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7 Top-rated Attractions and Things to Do in the Barossa Valley – Tourist highlights of Southern Australia

Sixty kilometres north of Adelaide is Barossa Valley. Known for grape crops, gentle climates, homemade produce, and scenic views, the valley is one of the most popular tourist regions in Australia.


The Barossa Heritage Trail

One of the best ways to explore the Barossa Valley is to traverse along the Barossa Heritage Trail. With 30 kilometres, the trail covers some of the best tourist attractions in the region. On a self-guided tour, you can explore the German heritage of the Barossa Valley, learn about the mining history of Kapunda, and visit a French chateau and a lavender farm. For a detailed map, you can stop by a tourist information centre.


Artisan foods and fresh produce

The Barossa Valley is known for its gastronomic treats. Even if you choose one of the holiday apartments in Adelaide with cooking facilities, you should explore the local markets where they sell a range of farm-fresh produce and artisan foods; the fine-dining restaurants serve up a wealth of foods and drinks as well. The region is dotted with small cafes, markets, and local eateries, so be sure to choose a tour that includes food experiences.


The Angaston Heritage Walk

Explore the English side of Barossa Valley on a guided Angaston Heritage Walk. You will have the chance to explore the architectural marvels and the eventful history of the settlement. British and Cornish immigrants were the first settlers here, and the town has numerous tokens that speak of them. Attractions of the area include Doddridge Blacksmith's, a town hall built in 1876; Old Union Chapel, an ancient church in the region; and the Collingrove Homestead, an old building with a long history. Head to The Barossa Valley Cheese Company and find yourself a map and a brochure.


Conservation parks

In the Barossa Valley, you are surrounded by nature. There are three conservation parks that you must visit: Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park, Hale Conservation Park, and Sandy Creek Conservation Park. All three of them offer the chance to see the abundant wildlife the valley is known for. Birds and kangaroos are frequent encounters, and you will also see a range of native flora. Also, you have no reason to worry about time or transport, you can easily access these conversation parks from tourist accommodation like iStay Precinct Adelaide.


The Kapunda Mine Trail

Kapunda is a Cornish settlement that became one of the key farming areas in the Barossa Valley. When a large number of copper deposits was found in 1842, Kapunda became Australia's largest mining town; however, the area was abandoned due to frequent floods. All the old buildings are well preserved, and this is now a heritage town.


The Barossa Chateau and Lavender Farm

Lyndoch is an old settlement containing two visitor attractions. Lyndoch Lavender Farm is one of the highlights of the village. It's still a working farm, and if you visit, you can buy various gifts and body products – you can also taste many food delights at the café. The spring months are the best time to visit when the birds and butterflies frequent the gardens. Another highlight found 10 minutes away is the French Chateau. Once a resident, the chateau is now famous for its high tea. Taste delicious scones and cakes with a steaming cup of tea, and make sure you have time to explore the beautiful rose garden and the large porcelain collection.


Bike around the valley

For the best outcome of your trip, explore the valley by bike. You can bike through the main towns enjoying the valley's tourist attractions. There are four biking trails: Nurioopta to Kanunda trail, Tanunda to Lyndoch trail, Angaston to Nuriootpa trail, and Lyndoch to Gawler trail. The valley also has many mountain biking trails including the Steingarten Loop and Lavender Farm Loop.