|Where is the Barossa Valley?|
| The Barossa Valley is located in the south-east corner of South Australia, about an hour's drive from the state capital, Adelaide. The region measures approximately 50 km north to south and 33 km east to west. Incorporated into the Barossa is the Eden Valley, located in the south-west of this conglomerated region. The climate could be described as Mediterranean, and in all seasons but summer it's a good idea to have warm clothes packed.|
|How do I get there?|
|The Barossa Valley is an easy drive north of Adelaide. The southern end of the valley is only about one hour's drive from the city. Alternatively take a tour or take the "wine train" so you can sample the wines of the region.|
|What are the main towns?|
|The main towns should be recognisable to those of you who read the labels on your bottles of Barossa wine: Nuriootpa, Tanunda, Lyndoch, Angaston, Seppeltsfield, Cockatoo Valley, Eden Valley, Springton and Williamstown. Nuriootpa is the region's commercial centre.|
|These towns have most of the accommodation available in the region. For all your accommodation needs in the Barossa Valley click here.|
|What's there to do?|
|Wine is what the Barossa is famous for, its vines prospering since the 1840s. There are more than 50 wineries in the region, ranging from large household names, such as Penfolds, Seppelt and Wolf Blass, to boutique vineyards. Many of them are clustered about the Barossa Valley Way, which wends its way from Lyndoch to Nuriootpa. Wineries are generally open 7 days a week, and most have wine tastings at the cellar door. More information on the wineries, plus a 15 minute introductory film, displays, local produce and wine tasting and sales, can be found at the Barossa Wine and Visitor Information Centre, situated in Tanunda. An event well worth catching is the biennial Barossa Vintage Festival, a week-long event held in odd numbered years, beginning on Easter Monday.|
|As you drive about the region you can see the mixed heritage of the region in the names of towns, in the architecture and in some of the produce. This reflects the people who settled and built the area, being predominantly wealthy English landowners, Prussians and Silesians (from a region in central Europe, originally part of Germany now mostly located in Poland). Many of the towns have heritage walks - for information on these pick up a brochure at the Barossa Wine and Visitor Information Centre. As with other Australian wine regions the Barossa is also a celebration of food: restaurants with award-winning chefs, cafes, cheese factories, bakeries and the like dot the landscape. On top of the modern Australian style of cooking and fare there has also of late been a renaissance in Silesian culture, resulting in its culinary style having a stronger public presence.|
|For those of you looking to exercise more than your palate, the Barossa of course holds other attractions. A good place to get your bearings, and admire the countryside, is Mengler Hill Lookout, 8 km from Tanunda, close to the centre of the Barossa, which houses a sculpture park in addition to the magnificent views. Close by Mengler Hill is the Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park, 390 hectares of flora, fauna, walking trails and photo opportunities. Wine may be the region's new gold, but another side of Barossa history can be glimpsed on the 2 walking trails around the old Barossa Goldfields, situated in Cockatoo Valley in the south-west corner of the region. Other walking trails in the Cockatoo Valley area can be found in Parra Wirra Recreation Park and Sandy Creek Conservation Park, plus picnic spots and thriving populations of flora and fauna. The curious and discreet among you might like to try the Whispering Wall, a 140 metre curved wall of the Barossa Reservoir, where people can stand at opposite ends and have their whispers carried the full distance.|
|The Barossa is a great spot for a holiday, or indeed a day trip from Adelaide. If you want to do some serious tasting and don't want to drive you can arrange to be driven about in a classic car, limousine or bus, catch the Wine Train from Adelaide or take to the air in a balloon or helicopter.|
|The insect phylloxera attacks grapevine roots, and can and has caused serious trouble in wine regions around the world. Please follow the instructions below when visiting the Barossa:|
- If visiting interstate wine regions, clean your shoes and remove mud from your vehicle before coming to South Australia.
- Don't walk on vineyard soil.
- Do not bring ANY plant material or soil into South Australia from interstate.
- Stay on roadways when visiting vineyards.