The Barossa Valley is Australia’s top wine region with scenic views, rolling hills, and high-class eateries.

Barossa Valley
This elegant and stunning part of the country boasts some of Australia’s most excellent wines, especially Shiraz.

Not only is the Barossa producing award-winning wines, but it is also home to some joyous activities, scenic walks, and mouthwatering meals. The Barossa Valley is well worth visiting for a day or a weekend getaway.

Here are some of the top things to do in Barossa for wine lovers and world wanderers alike.

Australia’s cellar door central

There are around 150 wineries that call the Barossa home, so it’s only natural that you make your way to some world-class wine tastings. Whether you hop in a car or on a tour bus, it’s only about an hour’s drive from Adelaide City.

What makes these cellar doors magical is the stunning locations where they take place (think manor houses and provincial farmhouses). Be sure to head to the wineries such as Saltram, Grant Burge and the ever-reliable Jacob’s Creek for a joyously tipsy day of wine and rosès. Other award-winning wineries you can visit include Chateau Tanunda, Peter Lehmann, Seppelt and Yalumba which also call the Barossa home!

Pretty much all the cellar doors in the Barossa have wine tastings available, experiences, and tours of the estate. You may have to book online for these, so we recommend doing so early so you don’t miss out on trying some high-class wines!

Friends at winery

Experience a hot air balloon ride

Before you get stuck into a few glasses of the Barossa Valley’s signature shiraz, a hot air balloon over the region is a truly spectacular experience!

Start your morning early and watch the sunrise light up the sky and the Barossa Valley vineyards below you. After you’ve landed, then you get to start the day with a glass of bubbles.

Visit the towns

The Barossa Valley is scattered with small and larger towns throughout the lush vineyards. Some of the most popular towns to visit include Tanunda, Angaston, Nuriootpa, and Lyndoch.

Within these towns, there are world-class wineries, mouthwatering eateries serving up delicious meals, and an endless amount of rolling vineyards. The best time to visit these towns is during autumn between March and May.

Get your gourmet on at Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop

Maggie Beer is a national treasure, a legend for her gastronomical prowess and delightful products. What better place to pick up some of her best products than her very own farm shop? You can shop for homeware, hampers, jams, chutneys, and much more.

Better yet, you can undertake both cooking and verjuice making classes at the farm. You’ll produce delicious food and learn all about what makes her little spot so special to the overall Australian culinary scene! It’s a truly wonderful way to round out an amazing time in the unforgettable Barossa Valley.

Booking is a must if you’re hoping to try out the food or join one of the classes. Otherwise, if you’re visiting the shop you can walk in and browse and buy some items.

Stay in the Barossa

The Barossa Valley has different accommodation options suiting everyone’s budgets and occasions. From caravan parks to cottages and bed and breakfast options, you’ll find something suitable for you.

Some places for you to pick from include Jacobs Creek Retreat, Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, or Stonewell Cottages.

See the lavender farm

Lyndoch Lavender Farm is South Australia’s largest lavender farm. You can stroll through the farm to see the 70 different lavender varieties, join a tour to learn more about the farm, and check out the gift shop for a lavender product.

Additionally, the Lavender Kitchen has delicious cafe-style food, with some hints of lavender in some meals and treats.

Barossa Valley Lavender farm

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward began with a passion for travel and turned it into a thriving tourism business. He co-founded Sightseeing Tours Australia after starting out as a tour guide in Melbourne. Cameron delights in helping visitors get the most from their trip to Australia. Whether he's leading tours or writing about his favourite places, Cameron loves sharing his local insight with fellow travellers.

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