With more than 20 townships and villages within the Barossa you’ll find a friendly welcome and a quaint history behind every corner; it could easily warrant a month-long meander.
We’ve covered some of the major centres below but you’ll be well guided with historical, tasting and art itineraries prepared by Barossa Australia to suit your flavour.
With its broad, tree-lined streets and grand 19th Century architecture, Gawler is a befitting gateway to the beautiful Barossa. And you can live the history by foot via Church Hill State Heritage Walking Tour or Historic Main Street Walking Tour.
Over Sandy Creek, 10 minutes from Gawler, browse eclectic shops and enjoy authentic pasties from a traditional German bakery at Lyndoch. Popular estates offering wine tastings include Schild, Kellermeister, Hemera Estate, and 1847 Wines with a wide variety of rose vintages and blends at The Rose Garden at Lyndoch Hill.
Strap on the boots and wander the Lyndoch Lavender Farm Barossa to tickle the senses, or tread the groves at the Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre in Rowland Flat to learn all about the common grape varieties of the region. Here, earn your stripes with master cooking and winemaking classes, with tastings at the cellar door.
Settle in for long, relaxing afternoon enjoying the spoils of the Barossa at the leafy township of Tanunda.
Within the village you’ll find local cuts from the butchers, traditional German baked goods, and, of course, cellar doors with the grand Chateau Tanunda, Langmeil Winery and St Hallett winery to name a few.
With treats in hand, unpack your loot at Heinemann Park or nearby Bethany Reserve before walking it off on the leafy Tanunda Heritage Trail in town. North of Tanunda is Seppeltsfield, home to more than 30 historic buildings including miners’ cottages, a homestead, smokehouse and distillery. Here, watch artists in residence in action at the recently-established JamFactory, an epicentre for craft and design.
Nuriootpa is the commercial hub of the Barossa and home to the astonishing The Co-op, a shopping precinct invested in the community with locally-sourced produce in the mix. Nearby, you’ll find a traditional family-owned butcher and baker, surprising second-hand goods at quirky bric-a-brac stores as well as open parklands adding to the relaxed vibe.
Younger kids will love clambering the old steamy at the Nuriootpa Line Park adjacent to a playground and skate park and swimming pool.
A short drive outside town you’ll find the heart of the fabulous community-run Barossa Bushgardens project that’s successfully reintroducing locally Indigenous plants throughout the Barossa.
Cellar doors within Nuriootpa include some of the Barossa`s biggest names and oldest estates like Wolf Blass, Penfolds and Elderton, as well as enterprising newcomer First Drop Wines lauded for its tapas bar. Early risers can view the Barossa’s patchwork from the air aboard hot air balloons launching from Nuriootpa.
Take a step back in time and admire skills at the working blacksmith museum. Volunteers of the Angaston and Penrice Historical Society Doddridge Blacksmith Shop hit hammer to rods at the Doddridge Blacksmith Shop, before leading you through three rooms of blacksmith memorabilia. So much to see and do in this world-renowned region you’ll want to set up your portable home and immerse yourself in all it has to offer.