One of the best short breaks in Australia have to be Barossa Valley Getaways. Considered one of the best wine regions in the entire world, especially for its red wine, and only 30 minutes from Adelaide it is a beautiful place to spend a few days and its quick and easy to do too.
We acknowledge that the Barossa Valley has been the spiritual and physical home of the Peramangk, Ngadjuri and Kaurna people, who continue to carry this unbroken cultural connection today. The Peramangk people live and care for the land from the Barossa Valley in the north, south to Myponga, east to Mannum and west to the Mount Lofty Ranges. Their Dreaming Stories include the legend of Nganno the Giant, whose body forms the Mt Lofty Ranges.
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How to get to the Barossa Valley
There are usually daily flights to Adelaide from all the other Australian capitals as some international destinations. There are also numerous regional flights with REX airlines.
Pick up a hire car at the airport or head north from the CBD on the A11n or the M2, and just under 90 minutes later you should arrive.
Where to stay in the Barossa Valley
Lanzerac Estate is just outside Tanunda and is lovely B&B style accommodation that is owned and operated by a hard-working extended family that deserve the glowing reviews they receive.
The rooms are well-appointed and breakfast in the morning in the Barn is so big and delicious it almost ruins your lunch!
The Louise is one of the most luxurious options in the Valley and is considered one of the best winery hotels in the country.
Stonewell Cottages and Vineyards are also wonderful and offer gorgeous suites and cottage in a stunning lakeside setting surrounded by vines.
For families and groups travelling together Tanunda’s Magpie House is a beautifully appointed 4 bedroom house and is in a great location.
Pet-friendly accommodation Barossa Valley
For budget accommodation in the Barossa Discovery Parks have great economy cabins that are also pet-friendly.
Where to eat in the Barossa Valley
‘The Clubhouse’ in Tanunda is highly recommended by the Lanzarec’s owner’s father, who also offers to drop you in and pick you up if you feel like having a few drinks. The meals were good and the place was packed and it has a small-town feel about it with a lot of tourists trying to blend in with the locals.
The Farmer’s Markets
Farmer’s Markets are on each Saturday in Angaston, a town that feels a lot like Healsville in the Yarra Valley in Victoria. There is a good number of local growers and makers and lots of stalls run by local characters. The baked goods are especially excellent!
Stop in for coffee and a bit of a shop at Stephanie Alexander’s farm. Its a lovely setting overlooking the lake and the peach muffins are believed by many to be some of the best in the country!
One of the big gastronomic highlights of the Barossa Valley is dinner at the divine FermentAsian.
A fine dining Asian-fusion restaurant housed in an old heritage house with excellent service and an 85-page wine list has won numerous awards including Gourmet Traveller Best Wine List.
Seriously delicious and inventive food and surprising for a wine region with a big Asian influence. The spring rolls and the prawns with pomelo are outstanding, and well priced too.
Things to do in the Barossa Valley
Visit the world class Barossa wineries
With over 200 cellar doors in the Barossa and Adelaide Hills, we had to be highly selective about which ones we could see in only 3 days. The highlights were probably ;
- Artisans of Barossa – representing 6 excellent small boutique wineries including the amazing former Penfolds winemaker, John Duval, Sons of Eden and Spinifex
- St. Hugo
- Turkey Flat – home to the oldest continually producing shiraz vines in the world!
- Jacob’s Creek – they have a wonderful restaurant too but be sure to book ahead!
- Penfolds – home to Australia’s most expensive Red
- Hentley Farm – again with another excellent restaurant
and many more…..time permitting perhaps you can do the whole Shiraz Trail!
Visit Angaston Blacksmith Shop and Museum
Established in 1873 the forge has survived significant change and progress and is a great place to learn about being a Blacksmith in bygone times.
It is housed in the original, authentic structure and captures life from three generations of the Doddridge family’s blacksmiths.
Open Saturdays & Sundays and some public holidays from 1-4pm.
Entry by gold coin donation.
Sports and recreation in the Barossa
There are a number of places and ways to enjoy the great outdoors in the Barossa Valley.
Barossa Adventure Station in Angaston is a fantastic outdoor park that is very popular with the kids, and the big kids too! It’s a multi-level place space including a mega tower and play deck, 1km mountain bike loop, heritage elements, attractive open spaces, skate ramp, fitness stations and it’s a nice spot for a picnic too.
In Tanunda, you can do a spot of mini-golf and Barossa Bowland and Mini Golf or play a round of German Kegel at the Tanunda Kegel Club.
One of the most popular, and memorable activities to do in the Barossa Valley is, of course, a hot air balloon ride, something you will truly never forget. Check out the guys at Barossa Valley Ballooning for the best of care and attention.
The Jam Factory
Housed in Seppeltsfield estate’s iconic horse stables, there is a shop, gallery and artist studios representing contemporary Australian art, craft and design including millinery, glass and leather making, ceramics and forging.
You can also enjoy wine-tasting at the cellar door and lunch at FINO restaurant .
Other art galleries
Other great places to see art is the Lindsay Wine Estate Gallery, Lillefield Gallery, the Kapunda Community Gallery and Corroboree Dream Art Gallery.