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The Barossa Valley
Short Escape

Great DrivesJust an hour from Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is a particularly scenic area of charming small towns, originally settled by German-speaking refugees in 1842. Some of Australia’s finest wines are produced here, by almost fifty wineries.

From Adelaide, head north to Gawler, from where the Barossa Valley Way leads you to Sandy Creek and a side-trip to Cockatoo Valley - try out the famous ‘Whispering Wall’ and visit the old Barossa Goldfields.

The vineyards come into view around the attractive village of Lyndoch, and you’ll then reach Tanunda, the region’s most German-style town. Call in at the Barossa Wine & Visitor Centre; visit the Kev Rohrlach Heritage Centre, a large collection of vintage cars and artefacts; and just stroll around to admire the old streets and churches. A short drive from here, picturesque Bethany was the area’s first Lutheran settlement and there are great views from Mengler Hill Lookout.

With its wineries and pleasant parks, the commercial centre of Nuriootpa makes an ideal base. You can call visit Penfolds and Wolf Blass, 1848 Luhrs Pioneer German Cottage, and enjoy walks along the North Para River. There are scenic drives to Marananga, a great place to shop for antiques, and Seppeltsfield, where you’ll find Australia’s grandest wine estate. Don’t miss a trip to nearby Angaston, home of the Saltram and Yalumba wineries, and the Angas Park Fruit Company’s tempting selection of dried fruits. To the south, 1856 Collingrove Homestead; Keyneton, the location of Henschke wines; and the village of Eden Valley are also worth a visit.

There are two options for the journey back to Adelaide - either return via the Sturt Highway and Gawler, or continue south from Eden Valley to Birdwood and the Adelaide Hills.

Where to Stay

Time required: 2-3 days are recommended

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