Barossa Valley is the perfect destination for a wonderful vacation with family. If you’re not familiar with this area, there’s so much more to see and do, other than exploring vineyards! If you’re taking your family along, make sure you have at least a week or two to explore all the delights of this green paradise on earth.
Take a Professional Barossa Wine Tour
Take a professional Wine Tour for a personalized, private wine-tasting experience. These tours are conducted in classic 1962 Daimler cars, or 4WD, depending on your tour operator. You will be taken to only those cellar doors that you want to visit, based on your individual wine tastes. The tour includes both the large, iconic wineries and also family-owned small boutique cellar doors. You will be accompanied by your personal wine guide who will have a deep and rich experience in the Barossa Valley wine history. These tours are single day and multi day with accommodation, depending on what you choose.
Take A Barossa Valley Sightseeing Tour
Adelaide: This tour starts from Adelaide and takes you through the rolling Adelaide Hills and the beautiful vineyards. The Adelaide Hills has charming villages, many green pastures and the perfect rural ambience. The tour follows the beautiful Torrens River in Adelaide, goes through the magnificent Torrens Gorge, skirts Kangaroo Creek and Millbrooke Reservoir, and meanders through the beautiful stone buildings of Williamstown. Taste some of Barossa’s most famous wines at the Wolf Blass, take pictures from the Menglers Hill lookout, and eat a great lunch at the Kaesler Winery Restaurant. Explore old and quaint craft shops, tea rooms and cottages in Stirling, Aldgate and Crafers villages.
Hahndorf: Enjoy the attractive Barossa Valley villages with their European buildings, classic vineyards and famous landmarks. Listen to the tour guide as he or she describes the fascinating blend of Europe and Australia in the valley. You will also be able to explore the quiet European agricultural village of Hahndorf, and its German influences, reminiscent of the tastes and smells of Bavaria.
Whispering Wall in Williamstown
The Whispering Wall was built between 1899 and 1903 as Barossa Reservoir’s retaining wall. This dam is considered a marvelous and revolutionary engineering achievement for its time. It’s even mentioned in the Scientific American journal. However, what your kids will enjoy best is the wonderful and unique acoustic effects of Whispering Wall. Place one kid at one end of the wall, and the other at the other end, over 100 meters away. Your kids will be able to listen to each other’s whispers clearly, as though they were whispering right next to each other! The adults in your party can enjoy learning about the construction of this dam, and enjoy a bushwalk in the colorful surroundings.
Balloon Over Barossa Valley
The best way to see the whole of Barossa Valley is to view it from a balloon. Take an early morning flight to observe the dew-drenched vineyards, buildings, national parks, quaint streets, cottages, villages and old cellar doors of Barossa Valley. Most Barossa Valley hot air ballooning tours include a buffet breakfast with a local wine, and some of them offer a commemorative flight certificate as well.
Explore the Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park in Tanunda
There are two main walking trails which take you through scrub, open grasslands, creeks, rocky outcrops and low forest areas. Enjoy the panoramic views over the Barossa Valley ranges. Take a local guide along to describe points of interest, native plants and spot the diverse wildlife in its natural setting. Go birdwatching in the early mornings and evenings; watch for kangaroos during the day in the open plans. Take a moonlight walk to spot Echidnas and possums which forage for their food at dusk.
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