6 unforgettable experiences in the Barossa Valley

Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

Mia Woolrich

Posted December 20, 2021


Located just an hour’s drive north of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is a must-visit for any wine lover, or really, just about anyone who deserves a recharging trip away. 

While the region is world renowned for its rich wine making history, there’s far more to explore in this beautiful valley, from discovering the interesting German influences to taking in the native Aussie bushland surrounds. 

Home to the towns of Tanunda, Angaston and Nuriootpa, as well as some other quaint towns, the Barossa offers a variety of unique experiences to keep everyone entertained. 

Or not, if a good dose of rest and relaxation is what you’re looking for, you’ve also come to the right place. While exploring the valley is easy, we’ve done the hard task of narrowing down the top 6 unforgettable experiences to be had in this special region

The Barossa Valley Top 6

Wine lovers rejoice

Wine lovers from across the world have long flocked to the Barossa for good reason- the area produces over 20 per cent of Australia’s wine and is home to some of the oldest producing vineyards in the world. 

In fact, there’s even some vineyards that still produce from 150-year-old vines. Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon are some of the most iconic varieties in the area, and we hope you have time, and a thirst, because there’s over 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors to explore. 

Big names such as Jacob’s Creek, Penfolds and Yalumba are all well worth visiting, and offer dining experiences too. Make sure you also explore some of the smaller, family -run operations where you’ll find something to suit all tastes, whether you prefer sipping in modern tasting rooms or quaint stone cottages. 

An easy area to navigate, we suggest appointing a designated driver, hopping on one of the many wine tours, or for a more active option, jump on a bike and cycle your way along the Barossa trail. 

Experience the German heritage 

Located in the heart of the valley, the charming town of Tanunda is steeped in history. Founded by Lutheran German immigrants, the town still has a distinctively European feel, with some of the original ironstone cottages and barns still standing. 

Wander into the Barossa Museum to learn about the area’s settlers, or for an authentic taste of Germany, pop into one of the sausage shops, Germany bakeries or restaurants. 

 

Barossa Valley Wine trail

The Barossa Trail. Image: Barossa Grape & Wine Association 

Gallery hop

Considering the Barossa’s picturesque green hills and valleys, it’s no surprise that the area has been an inspiration to many artists. 

Art lovers have plenty to explore here with several local galleries showing a variety of work and regularly changing exhibitions. 

The Barossa Regional Gallery in Tanunda is a great starting point to admire local artists’ works as well as shop for a souvenir to take home. Corroboree Dream Art, also in Tanunda, is the spot for Indigenous and contemporary art. 

An epicurean dream

Foodies are truly spoiled for choice in the Barossa. First stop, the Saturday morning farmers’ market. 

This is a great opportunity to chat to local farmers, sample some of the freshest produce and take home some quality local pantry products. Next, tucking into a rustic cheeseboard of local South Australian cheeses while sipping some matching wines at one of the many cellar doors, a must-do lunch experience. 

By night, treat yourself to one of the many fine-dining options. The region’s fresh produce and artisan foods feature on many degustation and a la carte menus, and if you feel like really getting to know the local ingredients, there are several cooking schools that offer unique classes and workshops. 

 

Barossa Valley farmers' market

Enjoy a weekend farmer's market. Image: South Australian Tourism Commission

Bask in the natural beauty, from the ground or above

With three idyllic national parks surrounding the valley, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to bushwalking. Surrounded by vineyards, Sandy Creek Conservation Park offers a variety of short trails that meander through native pine and pink gum trees. 

The park is also home to a wide variety of birds and is especially lovely in the spring wildflower season.

For an unforgettable bucket list experience, why not take in the beauty of the Barossa from above? Book in a hot air balloon ride and watch the sunrise over the stunning patchwork of vineyards, the glistening Murray River and historic towns.

Explore the Barossa Heritage Trail

One of the best ways to explore the region is by driving the scenic Barossa Heritage Trail. 

This easy 38km drive takes you through all the main towns and past many great foodie pitstops. 

Highlights along the route include learning about Kapunda’s copper mining history and stopping off at Lyndoch, where you can spend a lazy afternoon wandering through a lavender farm and a picturesque French chateau. 

 

wine tasting, jackob's creek

Enjoy the foodie hotspots along the Heritage Trail. Credit: Jacob's Creek

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