The Barossa Valley, in South Australia, is 830 miles (1340 km) west of Sydney. The quickest way to get there is to fly to Adelaide first, which is just 40 miles (70 km) from the Barossa Valley, but it's also possible to drive.
There are many small towns scattered around the Barossa Valley, each with their own accommodation and attractions. Nuriootpa is the commercial center, and Tanunda, Lyndoch, Angaston, Seppeltsfield, Cockatoo Valley, Eden Valley, Springton, and Williamstown are other places worth knowing about.
Here's how to get from Sydney to the Barossa Valley.
By Air & Road
Duration: 2-hour flight, 1+ hour drive
Sydney is well connected to Adelaide by air, with multiple flights per day operated by various airlines. The flight is around two hours. From Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is only an hour's drive.
Renting a car in Adelaide or at Adelaide Airport is a convenient way of getting to and around the Barossa Valley, as you'll have the freedom to visit different parts of the region. Depending on which town in the Barossa you're aiming for, you'll take a north or north-eastern route out of the city, following signs to Tununda or Nuriootpa.
If you want to take public transport, you can get a local train from Adelaide Railway Station to Gawler Central, south-west of the Barossa Valley. Bus services operate from Gawler to other points of interest in the Barossa.
Duration: 14+ hours
It's possible to drive between Sydney and the Barossa Valley, and many travelers do like to self-drive around Australia as there are many points of attraction along the way. The most direct route travels south-west from Sydney through New South Wales (going via the towns of Goulburn, Wagga Wagga, and Mildura).
While there are things to see along the way, this is not Australia's most spectacular road trip route; unless you have a strong desire to experience rural New South Wales, flying to Adelaide first is a better way of getting to the Barossa Valley.
By Private Tour
Duration: Multi-day tours
Travelers wanting to take a private tour to the Barossa will find it easier to start these in Adelaide than Sydney. Many options are available to suit different interests, ranging from wine tasting and dining to biking tours. Contact your local specialist to work out a plan to suit your needs.