Outdoors and Nature
The Barossa is a great place to get outdoors, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy some exercise to balance out all the good food and wine! There’s nature, wildlife and hiking trails, golf courses, walking and bike paths and a new aquatic and fitness center.
Hot Air Ballooning
Discover the peace and beauty of the Valley by taking a dawn balloon flight over the Barossa. A simply unforgettable experience.
There are two Barossa companies that operate flights all year round, weather permitting. Advance bookings are required. Please contact the companies direct to find out about pricing and availability.
Barossa Valley Ballooning
The flight starts at dawn and lasts approx 1 hour and concludes with a superb hot buffet breakfast at the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort.
P 08 8563 2233
The flight starts at dawn and lasts approx 1 hour and concludes with a champagne breakfast.
P 08 8389 3195
Walking Trails and Nature parks
There are some stunning secluded parks nestled in the rolling hills of the Barossa, that many visitors can easily overlook and not even know about. These pockets of bushland provide a wonderful diversity of nature experiences, enjoy birdwatching, view native animals in their natural habit and follow one of the many rewarding bushwalking trails.
For more information about walking trails and nature parks located throughout the Barossa visit www.barossa.com
Click here to download a Barossa Walks Map
Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park
Nestled in the Barossa Ranges between Tanunda and Angaston, this park offers excellent opportunities for bushwalkers with two walking trails – the 2.4km Stringybark Loop providing a taste of the park’s natural landscapes, while the Main Fire Track provides access to the Pewsey Vale Forest and Heysen Trail. You’re sure to spot a kangaroo or two, especially early mornings and on dusk.
Para Wirra Recreation Park
Para Wirra features a stunning bush landscape covered with leafy eucalypt trees featuring Pink Gums, Blue Gums and glorious golden wattles in spring. The park’s fantastic network of scenic drives and bushwalking trails offer good opportunities to spot kangaroos and some of the park’s 120 bird species.
The Barossa Goldfields attracted some five thousand frenetic fortune-hunters when gold fever flared here briefly in the late 1800s. The remnants of their labours can be seen within the Para Wirra Recreation Park – follow the interpretive signs along two interesting walking trail loops of 1.2km and 5km.. You never know…they might have missed some!!
Para Wirra offers excellent recreational facilities including a bush oval, picnic and barbecue facilities.
For more information call the Para Wirra Park Office
P 08 8280 7048
Barossa Bushgardens Regional Native Flora Centre
Barossa Bushgardens in Nuriootpa is the place to see locally indigenous plants on show – the result of the work of passionate locals protecting our local plants. A visit to the Barossa Bush Gardens is informative and educational as well as a beautiful place for an afternoon stroll. A highlight is seven low water-use urban display designed gardens, including a CFS fire-wise garden, Eremophila Garden and Sensory Garden. Plants are labelled for easy identification, and self-guided tour flyers are available at the entrance.
Open daily, entry by gold coin donation.
Coulthard Reserve, Penrice Road, Nuriootpa
(800m east of the Murray Street traffic lights)
Menglers Hill Lookout
For those of you who are keen cyclists and admire the cyclists on the world famous “Tour Down Under”, try out the hill climb to Mengler’s Hill lookout, where you will be rewarded with a stunning view over the entire valley! For those less ‘energetic’ a beautiful way to end your day touring the Barossa, is watching the sunset over the valley from the lookout. Grab one of those bottles of wine you’ve picked up along the way and some good cheese and you have the ingredients for a perfect end to the day!
The Tanunda Pines Golf Club is within 10 minutes drive from the cottages and is a superb regional golf course, set in a beautiful bushland setting. Features include: 18 holes par 72, fully stocked Nike Concept Golf Shop, Equipment Rental and Motorised Golf Carts, Golf Tuition/Group Clinics, Golf Driving Range.
Location: Adjacent to the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort
Golf Links Rd, Rowland Flat
P 08 8563 1200
Feel like a hit of tennis? Special arrangements have been made for Stonewell Cottages guests to hire the Marananga Tennis Club courts.
The courts are about 2km from the cottages on Seppeltsfield Road in the village of Marananga.
Cost $10.00 for court hire with rackets and balls supplied.
Call Tina from Stonewell Cottages to arrange key for courts and equipment.
P 0417 848 977
Barossa Aquatic Fitness Center
The Barossa Aquatic Fitness Center, known as “The Rex” is a brand new modern facility in Tanunda, offering a range of programs and sports facilities, from fitness classes, swimming, court sports and working out in the well equipped new gym.
Aquatics – large 8 lane 25m heated pool for training and leisure swimming, a spa and a leisure pool with beach entrance and water features.
Health Club – new cardio equipment and free weights, a wide variety of fitness classes and personal training.
Sports – Basketball, Netball,Volleyball, Soccer, Squash
Magnolia Road, Tanunda
P 08 85 632 766