Barossa ValleyAttractions: Winery, Gourmet Foods, Ballooning and Walking Trails
Towns: Tanunda, Angaston, Lyndoch, Nuriootpa, Gawler Mount Pleasant
The Barossa Valley lies about 60km north-east of Adelaide, and was first inhabited by the Peramangk Aboriginal people who shared the north with the Ngadjuri tribe.
The Barossa Valley is home to some of the best provincial delights that South Australia has on offer. There is beautiful scenery, cute towns, excellent gourmet food, great cafés and of course the world renowned wines. The Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s best wine regions, and the wine industry is the area’s main employer. The region’s wine culture is celebrated every two years with The Barossa Vintage Festival. The main variety produced here is Shiraz, although Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Reisling and Semillon are also grown.
A visit to Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop is not to be missed. Maggie Beer, an Australian cook, writer and founder of ‘Maggie Beer Products’, offers tastings and sales at her property. As well as the numerous and varied cellar door experiences in the Barossa Valley, be sure to visit the delightful Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park taking in some amazing valley views. Come at dusk, see the kangaroos and enjoy a sunset cocktail on top of Mengler’s Hill.
The true beauty of the Barossa can be seen by air, with helicopter joy flights and dawn hot air balloon flights available. If heights are not your thing, one of the numerous worthwhile walks is the Heysen Trail which passes through the centre of the Valley. This area has more unique and elegant Bed and Breakfast accommodation than any other region in South Australia. To avoid the crowds and help ensure you get the B&B of your choice, why not spend a few weekdays at one or more of these gorgeous properties.