourism crown, the Barossa Valley, couldn’t be more appropriate.

The region has a global reputation for its exceptional wines, and the countryside is striped with rows of vines belonging to 150-odd wineries. It’s known for its food, too: a true Barossa Valley experience incorporates fresh seasonal produce, artisan food producers, and award-winning restaurants.

What we love

The Barossa’s food and wine roots hark back to traditions established in the 1840s by the early European immigrants, who built wood-fired ovens and smokehouses, and planted fruit trees and vines. As a result some of Australia’s oldest vines are to be found in the Barossa, with wineries such as Seppeltsfield, Yalumba and Henschke established by the 1860s.

Even the Barossa’s golf courses are surrounded by vineyards – the Tanunda Pines Golf Club is flanked by two of Australia's most recognised vineyards, Jacob's Creek and St Hallett, and the Barossa Valley Golf Club is something of a wildlife sanctuary, with kangaroos and rare bird life forming a backdrop to your game.

Don’t miss

  • Meeting local producers at the farmer’s market held at Angaston every Saturday morning.  
  • One of the many walk or cycling tours, to see the region at the same pace as its founders. If you’re after something a little less physical, why not take a self-guided tour by car? Other touring options include motorbike, vintage car, hot air balloon or helicopter.
  • The farm shop and cafe of South Australia’s favourite cook, Maggie Beer.
  • The cricket pitch, grand buildings, manicured gardens, croquet lawns, heritage listed cellar door and wine making facility of Chateau Tanunda.
  • The Barossa Valley Cheese Company in Angaston – because what goes better with wine than a cheese platter?
  • Angas Park, home to one of Australia’s greatest dried fruit producers.

Getting there

The Barossa Valley is less than an hour from South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide, and most people tend to access it by car or touring company, though there are public transport options. See the Barossa Valley website for more information.

Where to stay

There is an abundance of farm or cottage stays and Bed and Breakfasts in the Barossa Valley, and there are six caravan and tourist parks, and plenty of camping sites.

Visit the Barossa Valley website for more information and online booking facilities. 

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