One of the great things about South Australia is that it's full of some of Australia's best wine regions. Barossa Valley is located about 70km northeast of Adelaide. It’s easy to get to with good road and public transport links to Adelaide and various other destinations in the state. Once you arrive in the Barossa it’s easy to get around. Most towns and hamlets are just a short drive, cycle or walk away.
Adelaide Airport is well connected with major cities in Australia with direct flights between Perth, Melbourne, Hobart, Cairns, Sydney, Brisbane and more. There are also international flight routes including Kuala Lumpur, Doha and Singapore. Once you arrive at Adelaide Airport, you can transfer to a local bus, train, taxi or private transfer to Barossa Valley.
It takes about 1-1.5 hours to drive to Barossa Valley from Adelaide. From Adelaide Airport, you can either go direct via Northern Connector to Tanunda (about 1 hour), or via Main North Road to Tanunda and Lyndoch (about 1.5 hours). If you fancy taking a more scenic route, you can drive via North East Road through Chain of Ponds to Elliamston and Tanunda (about 1.5 hours).
Taking your car or renting one gives you a bit more flexibility to travel around different towns and villages in the region, but it might not be so good if you want to visit all of the cellar doors and have a tipple while you’re at it.
By public transport
You can get to Barossa Valley by taking a local Adelaide Metro train from Adelaide Railway Station to Gawler Central. This rail service operates seven days a week, 365 days a year. From Gawler Central, you can transfer to Barossa via a local bus operated by Link SA. The 810 bus goes from Gawler to Nuriootpa via Lyndoch and Tanunda. Bus transfers from Gawler aren’t super regular, so make sure you check out bus schedules before your trip.
Cycling is an amazing way to see the beauty of the wine region. The Barossa Trail is a 40 km traffic-free cycling/walking between Angaston and Gawler via Nuriootpa, Tanunda and Gawler. It winds through the heart of the region and showcases some of the best wineries, cellar doors, views and historic attractions. It's also a cheaper and more eco-friendly way to get around.
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