Walking and wildlife in the Barossa…
Barossa Bushwalks – sixteen local walks, graded from very easy to hard. The website has a printable brochure outlining the walks (the leaflet can be hard to find, it’s due to be reprinted – there are copies in the cottage)
Walking Trails Support Group – Barossa walks – ten easy to follow walks. The site has downloadable pdfs for each walk and leaflets are available from the Visitor Centre in Tanunda and are in the Guest Information Guide in the Cottage.
The Barossa Bush Garden is a community run nursery and natural resource centre. The gardens are home to about 130 of the 400+ species of plants that can be found in the region, some of which are rare or critically endangered. It showcases different plant associations, as well as garden beds filled with a diversity of vegetation.
The Barossa has a winemaking tradition stretching back to 1842 and, having escaped the ravages of the phylloxera virus that decimated many European and Australian vineyards in the nineteenth century, is home to some of the world’s oldest vines still in production. Today, the region is home to more than 150 wineries and 80-plus cellar doors. Whilst producers range from large-scale global operations to small-batch artisans they all retain a distinctly local character and visitors can be assured a warm welcome. The local tourist board provides a comprehensive guide to the region’s wine here. Here’s a few of our favourites (in no particular order):
Artisans of Barossa: a group of eight family-owned winemakers who share a tasting room on Murray Street, Tanunda – Hobbs of Barossa Ranges, John Duval Wines, Sons of Eden, Schwarz Wine Co, Purple Hands Wines, Spinifex, Lienert Vineyards and Chaffey Bros Wine Co.
Izway: a ten-minute drive from Halletts Valley Hideaway on the Seppeltsfield Road. If you’re planning a tour of the wineries along the Seppeltsfield Road then make sure you fit a visit to Izway’s cellar door.
Charles Melton: even closer than Izway! Worth visiting either for a tasting or a leisurely bottle on the lawn or maybe a tasting followed by appreciating a bottle of something from the tasting… The cellar door’s on the Krondorf Road, which is also home to Grant Burge Wines, Krondorf Creek Farm, Eperosa, Moorooroo Park Vineyards (and David Austin rose garden) and Rockford Wines. If the weather’s not too warm, catch a taxi to Grant Burge then wend your way along Krondorf Road and St Hallett Road (taking in St Hallet Wines) back to Halletts Valley Hideaway (approximately 5km).
David Franz – a wonderful place for a relaxed lunch (call ahead to check what’s on the menu) alongside a tasting.
Z wines – the cellar door’s a wine bar on Murray Street, Tanunda, live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Wood-fired bakery, established 1924, 1a Elizabeth Street, Tanunda.
Sourdough loaves (including a fruit sourdough, which is delicious toasted with butter and jam), pies and pasties, doughnuts, traditional German cakes and pastries…
And the garden and kitchen at Halletts Valley Hideaway…
Visit the Information Centre in the main street of Tanunda for BAROSSA VALLEY TOURIST INFORMATION