How To Spend A Day In The Barossa

24 May 2014

Just outside Adelaide, the Barossa wine region of South Australia makes for a convenient, fun and food-and-wine-filled day trip. With its great tours, distinct townships and plenty of wineries, you’ll have a busy 24 hours that will both satisfy your cravings and leave you hungry for more.

 Grapevines in the Barossa

Getting There

The Barossa is just over an hour by car from Adelaide airport, so let Flight Centre help you hop on a flight and book a hire car. Then just head north-east – you’ll be in wine country in no time.

Prefer to leave the driving to someone else? Public transport easily gets you there, too. The Adelaide Metro links Adelaide with Gawler, a gateway town to the Barossa. From there, board the Link SA daily bus service, which runs regularly through the local townships of the region.

Tours

Alternatively, a number of minibus and coach tour companies service the Barossa from Adelaide once you’re there. Choose from self-guided tours or let us put you confidently in the hands of local professionals, who can share their knowledge on an organised excursion.

Then it’s just a question of telling us which mode of travel most suits you – do you want to explore the Barossa on two, three or four wheels, or will you take to the air?

Bikes, Trikes And Trails

Get some fresh air and exercise with your wine-country exploration on a self-guided or guided cycling tour – you can hire bikes at a number of spots.

Looking for something a bit different? Take a trike tour: see the Barossa from the back of one of these unique three-wheelers, featuring Harley Davidson front ends and customised-for-your-comfort back ends. Or how about travelling in a truly classic style? We can set you up with an exclusive limousine or vintage car tour for a personalised vineyard and cellar door outing.

From The Air

If you’re keen to take in some gorgeous scenery before sipping some of Australia’s finest wines, the sky is literally the limit. Early-morning hot-air-balloon adventures command 360-degree bird’s-eye views of the stunning Barossa vineyards, valleys and hills. Or channel your inner action hero (or at least, the local weatherman) on an exciting helicopter ride.

Self-drive

If you do have your own car, there’s no shortage of self-driving wine trails (remembering, of course, to drink responsibly). Set your own pace on the Barossa Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail, which encompasses 24 vineyards.

Or follow the recently launched Six Southern Steps – Southern Barossa Wine Trail. The route will take you to six cellar doors: Domain Day, Creed Wines, Tearo Estate, Schild Estate, Linfield Road Wines and Hemera Estate.

Tasting

When you do visit the wineries and cellar doors, you’ll find that most of the grapes here are shiraz (for which the region is famous). But the vineyards also boast grenache, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, riesling, mataro and semillon. Taste, savour and purchase them at the more than 80 cellar doors and 150 wineries throughout the region.

Towns

Since you’re trying to make the utmost of your day in the Barossa, it helps to know a little bit about the area before you go. The Barossa comprises the Barossa and Eden Valleys, and within these, each of the towns has something special to recommend itself.

History buffs will love Gawler, Kapunda and Williamstown, for their rich heritage and unique architecture. Other lovely stopovers include Greenock, Lyndoch and Marananga.

At Greenock, trade your wine glass in favour of a local microbrew at The Greenock Tavern. Lyndoch, on the way to the heart of the Barossa from Gawler, is a quaint country town showcasing several wineries.

The little village of Marananga encompasses part of the Barossa’s popular Seppeltsfield Road. Here you’ll find heaps of wineries and cellar doors, including Barossa Valley Estate Winery, Two Hands Wines, Heritage Wines and Torbreck.

For the vibrant hubs of the region – with their cellar doors, wineries, cafes, shopping, local produce and accommodation – look to Angaston, Seppeltsfield, Nuriootpa and Tanunda.

Nuriootpa serves as the centre for the region’s wine production and is home to some of the Barossa’s best-known cellar doors, including Penfolds and Elderton.

And again, you could easily spend a day just taking advantage of Seppeltsfield Road. Enjoy 10 kilometres of excellent wineries, including Seppeltsfield Winery, Milhinch Wines and Hentley Farm, as well as numerous gourmet-food destinations.

Kasey Clark

Kasey Clark is the founder and editor of food, wine, and travel blog The Hungry Expat.com. She spent 18 years as a magazine editor, has freelanced for many years, and recently joined King Content as a lead editor and content strategist. When she’s not blogging or strategising content, she provides editorial and communications services on a contract basis.