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South Australia

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South Australia

My husband and I are going to be in Australia soon and are putting together some of our plans.

We are planning to do a tour of a favorite winery in Clare Valley, so we will be spending 2 nights there. However, we also are interested in the red wines that I have been reading about on the forums. We are unsure as to whether we should stay in Adelaide and pick up a day tour from there, or stay in the Barossa Valley itself and find some way to tour around the wineries for a day. We are only planning 2 nights in Barossa.

We both plan to enjoy the wine, and thus do not plan on driving during the day tours/trip to wineries.

As we are "planning" to visit one winery in Clare Valley, we would like to experience more than one in a day in Barossa Valley.

Any tips are appreciated!

Edited: 04 January 2013, 12:06
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1. Re: South Australia

You can get a bus to Barossa Valley. There is a local taxi service up there as well. It's approx 85kms from Adelaide by car if you want to hire a car and drive there. I'd recommend a GPS unit which hire car companies will rent out. That way you could drive to Clare, stay there then onto Barossa Valley. Barossa Valley is a region so depends on exactly where you are planning to stay. Novotel in Rowland Flat is nice. Tanunda is also a nice town to stay in. Also you've picked the best area for Red Wines. Hope this helps

Edited: 04 January 2013, 12:18
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If you don't wish to drive IN the regions as you taste then you will need to organise tours. You will have a larger choice of tour operators if you stay in the region itself as they will charge you a premium for a city pickup and you will waste the best part of two hours just getting to and from the Barossa.

Angaston, Tanunda and Lyndoch are lovely areas to base oneself in. The Novotel is a big hotel but many people like the option of Bed and Breakfasts (generally you cook your own breakfast from supplies provided) or the Country House style of accomodation such as Abbotsford where your breakfasts are cooked for you and you can benefit from the knowledge of your hosts (they can often make phone calls and organise transport and exclusive experiences for you depending on your personal tastes)

I would stay IN the Barossa on your way back from Clare (not far at all) and then organise to be driven around the region from your place of accommodation

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The Barossa tourist office can advise on local tours www.barossa.com

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I would go on a tour or get a taxi up there to drive you around

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Getting on a tour is the easier option.

If on a self drive trip, when you are there for the first time, despite the fact you have maps and GPS, you may not know which winery to visit when you are there and will waste time searching.

Plus the fact that you would be drinking a lot of wine, and thus should not be driving.

But then you can take it there every other driving visitors to the wine yard Drink and Drive and should be no issue.

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