The Barossa Valley is one of Australia's most well known wine growing regions, and is situated just a short drive north from Adelaide. Many of the areas original German names were anglicised just before WW1, although the region still maintains a German feel to it. On the way to the Barossa Valley it is also worth stopping at Springton on the way, where you can see the hollow gum tree where a pioneer family lived for 5 years. There is also the amazing Whispering Wall at the Barossa Reservoir, where the acoustics are so good that a conversation at one end can be heard perfectly clearly at the other.
There are around 50 wineries in the region, with the majority being open to the public. It is well worth exploring the region and visiting several of the wineries as they all offer something slightly different. There is a great scenic drive which takes you from Angaston to Tanunda via Menglers Hill, as well as a pretty walk through the small hamlet, Bethany, which was the first German settlement in the Barossa Valley. After your walk you can stop in for a drink in The Landhaus, a 12-seater pub. Make sure you book to ensure a chair.
Angaston is a pleasant town and hosts a lovely art and craft studio in the Bethany Art Gallery. You can also visit the rather grand Collingrove Homestead, built in 1856. Heading to the north of the valley are several picnic areas in Nuriootpa. This is also a pleasant place to stay near the Para River.
If you are in the region around the time of the festivals then you should definitely make the effort to go. The German Oompah Fest is held in January and Barossa Under the Stars is held in February. There are a selection of fun events during the Barossa Vintage Festival held at Easter every odd year, and musical compilations during the Barossa Music Festival in October.
Destinations within Barossa Valley
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