South Australian Travel Diary: Barossa Valley

A couple of sunny weekends ago, we trekked down to the Barossa Valley, to indulge in some incredible local produce, sink a few bottles of wine and bask in everything that the region has to offer. 

If you're the sort of person that only ventures down to the Barossa for a wine tour with the squad and want to try something different, or are just looking for an aesthetic AF weekend away with your significant other, then you have clicked on the right guide. We want to share with you our favourite spots to get tipsy in the region that keeps on giving, where to rest your weary eyes after a day of indulging, and of course, where to get a good cuppa joe. 

FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD.

Friends, if you're anything like me, then food is the number one priority on a weekend away. Our entire trip revolved around seeking out the next spot to treat our tastebuds, where the wine was just as good. Here are my top picks for all you food-obsessed fiends.

1. HARVEST KITCHEN

Harvest Kitchen is part of the popular Artisans of Barossaboasting a communal menu designed to complement the wines of six artisanal wine producers in the region. 

We were lucky enough to be there on the same night as their seasonal dinner series 'An Italian Table' - where we enjoyed six incredible courses, ranging from a selection of Italian cheeses, cured meats and pickled vegetables, to mushroom and truffle ragu with creamy polenta and porchetta with slow cooked beans, bitter green salad and fresh ciabatta. It's safe to say we left with a food baby. The food was melt-in-your-mouth good, while the local beers and wines stood up and succeeded the hype. 

Where: Cnr Magnolia and Light Pass Roads, Tanunda
When: Open 7 days from 11am to 6pm, and 'til late Friday & Saturday evenings.
Price: $$

2. CHARLES MELTON WINES

Charles Melton Wines are a small Tanunda based winery, who have called home to the same vineyard since 1984. Their wines predominantly feature Grenache and Shiraz varieties, which is what they were founded on all those years ago.

If your'e after a hearty, home-cooked pie, seasonal tart, perfect cut of meat, or notorious Barossa Valley cheese plate, Charles Melton Wines is your go-to. All produce that comes out of the small kitchen is locally sourced, produced and pretty bloody delish. Matched with a couple of their beautiful wines, it was a long lunch to remember.

Where: Krondorf Rd, Tanunda
When: CELLAR DOOR 11am - 5pm daily
VERANDAH DINING - Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 12pm - 3pm. Bookings advisable.
Price: $$

3. 1918 BISTRO & GRILL

If you're after more of a fine-dining experience, make sure you visit 1918 Bistro & Grill in Tanunda. We went there for dinner on Saturday night, which was the perfect way to end a day of amazing food and wine, with a bit more of just that... All of their produce is either made in-house or locally sourced, while their drinks list is made up of predominantly local wines, with a few carefully selected Australian and International drops thrown in. 

We tried the Market Fish and 300gm Dry Aged Scotch Fillet, which were both cooked to absolute perfection, before finishing off our meal with the shared dessert platter. If you're a sweet tooth, or not for that matter, make sure you get your paws on that dessert platter. We literally scraped the plate clean. 

Where: 94 Murray St, Tanunda
When: Open 7 days, 12–2:30pm & 6–9pm
Price: $$$

Charles Melton Wines
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ACCOMMODATION

Once you're finished stuffing your face full of cheese, home-made pies, locally sourced meats, wine, and more wine, it's inevitable you're going to want to take a Nanna nap. Lucky, we found the perfect digs for you and your S.O. (be it bestie or bae). 

STONEWELL COTTAGES & VINEYARDS

Picture this: you approach a stone-walled driveway, set between a sprawling vineyard on your left and picturesque dam to your right. You drive a couple hundred metres down the gravel road to find yourself peeking through the trees at the cutest little stone cottage, perched on the edge of a big, beautiful lake. You make your way inside to be greeted by a rustic, homely interior, tray of local wine and goodies on the dining table, and fireplace set up with freshly cut firewood. You almost wet your pants from excitement, before heading into the bedroom where you find a king size bed, the fluffiest, most comfy robes and a SPA BATH. IN THE BEDROOM.

If you thought that's where it ends, you'd be wrong. In the morning, you wake up to find a fridge full of beautiful Barossa breakfast ingredients, the bench overflowing with locally sourced muesli, bread, condiments and even breakfast to feed the ducks! Apart from almost being attacked by the over enthusiastic ducks, we had the most blissful weekend, taking in the sunset and lake views from this incredible little cottage. Would highly recommend. 

Where: 373 Stonewell Road, Stonewell, Tanunda
What: Stonewell Cottages & Vineyards
Price: $$$
 

Stonewell Cottages and Vineyards - Inspire Musings

 

COFFEE TIME.

The Barossa Valley is filled with cute cafes, rustic bakeries and adorable little shops, but when it comes to coffee, we don't muck around. We found the best places to get your caffeine fix.

1. FLEUR SOCIAL 

Flowers, coffee, bagels, and an industrial interior. Need we say more? Make sure you check out this florist come cafe next time you're in the Barossa. 

Where: 55C Murray St, Nuriootpa
When: Open 7 days Mon-Fri from 6:30am
Price: $

2. BAROSSA FARMERS MARKET

Great coffee, fresh veges galore and all of the local produce you can get your grubby little paws on. The Barossa Farmers Market is a must on Saturday mornings!

Where: Angaston Rd & Stockwell Rd, Angaston
When: Every Saturday morning from 7.30am - 11.30am
Price: $

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Fleur Social Barossa Valley - Inspire Musings

Wine Not?

It wouldn't be the Barossa without heading to a few wineries along the way. Here's a few of my favourite wineries to check out next time you're in the land of wine.

  • Z Wines - 109-111 Murray St, Tanunda

  • Murray Street Vineyards - Murray Street, Greenock

  • Tscharke Wines - 376 Seppeltsfield Road, Marananga

  • Rockford Wines - 131 Krondorf Road, Krondorf

  • Hutton Vale Farm - 65 Stone Jar Road, Angaston

You could probably find so many more things to do around the Barossa, it is so jam-packed full of beautiful little places, you honestly feel a little over whelmed with it all. Hopefully this gave you some insight into the region, and equips you the bones to explore for yourself.

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South Australian Travel Diary: Deep Creek Conservation Park

If you've been following me on the gram for a little while, you would know that Deep Creek Conservation Park is an absolute favourite of mine and Aythan's for camping, hiking, beach hangs, and those amazing panoramic views.

The first time we went to Deep Creek was our first camping trip together. We both love to get away from the big smoke, so we decided camping for a couple of nights in the conservation park would be a pretty nice way to kick off our camping adventures together.

While our days were filled with sunshine, hiking and seeking out hidden coves, our nights were spent staring at the millions of stars you can't see from the city, sitting around the campfire with a glass of local wine, a couple of beers and some home-made pasta. We fell in love with the incredible views, diverse hikes and beaches that seem to go on forever... so we've been back twice since.

If you have a few days off, or are travelling through South Australia, a trip to Deep Creek Conservation Park is an absolute must. Plus, it's only 1.5 hours out of the city, which means you can even make the trip down on a Friday after work, something we've done a couple of times for a cheeky weekend away. Days seem to slow right down when you're unplugged from technology and the city lifestyle. The landscape is so untouched and apart from your camping neighbours, there's really no-one around, which makes escaping that city life even sweeter! The kangaroos seem to love it as much as we do too, 'cos there's always so many of them hopping around nearby.

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There are a few campsites throughout Deep Creek, but the two we have camped at are Stringybark and Tapanappa. Both are pretty beautiful, but so different from one another. 

If you're looking for beautiful big trees surrounding your camp, a hot shower of a morning and a toilet that flushes, Stringybark is where you wanna be. It's surrounded by Australian wildlife, with plenty of kangaroos hopping around the campsite. Last time we were there, we even had some snags stolen by a couple of cheeky kookaburras. He had a good laugh to himself after he ate them whole.

On the contrary, Tapanappa is a little more desolate, but if you pick the right campsite, it can also be a little more private. Last time we were there we felt like we had our own shaded sanctuary, it was bliss! You feel like you're really in nature with this one, because there are no showers and the toilet is a long drop... not the most glamorous, but the closeness to the coast is definitely a plus. The campsites at Tapanappa are surrounded by native wildflowers, which is one of my favourite parts. 

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1. Take in the view with a hilltop picnic
  
The view from the Tapanappa lookout seems to take my breath away every time we perch ourselves down to admire it. In the distance the rolling hills meet the ocean, there's kangaroos hopping around you everywhere, and the landscape is scattered with wild flora and fauna. It's a place where sitting back with a glass of wine, some cheese and your loved one can be pretty special. The photos never do it justice, it's that damn good. 

Deep Creek South Australia, inspire musings

2. Go on a hike

There are some amazing hikes at Deep Creek, with incredible views all round, there's just so many to choose from. Two of our favourites are the Deep Creek Waterfall and Deep Creek Cove hikes. 

Deep Creek Waterfall
We usually drive up to Tapanappa lookout, although you can walk up pretty easily from Tapanappa campground. From there, you can take the waterfall hike through the wilderness and end at a massive waterfall. The first time we did this was in summer, and there was some not so lovely stagnant water sitting at the bottom of the waterfall, but when we went in winter it was bloody amazing.

On our most recent trip, we knew the waterfall would be gushing, so we packed a backpack full of picnic goodies, to treat ourselves with once we arrived. We sat back among the rocks, took in the peaceful sounds of the water, ate our cheese, dip and just blissed right out. Aythan climbed the waterfall, which was apparently the best view. If only I wasn't so clumsy I would have joined him! (I would have ended in the waterfall, not on it.)

Distance: 4km return
Difficulty: easy - moderate
Leave from: Tapanappa lookout
Time: 3 hrs return

Deep Creek Cove
Where you begin the waterfall hike, you can also take the Deep Creek Cove hike, which is definitely worth it for the views alone. On the way down it's a breeze, not only cos it's all downhill - I kept reminding myself, whatever we climb down, I'm going to have to drag my butt back up. Once we got to the cove, we climbed the rocks, and kicked back for a little bit to take in the view. You're right at the tip of the coastline, so when you look out to the ocean with no-one around it feels like you're the only people on the planet. The way back up is very steep, a lot steeper than I imagined it would be when coming down, so keep that in mind!

Distance: 3.5 km return
Difficulty: moderate - hard
Leave from: Tapanappa lookout
Time: 2 hrs return

inspire musings, deep creek cove

3. Go for a drive

Just because you're in Deep Creek, that doesn't mean you can't check out the surrounding towns and beaches! We often head down to Second Valley for a walk, Normanville for a coffee, or to Yankalilla for a pub meal. All along the coast there are some cute towns you can go and see while you're camping at Deep Creek, plus the beaches are just as beautiful. 

4. Take a four-wheel drive for a spin

If you have a four-wheel drive, there are some amazing coves and beaches to be found down the dusty dirt roads. Blowhole beach is an absolute pearler - the views are next level, there are rock-pools to swim in and you can walk around the whole cove, where there's a different view from every angle. If you don't have a four-wheel drive, you can walk to Blowhole Beach from Tapanappa look out, it's actually just over the hill from Deep Creek Cove. (When I say just over, it's quite a long walk, but not too far!)

We also decided to drive down a random track we came across on our adventures, where we ended up finding another hidden beach we would never have found otherwise. Hot tip: if you have a four-wheel drive, don't go past the dirt tracks made for you.

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5. Take in the sunset from Lady Bay or Normanville. 

To unwind with a perfect end to the day, take a short drive down to Lady Bay or Normanville and soak in that sunset. The sky from these beaches lights up in all shades of pink and orange - a sight we wish we could sit back and admire much more often. 

There's so many other things to do at Deep Creek, it's just hard to choose what. All I can say is the days feel longer when you're camping down there. One of my favourite things to do is take time to live a little slower, and take in as much nature as possible - Deep Creek is the perf place to do just that. 

Keep an eye on the blogosphere for the next South Australian Travel Diary: Barossa Valley. 

Alana Trezise Inspire Musings

South Australian Travel Diary: Intro

Hello friends!

Welcome to my new blog series, the South Australian Travel Diary. Considering I tend to spend many of my weekends exploring our great state, camping under the stars and hiking SA's peaks, I thought it would be a perfect way to kick off the travel stories side of Inspire Musings. 

I want to inspire fellow Adelaidians to explore our bloody beaut state, and entice the rest of you Aussie babes to come and visit us down South. Throughout the series I'll be taking you around South Australia through my words and pictures, while letting you in on all my tips and tricks along the way.

Next Sunday I'll be dropping the first blog in the series - so keep a weathered eye on the gram for the announcement.

🌳 wander more ✨ #inspiremusings #openmyworld

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That's the way it is, but is it how it should be?

This evening I caught up with one of my closest friends, and a new friend, for beers, banter and a little bit of business (but mainly beers). After our conversations I reflected back on a beautiful piece of writing I read today, written by aforementioned close friend - and it got me thinking. Why do we conform to societal norms? I was so disgruntled/motivated by my thoughts that I literally scribbled them down on a piece of note-paper I had lying around. 

Scribbling in question. 

Scribbling in question. 

For those reading along at home, there's next to no way of deciphering said scribbles, so I've translated them for you.

Why do we need to 'escape' the weekly grind? Why isn't our weekly grind one of purposeful existence? It's amazing how fear rules our lives - the fear to quit our mundane, mind numbing jobs, take that road less travelled and exceed our own expectations of living. The fear of not being 'accepted' in society, to fill the 'normal' stereotype. 

Societal norms are not norms, they are constructs designed to keep our minds numb, our brains full of utter crap that does not matter. 

Consume this to make your life better. Dress like this to make you look richer, spend money on this to continue living this fucking monotonous drawl people call life. 

I'm taking a stand in this moment, to live life to the absolute fullest - in every capacity of the word. 

That's enough for today. 

Inspire Musings Alana Trezise

A New Chapter

G'day.

If you were a reader of my previous blog under the same name, it's been a while. If you're new to my musings, welcome. Inspire Musings isn't just a place for me to unload (or upload) my thoughts, write stories and reflections, but a space where anyone can come to find that little bit of inspiration.

I've always been an avid writer, blogger and media consumer, so much so that my own creative ventures have often taken a back seat in order to work on my career. Whether it be journals, diaries or notebooks, writing has always been somewhat of an outlet. When I moved out of home about a year and a half ago, I actually found a journal I began at age 6. It was so funny reading about what made a 6 year-old's life so difficult - her younger brother, school and dislike for peas - but it was also kind of amazing, reading my reflections on life at such a tender age. It's also incredible that I still love writing as much as I did back then; pouring my thoughts and reflections on to the page, however one could say I've improved in my approach, just a little bit. 

It's probably no surprise to those who know me - I've always found comfort in a good piece of writing, a beautiful artwork or some emotionally engaging music, something I hope to bring here and share with anyone who reads this, too. 

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Apart from the outpouring of creativity, Inspire Musings is a place where anyone seeking a media, communications, social media or events specialist can view my portfolio, and get inspired. I love working with others to create and innovate, so if anything takes your fancy, let's talk!

I'm so excited to write more, create more, meet amazing people, beautiful clients and most of all, inspire others.