Doing our best Thelma and Louise impersonation, we jumped in Viv, our super comfy Volvo XC90, flicked on our heated seats and headed north to the beautiful Barossa. The Volvo XC90 is super comfortable and even has an in-built booster seat, so you can take the kids with you. However, this time, the kids stayed home!
All you need for the perfect road trip is a car (preferably Viv), a friend or lover, and a suitcase full of good times.
Here is our Barossa road trip itinerary – Copy it, steal it and enjoy!
Accommodation :: Lanzerac
Wow! Hidden amongst kilometres of rolling vineyards is a special little bed and breakfast by the name of Lanzerac. The rooms – divine. The food – divine. The service – divine. Perfect for a romantic weekend away. Our room (and spa) was beautiful and looked like something out of a Country Road catalogue.
Image credit: Lanzerac
For Fun :: Barossa Butcher Baker Winemaker Trail
A self-guided food tour has to be the best way to explore the Barossa. All you need is a car and a buddy. You’re given a map, a freezie bag, a cheese knife and board, wine glasses, voucher booklet and a map and boom, you’re on your way!
The aim of Barossa Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail: to use your vouchers and collect enough food and wine for the perfect platter. Did I mention that we love platters? You get a number of destinations to choose from, so make your platter as big or as small as you’d like. We opted for the first option. Pfft why wouldn’t you? The BIGGER the better!
Once we collected the map and vouchers, we headed to the Apex Bakery for delicious rolls, then on to Maggie Beer’s Farm for her quince paste, Barossa Valley Cheese Company for cheese (we may have spent a week’s wages on extra cheese and crackers), and then we headed to Thorne Clarke Wines for a great bottle of Sand Piper Pinot Gris. There, on their velvety lawn overlooking the vines, we planted our bums on the grass and picnicked like a boss. It was bliss!
For coffee lovers :: Bean Addiction
When you go to the Barossa, you think “wine”. But what about our second fave thing? Coffee! Hidden behind Penfolds is Bean Addiction, where you get to experience their one-of-a-kind coffee brews that are all fresh and smell like absolute bliss!
Image credit: Bean Addiction
For Daredevils :: Segway Sensation
Daredevils and unco people unite — that was Lauren and me. We also proved that ANYONE can ride a Segway.
I’ve wanted to ride one of these babies since they were first invented 17 years ago. And I can confirm that they are even more fun in real life.
For Dinner :: Novotel
Dinner at the Novotel has just got even better with their new menu designed and sealed with a tick of approval by Saskia Beer. Saskia can make even the simplest of dishes taste fantastic, so you owe it to your taste buds to try her amazing creations. Everything is made with local produce and, of course, love.
Two hidden gems you need to know about – one is full of beautiful homewares and the other is chockas with the cutest kids clothes and home style. You’ll find both on main street, Tanunda.
Image credit: Daisy & Hen
Now, get in your beast of a car and head to the Barossa!
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