Maggie Beer's Farm Shop, South Australian Tourism Commission

Population 4415

The long history of winemaking in this Barossa town is apparent when travelling down the main street. Old vines that glow red in autumn drape the verandahs of equally old buildings. Surprisingly, the town actually began life as a pub. As a trade route was being established northwards to the Kapunda coppermines, William Coulthard foresaw the demand for rest and refreshment. He built the Old Red Gum Slab Hotel in 1854 and the town developed around it. The Para River runs through Nuriootpa, its course marked by parks and picnic spots.

Visitor Information

Barossa Visitor Centre, 66–68 Murray St, Tanunda; (08) 8563 0600 or 1300 852 982

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Angaston

    Angaston takes its name from George Fife Angas who purchased the original plot of land on which the town now stands. He was a prominent...more

  • Tanunda

    Tanunda is at the heart of the Barossa and surrounded by vineyards. The modern-day township grew out of the village of Langmeil, which was...more

  • Kapunda

    Kapunda is between two wine districts – the Barossa Valley and the Clare Valley – but its history is very different. Copper was discovered...more

In Town

Coulthard Reserve: popular recreation area; off Penrice Rd.

Barossa Trike Tours: provides chauffeured Barossa tours aboard an Oztrike Chopper 4 with seating for 3 as you take in the beauty and splendour of Australia's most famous wine region; South Tce; 0438 623 342.


Barossa wine region The Barossa is Australia’s eminent wine region, a landscape of historic villages panning out to vine-swept hills and grand buildings on old wine estates. Shiraz is the premier drop, with semillon the star of the whites. Some of the old shiraz vines date back to the 1840s, and several winemaking families, many with German backgrounds, are into their sixth generation. Senior names include Yalumba (1849), which is officially part of the Eden Valley, PENFOLDS (1844) and Seppelt (1851). You can sample the iconic PENFOLDS Grange at PENFOLDS Barossa Valley (Tanunda Rd, Nuriootpa, (08) 8568 9408) and even visit the Winemakers’ Laboratory to blend your own wine to take home in a personlised bottle. Seppelt (1 Seppeltsfield Rd, Seppeltsfield, (08) 8568 6217) is a must-visit winery with its elegant bluestone buildings and gardens. Its range of fortified wines includes Spanish styles and classic tawnys – the jewel is Para Liqueur, a tawny released when it is 100 years old. Peter Lehmann (Off Para Rd, Tanunda, (08) 8563 2100) and Wolf Blass (97 Sturt Hwy, Nuriootpa, (08) 8568 7311) are other well-known wineries in the area. Smaller gems include Charles Melton (Krondorf Rd, Tanunda, (08) 8563 3606), known for its Nine Popes blend of shiraz, grenache and mourvedre and for the Rose of Virginia; the nearby Rockford (Krondorf Rd, Tanunda, (08) 8563 2720), with fantastic wines seldom seen in other Australian states; Torbreck Vintners (Roennfeldt Rd, Marananga, (08) 8562 4155), offering excellent shiraz and shiraz viognier; and Langmeil (Cnr Para and Langmeil rds, Tanunda, (08) 8563 2595). For some history on the Barossa and winemaking, the Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre (Barossa Valley Way, Rowland Flat, (08) 8521 3000) has a gallery with displays next to its wine-tasting area, where you can sample some of this well-known label’s varieties. For more information on the region see Tanunda, Lyndoch and Angaston.

Light Pass: a small, historic township with notable Lutheran churches and Luhrs Pioneer German Cottage, displaying German artefacts; 3 km E

Maggie Beer's Farm Shop: tastings and sales of gourmet farm produce from renowned chef and writer Maggie Beer, as well as Pheasant Farm and Beer Brothers wines. Enjoy a gourmet lunch (gourmet picnic-style lunch, (08) 8562 4477); Pheasant Farm Rd; 5 km SW.

Wolf Blass Visitor Centre: an opportunity to discover your own unique and memorable Wolf Blass experience, be it through learning about one of Australia’s most storied winemakers or enjoying the tasting room; Sturt Hwy; (08) 8568 7311.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling in the Barossa 7 km

In the Barossa, you can hire bikes from the visitor centre in Tanunda and take the paved 7-kilometre cycle path to Nuriootpa. For a guided, multi-day supported bike tour, sampling the best of the region’s cuisine... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Cucina Banco

This former main street bank has been revamped as a versatile country cafe and dining venue. The menu options cover all contingencies: from gourmet muesli and big cooked breakfasts, to pizza, tasting platters and... Find out more

Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop

The Barossa’s ambassador extraordinaire has returned to her old stamping ground on Pheasant Farm Road. As well as being an outlet for Maggie’s eponymous range of pâtés, pastes and other goodies,... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Adelaide Hills Craft Brewing 50 km

Located in the former Onkaparinga woollen mill complex at Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills, this brewery/bar is run by Alistair Turnbull and Phil Jones. The pair turned their backs on careers in banking to study brewing in... Find out more

Coopers Brewery 60 km

More than any other Australian brewery, Coopers has grown significant market share over the past two decades on the back of increased demand for alternative beer styles. It was established in 1862 by Yorkshireman Thomas... Find out more

Brewboys 60 km

One of the country’s newest craft beermaking enterprises, Brewboys is a partnership between Stephen Nelsen and Simon Sellick, who also operate the contract brewing company Fresh Cellars. At present they utilise a... Find out more

Campsites around town

The Old School House camping area 24 km

On the Heysen Trail, this historic building in the north of the reserve sleeps 8 and has tent spaces close by. You’ll find it 9 km east of Williamstown, from Springton Rd. Book ahead, as access is via a gate.... Find out more

Centennial Drive camping area 26 km

This long creekside campsite next to Centennial Dr and stands of large radiata pines is on the Heysen Trail. A short – but steep – climb from here leads to Mt Crawford. The sites are 12 km east of... Find out more

Rocky Paddock camping area 28 km

A large open campground set among rocky outcrops on the edge of the forest plantation, this site is 1 km from the information centre off Tower Rd. There is water here but it is not suitable for drinking, so carry in your... Find out more

Fromms Farm camping area 29 km

This former dairy is now a generous-sized shelter for group camping, with tent spaces close by. It's located on Mount Rd, 2 km from the information centre. You enter via a gate, so you need to book. This camping area... Find out more

Chalks camping area 30 km

This expansive and popular grassed site is set among river gums on Chalks Rd, close to the corner of Warren and Forreston rds, 4 km from the information centre. There’s a short walk from the parking area over... Find out more

Cromer Shed camping area 32 km

This recent addition to the forest’s list of campsites features a large shelter shed among eucalypt woodland on the south-eastern edge of the forest. It’s off Cricks Mill Rd, 7 km west of Mt Pleasant.... Find out more

Mount Crawford camping area (bush camping) 33 km

For self-sufficient walkers there are assorted bush camping options along the Heysen Trail, with walk-in access only, including 2 huts. The information office can provide details. Some have rainwater tanks but bring a... Find out more

Swan Reach camping area (bush camping) 48 km

Sites for self-sufficient bush camping are signposted off Swan Reach–Sedan Rd, 10 km west of Swan Reach. Near here, on an unsealed road off the Swan Reach–Walker Flat Rd, are spectacular views of the Murray... Find out more

John S Christian Reserve camping area 52 km

There’s self-sufficient camping on Marne Valley Rd, 15 km north-west of Walker Flat, beside the Marne River.... Find out more

Ridley camping area (bush camping) 56 km

Self-sufficient bush camping is permitted in the park, 8 km south of Swan Reach on the way to Mannum.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Barossa Valley Tourist Park

This good quality Barossa Valley caravan park has a large number of sites, a choice of accommodation and a range of facilities including tennis courts. It is within walking distance of the town centre and close to... Find out more

Tanunda Caravan and Tourist Park 8 km

Enjoy the Barossa Valley experience from this popular park; it is a great base for exploring the fabulous wine-producing region. Located 1.5 km from the town centre, with easy access, it offers patrons a good range of... Find out more

Gawler Caravan Park 27 km

This is a good quality park close to the town centre and located on the banks of the Gawler River. It is a good base for exploring the nearby Barossa Valley and is easily accessible from the Sturt and Barrier highways.... Find out more

Levi Park Caravan Park 58 km

Levi Park is just 5 km from the city and a very good base for exploring central Adelaide. It has shady caravan sites and pleasant grassy tent sites, all located in a magnificent historic garden. The River Torrens flows... Find out more

BIG4 Blanchetown Riverside Holiday Park 58 km

This well-maintained park is in a picturesque spot on the banks of the Murray River, just below the Blanchetown lock. It is a smaller, good quality park with a range of accommodation, about 500 metres from the town... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

The Lodge Country House

This 100-year-old homestead accommodates up to eight guests in regal style, set within a hectare of garden complete with sweeping landscaped lawns, tennis court, summer house, pool and a creek out the front. The tranquil... Find out more

The Louise

Named in honour of family matriarchs, this award-winning resort is the benchmark for executive-style luxury in the Barossa. The 15 opulent private suites feature the full gamut of top-line amenities – spa bathrooms... Find out more

Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage

The integrity of this humble 1860s dwelling has been preserved and enhanced, making it an idyllic sanctuary for the definitive Barossa adventure. The location alone – amidst a dreamy drift of vines, gaggles of... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Moppa Road rest area 2 km

29km NE of Gawler (L) or 3km W of Nuriootpa (R)

Just off the highway behind a few trees.

Truro East Rest Area 14 km

1 km E of Truro (L) or 45 km W of Blanchetown (R)

Small area just off the highway among a few large trees. Good shade.

Tarlee park area 30 km

At Tarlee

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Riverton rest area 40 km

At Riverton

Just off the highway among trees. On the south side of town.

Annadale rest area 41 km

29km E of Truro (L) or 17km W of Blanchetown (R)

Just off the highway among trees. 

Winkler park area 46 km

2km S of Saddleworth (L) or 7km N of Riverton (R)

Very small area adjacent to the highway. Limited shade.

Hanson rest area 50 km

13km S of Burra (L) or 28km N of Manoora (R)

Just off the highway among a stand of pine trees. 

Dublin park area 59 km

At Dublin

On the service road.

What's on around town

Barossa Vintage Festival: celebration of food and wine in various locations; odd-numbered years, Apr.

Barossa Gourmet Weekend: Aug.

Barossa Farmers Market: each Sat morning, in historic Vintners Sheds, near Angaston.

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