Barossa - Getting Here and Around

A famous wine region

The Barossa is Australia's most famous wine region. It’s about a one hour drive from Adelaide city.

While perfect for a day trip, to see everything it has to offer, you really need to stay longer.

Driving in the Barossa, South Australia

To reach the Barossa from Adelaide, head up Main North Road (A1) to the Sturt Highway (A20) and enter via Gawler. Alternatively take the winding but scenic North East Road (A10) through Chain of Ponds and Williamstown.

From the east

If you're driving from Melbourne, head through Eden Valley, Murray Bridge, Palmer, Tungkillo and Mount Pleasant. Alternatively, take the South Eastern Freeway to Hahndorf and then drive through Birdwood and Williamstown.

From Sydney, take the A20 via Renmark and enter the Barossa at Truro or Nuriootpa. 

From the city

Domestic and international flights frequently service Adelaide Airport, where hire cars are available. Parafield Airport (for light planes) is 45 minutes south of the Barossa and available for private charters. Many hotels in the region offer airport pickups but make sure you enquire when you book.

If you’re catching a bus, Link SA offers a daily scheduled service from Adelaide. There’s a Dial-a-Ride bus service between Angaston, Nuriootpa and Tanunda on weekdays. A daily bus service makes regular trips between Adelaide and the Barossa. There are coach tours available around the region. Many incorporate cellar door visits, so you won't have to drive after sampling the local drop!

Scenic drives

A number of scenic drives wind their way through the region. Take a cruise along the Barossa Scenic Heritage Drive or stunning Seppeltsfield Road, which is lined with palm trees. Drive to the top of Mengler Hill Scenic Lookout for breathtaking views of the Barossa Valley.

Barossa towns are generally close together, so catching a taxi home is a realistic alternative to driving. Make sure you book ahead, particularly if you’re out after dark. 

If you’re here with your friends, before you head off wine tasting for the day, toss a coin and choose a designated driver.

Self drive itineraries

The Barossa is also featured in several self drive itineraries, including the River and Wine drive, which can be followed from either Sydney or Melbourne.

Foodies will love the Great South Australian Wine and Food drive or try The WOW Tour - Wildlife, Outback and Wine - for something different.

Follow the trail

The Heysen Trail and Mawson Trail travel through Kapunda. Start the 259 kilometre Kidman Trail here or walk the short trail that tells the story of Kapunda and copper.

The Kapunda Heritage Trail meanders ten kilometres through the town, allowing the opportunity to see some of the town's historic places, buildings and remnants of previous lifestyles that have shaped Kapunda's history and character.

All roads lead to the Barossa.

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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