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Stay and play - Barossa, SA

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If sipping some of the world’s finest and most famous vino sounds right up your vine, it’s time to cheers in the beautiful Barossa.

Where you'd rather be. Pictured: Barossa Valley Estate. Credit: Simon Griffiths.

Where is it?

The Barossa region is located 65km northeast of Adelaide (50min drive). 


Why go?

Wine, wine, and did we mention wine?! Of course, the main draw of the Barossa is the endless wine-tasting expeditions: Shiraz and Eden Valley Riesling are the signature grapes. With over 150 wineries to taste test, there's not a dry moment in these parts. But wine aside, there’s farm-fresh food, historical buildings, and diverse experiences splashed throughout.

Road trip Barossa style! Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission.

The essentials – things to do in the Barossa

Wine tasting (well, that one's a no brainer)

With a lot of good wine to go round, we thought it might be helpful to share our take on some of the best wineries the region has to offer...


Elderton Wines

You’ll find this winery in Nuriootpa, a family-run homestead that delivers an authentic tasting experience. With many awards to its name, this old home-turned-cellar door allows for standing or seated tastings with views spanning the 1894-founded vineyard. Those not partial to wine can be tempted by the espresso bar for a casual cuppa.


Kies Barossa Valley

At this winery, the focus is on quality, not quantity, so production is kept small. But the wines pack a big punch! The cellar door offers everything from dry riesling to fruity rosé, so all palettes are catered for. There’s a real feel-good factor to the cellar door with an ambience that keeps you wanting more, whether that’s wine or a hot cuppa from the onsite café, positioned adjacent to the winery.


RedHeads

RedHeads began life in a tiny shed in the backyard. It was a safe haven and a hub of creativity where winemakers would moonlight away from their day jobs at big wineries to make the wines they actually wanted to create. Now, the winery has a permanent home in the Barossa: an eco-friendly, sustainable cellar door. 

Cute and cosy: RedHeads. Credit: Pete Thornton.

Pindaric

Pop down to Pindarie for a cellar-door tasting at The Stables, a perfectly restored stable setting offering a genuine vineyard-to-glass experience. With unique experiences at this winery, you can choose to ‘walk, taste and grace’ or enjoy ‘vino and views’, a live music celebration of acoustic music and, of course, estate-grown wines.


Whistler Wines

Producing estate-grown wines across seven grape variants, this family-run winery takes a sustainable approach to winemaking. As a result, it’s the ultimate in a relaxed wine experience, even offering a ‘build your own platter’ option where you can select delicious spreads from local producers. Yum!

Yes, please: Whistler Wines. Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission.

Château Barossa

Sitting pretty on one of Australia’s prettiest rose gardens, the whole estate of Château Barossa covers 10ha with 5km of walkways. So, make sure to check out the stunning surroundings in between sips.


Château Tanunda

An icon in the heart of the Barossa, this château was established in 1890 and is one of the region's very first wineries. With 130 years of winemaking experience on premises, you can expect tasty wine.

All class: Château Tanunda.

Local produce

Barossa Farmers Market

Explore dozens of market stalls where everything from organic fruit and veg, freshly baked breads, and ethically raised meats are up for grabs.


Maggie Beer's Farm Shop

Foodies must make a pit-stop at Maggie's, with homemade jams, condiments, and many other gourmet treats to delight the senses. But, much more than a shop, there are unique experiences to try, like the Pheasant Farm Wine Tastings, an interactive cooking demonstration, and the Ultimate Maggie’s Beer Farmshop Experience.

Big smiles at Barossa Farmers Market. Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission.

Appellation at The Louise

If it’s fine dining you’re after, darling, look no further than this experience. The Louise offers a world-class five-course dining menu made from locally sourced ingredients. The whole ambience and experience oozes ooh la la!

Fine dining, fine views: Appellation at The Louise. Credit: The Louise.

Hiking in the Barossa

Nature is on your doorstep in the Barossa, and below are three conservation parks to pique your interest.

  • Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park: A 2km loop walk allows the chance to glimpse kangaroos, birds, and other wildlife in beautiful natural surroundings.
  • Hale Conservation Park: Take the 4km hike for the opportunity to spy echidnas (with some luck!).
  • Sandy Creek Conservation Park: Stroll and weave your way through pink gum forests and native pines. A popular park with birdwatchers.

Swap riesling for 'roo spotting. Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission.

Visit a viewpoint

Mengler’s Hill Lookout and Barossa Sculpture Park

For 180-degree views of the delightful surrounds, head to Barossa Sculpture Park and Mengler’s Hill Lookout. Explore the park's abstract art or simply take a moment to sit back and absorb the scenery.

Bike to beautiful views! Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission.

Random fact

The Barossa region produces 21% of all Australia’s wines, so trust us when we say there’s plenty of vino to sip and enjoy!

The Barossa combines quantity with quality.

Barossa accommodation

BIG4 Barossa Tourist Park

Park type: Classic.

Need somewhere to relax and unwind after a day of wine tasting? Look no further than BIG4 Barossa! Enjoy variable accommodation set within pretty, spacious surrounds. The park also happens to gift the easiest access to walking and cycling trails and is on the doorstep of some of the best cafés, shops, and wineries in the region.

There's accommodation for all at BIG4 Barossa.

Equipped with a pool (one for tiny tots, too), a playground, tennis court, a communal fire pit for the cooler months, giant chessboard, go-karts, and a games room, both yourself and the kiddies will be entertained for days.

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