Barossa and surrounds

On our recent trip to the Barossa in South Australia last month, Stu and I chanced upon some really amazing places that I would like to share with you today. Here are my recommendations for places to visit if you ever visit the Barossa and its surrounds:

So we were driving past Adelaide Hills when we spotted this little apple shop on the side of the road. I asked Stu to stop and he very nicely obliged and turned back so we could go and have a closer look. I'm so glad we did; the shop smells of freshly baked apple and cinnamon and we couldn't help but buy ourselves a pie and muffin plus some apples to munch on for the rest of the journey. I love that it is old fashioned and quaint and so gorgeous.
So apparently, my obsession with thrifting has gotten worse, says Stu after I dragged him into the 5th charity store during our trip to the Barossa. In my defense, the Barossa area is a thrifter's dream - there are second hand/vintage/charity stores in every corner.  If you can only visit one, I highly recommend stopping at Bowsers of the Barossa - it is full of beautiful treasures, wonderfully displayed and so well priced. I cried a little when I realised there is no way I could bring everything home with me.

But what I did manage to pick up were all rather special to me. Like these vintage plates,
 And this cake plate and server (what a beauty right?).
Next stop: Bullcreek Books -  a gem of a bookstore where I spent a lot of time browsing and looking at the wonderful collection of old and new books. I found copies of books there that I read as a child, in great condition too! The owner's love for books is apparent. It is places like this that reinforces my love for reading and why I still obstinately refuse to make the switch to digital books.

While I was there, I picked up this neat little Barossa cookery book full of age old German recipes that from the region. This really is an old school cookbook - there are no illustrations and very very brief instructions. I'm looking forward to trying the recipes but at the same time, a little bit scared that I muck it up completely!
Our last stop was the Lyndoch Lavender Farm. We visited at the beginning of flowering season so there were plenty of lavender in bloom and bees buzzing everywhere. The air was perfumed and I thought I was just beautiful walking around the lavender farm but I was told it gets even better in a few weeks when all the bushes flower at once and the place turns purple. I reckon that is a sight worth making a trip back to Barossa for.
Have you been to the Barossa? Would you?

47 Responses to Barossa and surrounds

Kari said...

I have always wanted to see fields of lavender in person. Amazing.

Kari said...

I have always wanted to see fields of lavender in person. Amazing.

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Those plates are so pretty! What a great addition to your collection. Barossa seems like a lovely town.

Rowena @ rolala loves

Pamela RG said...

Look like you had so much fun! All,of your stops are pretty fun to go shopping in. I enjoy going to bookstores, some stop for some apples and the lavender fields are so glorious.

Nicole Sanders said...

I love the barossa one of my favourite destinations to visit. Will have to remember the apple shop for our next visit. We are hoping to make trip down next July, cold weather and red wine....mmmm:)

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

I would definitely go--I love thrifting and that plate with the red rose, love that, it's hard to find that kind of pattern here.
xo Mary Jo

Kelsea Echo said...

Oh, I am in love with that little apple shop!! Also, I've never been much of a thrifter... but seeing all different bloggers' gorgeous finds, I want to start doing so someday!

Anouka said...

I would love to go there! And you found so many beautiful plates. I'm thinking of starting my own thrifted dishware collection...

Stephanie G said...

thanks for dropping by :) quay is easier to book for lunches and weeknights, maybe give that a go? good luck anyhow, i think our wed eve dinner was booked 2 months ahead. there were some empty tables tho, which was odd!

barossa is on my list of places to visit around oz! definitely dropping by that place when i go. kind of reminds me of this massive warehouse of vintage stuff i came across in newcastle last year, so many things to buy!

steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

jamie-lee said...

Wow it sounds like you had such a lovely time, and good idea to stop at the apple store from the sounds of things. The plates you bought are so pretty too! x

Erika Lee @ A Tiny Rocket said...

Barossa looks like such an amazing place. I love all your thrifty finds- I am totally addicted to thrifting :)

Carole said...

We have just been there in the last few days but mainly looked at wineries! Discovered that we like the Australian rieslings the best - we prefer NZ chardonnays at home. We had a lovely time both there and in McClaren Vale which is just south of Adelaide. Cheers

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honey my heart said...

what a quaint town. i really like lavender :) and those tea plates.

Mimi said...

ohmygosh, that apple shop is so cute and so quaint, i love it! i've never been to barossa before, but i would definitely love to visit -- i'd love to visit australia! :D

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Patricia González Fernández said...

what a beautiful pictures!!!
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Catherine said...

Trishie you've picked some great spots to go and visit, a girl after my own heart:) I've never been to the Barossa Valley, it looks like a lovely spot to go to though, especially that apple shop.x

Gracie said...

Seeing these photos make me want to go to South Australia. The thrifting the fields of lavender it looks so beautiful.

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Looks like such a gorgeous place. Those lavender fields are so picturesque! Love the plates too :) xoxo

blondebenedicte said...

thanks! x

awn, lovely pics dear!
adore especially the lavander pic! :)
bisous x

Melissa said...

Wow, these all look like amazing places. That apple shop sounds heavenly, and I love those plates!

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Issa Tchieu said...

This is beautiful. Plates are gorgeous too.

Katherine / Of Corgis and Cocktails said...

this all looks totally beautiful. and he's a trooper for sticking with you through the shops - good thing you went too! found some awesome items

<3 katherine
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Sunny & Star said...

You now have me dreaming of visiting there. All of your pictures are so beautiful. I love that adorable little apple shop and those plates you bought are very pretty.

Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

Briseidy said...

that apple store looks like a fairy tale! and I love the pic of the lavanda field

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Juliette in Wonderland said...

looks amazing!

Diana Marks said...

Lovely photos! I'd love to go there!
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Fashion Tales said...

Gorgeous vintage plates! I'd love to visit the lavender garden, it's beautiful./Madison

Gillian said...

I loved all these photos, but the apple shop is the best! I love the giant red apple. Shops like that are great.

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Kei said...

aww those vintage plates are beautiful! I'm so jealous <3
sounds like you had a wonderful time!

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Sam said...

Your photos are so beautiful, love the view of the cute store. Those plates are very pretty!

caise said...

I'd love to visit this place!

Juanita said...

That cake plate and server!

I definitely would have explored the region if we have had more time and a car.

Try one of those recipes and tell us!

Jo N said...

Amazing pictures. So pretty. I haven't been to Barossa. Might have to put that on my list.

Niina - It seems pretty obvious. said...

Sounds and looks life you had a pretty neat trip :) and you did some great finds too! I love that cake plate! So pretty!

Jenee C. said...

These photos are absolutely spectacular! What kind of camera/lens do you use? The photos almost look textural if that makes sense. I would love to visit that Apple store. I don't remember Adelaide being so much fun.

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Mica said...

Sounds like such a great trip! :)

becca said...

that lavender!

I bet it smelled so wonderful.

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look see said...

Beautiful! Looks like it was a lovely time - I'd so love to visit the Barossa one day soon :)

nancy said...

oh COOL! these photos are awesome! sounds like you had a fantastic time in the Barossa :) I'm glad! if you make it back to South Australia anytime soon, we'll have to grab a coffee at some point!
I've not spent much time in the Barossa... but I'd love to go there. especially that lavender farm - I love lavender!

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

hey Trish, thanks for visiting me and leaving such a sweet comment! your blog is beautiful lades.

i've never been to Australia but have dreamed of going for many years. looks like a lovely place to visit and live. these pics are all kinds of awesome, adore your new vintage plates. what a pretty print! fields of lavender = pure magic. the scented air must have been like inhaling happiness. 100% adored. cheers! ♥

ps: Frankie is the cutest puppeh ever!!!!!! love her.

rooth said...

It looks completely lovely there - yes I would love to go if I could

Looking Glass said...

I have never been to SA ever, but have always longed to see The Barossa. The lavender fields you've mentioned are enough for me!

~ Clare x

Debie Grace said...

Seeing those beautiful stuff, I would certainly go there!