Barossa Family Holidays

Not just for grown-ups!

The Barossa Reservoir is held back by the Whispering Wall at Williamstown. This local landmark got its name due to its amazing acoustics. A whisper from one end is clearly heard at the other more than 100 metres away. Try it yourself!

Whispering Wall, Barossa, South Australia

Fossick for gold, opal, garnet or diamonds at the Mount Crawford Forest Reserve. Different to other conservation parks, this one is in a historic mining area. Grab a Forestry SA permit first from the Mount Crawford Information Centre. 

It’s a gem

Even if your search for sparkles comes up empty-handed, the park is fabulous for bushwalking, cycling and horse riding. It has some fantastic spots for picnicking or camping. Look out for those old mine shafts!

Walk through nature in the Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park near Tanunda. It's been voted as one of the 10 best things to do in the Barossa. There are breathtaking views from the top of the Barossa Ranges. The park is full of native birds, animals and plant life. Explore the region on foot and stay overnight in Rossiter's Hut.

Mine time

The Kapunda Mine was the first successful commercial metal mine in Australia, after copper was discovered in 1838. The Kapunda Mine Trail offers an insight into this great South Australian mine, how the ore was mined and treated, and how 'pares' of miners operated - practically unsupervised, resulting in a series of burrows without system or method.

The Kapunda Heritage Trail focuses on the entire town, meandering 10 kilometers past some of the town's historic places. The local mining boom between the 1840s and 1870s resulted in much wealth entering the town and beautiful buildings from this historic still exist today.

Another tour on offer in Kapunda is The Kidman Connection - a self-walking or driving tour that highlights places connected with cattle king Sir Sidney Kidman, who managed his pastoral empire from Kapunda.

In good taste

For some refreshments, head to Tanunda's Ice Creamery, opposite the Tanunda Hotel. Try the delicious Shiraz, Cabernet or quince flavours. 

Dive in at the public pools in Gawler, Tanunda, Williamstown and Nuriootpa.

Older kids may be interested in some small-wheel action at the skate parks in Nuriootpa and Gawler or the BMX track in Williamstown. Take the bike a bit further, along the vineyards on the Barossa Bike Path or the famous Mawson Trail.

All in the family

There’s a tree house with a difference! Show the kids how one family used to live in the Barossa. Visit the Herbig Family Tree in Springton, the first home of Johann Friedrich Herbig, his wife and two of their 16 kids.

Andrew Cosi Costello and family

He's the host of South Aussie with Cosi, a family man and most importantly, passionate about South Australia. Andrew 'Cosi' Costello shares his top five tips for a great family holiday in South Australia.

1. Head to the Barossa Farmers Market and buy up big. It’s all local and fresh and you'll have enough food to keep you going for the weekend.

2. Stay around for lunch and have a Market Burger – It’s life changing. All the sauces are on the bar so take your pick.

3. Take the family out for Saturday night pizza at Angaston’s award-winning Roaring 40's Café.

4. Walk through the museum at Wolf Blass and take in the history of the winery. It’s fascinating and free.

5. Drive up to the Mengler Hill Scenic Lookout for awesome views over the Barossa. While you’re there, take a look around the sculpture park.

What's on in SA

There are plenty of events on in South Australia. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Things to do

Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in the area.

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