Things to do in the Barossa
Have you been meaning to visit the Barossa? This world-renowned wine region is just a short 1-hour drive from Adelaide, so what are you waiting for?!
The Barossa is famous for its local produce and award winning wine so visitors are spoilt for choice with a range of gourmet food offerings and world-class wineries to visit. Additionally, the region offers a broad range of experiences from hot-air ballooning to cycling and wildlife spotting just to name a few.
Here are a couple of recommendations for things to do in the Barossa the next time you visit:
The Barossa is home to some of the most iconic wineries in the world with over 80 cellar doors and 150 wineries in the region. No visit to the Barossa is complete without delving into some of the world-class wine estates. The Barossa Shiraz and Eden Valley Riesling have had a powerful impact on the Barossa’s standing as one of the world’s greatest wine regions. During your visit be sure to explore Chateau Tanunda, Yalumba, Seppeltsfield and Barossa Chateau. They all have busy cellar doors and onsite attractions.
Sample the fresh local produce
Although the Barossa is known for its amazing wine culture, it is paired well with a rich passion for gourmet food. The region is well known for its smoked meats, cheeses, olive oil, pickles and preserves. All of these products can be found in the local stores and at the Barossa Farmers Market held near Angaston every Saturday morning. The Barossa Farmers Market offers over 30 stalls to wander through where you can purchase the freshest local produce available. Stallholders sell a variety of fruit and vegetables, meats, milk, bread, honey, olive oil, preserves and baked goods. You will also find that almost all of the cafes and restaurants in the region will use local ingredients, often sourcing it directly from the producer. The Barossa is a food lover’s delight!
Visit Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop
Maggie Beer is a self-taught cook, author and food producer and is one of Australia’s most loved cooks. She opened the Farm Shop in Nuriootpa where visitors can stock up on their favourite Maggie Beer products and watch daily cooking demonstrations. While you’re there, wander around the store and don’t be afraid to taste all of the products – it’s highly encouraged! Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop offers a range of pates, olive oil, preserves, vinegars, condiments and ice creams. Stop in for lunch, watch a cooking demonstration and stock up on your favourite products.
Visit the Lyndoch Lavender Farm
The Lyndoch Lavender Farm is the largest of its kind in the state, showcasing more than 90 varieties of lavender plants over 5 acres. Wander through the colourful landscape of the lavender rows while admiring the local birds and animals the area is home to. Sit back and relax at the onsite cafe, The Lavender Kitchen, with a tea or coffee while enjoying a light snack of cheese plates, bruschetta, croissants, scones or biscuits. The store also produces a wide range of lavender-based products such as soap, moisturiser and oils for purchase.
Get up close to nature
The Barossa is a region of stunning natural beauty, best explored on one of its many walking trails.Take the iconic Heysen Trail as it winds through the Barossa’s vineyards, conservation parks, farmland and towns, or the 8.5 kilometre Tanunda Circuit which passes the cellar doors along the Tanunda main street. Pack a picnic basket of local produce and stop among the wildflowers and bushland of the Para Wirra Conservation Park. Here you’ll find kangaroos grazing, lizards basking in the sunshine and an array of native bird species.
Hire a bike
Whether you’re a novice or professional cyclist, the Barossa offers everything from scenic tracks to challenging cross-country trails. For those looking to venture out on their own, there are a number of bike hire facilities throughout the region such as Barossa Bike Hire. A variety of tracks throughout the Barossa take visitors past an abundance of cellar doors and picnic spots where cyclists can also expect to see kangaroos, parrots, echidnas and other native wildlife. Alternatively, there are a number of companies now offering guided tours, combining food and wine tasting and some gentle cycling.
Get a bit more adventurous
For a unique adventure during your visit, experience the breathtaking views of the sun rising over the Barossa on board a hot-air balloon. Barossa Valley Ballooning and Balloon Adventures offer an early morning flight followed by a glass of bubbles and breakfast. Alternatively, take a helicopter tour of the Barossa for a bird’s-eye view of the region’s vineyards.
Whether it’s wining and dining, bike riding or ballooning that draws you to the Barossa, you can rest assured you won’t be disappointed by this famous wine region. Book your next trip to the Barossa and indulge in a new experience with one of our recommended things to do in the Barossa.
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