Like the beloved dome of Grand Central Terminal, words whispered at one end of this historic reservoir wall can still be heard crystal clear by listeners stationed at the other end—some 100 meters away. This surprising fact is what gave the famous Whispering Wall its name, and what drives thousands of tourists to this popular site each year.
Travelers can take in the beauty of the Barossa Reservoir, which was created in the early 1900s, while they test the much-storied wonder of this wall that allows quiet whispers to be heard from far away. Picnic areas, public toilets and shade tree areas make an ideal setting for a quiet afternoon in nature.
Visitors can access the Whispering Wall via car by traveling to Williamstown and following signs from the main street. It is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily.
Address: Whispering Wall Road, Williamstown, South Australia, Australia
When was the last time you toured a winery and tasted the year you were born? At Seppeltsfield Wines in the Barossa Valley, barrels that have been aging for 100 years create an oenophile’s archive that is unparalleled by any other winery in the world. Each year, Seppeltsfield releases a “Para Tawny” that has been aged for 100 years, and has consistently uncorked a 100-year old vintage since 1978. Visitors can enjoy a casual tasting at the large cellar door, or book one of the legendary tours for a taste of the fancier wines. The Seppeltsfield name is synonymous with wine here in the Barossa Valley, and in addition to tasting the famous wines, there is also a restaurant and contemporary design studio to round out the vineyard experience. If it’s a nice summer day, or you just feel like a walk, linger a while in the vineyard gardens among date palms, roses, and elms. It’s all a part of a day at Seppeltsfield, where the wine, scenery, and regal history are a perfectly charming combination.
Seppeltsfield Wines is in the Barossa Valley about an hour northeast of Adelaide. The cellar door is open for tastings, and the JamFactory craft gallery is open from 11am-5pm, seven days per week.
Address: Seppeltsfield Road, Seppeltsfield, South Australia, Australia
Since 1844, Penfolds Barossa Valley Winery has been offering travelers access to a wide variety of wines, luscious tastings and idyllic vineyard views. And while strong pours of favorite vintages are a treat for visitors, it’s the Make Your Own Blend Tour that lends this age-old vineyard the air of something new. After touring the grounds and exploring the Cellar Door, travelers enter the winemakers’ laboratory and use popular grapes, like Grenache and Shiraz, to blend their own wines to bottle and take home.
The winery is located south of Old Mill Road East. It is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. Penfolds is close on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Address: Old Mill Road East, Nuriootpa, South Australia, Australia
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Closed Christmas and Boxing Day.