Barossa and Clare Valley Attractions

You'll need several days in both regions to discover our pick of the top attractions, from fine foods and wine to heritage.

Top 10 attractions in the Barossa

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1. Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, Pheasant Farm Road, Nuriootpa      
Barossa icon Maggie Beer is passionate about food and cooking. This is shown in the produce available at her farm shop (think quince paste, pheasant farm pate and her renowned verjuice). Tastings, cooking demonstrations and picnic hampers are some of the wondrous experiences on offer. Open seven days a week. maggiebeer.com.au

2. Hot air balloon ride
Could there be a more perfect way to view the Barossa than floating above the valley in a hot air balloon ride at dawn? Operating all year round (weather permitting), let wonder take over as you look at the vistas around you. barossavalleyballooning.com.au or balloonadventures.com.au

3. Penfolds Make Your Own Blend, Penfolds Barossa, 30-38 Tanunda Road, Nuriootpa
If you consider yourself an educated wine-buff or simply beginning to explore wine, Penfolds Make Your Own Blend is fun for all. Don a white labcoat and produce your own blend of Penfolds wine. You’re even given a bottle of your creation to take home! Operates daily at 10:30am. Bookings essential. penfolds.com

4. Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail
Travel along the trail and discover the culinary traditions of the Barossa and the wines which have put the region on the map. A voucher book is available for purchase which acts as a guide for a treasure hunt around the Barossa, picking up bread, cheeses and meats as you go. barossa.com

5. Barossa Farmers Market, Corner of Stockwell and Nuriootpa Roads, Angaston
More than 50 stallholders sell their local produce including meats, cheeses, vegetables, olive oils and breads. Why not stock up to create your own picnic hamper while exploring the region? Every Saturday from 7:30am - 11:30am. barossafarmersmarket.com.au

6. Hentley Farm, Cnr Gerald Roberts Road and Jenke Roads, Seppeltsfield
A small, single-estate winery in the western Barossa, Hentley Farm also has a restaurant in restored stables which complements its cellar door. hentleyfarm.com.au

7. Festivals
The Barossa plays host to festivals all year round. From smaller, community festivals to larger ones, they draw visitors in from Adelaide and other regions. The Barossa Gourmet Weekend (August) and Barossa Vintage Festival (March-April, bi-ennial) are two of the biggest and focus on the local and food and wine of the region. barossa.com

8. Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre
The award winning Visitor Centre is home to Jacob's Creek's famous wines, located in the heart of the Barossa. The centre offers a memorable culinary tourism experience with sweeping views of vineyards and hills. Tour the vineyard with14 different grapes varieties, learn more about how wine is made, walk through the picturesque grounds along the banks of Jacob's Creek or simply enjoy the views from the deck. jacobscreek.com 

9. Seppeltsfield Road
Named after the Seppelt family who played a significant role in the Barossa’s early history, Seppeltsfield Road features 18 wineries, luxury accommodation and fine dining. The road is lined with majestic date palms which were planted during the Great Depression and today form one of the prettiest drives in the region. barossa.com

10. Heritage
With German heritage dating back to the 1840s, this European beginning is still seen today in the food on offer and the names of streets. Several heritage trails link key heritage sites in the Barossa taking you past pug cottages, steepled churches and steep-roofed farmhouses. barossa.com

Top 5 attractions in the Clare Valley

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1. Martindale Hall, Manoora Road, Mintaro
From being the home of the Adelaide elite to the location for Picnic at Hanging Rock, Martindale Hall is now open to the public for self-guided tours. Built in 1879, the original decor and furnishings include a marble floor in the main hall which was inspired by the Italian Renaissance. Open daily until 4pm. Accommodation also available. martindalehall.com

2. Cycle the Riesling or Rattler Trail
Stretching 35 kilometres between Auburn and Clare, the Riesling trail follows the former railway line between the two towns. The relatively new Rattler Trail is 19 kilometres long and connects Auburn to Riverton. The trails are best enjoyed on a bike which can be hired from Clare, Sevenhill and Auburn. Cycle through native landscapes, next to beautiful vineyards and stop off at one (or two or six!) cellar doors to taste the wines on offer. southaustralia.com

3. Sevenhill Cellars, College Road, Sevenhill
Established by Jesuit priests and brothers in 1851, Sevenhill Cellars still produce sacramental wines today. Its most famous winemaker, Brother John Man, runs tours twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The St Aloysius Church (with crypt) is open every day for visitors to wander through. sevenhill.com.au

4. Burra Heritage Passport Trail
Burra was once the seventh largest town in Australia and boasted a population larger than Melbourne when it was at its mining peak. Even though it’s quieter today, the town still boasts an enormous amount of charm. A Burra Heritage Passport Key is available (for a small fee) for visitors to unlock the hidden history of its mining and historic past. visitburra.com

5. Clare Gourmet Weekend
Held annually in May, the Clare Gourmet Weekend attracts around 10,000 lovers of food and wine. Sample the flavours from local winemakers, restaurateurs and food producers.clarevalleygourmet.com.au  

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