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Kids in Adelaide Discover the Barossa Valley

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The beautiful Barossa Valley is closer to the CBD than you think it is! Just over an hour drive from the city, straight up Main North Road or take the Northern Expressway and you’ll find yourself (and your family) at the gateway to some of South Australia’s best wineries! Now it’s not just for adults. There are plenty of kid friendly venues and things to do when you choose to spend a day (or even a whole weekend) in this stunning part of our state.

EAT & DRINK

Whistler Wines, Seppletsfield Road Marananga
We were so impressed with Whistler Wines! The amount of things for the kids to do was amazing. Indoors there is a little play corner with a colouring in table, and kids food packs. Outdoors they can play in the cubby or on the play equipment, explore the gardens and check out the kangaroos. It’s so lovely to visit a winery which makes little ones feel welcome.

Z Wines, Murray Street Tanunda
Still in the picturesque town on Tanunda is the new and trendy wine bar Z wines. A highlight for the kids who visit is the carefully constructed tasting plate, including fairy bread, pretzels, cheese and pariser (even paired with beverages!). Such a nice touch and it makes the kids feel included when the adults are devouring the platter to end all platters (pictured below). When they aren’t nibbling and sipping, the kids can play in the gorgeous vintage play area with typewriter and old style telephone! Have fun explaining to them how people used to communicate before computers and smart phones!

Wohlers, Murray Street Tanunda
A little further up Murray Street (still in Tanunda) is the furniture/homewares store Wohlers. What you may not know is that they have a fenced in play area for kids, AND a little café! Wohlers has a distinct country, relaxed feel with some really lovely products.

Jacobs Creek Winery, Barossa Valley Way, Rowland Flat
One of the most well known and iconic of SA’s wine labels is Jacobs Creek. A must visit, and surprisingly kid friendly! There’s a small table and chairs with a toy box for the kids, and bats & balls for them to play with outside on the grassy area. Mums and Dads, you’ll love the wine too!

Gawler Arms, Murray Street Gawler
We often meet up with friends who live in the Barossa at Gawler. The perfect half way spot, and we our kids love the indoor playground at the Gawler Arms Hotel. There is even a separate (fenced) toddler play area. Pub meals are basic but good and affordable.

SHOP

Daisy & Hen, Murray Street Tanunda
Tanunda is a spectacular country town in the Barossa and you are greeted by stunning gardens framing the quaint main street. First stop for the kids is known as the local toy shop Daisy & Hen, and yes it has a huge range of fantastic quality toys and unique brands, but much more! Accessories, jewellery, décor and several educational products fill the shelves. They even have a kids play area/breastfeeding corner to the rear of their shop. Definitely worth paying a visit. Or you can shop online!

Kids Unite – Angaston

Kids Unite is a small family run business passionate about all children learning – You will find carefully selected quality toys, educational toys & sensory needs for all ages.

 

PLAY

Impact Kids World Play Cafe, Barossa Valley Way, Dorrien
If a play café is your thing Impact Kids World is worth checking out. Suitable for little people 12 months to 12 years of age. Yummy café food/coffee, open Monday-Saturday 9am – 3pm. The kids will be nice and worn out for you ready for your next stop on your journey.

Nuriootpa Train Park, Barossa Valley Way, Nuriootpa
At the very beginning of Linear Park is Tolley Reserve in Nuriootpa, with the hard to miss old steam train! The kids will love exploring inside and then having a play on the playground after. There’s also a skate park for older kids, BBQs if you’d like to cook your own lunch (I grabbed my coffee from On the Run over the road!). – click here to read more about this park

Angaston Playground, Murray Street Angaston
It’s always good to know where the good playgrounds are when you’re on a road trip! Make a note of the Angaston Playground. Plenty of fun play equipment, undercover areas, BBQ facilities, toilets, large lawn area and not far from the local cafes for you to get your coffee fix while you watch the kids play.

STAY


Discovery Parks – Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley Discover Park is AH-mazing for kids (especially in Summer!). Water park, pool, playground, jumping pillow – wow! Drink your wine you purchased at the wineries while the kids play and no one has to drive home!

Some final tips;

Plan your visit, get a map and make an itinerary of where you’d like to visit. Consider the time of year – Autumn and Spring are best, as it gets quite chilly in winter (although we went on a gorgeous sunny day in July!). Take some busy bags to keep the kids occupied when you need it, and of course the iPad never goes astray. Be sure you have a designated driver, and take a bottle of wine home with you to enjoy!

Lauren Hunt

Lauren Hunt is a mother, teacher and blogger at www.teachertypes.com She’s always been an Adelaide girl and is proud of it!! Find and follow her on Facebook and Instagram too

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