My Barossa Day #13 - Birthday celebrations the Barossa way
A submission from Rebecca Uphill, Barossa Visitor Centre
I have always loved celebrating the birthdays of my loved ones by organising parties, taking them out for a nice meal and always bringing presents and cake! We certainly had to think outside the box this year on ways to celebrate. When this is all over, I am looking forward to catching up on missed birthdays and celebrating in Barossa.
What I love about Barossa is the diversity, it’s not all about the wine! There are so many things to do here and this is how I would treat my mum or my girlfriends who missed out on going out for their birthdays this year:
Start the day off right with a delicious breakfast at Monkey Nut Café. If you’re feeling particularly hungry then the Big Barossa Breakky is definitely a winner! If it’s a beautiful sunny day, enjoy your breakfast outside amongst the beautiful surrounds. Once breakfast is done, you’re conveniently also located at Kies Family Wines so stick around for tastings, wine purchases or stocking up on bulk port!
While you’re in Lyndoch, make sure to pop into the Lyndoch Lavender Farm. It’s especially stunning towards the later months of the year when the lavender is in bloom but the views from the top of the garden can be enjoyed all year round. If you’re up for more coffee, there is a lovely café – I highly recommend the lavender scones! Then for some retail therapy in their cute little shop selling all things lavender.
After a visit to Lyndoch I would take the beautiful drive up to Tanunda where there’s plenty more retail therapy. Of course I am biased and would take my mum or friends into the Barossa Visitor Centre for some great locally made products from gorgeous handmade jewellery to fruit bowls made from repurposed wine barrels. There’s also a great selection of Barossa food like giant freckles from Ability Chocolates or Carmella’s delicious lime and chilli oven roasted almonds.
From Tanunda, take the iconic drive down Seppeltsfield Road and admire the 5km stretch of road lined with beautiful date palm trees. The next stop is Seppeltsfield where I know my loved ones would love to spend time in Vasse Virgin, producer of olive oil skin care. Perhaps as a special birthday treat we would book in advance for the natural perfumery or lip balm workshop. Workshops can be done on their own or pair it up with a special lunch deal with the incredible FINO Restaurant located at Seppeltsfield. And of course a look around the Jam Factory is a must!
Next up is the quaint town of Angaston where there’s plenty of history to explore. A stroll around the rose garden on a sunny day would go down a treat (especially after all the delicious Barossa food eaten throughout the day!) Before heading off, grab a few goodies from Barossa Valley Cheese Company and Gully Gardens, maybe some dried fruit, nuts or confectionery to bring home and enjoy later.
These are just some of the many things I am looking forward to enjoying once everything is back to normal. It’s easy to take these things for granted when life is normal but now more than ever I am so grateful to be living in such close proximity to so many great attractions in such an amazing region. I know for sure once this is over and I’m out and about once again, I will cherish every moment like never before.