A Day Trip to Lake Bumbunga and the Barossa Valley region

Over the weekend on Saturday, my friends and I went to the Barossa Valley just for a day trip. Because of Coronavirus, we can’t travel overseas or interstate so I thought why not explore our beautiful state South Australia instead?

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First, we went to see the pink salt lake called the Lake Bumbunga. Unfortunately, it was not pink when we got there as it was very cloudy and there was a bit of rain but it was still a fun trip. It’s about an 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from Modbury or if you’re coming from Adelaide CBD then it takes that long to get there too. Bring plenty of snacks, your own drinks and make sure to have a good playlist to sing-a-long too. I also recommend to wear old shoes or get $15 gumboots from Target, which is what I wore to Lake Bumbunga as it can get very muddy and dirty so I recommend to bring a change of shoes too in case you’re going to lunch afterwards like we did. We were disappointed that it was not pink. Apparently, it turns pink because of algae and it’s best to go in the summer but don’t go when it’s too hot otherwise it can be very dry and turn orange. I heard there’s plenty of photo props like a table in the lake and also a loch ness monster that had it’s head stolen in 2017 but we didn’t see it as were probably on the other side of it as it’s a big lake. Best to do research before you go there but highly recommend the trip.

Lou Miranda Estate

We then went to Lou’s Place in Rowland’s Flat for lunch. It’s about 1 hr and 30 minutes drive from Lake Bumbunga so we only stayed about 30 minutes at the lake then we headed off to lunch at this beautiful estate. Lou’s Place is Callum Hann’s new restaurant that he runs with Themis from Sprout Cooking School and it’s inside a winery that is owned by Lou’s three daughters. It’s a beautiful estate and a lovely menu. They only have two options on the weekends the Feed Me Like Lou or the Feed Me Slow option. We wanted the Feed Me Quick option but they only have that on weekdays from Monday – Friday. In the end, we chose the Feed Me Slow option, which comes with an antipasti, one smaller, one pasta, one larger and two sides. See my food for a review and photos of the food! Service was efficient and staff were very friendly. We sat near the kitchen so it was a bit noisy but still it was very nice and not very rushed. Pity we didn’t see Callum there!

Jacob’s Creek winery, Barossa Valley Way
When you really want to go to Tokyo (credit: IG @snoopykavi)

After lunch, we went to Jacob’s Creek winery. It’s a must to visit a vineyard when in Barossa as there’s lots to choose from! We decided to go to Jacob’s Creek, which is the most famous in Barossa but it was really quiet and peaceful, which was strange as usually there’s lots of tourist buses and tourists but because of Coronavirus there’s obviously not. Jacob’s Creek only just recently reopened. It’s a beautiful venue with lots of photo opportunities. When you come in, you can speak to a friendly staff member and book a time to do wine tasting or look at the merchandise. Jacob’s Creek has plenty of deals at the moment to bring customers back. We booked for a 2:45 PM wine tasting and they had a few flight options. I chose the light and fresh flight option because it had my favourite Prosecco and it had the right drinks for my palette. You can sit outside whilst you wait in their lovely backyard where you can browse their vegetable garden or even play tennis if you bring your own tennis racquet and tennis balls! Their toilets are under construction so they have really nice outside public toilets. We only had time for one winery as we wanted to go to Lyndoch Lavender Farm.

Be amongst the Lavender

Lyndoch Lavender Farm is about a 15 minutes drive from Jacob’s Creek. I had never been there before and I had always wanted to go. It’s a lovely small farm where they have a nice cafe that sells lavender tea and lavender scones with jam and cream. You can sit outside amongst the lavender but be careful of bees! I didn’t have time to explore the whole lavender farm but there’s photo props there and you can see a nice view of the hills at the top. Don’t forget to explore the lovely gift shop too! It was a nice end to a lovely outing. We got back around 5:30 PM so it did take the whole day to see the Lake Bumbunga and also go to Barossa. Next time, we’re going to plan a trip to Hahndorf, which is a German village here in South Australia.

What’s your favourite winery in South Australia? I am interested to find out. Where have you explored in your own state or city? Thanks for reading! Stay safe and enjoy exploring your own city! Make the most of it to support local businesses, especially during this time.

Love N xx