Langmeil Lutheran Church, Ken Stepnell / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 4683

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 the focal point for early German settlement. The German Lutherans found it only natural to plant vines, as it was a basic part of their lifestyle. Many of the Barossa's shiraz vines date back to those early days. Tanunda has a boisterous German spirit, good eateries and fine examples of Lutheran churches.

Visitor Information

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


Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Nuriootpa

    The long history of winemaking in this Barossa town is apparent when travelling down the main street. Old vines that glow red in autumn...more

  • 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

  • Lyndoch

    Lyndoch is one of the oldest towns in South Australia. The first European explorers, led by Colonel Light in 1837, described the area around...more

In Town

Barossa Historical Museum: situated in the former post and telegraph office (1865), its collections specialise in German heritage; Murray St.

Gourmet produce: specialty stores include Tanunda Bakery for German breads (Murray St), Tanunda's Nice Ice for homemade ice-cream (Kavel Arcade) and Apex Bakery for traditional pastries (Elizabeth St).

Heritage walk: includes many historic Lutheran churches; more details available from visitor centre in Murray St.


Barossa wine region The Mediterranean-style climate, varying soils, specialised winemakers and long history (dating back to the 1840s) have created a world-renowned wine region in the Barossa Valley. Nearly all outfits offer cellar-door tastings and sales. Close to Tanunda is the Barossa Small Winemakers Centre, housed in the cellar door at Chateau Tanunda, Basedow Rd, and showcasing the rare and handmade varieties of the Barossa's small producers. At the Chateau Dorrien Winery Tourism Centre in Barossa Valley Way there is an interesting mural depicting Barossa heritage. Winery map available from visitor centre. For more information see Angaston, Lyndoch and Nuriootpa.

Norm's Coolies: see performances by a unique breed of sheepdog, Norm's coolie; 2pm Mon, Wed and Sat; just south on Barossa Valley Way; (08) 8563 2198.

Bethany: this pretty village was the first German settlement in the Barossa, and it has a great winery sitting on a hilltop. The creekside picnic area, pioneer cemetery, attractive streetscapes and walking trail along Rifle Range Rd make it well worth a visit; 3 km SE.

The Keg Factory: makers of American and French oak kegs, as well as barrel furniture and wine racks; (08) 8563 3012. St Halletts Rd; 4 km SW.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Wine-tasting - Nuriootpa and Angaston 7 km

Elderton Wines near Nuriootpa is a carbonneutral winery. Its cellar door is partially solar-powered and the vineyard is using biodynamic methods of production. Yalumba in Angaston has three organic wines and an... Find out more

Adelaide Zoo 54 km

With its catchphrase ‘We exist to save animals from extinction’, this is another of Australia’s excellent zoos. Visit the Giant Panda enclosure to see the Wang Wang and Funi. The sea-lion display... Find out more

Aboriginal gallery, Adelaide 55 km

The Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery at the South Australian Museum holds the largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts in the world. Some 3000 are on display at any one time.... Find out more

Morialta Conservation Park 56 km

One of the most stunning parks in the region and located only 10 kilometres north-east of Adelaide, this has waterfalls and deep gorges, woodlands, koalas, echidnas and southern brown bandicoots. The pick of the walks is... Find out more

Golf courses around town

The Grange Golf Club (East Course) 58 km

Vern Morcom was working on the final changes to The Grange’s West course redesign when the club announced plans for a second course. Morcom was asked to design it, on 150 acres of adjoining land, and the East... Find out more

Royal Adelaide Golf Club 58 km

In the city of churches, Royal Adelaide is the golfing equivalent of the Vatican. Every visiting golfer should make a pilgrimage to this Dr Alister MacKenzie-designed layout, one of Australia’s top 10 courses,... Find out more

The Grange Golf Club (West Course) 59 km

Melbourne’s sandbelt wasn’t the only region in which golf course construction was booming during the 1920s. Various sites in Adelaide’s western suburbs – Kooyonga in 1922, Glenelg in 1926... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

1918 Bistro & Grill

This handsome old villa (c. 1918) has a relaxed and affable atmosphere with a sense of history – which also sums up the region’s spirit. In winter, 1918’s cosy rooms are warmed by log fires. Come the... Find out more

Apex Bakery

First fired up in 1924, the wood oven here has been going ever since, making it Australia’s longest continuously fired oven. The breads and yeast cakes that emerge from its hallowed doors are as much a part of the... Find out more

Krondorf Road Cafe

Displaying a striking fusion of old and new, inside this building’s rakish, contemporary lines there are mighty recycled timbers and earthy touches like a wood-fired oven. The food reflects a similar regard for the... Find out more

Jacob’s Restaurant

This towering glass-walled pavilion is the ultra-modern showcase for the Jacob’s Creek wine portfolio and also houses a smart lunchtime eatery. With the creek’s big river gums just outside and splendid views... Find out more


Appellation is the Barossa’s pinnacle of fine dining, where regional cuisine driven by fresh produce is lifted to a new pitch of sophistication. An understated, impeccably tailored dining space sets the tone.... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

The Locavore 58 km

The Locavore (‘local eater’) at Stirling in the Adelaide Hills sticks to the ‘100-mile’ philosophy of sourcing food, which in its case includes the Barossa, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and the... Find out more

The Organic Market and Cafe 58 km

This bustling cafe and organic produce outlet in Stirling was the national winner of the best organic retailer award. Something of an institution in the area, it has delicious antipasto platters and great coffee. About... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Adelaide Hills Craft Brewing 43 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 53 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 53 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

South Australian Brewing Company 56 km

Established in 1888, the South Australian Brewing Company became the state’s dominant beer-maker by steadily acquiring competitors like the Kent Town Brewery, West End Brewery and the Walkerville Co-operative... Find out more

Campsites around town

The Old School House camping area 18 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 20 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 22 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 22 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 24 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 26 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) 27 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) 50 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

Haythorpe Reserve camping area 54 km

This reserve is in Mannum, on the eastern side of the river on Bowhill Rd, north of the ferry. The site has a boat ramp.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Tanunda Caravan and Tourist Park 1 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

Barossa Valley Tourist Park 7 km

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

Gawler Caravan Park 21 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 51 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

Discovery Holiday Parks - Adelaide Beachfront 57 km

With very good amenities and a wide range of facilities, this quality park is close to Port Adelaide, Football Park and the West Lakes shopping complex, as well as only 10 km from the city centre. It is one of... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Goat Square Cottages

Dating from the 1840s, this heritage-listed trio stand at the former hub of village life for Tanunda’s proud German settlers. Now offered as self-contained town houses with modern furnishings and facilities, their... Find out more

Jacob’s Creek Retreat

Given the eponymous wine is such an export success, it’s somehow fitting that this retreat on the banks of the famed creek is blessed with so many European touches. It’s a genuine hideaway, with a choice of... Find out more

Lawley Farm

With some of the valley’s most prestigious names in wine just a short hop down the road, this vineyard estate could hardly be better sited. A former settler’s cottage, barn and stables have all been given a... Find out more

Stonewell Cottages

Concealed within a 50-hectare vineyard and occupying prime lakefront positions, these three inspired cottages feel like something from another realm. All the essential ingredients are on hand for an intimate getaway:... Find out more

Sonntag House

Located in one of the best preserved of the original town settlements, this 1840s cottage oozes heritage charm. Offering two bedrooms, full kitchen and laundry, traditional bathroom (with original claw-foot bath) and... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Clarion Hotel Soho 55 km

Completed at the end of 2008, this five-star boutique hotel was designed with many hidden environmental features, such as water-recycling systems, sustainable building materials and airflow and passive cooling to reduce... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Moppa Road rest area 7 km

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

Just off the highway behind a few trees.

Truro East Rest Area 21 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 33 km

At Tarlee

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Riverton rest area 44 km

At Riverton

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

Annadale rest area 46 km

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

Just off the highway among trees. 

Winkler park area 50 km

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

Very small area adjacent to the highway. Limited shade.

Hanson rest area 55 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 56 km

At Dublin

On the service road.

What's on around town

Barossa Under the Stars: Mar.

Tanunda Show: Mar.

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

Barossa Gourmet Weekend: Aug.

Barossa Band Festival: Oct.

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