Visitor Services & Information

While in the Barossa, you can also find out more about what to see and do and what’s going on during your stay by dropping into the Barossa Visitor Information Centre.

The friendly staff are full of knowledgeable advice, and can assist with booking tours and other activities. There’s a large range of information, brochures and maps on display. There is also a Wi-fi internet hot spot and computers available for use.

The newly refurbished centre sells a range of Barossa-inspired souvenirs and gifts, including wine glasses, accessories and produce. There’s a stunning new interpretive artwork display featuring information about the Barossa region and its wine making and grape growing heritage.

The Barossa Valley is the best place to base yourself; with a short drive to the Adelaide Hills, the Clare Valley and the Murray River Region, three more of South Australia’s premium tourism destinations.

Barossa’s Neighbours

Barossa’s Neighbours

The Barossa is the perfect place to make as your base, to discover other nearby neighbouring regions that offer contrasting landscapes and experiences. Great day trip options include the Adelaide Hills, The Clare Valley and the Murray River. Read below for our tips on best travel routes to take from the Barossa and what to see and do in each of the regions.

Adelaide Hills

Adelaide Hills

Driving from Adelaide city via the Adelaide Hills to the Barossa, along the winding country roads is a picturesque and enjoyable route to take to. Choosing this way to come to the Barossa, will take you longer than driving directly up the Northern Expressway, but you will certainly discover lots of great little spots to stop along the way, which makes for a far more interesting journey! If you do come directly to the Barossa from Adelaide city, the Adelaide Hills region is also an easily accessible  day trip option.

The Adelaide Hills links a cluster of European-style towns, home to country pubs, markets, award-winning restaurants and artisan food producers, micro breweries and great cafes. Pretty towns to visit include Stirling, Hahndorf and Lobethal.

Taste award winning locally brewed beers at The Lobethal BierHaus. The micro brewery offers the opportunity to  learn about the history and process of traditional brewing, taste their award winning beers, and also houses a restaurant.

The Organic Market and Cafe in Sterling is an all time favourite for those looking for fresh, healthy, down-to-earth goodness.

The village of Hahndorf still maintains it’s strong German settlers influences, and has steadily built on it’s unique ‘food bowl’ heritage, to now offer a diverse range of culinary experiences, restaurants, cafes, bakeries and gourmet stores. The quaint  White House provincial kitchen and lounge is a good spot for a coffee and other tasty delights. Udder Delights Cheese Cellar offers interactive tasting of their wide range of artisan cheeses.  The Lane Vineyard, a short drive from the main street in Hahndorf, is an absolute must for lunch. The restaurant has spectacular sweeping views, superb food and service with great wines from their vineyard.

The Adelaide Hills region is one of the world’s finest producers of cool-climate wines, with over 50 cellar doors. Be sure to stop at Shaw+Smith and experience their wine flight with a selection of matched local cheeses. Other great cellar doors are Bird in Hand, Nepenthe and Howard Vineyard. For something different, stop by at Hahndorf Hill Winery and indulge in their decadent ChocoVino, chocolate and wine tasting experience.

For more information on the Adelaide Hills region

Adelaide Hills Regional Guidebook >> Visit the Adelaide Hills Visitor Information website

>> Download the Adelaide Hills Visitor Guide

Clare Valley

Clare Valley

The Clare Valley Region is an easy day trip from the Barossa. Drive time from Stonewell to Clare is about 1 hour 30 minutes. The scenic drive via Greenock – Kapunda – Marrabel – Saddleworth – Auburn – Leasingham – Watervale – Sevenhill – Clare,  will take you through wide open farming country, rolling hills and vineyards. The drive is particularly beautiful during October when the fields are golden with canola crops.

On your way, a very worthwhile detour from Kapunda, is a visit to Anlaby. Established in 1839, Anlaby was one of the early sheep stations in South Australia. In its heyday the property spanned 250sq miles, employed 70 people on the station and became famous for its 10 acres of garden tended by 14 gardners! Today, Anlaby is the home of the oldest Merino Stud on mainland Australia. The extensive gardens and beautiful 23 room stone mansion are being restored and are open to the public for guided tours of the garden and house, by appointment.

The Clare Valley region is considered the home of Australian Riesling and offers over 40 cellar door outlets from larger well know lables to small boutique producers. Clare Valley’s wineries lie along a narrow 40 kilometre corridor, between Auburn and Clare. The towns are spaced closely together.

A fun way to tour the region is via the Riesling Trail. The recreational walking and cycling trail starts at the former Auburn Railway Station and extends 35 kilometres, connecting the townships of Auburn, Leasingham, Watervale, Penwortham, Sevenhill, Clare and White Hut. The trail provides a wonderful opportunity to discover and experience the townships, at a leisurly pace, soak up the history of the Clare Valley and enjoy the grandeur of its unique, unspoilt rural landscape.
>> Download a brochure and map of the Riesling Trail

For a stunning view across the vineyards and valley be sure to stop at O’Leary Walker at Leasingham. The stunning modern cellar door building perched on top of a hill, with spacious green lawns and a wide verandah is the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of one of their award winning Rieslings with a tasty platter. Their seafood platters are particularly delicious.

On the edge of the main road at Sevenhill is The Little Red Grape. The beautifully restored cottage contains a regional cellar door, showcasing a collection of small producers who do not have their own cellar door outlets, a great place to try an excellent range of boutique wines. Adjacent to the wine tasting room is a unique little homewares store. At the back of the cottage is a terrifc artisan bakery;  stop for morning tea, lunch or pick up some freshly baked bread.

A popular place for lunch is the quaint Skillogalee Cellar Door restaurant, 3km from Sevenhill. The restaurant is housed in the rustic cottage, where you can sit inside, on the verandah or in the pretty cottage garden.

The Clare Valley, now famous for it’s wines has a rich and interesting pioneering history. Take a step back in time and visit the sleepy village of Mintaro. Established in 1849, the village is now part of a State Heritage Area. The village streets contain original stone cottages, stables and stone churches. Be sure to also visit  Martindale Hall, an impressive Georgian mansion built in 1879. Visitors can view the inside of this grand heritage listed building, which contains orginal decor and furnishings, including a grand billard table, library and stunning staircase and balcony, on a self guided tour.

For more information on the Clare Valley region

Clare Valley Regional Guide>> Visit the Clare Valley Business and Tourism Association website

>>  Download the Clare Valley Visitor Guide

Murray River

Murray River

The  Murray River Region offers some vastly different landscapes from the Barossa and a taste of the Australian outback. Follow the Sturt Highway from Nuriootpa, through the little town of Truro and from the top of top of the ranges east of Truro, you will be amazed to see the landscape change suddenly and dramtically from the lush, green and fertile valley of the Barossa, to the wide, vast landscape of the Murray River region.

You’ll notice how the river is truely the ‘life blood’ of the region. The winding river offers stunning scenery with dramatic standstone cliffs, that glow a deep orange on sunset. Majestic big old gums, citrus groves and vineyard blocks line the river next to the contrasting landscape of the red Australian dirt and saltbush. The river is home to a huge array of wildlife and birds, with much of the river protected by reserves and national parks. Admire the graceful flight of the pelican and the majestic wedge tailed eagle, king of the birdlife foodchain. The river offers a wide choice of water activities – boating, canoeing, fishing, water skiing, houseboating and swimming with plenty of great picnic spots along its banks.

Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre, near Kingston-on-Murray (just under a 2 hour drive from the Barossa), is an outstanding eco-tourism destiantion. The cellar door contains a stunning outdoor deck overlooking the vineyards, wetlands and river, the perfect place to relax and enjoy lunch with a glass of Banrock Station wine. The menu showcases the delicious, fresh produce available in the Riverland.  Four self-guided walking trails allow you to experience magnificently restored wetlands with story centres, information huts and bird-viewing hides. You can view abundant wildlife during the wet phase or explore the wetland bed during the dry phase.

For more information on the Murray River region

Murray River, Riverland Visitor Guide>> Visit the Riverland website

>> Download the Murray River Visitor Guide

Barossa Visitor Information Centre

Barossa Visitor Information Centre

66-68 Murray St, Tanunda SA 5352
(in the main street, next to the traffic lights)

P  1300 852 982 (within Australia only)
P +61 8 8563 0600

 

Barossa Regional GuidePick up a copy of the Barossa Visitor Guide at the Information Center or download it here to start planning now!

 

 

 

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