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Self-drive Holidays 41
BAROSSA, CLARE VALLEY &
MURRAY RIVER -- 4-5 DAYS
Australia's most famous wine region, the
Barossa, is a 75-minute drive north- east
of Adelaide. Take the picturesque route
through the Adelaide Hills to Williamstown.
Just outside the town is the Whispering
Wall. The wall has a remarkable acoustic
phenomenon: messages whispered at one
side can be heard clearly at the other end,
140 metres (153yards) away.
On the road to Tanunda stop at the Jacob’s
Creek Visitor Centre, and enjoy a meal at the
award-winning Jacob’s Creek Restaurant
(see page 80).
The town of Tanunda is a delight, and a walk
around is the best way to see its unique
historic attractions. There are great cafés,
bakeries and antique and craft shops along
this street too. Recommended wineries in
Tanunda include Peter Lehmann Wines,
Richmond Grove and Langmeil Winery. It is
worth taking a short drive out of Tanunda to
Krondorf Road, to try the wines at Charles
Melton and Kabminye.
Drive to Angaston via Mengler Hill Lookout
for one of the best views of the Barossa.
In Angaston, visit the Angas Park Fruit
Company to purchase some delicious dried
fruits, stop for a well-deserved break at
Blond Coffee and Store (see page 82) for
lunch or a coffee. Both Saltram Wines (see
page 80) and Yalumba are near Angaston.
This afternoon continue exploring the
wineries of the region, such as Elderton
Wines, Penfolds Wines (see page 80) and
Wolf Blass Visitor Centre (see page 80).
For a light lunch, Krondorf Road Café at
Kabminye Wines and Maggie Beer’s Farm
Shop are highly recommended. For lunch or
dinner, try Hentley Farm, Harrys Restaurant
at the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort with a
stunning view of the Barossa Ranges, 1918
Bistro & Grill in Tanunda, Wanera Wine Bar
and Restaurant in the heart of Angaston or
the highly acclaimed Appellation Restaurant
at Marananga (see pages 82-83 for
Accommodation in the Barossa is varied
and excellent. Pretty, historic self-contained
cottages, hosted bed and breakfasts, heritage
or resort-style accommodation, hotels and
motels are all available. See page 79-80.
Adelaide to Tanunda: 71km/44miles,
1 hour 15 minute drive
Adelaide to Tanunda via Chain of Ponds:
74km/46miles, 1 hour 20 minute drive
and Banrock Station wines can be tasted,
purchased and enjoyed with a light meal
featuring native ingredients. See page 126.
A range of accommodation is available along
the Murray River – including hiring
a houseboat and travelling on the river.
Clare to Waikerie: 171km/106miles,
1 hour 45 minute drive
Waikerie to Renmark: 75km/47miles,
1 hour 30 minute drive
It’s a short trip to the Barossa from the
Riverland, this time through the soft rolling
hills that become the Mount Lofty Ranges.
Enjoy more time in the Barossa before
returning to Adelaide on Main North Road
Renmark to Tanunda: 180km/112miles,
2 hours 35 minute drive
Tanunda to Adelaide: 71km/44miles,
1 hour 15 minute drive
Following a leisurely day in Clare Valley,
return to Adelaide in the afternoon and
return your rental car. Stay overnight in
Clare to Adelaide: 132km/82miles, 2 hour drive
Transfer to Mannum or Murray Bridge
this morning to cruise the lower reaches
of the Murray River by hiring a houseboat
(minimum hire times may apply), or join
a weekend or five -night weekday cruise
on the PS Murray Princess or Proud Mary
Cruises (see page 125). This stretch of
the river is known for historic river towns,
stunning ochre- coloured cliffs, Aboriginal
archaeological sites and wonderful birdlife.
Adelaide to Mannum: 82km/51miles,
1 hour 30 minute drive
* Distances and times do not include detours or stops.
Continue exploring the wineries and
attractions of the Barossa.
Drive to Clare Valley this afternoon, an
easy one-hour drive through beautiful
farming country. The Clare Valley is one of
Australia's premium wine regions, as well as
an important pastoral region.
Its oldest vineyard is Sevenhill Cellars,
established by the Jesuits in 1851. Enjoy
lunch at Skillogalee, (one of 40 local cellar
doors), or Artisan’s Table Wine Bar and
Bistro (see page 87).
The valley has many smaller towns with
their own charm to explore. Visit the
heritage village of Mintaro: its remarkable
buildings include the magnificent 19th
century mansion Martindale Hall. Visit
Auburn for its many buildings of architectural
and historical merit, tearooms, craft shops,
galleries and antique shops.
The Riesling and Rattler Trail is an excellent
walking and cycling path, and links many
wineries and cellar doors between Auburn
and Clare. Accommodation in Clare Valley
ranges from motels and apartments, to self-
contained cottages and beautiful country
estates. See page 87 for listings.
Tanunda to Clare: 100km/62miles, 1 hour drive
Following a leisurely morning in Clare
Valley, drive to the Murray River via Burra,
approximately two hours away. Explore
Waikerie, Barmera, Renmark and Berri,
where the region's fruit industry is on show
at roadside stalls and outlets. Birdwatching,
hiking and water sports are favourite
activities along the Murray River.
One attraction not to be missed is the
Banrock Station Wine & Wetland Centre,
near Kingston-on-Murray. The wetlands can
be explored on a sign-posted walking trail
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