Williamstown is a southern gateway, happily situated between the Barossa and the Adelaide Hills wine region and surrounded on all sides by beautiful scenery including Parra Wirra Recreation Park, the Whispering Wall and the Hale Conservation Park.
The town centre boasts a number of cellar doors including Linfield Wines and TeAro Estate. There are also a number of quirky shops, a small skate park and playground for children.
A number of well-appointed and cosy accommodation options make Williamstown a lovely place to stop and stay on your way into the Barossa.
Things to see
Built in 1848 this historic pub is worth visiting for the red gum block floor and the historic photographs on the walls.
The Whispering Wall
The Whispering Wall is one of regional Adelaide’s most interesting and playful spots. Constructed between 1899 and 1903 as a blockade of the Barossa Valley Reservoir, the dam was an engineering feat for its time.
The acoustics of the Whispering Wall are responsible for the name. Words whispered from one side of the wall can clearly be heard across a 100-metre stretch and attract hundreds of visitors every year to test the walls abilities.
Besides walking along the Whispering Wall, visitors can also learn about the Wall’s architectural history as they take in the scenery of the water and the surrounding tranquil bushlands.
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Parra Wirra Recreation Park
Parra Wirra is the park to head to with family on a Sunday afternoon.
The park is known for its great facilities and fun wildlife.
Kangaroos and emus are known to get close to the families enjoying an afternoon picnic.
There are walking trails as well with great bird watching sites.
Hale Conservation Park
Hale Conservation Park is a great short bushwalking trail with various lookout points over Williamstown, South Para Reservoir and the surrounding farms/vineyards.
If you take it slow, it's a 2-hour walk of about 4km.
The town centre boasts a number of cellar doors including Linfield Wines and TeAro Estate who offer a calendar of events and live music in addition to a range of cooler climate wines.
Since the first plantings in 1860, Linfield Wines now have 153 vintages.
The Wilson family’s cellar door is low key, relaxed and friendly, where you will learn the story behind each wine you sample.
There are several other wineries around the region to make a day of it.
All in all, Williamstown is a lovely place to holiday, settle down with a family or put your feet up and retire.