Backroads to Barossa

Take the backroads to the Barossa with me and stop by the sights less travelled to learn of this deep, ancient and recent cultural history of this beautiful valley. I bring you to all of the contrasts and colours of the Barossa.

We take the back roads from your pickup point to see the real Barossa Valley winding our way up the Mt Lofty Range with coffee in comfort to Balhannah, Oakbank, Woodside to our first stop, the Birdwood National Motor Museum. This fascinating collection of vehicles and experiences is a social history of motoring in Australia highlighting the human endeavors to overcome the challenges that Australian conditions posed.

From Birdwood, we drive to Herbigs Tree at Springton to view the ancient Redgum tree that was home to an immigrant family of 4 for their first four years of settlement in South Australia from 1845. A little further along we stop to look out over the 360 degree vista from Eden Valley Hill. From this point we can see the vision that would have taken the breath away from the first settlers of these 4 distinct valleys.

Lunch is a gourmet hamper picnic in the gardens of Seppeltsfield Winery. Guests can take a guided walk through the extensive gardens established in 1851 by Joseph Seppelt and learn the fascinating story that is Seppeltsfield then head for the cellar door to taste the fruit of the vines. The architecture of the many heritage listed buildings that make up Seppeltsfield is not only stunningly timeless but uniquely South Australian from its stone and low verandah construction to the stables, distillery and cooperage.  We also take a stroll up the date palm lined entrance to the Seppelt Family Mausoleum that rests serenely above the vineyard.

We can’t leave this beautiful area without a visit to Hentley Farm Estate winery which was rated as Australias best winery in 2015 by international acclaim. Again, be guided through and absorbed by the architectural history of Hentley Farm Estate as well as a tasting of its superb wines.

We take a another backroad from here to the South Para Dam Whispering wall, a man-made phenomenon where a whisper at one end can be heard over 120 meters away at the other. View the tranquil expanse of water that is the 4515 ML South Para Dam and learn some of its history.

The scenic 60 minute drive home to your accommodation in the late afternoon wanders through the Adelaide Hills and Foothills and sees you returned in time for dinner around 5.00p.m.

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