How much of your time in lockdown have you spent dreaming of all the places you will visit once things start opening up again?
One of the regions we’re most looking forward to escape into again is the Barossa. There are so many excellent places to visit there that you might find yourself simply overwhelmed and ultimately returning to the same, familiar locations.
While there’s nothing wrong with visiting old favourites, let some Barossan locals tell you about their favourite places and ideal ways to spend a day in this region with so much to offer.
Tourism Barossa’s awesome campaign features a series of itineraries written by their staff and Barossa locals, outlining some amazing ways to spend a day in the Barossa.
Here are some of our favourite itineraries:
An itinerary full of the best foodie stops is next to a perfect itinerary for us. Barossa local, Taryn Wills, outlines some of her favourite Barossa eateries for the perfect food-crawl.
Give breakfast a South American twist at El Estanco in Greenock. The menu is always changing, but the chilaquiles are described as a must-try.
Have a wander, perhaps swinging past some cellar doors like David Franz and Seabrook Wines, before settling in for a late lunch at Harvest Kitchen. Pick the Feed Me Like A Barossan option and all you have to do is sit back and take in the sweeping views over nearby vineyards.
The cherry on top of your perfect foodie adventure is a G&T on the Seppeltsfield Road Distillers’ deck, before heading home to think about your next adventure.
Let’s face it — being at home doesn’t necessarily mean things have been stressless and easy. The opposite, in fact, which is why we like this itinerary idea by Barossa local, Cathy Wills.
Get ready to take it slow. Kick off with a brew or two from a cafe of your choice (although El Estanco seems to be popular with the locals), before heading to Williamstown, with the South Para Reservoir as your destination — but not before a stop at the Williamstown Bakery for pasties and something appropriately sweet!
Enjoy your brekkie, brunch, or lunch on the river bank (alongside the Williamstown mural), before moseying on over the the South Para Reservoir for a long and leisurely walk through the Barossan wilderness.
It’s easy to be swept away by the world class food and wine of the Barossa, but this itinerary by Leah Blankendaal sets you up for a different kind of day.
Coffee is always necessary, so go see the folk at Four Seasons of Nosh in Tanunda first. From there, meander down the Tanunda Style Mile stopping at Alabaster Store for a haven of beautiful fashion and homewares.
Continue on your way down to the Barossa Regional Gallery, which is also home to the historic Hill & Son Organ. Time it right to hear Steve Kaesler, resident organ scholar, give his weekly tour of the beautiful instrument.
Get your next caffeine hit and lunch at Fleur Social in Nuriootpa, before a detour to She Is Pop Up Art Space.
Start with a yoga session at True North Yoga, followed by a wholesome breakfast at Black Bird Coffee House, complete with a cuppa to really start your day right. Walk off brekkie at Menglers Hill with a stroll to breathe the fresh air and soak in the beauty of the landscape.
Swing by Bean Addiction for a cuppa with a selection made from their wall of tea — never a quick process and sure to result in some exotic loose leaf take homes — before heading next door to Ember Pizza for some mouth-watering wood fired oven pizza.
A day in the Barossa with kids might look a little different, but it can still be a beautiful exploration of our beloved region.
A great spot for brekkie with the little ones is Red Door Espresso in Tanunda, with its lush green courtyard at the back of the café that’s completely enclosed and even features a blackboard wall for budding artists. The team also create some of the most extravagant baby-chinos around, which feature as part of their dedicated children’s menu.
Once you’re suitably fortified with breakfast, it’s time to explore. There are plenty of family-friendly cellar doors in the Barossa, including Pindarie and Peter Lehmann. (At Pindarie, the kids will be kept occupied by a giant climbing hay stack, sandpit, and indoor play area, and Patch the dog might even wander over for a pat.)
Your lunch stop is a little cheeky, as technically it’s a third cellar door, but the kids will adore their “Tasting Plank” with a range of Barossa delicacies such as fritz, Apex Bakery fairy bread, cheddar cheese and pretzels, while the adults can enjoy a regional tasting platter.
With restrictions slowly, but surely easing, it’ll be no time at all before you can pick one of these itineraries to follow or make a unique one on your own. Either way, the Barossa awaits!
For more itinerary inspiration, visit https://www.barossa.com/visit/suggested-itineraries.