The Barossa Valley, situated 60km from Adelaide, and its neighbour Clare Valley, slightly more north, irrefutably offer some of the best wine-producing regions in Australia. With a rich heritage reaching back to multi-cultural pioneer days, and a strong artisan presence, the region has a dynamic cultural pulse. Throw in vibrant markets, top-notch restaurants, and spectacular scenery, and you have the perfect retreat away from it all.
Here we’ve our 5 top experiences for your getaway to the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley:
1. The Barossa and Clare Valley are a magnet for fine-dining and wine connoisseurs, with world-class restaurants and innumerable award-winning cellar doors. The iconic Chateau Tanunda, is a magnificent, globally-respected winery that began its wine-growing journey in the 1840s. After whetting your appetite by indulging in fine wine, stop of at 1918 Bistro & Grill a stone’s throw away. Passionate about local produce and wine, the restaurant offers unsurpassable culinary delights.
2. Shopping across the Valleys caters for every taste, with large retail outlets offering an eclectic mix of goods ranging from arts & crafts to local designer wear. There are also numerous farmers’ markets, all offering the freshest produce and the most delicious fare. With so many goodies to sample, make it easier by trying them all on a Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail.
3. For a break from the indulgent food and wine the region has to offer, retreat into the heavenly nature that surrounds the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley. Meander along trails through undulating hills; enjoy nature reserves packed with stunning bush landscape and flowering gum trees, or visit one of many conservation areas with their richly diverse wildlife. Spend a few hours at the beautiful Barossa Reservoir, and witness the legendary acoustics of the Whispering Wall.
4. The cultural vibe in the region is as ripe as its award-winning grapes, with an intriguing mix of fascinating history and a strong artisan presence. You’ll find the traditional heritage crafts of cooperage and quilting alongside contemporary art galleries, with many wineries boasting their own collections. Signs of the chequered history of the region are evident wherever you look, providing interesting insight to pioneering days gone by. Check out Kapunda Museum, noted as being one of the finest folk museums in Australia.
5. There are plenty of opportunities to kick back and unwind, with pampering spas eager to cater to your every whim. However, spa treatments are not the only way to relax in the region. With untold beauty and secluded spots to take in the idyllic, unspoilt views, you will soon find your body and soul rejuvenated by nature. Spring Gully is the perfect place to do this, with gurgling creeks surrounded by rare orchids.
The decadent food and wine of the region will set the mood for the ultimate self-indulgent breakaway; why not add luxury accommodation to the trip, and spoil yourselves even further? Browse our catalogue of luxury accommodation Barossa & Clare Valley.
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