A self-drive holiday is a great way to explore the Barossa's vineyards. Drive to the top of Mengler Hill Lookout for breathtaking views.
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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.
Explore the Barossa on a self-drive holiday; discover winding country roads at your own pace.
Tried and tested driving routes
The Barossa Scenic Heritage Drive is a 57-kilometre journey that will unlock the region's heritage secrets. Winding through Bethany, Angaston, Nuriootpa, Greenock, Seppeltsfield, Marananga and Tanunda, look for the brown and white road signs marked with the number '4'. Download a copy of the Barossa Touring Map or pick up a copy from the Barossa, Gawler or Kapunda Visitor Information Centres.
The Gawler Driving Tour allows you to appreciate the extent to which Gawler contributed to the development of the state. The 22-kilometre route is marked with brown and white road signs with the number '10'.
Seppeltsfield Road is lined with palm trees and boasts no less than 18 wineries. The beautiful stretch of road was named after the Seppelt family, who played a significant role in defining the Barossa's early history.
Drive to the top of Mengler Hill Scenic Lookout for breathtaking views of the Barossa Valley.
To help you on your way, download the Barossa map.
The Barossa is also featured in several self-drive itineraries, including the Epicurean Way road trip and River and Wine drive, which can be followed from either Sydney or Melbourne.
Roads around the Barossa are well maintained and in good condition. As you are in the country, there are some additional things to keep in mind. Pack for the weather. It can get pretty cool in the evenings, so throw a jacket in the back of the car.
You will notice as you drive around that the locals will often raise their index finger off the steering wheel as they pass. This is a kind of country driver salute. Return this subtle gesture and you'll feel like one of the locals.
Need a break from behind the wheel? Hire a bike and check out the new Barossa Bike Trail, a scenic cycling track between Angaston and Nuriootpa.
For an idea of a few places to go, download the Barossa wine region map before you head off. Chat to the locals (they're all very friendly) about the region's best-kept secrets. Enjoy your travels through Australia's best-loved wine region.
Important tip! In South Australia, the blood alcohol limit for drivers (or "qualified passengers" accompanying learner drivers) is 0.05. For L-plate drivers, P-plate drivers or anyone in control of a transport vehicle, the limit is zero. If you plan to visit several cellar doors and indulge in the fruits of the region, consider utilising one of the local tour or transport services or choose a designated driver within your group.