While a day in the Barossa is undoubtedly best spent with wine on your lips, there’s so much more to explore among the lush green vineyards.
From taking to the sky, to exploring a gourmet food wonderland and sipping 100-year old wine, the Barossa is a feast for all senses. Loosen your belt buckle, ready your sense of adventure and of course prepare to be blown away by some seriously good wine. Here’s our list of the best things to see and do in the Barossa.
1. Barossa Farmers Market, Angaston
Few places capture the beating heart of the Barossa quite like the Barossa Farmers Market. Grab a coffee and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes of this buzzing Saturday hotspot. As the ultimate foodie experience, you'll be introduced to the producers behind the food, hear their stories, taste the incredible local produce and learn how to create the ultimate picnic featuring a star-studded line up of the region’s best produce.
2. AVENUE OF PALMS, SEPPELTSFIELD
Roads don’t get more iconic than the Avenue of Palms. Planted during the Depression by winery workers, this magnificent natural corridor of Canary Island date palms boasts more than 2000 trees. As the Barossa's equivalent to Sunset Boulevard, this 5 kilometre trail along Seppeltsfield Road is well-known for its 'instagramable' landscape. Winding past the vineyards of the western Barossa, following this road is the perfect route for you to discover the top cellar doors and restaurants, before making a grand entrance into Seppeltsfield Estate.
3. Hot air ballooning, Barossa
Set your alarm early and rise with the birds to drink in the Barossa from a different angle with Barossa Valley Ballooning or Barossa Balloon Adventures.. Be consumed by complete tranquillity and soak in panoramic views as you glide over the vineyards and rolling hills of the Barossa ranges. See historic towns, green plains, lush paddocks and the majestic Murray River. Watch the sun rise from the balloon, breathe in the fresh air and toast your return to earth with a glass of the region's finest sparkling wines before refuelling with a breakfast feast.
4. Seppeltsfield Village, Barossa
Seppeltsfield might be synonymous with wine and the place to tipple a 100 year old Tawny, but its appeal extends beyond the cellar door. Drop into the Jam Factory, a studio in which you can watch artisans at work and pick up bespoke one-of-a-kind handicrafts. Indulge in a feast of share plates next door to Seppeltsfields’ cellar door, Fino, with a progressive menu that champions local growers and seasonal ingredients. On weekends, take to a new form of wheels with a guided segway tour as you zip around the historic estate taking in panoramic views of the Barossa.
5. Hentley Farm, Seppeltsfield
Nestled among the rolling green hills of the Barossa, Hentley Farm’s award-winning cellar door is the perfect place to unwind with a glass (or two) of seriously good wine. Housed in a cosy 1840s cottage complete with an open fire place, exposed stone walls and wood beam ceilings, this boutique cellar door in the heart of Seppeltsfield oozes historic charm and embodies the rich culture of the Barossa. If you’re feeling hungry, wander over to the award-winning on-site restaurant for an epic feast. Indulge in the highest quality local produce with a fine-dining menu carefully crafted based on what is flourishing and growing abundantly in the restaurant’s surrounding 150 acres. Loosen your belt buckle and settle in – you’ll probably be here a while.
6. BAROSSA VALLEY CHOCOLATE COMPANY, TANUNDA
Set among the vineyards in Tanunda indulge your sweet tooth with a visit to Barossa Valley Chocolate Company. Handcrafted using ethical beans from Belgium and the Daintree, there are more than 250 varieties to devour, including dark, milk, white and some infused with shiraz or cider. Learn the art of chocolate-making, enjoy a wine pairing or non-alcoholic chocolate flight or sit back at relax on the waterfront deck.
7. HENSCHKE CELLAR DOOR, KEYNETON
Drink in the Barossa’s rich wine making history at one of the region’s most iconic wineries, Henschke Cellar Door. Explore parts of the original and working fifth-generation winery, set amid the mossy rocks and majestic red gums of the Eden Valley. Widely regarded as one of the best vineyards in the world, enjoy a tastings housed in the original 1850s woolstore, an atmospheric spot where you can savour old vine tastings or choose between a guided or self-guided flight.
8. MAGGIE BEER’S FARM SHOP, NURIOOTPA
No visit to the Barossa is complete without stopping in at Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop. Sample and stock up on Maggie’s signature pickles, sauces and chutneys, or grab a hamper and picnic by the dam, shaded by dense bottle brush and tall red gums. Learn to recreate the incredible dishes yourself and booking in for a cooking class where you can specialise in making handmade cheese, artisan bread, pasta, pickles and preserves, and even plant-based cooking.
9. ARTISANS OF BAROSSA, TANUNDA
Wine is at the heart of Artisans of Barossa - a collective of eight small batch wine producers showcasing more than 100 Barossa wines. Located within the township of Tanunda, marvel at the breath-taking views of Mount Lofty Ranges while sipping equally impressive small batch and rare vintage wines. You’ll also find inventive paddock to plate dining at Essen and the more relaxed Delikatessen & Providore next door, where seasonal and local produce shines.
Stay longer in the Barossa
With over 80 wineries, some of the best drinking and dining experiences in the world and beautiful scenery, the Barossa is a foodie’s delight. Meet culinary legends, local winemakers and then slip away to unique five-star Barossa accommodation. Fulfil all your foodie dreams with our guide to spending three days in Barossa.