Red Door espresso - Kitchen & Pantry
Start the day off indulging in the freshest seasonal produce at Red Door Espresso where they will be serving breakfast, brunch and coffee all day.
Wander down the main strip of Tanunda and discover the historic buildings which are now home to charming local shops. If you’ve got a sweet tooth make sure to pop into South Australia’s iconic FruChocs Shop and Barossa’s Old Fashioned Sweet Shop. Pick up some gourmet goods for the road from the Barossa Valley Cheese Company and select a spot amongst the vineyards to enjoy - you’ll feel like you’re in France!
At 11.00am cycling champions from all over the world will be at the start line ready to take on a 150.08km race around the Barossa.
Once the race begins, make your way to Nuriootpa and stroll down the historic main street where you’ll unearth boutique shops and cafes. If you’re feeling peckish, pop into Linke’s Bakehouse and Pantry where freshly baked goods and coffee await. Wander down to the corner of Gawler Street and Murray Street to catch the peloton whiz past at approximately 11.30am.
Head up to Menglers Hill where EFEX King of the Mountain points are up for grabs. Get there by approximately 12.30pm to see who will secure the first EFEX KOM points of the race.
Get another perspective of the peloton at Mengler’s Hill Lookout. You’ll overlook some of the best views in the region and see the riders gear up for more laps of Menglers Hill. Take in the incredible 180-degree views of the wineries and fields that make up the Barossa, and make sure to check out the Barossa Sculpture Park while you’re there.
Head back to Tanunda and grab a freshly made pie or sausage roll from the Tanunda Bakery before settling in to witness an exciting sprint to the finish.
If you want an easy-going day without missing any of the action, there’s plenty of places to perch yourself along the route and still catch the peloton multiple times.
Barossa Valley Brewing is set just down the road from the start and finish line and is the perfect spot to park yourself for the day. You’ll see the peloton go past FOUR times while sipping on some local Barossa beer paired with a classic Australian parmi or pizza.
The Tanunda Hotel is right amongst the action, and you’ll have the best view in the house if you snag a spot on the balcony. Settle in for lunch and taste some of the Barossa's finest produce and wines.
When you’re in an internationally-acclaimed wine region with over 80 cellar doors, it would be remiss not to experience some of them.
Make sure to visit Chateau Tanunda while you’re in the region. The 1890-year-old establishment is an icon of the Barossa and is amongst the top wineries in Australia.
Yalamba is another historic winery in the Barossa with an impressive variety of wines you can enjoy while meandering through the picturesque grounds.
If that’s not enough, head to the skies and get a birds-eye view of the stunning Barossa from a hot air balloon! Rides last for about an hour, first thing in the morning. Celebrate with a champagne breakfast and gourmet breakfast upon return.
Barossa Valley Chocolates will leave you feeling like a kid in a candy store with their experiences! Not only can you watch the chocolate being made in the factory or indulge in some homemade ice cream, but kids can become a chocolatier for the day in the junior chocolate workshop.
A trip to the Barossa isn’t complete without visiting Seppeltsfield which is home to 420 acres of ancient vineyard, gardens and heritage-listed architecture. Here you can explore their world class cellar door & tasting rooms, FINO Restaurant, Octeine Coffee and JamFactory Contemporary Art & Design studio.
There is a seemingly endless amount of places to stay in the Barossa from five-star luxury to cottages tucked among vineyards. For accommodation along the race route, check out Tanunda Cottages, Discovery Parks or Barossa Bed and Breakfast. For more accommodation options, visit: https://southaustralia.com/destinations/barossa/accommodation
The Santos Tour Down Under is part of the UCI World Tour