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Barossa Bound The Ultimate Adelaide to Barossa Valley Guide

Barossa Bound: The Ultimate Adelaide to Barossa Valley Guide

Barossa Valley, a locality of grape escapades, is just a scenic drive away from Adelaide’s cityscape hustle.

Here, you can visit some of the globe’s finest vineyards, make your signature perfume or chocolate, ride a helicopter to get to a dam that whispers, and more.

No need for pre-travel stress too! We have all the essentials—from cozy accommodations and delectable dining spots to the most breathtaking sights!

Best Time to Visit Barossa Valley

Best Time to Visit Barossa Valley

The best time to visit Barossa Valley is in late spring and early autumn. During these seasons, temperatures typically range between a comfortable high of around 26°C (79°F) and a cooler 12°C (54°F) at night.

Things to Know

Distance: Around 75 kilometers

Where to Stay

Stonewell Cottages and Vineyards

Address: 373 Stonewell Rd, Tanunda, SA 5352

Contact Details: 0417 848 977

Pricing: $$$


If you want your road trip to have unrivaled privacy, relaxation, and scenery, the 103-acre Stonewell Cottages is your best bet. Ever-changing vineyard scenes, native bushland beauty, and upscaled cottages make this spot a hit.

Speaking of the cottages, their Cupid’s Cottage is a love nest perched by a pristine lake. It comes with a full-on kitchen, a king-sized bed that you can split into two singles, a spa bath made for two, and even your very own private rowboat.

There’s also the Hideaway Cottage—waterfront living with a side of luxury. With not one but two king bedrooms boasting killer vineyard and lakeside views, it’s the spot for a family retreat or a getaway with your besties.

The Louise

Address: 375 Seppeltsfield Road, Stonewell Rd, Marananga, SA 5355

Contact Details: (02) 9918 4355

Pricing: $$$


The Louise, having undergone a million-dollar makeover, is one of the chicest, freshest-looking, and most opulent hotels in the Barossa Valley wine wonderland.

Their 95-square-meter Stonewell Suite flexes posh furnishings and townhouse-themed decor of lofty ceilings, French doors, and a fireplace. To raise the luxe bar even further, guests will enjoy vineyard vistas on the room’s private terrace and courtyard.

Those who prefer something more spacious should book the Bethany Suite. Spanning a substantial 157 square meters, it’s equipped with a master bedroom and a twin-bed set up in the second room while having the same amenities as the Stonewell Suite.

Novotel Barossa Valley Resort

Address: Via The Pioneer Avenue, Barossa Valley Way, Rowland Flat, SA 5352

Contact Details: +61 8 8524 0000

Pricing: $$


Novotel Barossa Valley Resort is set against the stunning backdrop of Jacob’s Creek and the Barossa Valley Ranges, making it one of the most visually stunning accommodations in the region, particularly during golden hours.

Their Studio Room is your best bet if you’re looking for a simple but top-class room. This room features either a king-size bed or two singles, a mini kitchenette for those snack attacks, and a 32” LCD TV for some flicks.

But if you want a crash pad with an added touch of relaxation, go for their acclaimed Spa Room. It includes epic balcony views, a plush king-size bed, a 37” LCD TV for your viewing pleasure, and a spa bath for some top-notch unwinding!

Where to Eat

FINO at Seppeltsfield

Address: 730 Seppeltsfield Rd, Seppeltsfield, SA 5355

Contact Details: (08) 8562 8528

Pricing: $$


With a scrumptious blend of regional flavors and modern culinary techniques, FINO at Seppeltsfield is a Barossa resto all tourists should add to their must-visit list.

For seafood lovers, their roasted garfish with fennel and bread sauce is a sensational dish with delicately salty flavors and soft, zesty meat. If you prefer beef, try their Wagyu brisket paired with sugarloaf cabbage and a splash of black vinegar.

The dessert game here is also strong, with the caramel parfait with chocolate and almonds being a hit among patrons.

Appellation Restaurant

Address: Seppeltsfield Rd &, Stonewell Rd, Marananga, SA 5355

Contact Details: (08) 8562 2722

Pricing: $$$


The gourmet bites at Appellation Restaurant may be bank-breaking, but they are culinary masterpieces.

Their cured duck breast with Davidson plum puree, pepper berry pickled celeriac, beetroot tuille, and endive leaves presents a medley of flavors. There’s the rich umami from the duck, tangy sweetness from the plum, and earthy spice from the celeriac.

As for dessert, their creamy pumpkin semifreddo has hints of spice, complemented by refreshing citrus tones from mandarin sorbet and gel. Crunchy candied pepitas and chocolate crisps add a distinct texture to this delight.

1918 Bistro & Grill

Address: 94 Murray St, Tanunda, SA 5352

Contact Details: (08) 8563 0405

Pricing: $$$


1918 Bistro & Grill has hearty and savory eats made more appetizing by the sight of open fires and the resto’s breezy Norfolk pine gardens.

In terms of the grub, they’re dishing up some classics like chicken parmi jazzed up with prosciutto, roasted tomato, and oozing cheese alongside fries and your choice of a garden salad or some good ol’ beans.

Their crispy pork belly is also a crowd-pleaser. This savory and fatty guilty pleasure is twice-cooked and served with green pea puree, house-made bacon jus, and prosciutto shards.

What to Do

Drive by the Avenue of Palms

Address: 675 Seppeltsfield Rd, Seppeltsfield, SA 5355

It’s not a complete Adelaide-to-Barossa road trip without driving by the fairy-tale-like Avenue of Palms on Seppeltsfield Road.

This avenue is a 5-kilometer trail lined with swaying Canary Island Date palms that look more magical during sunrise or sunset. You’ll pass over 2000 of them here, so remember to take vids, especially drone shots!

Watch distillers work and taste award-winning gin

Address: 436 Seppeltsfield Rd, Marananga SA 5355

Contact Details: (08) 7081 2000

Pricing: $


Seppeltsfield Road Distillers is where you can witness gin-making magic while indulging in award-winning flavors (don’t drink and drive, though). They have more than 70 awards for their premium, handcrafted spirits, so you know their blends are knockouts.

Here, you can watch the complete distillation process, from the maceration of botanicals to the precise cutting of impurities, all aimed at creating a flawless gin. 

While witnessing the distillers doing their impressive craft, you’ll be tasting the company’s top products, like the 2021 Barossa Shiraz Gin, a citrusy and fruity drink with cassis hints!

Savor Barossa’s world-famous wines

Savor Barossa’s world-famous wines
  • Barossa Valley Estate Winery & Cellar Door: 9 Kraehe Rd, Marananga SA 5355
  • Penfolds Magill Estate Cellar Door: 78 Penfold Rd, Magill, SA 5072
  • Chateau Tanunda: 9 Basedow Rd, Tanunda, SA 5352

You’re in the Barossa Valley—cruising through the region to taste the best wines is a clear-cut decision.

We recommend starting with the Barossa Valley Estate Winery & Cellar Door‘s E&E Black Pepper Shiraz with intense dark berry and licorice notes mingling with ripe tannins and an oak complexity that screams sophistication.

Then, slide over to Penfolds Magill Estate Cellar Door for their St. Henri Shiraz 2017, a smooth, silky, and polished drink with notes of black olive, coffee, and mocha flavors. The blend also has a distinct fruity sweetness.

If your head isn’t spinning yet, beeline to Chateau Tanunda for their prized The Everest, a wild ride of flavors. You’ll pick up notes of mixed herbs, Asian spices, sweet and sour dried fruits, and a medley of berries.

Join a perfume-making workshop

Address: 730 Seppeltsfield Rd, Seppeltsfield, SA 5355

Contact Details: (08) 8562 9500

Pricing: $


Vasse Virgin proves that Barossa Valley isn’t just all about gins and wines.

The company’s Perfumery Workshop will teach you the secret art of creating personalized scents. In this hour-long workshop, gurus will teach you how to blend and mix your very own 15 ml bottle of signature fragrance.

In addition, they have a 45-minute Lip Balm Workshop, where you’ll learn the magic of creating natural lip balms using lush ingredients like honey, shea butter, and creamy beeswax. The best part is you’ll bring home two of your creations!

Attend a chocolate masterclass

Address: 64 Burings Rd, Tanunda, SA 5352

Contact Details: (08) 8565 9800

Pricing: $


If you want to learn a new skill and have a sweet tooth, Barossa Valley Chocolate Company’s masterclasses will whisk you away to chocolate paradise.

Creative youngsters can dive into imaginative fun with this spot’s Willy Wonka and Carnival Capers sessions, where they can blend candies, popcorn, and chocolates to craft playful creations.

Adults can join in on the fun, too, as Barossa Valley Chocolate Company has masterclasses on how to make varieties like praline, chocolate block, and rocky road.

Play mini golf at a course with dinosaurs

Address: 89 Menge Rd, Tanunda, SA 5352

Contact Details: (08) 8563 3177

Pricing: $


Why stick with old golf courses when you can up the ante at Barossa Bowlan and Mini Golf? This spot has a cutting-edge 12-lane bowling setup jazzed with cool features like kid-friendly bumpers, auto scoring, and touchscreen terminals.

The twist is that while you’re working on your putting game, you’ll be surrounded by life-like interactive dinosaurs, including a fierce T-Rex that adds an extra thrill to the already challenging 18-hole golf course.

These dinos also come with information boards that the kiddos can control by pressing buttons. The boards will display facts about the giant reptiles, so your little ones can learn a thing or two while having fun!

Ride a helicopter and see Barossa from above

Address: 261 Hoffnungsthal Rd, Lyndoch, SA 5315

Contact Details: (08) 8524 4209

Pricing: $$$


By booking a trip with Barossa Helicopters, you’re in for high-flying action and eye-popping vistas of the Barossa Valley.

This tour will make you soar above all the must-see locations of Barossa, like the Whispering Wall, Jacob’s Creek, Yalumba, Seppeltsfield, and beyond.

Moreover, Barossa Helicopters also has food, wine, and pub experiences along with their flight packages—letting you taste the best bites, blends, and brews in Barossa Valley after spending time in the clouds!

See animals and listen to whispers at the Whispering Wall

Address: Whispering Wall Rd, Williamstown, SA 5351

Contact Details: (08) 7424 1671

Pricing: Free


The jaw-dropping Whispering Wall at Barossa Reservoir Reserve is a family-friendly spot famous for its pink gums, pine trees, koalas, parrots, and kangaroos.

Beyond its natural allure, this remarkable structure owes its name to the flawless transmission of sound waves caused by the circular-shaped dam, resulting in whisper-like sounds that you can hear with astounding clarity.

There are also walking trails, picnic spots, and a visitor station sharing info about the wall’s design, history, flora, and fauna. Additionally, you’ll find picnic areas, a nature playground, a lookout, and public amenities, making it a perfect setting for a day out.

What to Expect from Barossa Valley Climate

What to Expect from Barossa Valley Climate

Summer (December to February): Expect abundant sunshine and warm to hot days, ideal for outdoor dining. Daytime temperatures range from 26°C to 36°C (79°F to 97°F), with nights averaging 12°C to 14°C (53°F to 57°F).

Autumn (March to May): Enjoy mild, sunny days, but prepare for colder evenings. Temperatures fluctuate between 17°C to 26°C (63°F to 79°F) during the day and 7°C to 12°C (45°F to 54°F) at night.

Winter (June to August): Bundle up with warm clothing and layers, including a coat or jacket. Morning to afternoon temperatures average 12°C to 16°C (53°F to 61°F), while nights are around 3°C to 6°C (37°F to 43°F).

Spring (September to November): Prep for sunny days with mild temperatures and anticipate temperatures from 17°C to 24°C (63°F to 75°F) during the day and 6°C to 10°C (43°F to 50°F) at night.

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