South Australia is very well known for the famous Barossa Valley. This internationally-acclaimed wine region is just a short 55 minute drive north east of Adelaide city. The beautiful landscapes will have you sitting in awe as you sip on some very good tasting wine.
Coincidentally we just happen to be passing by right on my (Kylie’s) birthday. Talk about having great timing and a great birthday! This birthday was one I wasn’t going to forget. We enjoyed our time in Barossa Valley with our kids in tow.
Here are some of the places we went to visit when visiting the Barossa Valley. These wineries can be found on the Nurioopta Wine Trail
The Willows Vineyard
The Scholtz family is a true Australian story which dates back as far the 1800. Rich in culture and rich in great tasting wine. This place is a must to stop by. With friendly staff and lots of green grass for the kids to run around. This makes a good stop for the family.
Whistler Wines is a household name. Everyone we spoke to told us to go to Whistler Wines. We did and it was soooo lovely. This place is very family friendly, with a small playground and plenty to do for the kids. We found this place the best. Check out all the events that Whistler have going on during the warmer months. They really do go above and beyond.
Hentley Farm Wines
Hentley Farm Wines have a large area for the children to run around. If you are driving you may need to use the ‘spit bucket’ or skip a few tastings. The packages are reasonable and the food is amazing. It was nice to sit back and enjoy. By this time I had stopped drinking the wines and was getting ready for the drive back to Gawler.
Transport in and around the Barossa Valley
Depending on what your planned day looks like will depend on what transport you will choose. If you are planning to do tastings at more than 3-4 wineries plus a glass of wine at each then I’m going to guess you are going to hire transport. Check out Get Your Guide for your drop off and pick up transport or a chauffeur to take you around.
Now doesn’t this sound great! A lovely bike ride through the Barossa Valley. The bicycle trail starts at Barossa Bike Hire and you hire a bike and follow the trail. Th Barossa Bike Hire company are located in the Barossa Valley and have plenty of bikes to choose from. Electric bikes, tandem bikes and children carriages. They have all the inside the information on the best routes to take and the length of those routes.
This is a popular choice for travellers. Keeping in mind this can become an expensive option if paying for children and some companies will not allow children to board the bus. As we all know tour guides are the best way to see lots in a little time frame. Plus you don’t have to do any of the planning yourself, just sit down and be driven around to some of the best wineries in the business.
Drive your car
This is the option we took and it worked a charm. We could stay as long as we liked and we could leave if the kids had enough. There are plenty of scenic views along the drive where you will want to pull over and take a quick picture. The scenery is just beautiful. We often stopped and just sat and gazed while sitting on the bonnet of the car. We feel for families this is the best option.
We drove into the Barossa and we found this easier to move from place to place. We stayed the night just outside of Gawler at Gawler Gateway Tourist Park. Which meant our drive to the first winery was not far at all. We prepared the kids with charged up Ipads and downloaded movies for them to watch so when they started to get irritated or bored they could then chill out and watch a movie.
Dan and I are not wine connoisseurs so we thought one day in the Barossa Valley visiting wineries suited us fine. But you could spend a few days exploring the beautiful region. If we didn’t have kids in tow I think we would have hired out bicycles and rode the 8km Nurioopta trail. Give it another 15 years and we can revisit that idea……
Enjoy and let us know where you visited in the comments box below
Fearlessly living and exploring
Dan, Kylie and Kids x