The Barossa is one of the world’s great wine growing areas, with more than 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors. Seven generations of grape growers and winemakers have established this fertile land as one of Australia’s top wine regions with consistently outstanding vintages over the past 160 years. Tour the Barossa by bicycle, motorbike, vintage car, hot air balloon or helicopter, and wine and dine your way around some of Australia’s finest restaurants. A world of gastronomic delight awaits in this picturesque cluster of villages, rolling hills, stone churches and vineyards.
How to get to there
The Barossa is approximately 70 kilometres (43 miles), or just over an hour drive, north of Adelaide. To reach the Barossa from Adelaide, head up Main North Road/Port Wakefield Road (A1) to the Northern Expressway and enter from Tanunda. Alternatively take the winding but scenic North East Road (A10) through Chain of Ponds and Williamstown. Domestic and international flights frequently service Adelaide Airport, where hire cars are available. Many hotels in the region offer airport pickups but make sure you enquire when you book.
With pretty scenery through vast vineyards, you’ll love a driving holiday in the Barossa. There is helpful signage throughout the region to direct you to cafés, cellar doors and places of interest. There are coach tours available around the region departing both locally and from Adelaide. Many incorporate cellar door visits, so you won’t have to drive after sampling the local drop!
Make sure to check out the National Public Toilet Map when you’re planning your trip. Most major wineries will have accessible bathrooms.
The Barossa loves to celebrate its world-famous wine. The Barossa Gourmet Weekend is held in early September. The Barossa Vintage Festival, the oldest wine festival in Australia, is held in April every two years. See here for a list of Major Events throughout the year and also the Barossa regional site for a huge list of things happening each week.