If you haven’t done South Australia’s iconic Barossa Valley, now is the time. If you want to go for Easter 2021 it’s time to make your bookings.  Add on a couple of extra days so you can have at least a day in Adelaide.

Fly into Adelaide – the Campervan and Motorhome suppliers are close to the airport and of course, you can take a hire car directly from the airport.  An easy 1-hour drive on the M2/A20 (77kms) will take you straight to the heart of the Barossa Valley.

The Barossa is all about eating and drinking.  It’s popular year-round so on a long weekend it’s really important to plan and book your restaurants, don’t miss out on some of Australia’s best dining experiences.  Check out special events over Easter, so you can work them into your plans.  Also, during these COVID times, you may have to book your cellar door visits, there are plenty of links provided below. Here are a few recommendations from us to make your planning a little easier.

The towns of the Barossa Valley 

The two biggest and most central are Tanunda and Nuriootpa.  The other main towns are Angaston, Lyndoch and Greenock.

Tanunda – credit: Dragan Radocaj

Most central accommodation

Motorhome  Big4 Barossa Tourist Park in Nuriootpa.

Discovery Parks Tanunda

CarBarossa Weintal Hotel – Tanunda

Vine Inn – Nuriootpa

Top Cellar Doors

 

St Hallett – Est. 1944 one of Australia’s most well-known brands

Langmeil – Set in a lovingly restored 1842 trading village, the beautiful grounds and wines are an Instagram must. photo credit: S.Richardson

 

Lindsay Wine Estate – Great wine and music, walking distance from Tanunda town.  Look out for special events here.  Lindsay host fun events with good food on their front lawn for long weekends. They even have a cricket pitch. – photo credit: Tourism SA

Penfolds – since 1844 Australia’s most famous name in wine.

Henschke Hill of Grace – 2021 Halliday’s Winery of the year. That should be enough of an endorsement.  Photo credit – Header – Henschke & Co.

Best Wineries for a Loooong Lunch 

Yalumba – this iconic Australian label offers good wine, food and amazing gardens.  photo credit: S.Richardson

Seppeltsfield  – tours, tastings and the fabulous restaurant Fino. So special. photo credit: Josie Withers

St Hugo – expansive views that are perfect for a long lunch.

Henley Farm – It’s in the name, you really feel like you are immersed on a farm, with emphasis on fabulous local produce.

photo credit: Barossa GWA

 

 

Somewhere a little bit different

Tomfoolery Wines – Small family vineyard specializing in handmade premium wines.

First Drop Wines – Home of the Brave – You don’t have to be too brave to try this quirky cellar door and tapas bar.

david Franz – Cheese, homemade bread, pizza, wine and a view, what more could you want?

Z Wine – Sisters are doing for themselves in downtown Tanunda, these 5th generation wine makes offer light meals and live music as well as a funky cellar door.

photo credit: Tourism SA

 

 

 

God’s Hill Wines – Hidden gem – say no more!

A Special Dinner

Vintners – in Angaston.  Delicious Magazines #1 pick for SA.  The greatest respect is offered to the best in local produce. Formal or al fresco dining.  If you don’t pre-book you will miss out 

photo credit: Barossa GWA

 

 

FermentAsian – in Tanunda. Southeast Asian cuisine with the best of local produce. This is a real treat and it’s no secret so pre-book as far ahead as possible.

Appellation and Bar Three75 – in Marananga – Fine dining or casual – both are great and offer the best in local produce.

photo credit: J.Montesi

 

 

 

The Farm Eatery – Maggie Beer’s Tanunda. – Only open for lunch, but of course it’s a must-visit.  Maggie’s Daughter Ellie runs the restaurant and you can visit Maggie’s farm shop while you’re here. Delicious.

Bike Hire

There are lots of bike tracks around the Barossa, not only is it a great way to see the countryside, you may need to burn off a few calories.

Tanunda – Barossa Cycle Hub (at the visitors centre)

Nuriootpa – Barossa Bike Hire

photo credit: Barossa GWA

 

 

Don’t forget to pay your respects to the traditional custodians of the Barossa area, the Nagadjuri, Peramangk and the Kaurna people, elders past, present and future.

Shelley Richardson

Shelley has been working in the travel industry for over 30 years, in aviation, for tour operators and for the last three years for DriveNow. Having travelled extensively worldwide, alone, as a couple and with her family, Shelley has experience to share about how to make the most of your holiday

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