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Barossa Walks and Outdoor Adventures

The great outdoors of the Barossa

From the rolling hills of the Mount Lofty Ranges to the open space of the Valley floor, there’s so much to explore in the Barossa. Call us biased, but we think we live in one of the most beautiful natural environments in South Australia. No matter how much time you have, there are options to suit any fitness level. Enjoy relaxing Barossa walks through the towns and surrounding landscape. And while much of the Barossa is best enjoyed on foot, exploring by bike is very popular and for the more adventurous the sky is the limit, quite literally.

On Foot

The Barossa is well suited for exploration by foot with meandering bush walks more formal touring routes to choose from. One of our favourite places to enjoy walking outdoors is Kaisersthul Conservation Park, that encompasses part of the Heysen Trail as it makes its way from the South Coast to the Flinders Ranges. Home to an abundance of wildlife, we are sure you will see the resident kangaroo families and if you’re lucky, the local echidnas will be out to play when you visit.

A little closer to our home is Altona reserve, located just next door to the Lou Miranda Estate Cellar Door. The tracks offer an opportunity for bird watching some incredible species of native birds such as Restless Flycatcher, Hooded Robin and Blackchinned Honeyeater. After a stroll through the reserve, join us in the Cellar Door for a glass of wine. Relax on the front lawn and see if you can spot the two Hooded Robins that live in the lemon tree. This is what days in the Barossa are made of.

If you prefer a sturdier walking path underfoot, you might like to visit Whispering Wall in the Para Wirra National Park, or the sculptures of Mengler Hill. While both locations involve hills, they do have walking paths that people with all fitness and ability levels can access.

A little further from the main tourist areas are Mount Crawford, with natural bush land and pine forest plantations. The walking trails suit most fitness levels and are sure to bring you close to local wildlife. It’s also home to an annual trail running competition if that’s more your style.

The North Para has cut down to bedrock through its own sediments in Chatterton Gorge. Photo courtesy of the Walking Trails Support Group


By Bike

Being host to many years of the Tour Down Under, the Barossa is a bike riders paradise. Enjoy rides between the wineries or along formal bike trails between Gawler to Angaston if staying off road is your preference.

You don’t need to bring your own bike as bikes are available from many accommodation venues to use for the day or you can hire bikes from the Tanunda Hub on Murray Street, including eBikes to give you a boost on the upwards slopes or if you prefer a more leisurely ride.

A recent upgrade to the Jack Bobridge Track linking Gawler to Tanunda has created a pleasant ride near our Cellar Door in Rowland Flat. The track takes you close to the meandering North Para River and Altona Reserve, one of our favourite parts of the bike trail.

Another upgrade to Barossa bike trails includes the off-road bike path along Seppeltsfield Road and is a fantastic addition to the Barossa.

Segways and beyond

Exploring the Barossa can be fun and a quite adventurous for those wanting more than a stroll or leisurely cycle.

If you want to try out 2 wheeled travel of a different kind while still absorbing the Barossa, book with Segway Tours and roll your way through the vineyards of the Seppeltsfield.

Or if getting more of a bird’s-eye view of the Barossa appeals to you, Balloon Adventures Barossa and Barossa Helicopters can help you get a full 360 view of the magic of the Barossa.

For those who prefer to stay closer to the ground, guided Horse Riding through the Barossa, taking in the Vineyards, pastoral lands and native bushlands, is a magical way to recharge and connect with nature from atop the back of an Arabian Horse.

And if structured outdoor activities that involve hitting little white balls around a course is your thing, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are several pro-18-hole golf courses to choose from across the Barossa. Check out Tanunda Pines and Sandy Creek golf courses if you’re keen to get a round in during your Barossa trip.

Ready to plan your Barossa walks?

Exploring the Barossa is a must when you visit and with bike paths on our doorstep and a multitude of ways that you can immerse yourself in the great outdoors, there is sure to be something to tickle your fancy.

So go on, grab your walking shoes and get out and see the Barossa.

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