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Barossa Valley Holiday Attractions
South Australia

THE WHISPERING WALL
(South of Cockatoo Valley) The whispering Wall is the retaining wall for the Barossa Reservoir. Its shape enables a whispered message at one end to be heard 140 metres away at the other end. It also provides excellent scenic views of the reservoir and barbecue and picnic facilities.

GAWLER FOLK MUSEUM
Telephone (08) 8522 2730
Built as a Telegraph Station in 1859 this building now houses a display of pioneer memorabilia. The different displays include a pioneer kitchen, sitting room, bedroom with four poster bed, music room, grocery store and dairy. Special features include a sewing machine and milking machine collection.

SEPPELTSFIELD
From Marananga, an imposing avenue of date palms lines the route to Seppeltsfield, a mini village of I9th century stone winery buildings, the focus of the large winemaking operations of B. Seppelt & Sons. The complex offers tasting, picnicking spots and touring, while the old Seppelt's family home has been restored and is available as accommodation. Halfway to the winery. the Seppelt family mausoleum sits on a hill which provides wonderful views over Seppeltsfield.

LUHRS PIONEER GERMAN COTTAGE
Telephone (08) 8562 1057
This is a genuine, heritage-listed German cottage built in 1848 by the Barossa Valley's first German school-teacher, JH Luhrs. Each of the rooms is filled with German artefacts which depict a part of German heritage, there is also an old school house with school memorabilia.

STRAIGHT GATE LUTHERAN CHURCH
Telephone (08) 8562 1057
Built in 1851, Straight Gate Lutheran Church is one of South Australia's oldest Lutheran Churches. Its bell tower and an 1871 German-made bell are still in use.

SANDY CREEK WOOD DOLL WORLD
Telephone (08) 8524 4183
This interesting display features the unique Carter-Wood Dolls. All dolls on display are made on the premises and appear quite life-like. A special feature is the world famous two metre carousel with twenty five dancing horses. Visitors can inspect the workshop.

BAROSSA HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Telephone (08) 8566 0212
Tanunda's 1865 post and telegraph building houses this museum, specialising in Barossa German heritage. Its collections include wedding gowns, German artefacts, books and photographs. One room has an altar and church furniture with German inscriptions.

THE KEG FACTORY
Telephone (08) 8563 3012
Makers of handcrafted kegs, garden tubs, wine racks, barrel furniture and bars. Group workshop tours can be arranged.

THE KEV ROHRLACH MUSEUM
Telephone (08) 8563 3407
On the site of the former Hardy's Winery, this technology and heritage museum displays over 3,000 exhibits from local heritage to aerospace. The Kev Rohrlach Collection is one of the finest private collections in the world with an outstanding array of several thousand immaculately preserved exhibits, most of them rebuilt and magnificently restored by Kevin himself.

MENGLER'S HILL LOOKOUT
This should not be missed - to the east of the town, it provides superb vistas over much of the Barossa and also features Sculpture Park, with its abstract works by some of the world's leading environmental sculptors.

NORM'S COOLIE SHEEP DOG PERFORMANCE
Telephone (08) 8563 2198
On an Australian farmland setting in the heart of the Barossa Valley, Norm Keast and his loyal, happy working sheep dogs put on a performance.

STORY BOOK COTTAGE AND WHACKY WOOD
Telephone
Displays 60 children's fairy stories and nursery rhymes. Whacky Wood features Australian gnomes and puzzles for all ages. A live animal enclosure has Peter Rabbit and a walk-in rabbit burrow. Tea rooms and picnic area are available.

BARMERA THEATRE ART GALLERY
Telephone (08) 8588 2270
This gallery exhibits paintings by local artists. It features oil paintings, watercolours, pastels and photography. Sculptures, china painting, pottery and other crafts are also displayed.

BERRIVALE COMMUNITY MURAL
Telephone (08) 8586 5462
Six metres high and fifty metres wide, this mural depicts the history of the Riverland's fruit industry from the pioneering days of the Chaffey Brothers and paddlesteamers to the present day. Painted in 1985 by community groups, the mural is brilliantly floodlit at night.

BERRIVALE ORCHARDS SHOWROOM & THEATRETTE
Telephone (08) 8582 1455
A fifteen-minute video explains the history of the Berri area and shows the processes in the district's large fruit and juice plants. In the showroom a comprehensive range of handcrafts, juices, canned fruits, dried fruits, nuts and condiments are available.

THE BIG ORANGE
Telephone (08) 8582 2850
Three kilometres from the town and set in an orange grove, the Big Orange sells Riverland produce such as dried fruit and nuts, fresh citrus fruit, freshly squeezed orange juice, Riverland wines and local arts and crafts. The lookout at the top of the Big Orange provides great views of the Riverland.

THE LOOKOUT TOWER
Telephone (08) 8582 122
The views from this 15.8 metre lookout tower are stunning - Berri, the river and the orchards around it are seen in panoramic detail.

RIVERLAND DISPLAY CENTRE
Telephone (08) 8582 2325
On display is an excellent range of vintage and classic cars and motor cycles. Other parts of the collection include dolls, large scale aircraft, fish replicas, shells and a gem and mineralogical display. The culture of the district's Aboriginal groups is also featured.

WILABALANGALOO FLORA AND FAUNA RESERVE
Telephone (08) 8582 1804
Four kilometres from Berri, this 100 hectare property has walking trails from which to spot native animals, birds and admire the magnificent river scenery. The large homestead dates from 1942 and is now a museum of early river history, with photographs of the town and riverboats.

COBDOGLA IRRIGATION MUSEUM
Telephone (08) 8588 7031
This was once a pumping station and dates from the turn of the century. It exhibits the only working Humphrey pump in the world - a 20th century invention that acts like a giant water cannon. The museum also has a 1920 traction engine and a 1909 steam locomotive which are both available for rides.

WOOD SCULPTURE DISPLAY
Telephone (08) 8584 6256
A display of more than 200 different hand-carved wood sculptures designed and crafted by Loxton artist Mike Elvey. The collection consists of around thirty wood species, including mulga, river gum, river oak and blackwood.

MONASH
Monash is perhaps best known for its Super Playground. This playground is not only for children, but also adults. Its equipment includes one person earth movers, rotary cones, flying foxes, roller coasters, multiple slides from a 13.5 metre tower and much more. A good range of equipment for all ages - and it's free.

PUMPING STATION and WATER FILTRATION PLANT
Telephone (08) 8540 2002
Guided tours are available at this impressive piece of engineering, built to pump water to South Australia's Iron Triangle towns at the top of Spencer Gulf and beyond.

HISTORICAL MUSEUM AND HERITAGE SOCIETY
Telephone (08) 8235 9266
In the town's old railway buildings on the waterfront at Morgan, this museum displays artefacts and photographs from the river's paddlesteamer past and rail history. A model of the paddlesteamer 'Lazy Jane' includes an audio-visual presentation. There are also walking areas where visitors can see old rail trucks, rail line and signals, cranes and the old wharf.

OVERLAND CORNER HOTEL MUSEUM
Telephone (08) 8588 7021
Built in 1859, this hotel was one of the first stone buildings in the Riverland. It serviced the overland Cattle trade to New South Wales and is near the river on the original stock route and coach road. Now under National Trust control, it has been restored. Pick up a map for the Overland Comer Walking Trail and wander past Aboriginal campsites, over cliff tops and through the flood plains and ancient quarry.

A trip along Murtho Road, which runs north of Paringa, is a must, both for Murtho Forest Park, with its boat ramps, camping ground and picnic spots, and for Headings Cliff lookout tower with its superb views over the Murray.

Paringa has three lookouts with striking panoramic views of the town and the countryside around it the Apex Lookout Tower offers excellent views of the town . The Black Stump is part of a root system of an ancient river red gum tree eight metres in diameter and estimated to be around 500 to 600 years old and Headings Cliff lookout north of the town has stunning river views with picturesque cliff scenery.

BREDL'S WONDER WORLD OF WIILDLIFE
Telephone (08) 8585 1431
This wildlife park is one of Australia's largest private zoos and has the biggest collection of reptiles in the country. On show are snakes, alligators and crocodiles as well as other animals and birds. Make a time to watch the snake feeding and handle the boa constrictor.

HARDING'S FOLKLORE GALLERY
Telephone (08) 8586 6972
The central feature of this gallery is its massive 74 square metre ceiling mural. It depicts colonial Australian bushrangers and took more than 3000 hours to finish. Also on display are collections of colonial art and weapons.

OLIVEWOOD
Telephone (08) 8586 6175
This is the home of South Australia's irrigation pioneer, George Chaffey. Built of pine logs, it sits in beautiful grounds surrounded by palms, olive and citrus trees. A museum at the rear of the house exhibits old photographs, early Renmark artefacts and an old copper used to manufacture olive oil.

PS INDUSTRY
Telephone (08) 8586 6703
This working paddlesteamer was built in 1911 as a workboat for the South Australian Engineering and Water Supply Department. Its job was to keep the river open for traffic by removing snags. Restored to its original condition, it is still powered by steam. It is moored next to the Renmark Information Office.

RUSTON'S ROSE GARDEN
Telephone (08) 8586 6191
This magnificent rose garden has over 35,000 bushes, with more than 3,000 varieties of rose on display. There is also a large collection of flowering trees and shrubs, iris and day lilies in a landscaped setting.

TERRIGAL FAUNA PARK
Telephone (08) 8541 3414
This fauna park is set in an orchard and features swans, Cape Rawen geese, native ducks, kangaroos, wallabies and nocturnal marsupial. It has sixty aviaries with Australian parrots, there is also a miniature children's zoo. Pheasants roam the grounds.

CLIFFTOP LOOKOUT
Not far from Waikere town centre, this lookout provides a spectacular panoramic view over the river, cliffs, the town and surrounding land and Hart and Jaeschke Lagoons with abundant birdlife.

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