Nurioopta – The Barossa Valley

Nurioopta – The Barossa Valley Another Australian icon ticked and for a change the experiences match the hype. We based ourselves in Nurioopta for a week giving us easy access to the delights of the valley. As we continue to travel we realize what a lucky country we live in and the opportunity to enjoy each day as it comes defines us as people. We’ve also become wiser, the longer you can stay in a place the better you get to feel the vibe and experience the people. Views were amazing – there were acres of vines or green as green hills rising up out of the valley.

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The Barossa is famous for its red wines and we did take the chance to sample and purchase the product. As is the case at home we found it’s cheaper to go to the supermarket and buy the specials rather than looking for a cracker wine cellar deal. The wineries are the experience and they cost. As pleasurable as the wine was the food platters. Julie delighted in the delicacies on offer in the valley especially at Maggie Beers. I recommend this place as they do a cooking demonstration at 2.00pm for free – no need to watch television shows for a year. Add bread, pastries, cheeses, pates and other condiments – the non-dieting Galbraith girths took another hammering.

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Having time we journeyed to the historic town of Kapunda, visited the whistling wall where you could hear a whisper from the other side of the dam. It is amazing how sound travels so clearly through a brick wall. Even as you walk along the dam wall you can hear the other person talking at the marked sweet spot. We picnicked on some of the yummy food we had bought at the various outlets. Yum said our taste buds!!!!

We had a walk around Kapunda township toured their museum under the information centre, which was great, then headed over the road to their social history museum, which was a great exhibit of times gone past. It never ceases to amaze us how fantastic some of these exhibits are, even in small towns.

Over breakfast on Saturday morning the radio announced the “Hillclimb” competition at Collinwood. Both our ears pricked up on hearing this and so our day was planned. Neither of us had ever seen this spectacle before and weren’t even sure of what it entailed. We had a marvelous day watching the individual cars in different classes try and do the steep uphill climb with very tight corners in the ‘best’ time. Our words of advice for anyone traveling: don’t ever miss an opportunity to do/try something new when it is so opportune.

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Cycling was even on our agenda – we had to wait for the perfect day as most of our stay in Nurioopta was affected by quite strong winds. But Trevor did it to me again – promised me an easy ride on flat ground to Jacobs Creek winery for a lovely lunch. All was good as the first 10km was dead flat but all good things do not last forever. We turned a corner and there they were – hill after hill after hill. My legs were up to the challenge for most of them but couldn’t make it up the last few without a walk to the crest. My poor legs were like jelly!!! The homeward stretch was even worst – took a different route and the hills at the beginning were even steeper. Give me flat ground and I am very happy on the bike!

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We met a lovely couple from Perth while we were sampling the fruits of the earth so arranged to watch the Dockers v Port Adelaide at a pub over dinner. They were great company and we will definitely look them up on our return home. Trevor was a little disgusted with our television coverage as we did not get a good reception of channel 7 (first footy final, a must watch – otherwise we don’t really need the TV) so Friday night final viewing was not a happy affair for him so it was a definite pub night for the second semi final.

The Farmers Market in Angaston is a taste testers delight. There are all sorts of stalls with all coming from the earth. There were beautiful fruit and veg, but a gastronomic delight of meat products, rustic breads, cheeses, oils, pates, condiments, coffee and the list goes on… Yum, yum, yum!!!! And you could taste them all!!!!!

If you want our opinion of the Barossa – great place for a week break. Loved the spring, as it was so green. There were so many fruit trees in blossom and the vines were just starting to sprout while the grass and fields were so green. But any time is a good time in the Barossa. Travel distances are short as most towns are only 6km away from each other. There are wineries aplenty with sparking wines and reds their specialty. Food throughout the valley is magnificent.

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