Prepare your Car for a Weekend trip to the Barossa Valley (InfoGraphic)
Adelaide has one of the world's best wine regions on its doorstep, but there is so much to the Barossa than a simple boozy bus trip. Here are some tips to help you make the most of a weekend in the Barossa.
Start at Glenelg
Keep your car in top shape with a well known mechanic in Glenelg, such as Wise Auto. Head down to Glenelg and enjoy an ice-cream on the shore, it's much easier to leave from there on a Friday night rather than dealing with the inner city traffic. Of course, if you want to do some off-road exploring there are also some farm-stays that would give you a chance to do some four wheel driving.
Drive up to the Barossa
There are a range of places to stay for any budget, from simple farm-stays to luxury homesteads. Many of the smaller wineries also offer accommodation onsite. It can be a great idea to find somewhere that has a restaurant so that you can have a beautiful meal and some wine without needing to drive to the next day.
Spend the days exploring
There are a lot of beautiful ways to start the day in the Barossa, ranging from dawn hot air balloon rides to a more relaxed start at a local cafe. The farmers market in Angaston is a great place to grab a coffee and try some of the local gourmet produce. Next up it's time to start trying some wines. Having your own car gives you the flexibility to set your own pace and choose wineries that specialise in your favourite style of wine. Be sure to set some time aside to visit some of the local museums as the Barossa Valley is rich with history.
Take the scenic route back to Adelaide
As you leave, take the scenic route back to Adelaide and admire the lush scenery. The town of Gawler makes a great stop for lunch. Returning back Glenelg you can catch the convenient tram back to the city or your home, if your car is being serviced.