Brisbane to to Barossa - The Wine Express
Geoff and Andrea
Brisbane to the Barossa – The Wine Express
We decided we wanted to travel to the Barossa in South Australia during our annual holiday over the Christmas New Year period, so we planned out our road trip with a few little rules to make it interesting, we only stayed in Free Camp areas and we wanted to eat at only the highest rated places in the area we were in, so with the help of Trip Adviser and Google reviews we hit the road.
Setting off from Brisbane our first stop Stanthorpe, where we free camped at a popular site just outside of town, while in Stanthorpe we visited Stanthorpe Cheese, Ballandean Estate Wines, and Castle Glen Wine, all well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Our next stop was Texas, we stayed at a wonderful free camp area, right on the river, toilets and showers are available in town about 1km away, our next free camp stop was at Bingara, also right on the river, lots of room.
Then on to Gowang, we free camped at Hickey Falls, nice spot very picturesque, you can camp at the rest area and the falls are just a short walk away.
Then we drove through Forbes and stopped at the McFeeters Motor Museum, we checked out the free camp site in Forbes, it looks lovely, and will definitely make time to stay there next time.
We carried on through Warren and Nyngan making our way to Cobar where we stayed at the Newey Reserve free camp area, very nice spot, it is like a secluded oasis, the camp area is around the towns water supply, the sides have been built up so you have to drive up and onto the reservoir wall essentially, but there is plenty of trees for shade to keep you nice and cool.
Driving from Cobar we stopped at Little Topar Roadhouse on our way to Broken Hill, Little Topar Roadhouse has a 5 star rating and boasts the best burgers in Australia, well worth the stop. We travelled on to Broken Hill where we spent a few days exploring this well known area, we drove up to the lookout to check out the famous Broken Hill Mine, and stopped at the equally famous Bells Milk Bar, an authentic looking 1950’s milk bar with great milk shakes, very popular as they have good food and air-conditioning.
We continued on to Merbein and Mildura right on the New South Wales Victorian border, we stayed at the Psyche Pumps Free Camp right on the Murray river, we even saw some paddle steamers go by. We also visited Mildura Homestead Station a historical village right on the river, and Bushells on Tenth Ye Olde Lolly Shoppe, worth a visit if you have a sweet tooth, as well as the Sunraysia Cellar Door for some delicious wines.
Then it was on to Renmark, a very pretty town where we stopped for a meal, then continued on to our next free camp stop, Lake Bonney near Barmera, what a beautiful place, the sunset over the lake was spectacular.
Then on to Banrock Station Wines and Wetlands Centre, this is well worth a visit, even though on the day we where there they had to suspend the wetlands self tours due to such high temperatures, so recommend visiting in the slightly cooler months.
Then it was on to the Barossa, we spent a bit of time travelling around the Barossa Valley stopping at Seppeltfield, Nuriootpa, Tanuna, and the Lyndoch areas, and we sampled numerous wineries and artisan cheese and food makers, such as Kersbrook Hill Wines and Cider, Wynns Coonawarra Estate, DiGiorgio Family Wines, Rymill Coonawarra, Kersbrook Hill Wine and Cider, Rockford Wines, Grant Burge Cellar Door, Murray Estate Vineyards, Langmeil Winery, Peter Lehmann Wines, The Barossa Valley Cheese Company and Darling’s Food with Passion Café. We also have to make special mention of following places, Bella Lavender Estate near Glossop it was very beautiful with wonderful food and wine on offer, Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, you can taste test absolutely everything on offer and it was all delicious, and lastly without a doubt one of the best bakery I have ever been to Lyndoch Bakery and Restaurant, it is a German style bakery with the most amazing food, we made several trips on our stay, in fact just about every time we drove past we just had to stop.
Stay tuned next month for Geoff and Andrea’s return journey, it promises to be just as delicious.
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