Library and visitor centre swapped and improved

Tourism Services Officer Melissa Helyar at the Barossa Visitor Centre, near the improved digital displays.
Tourism Services Officer Melissa Helyar at the Barossa Visitor Centre, near the improved digital displays.

Redevelopment of the Barossa Visitor Centre (BVC) and Tanunda Library is set to deliver engaging new spaces for both visitors and library customers.

The $220,000 Barossa Council project will see the BVC and library swap spaces, allowing the visitor centre to take advantage of the Murray Street frontage and high level of foot traffic.

Council's Manager Tourism Services, Jo Seabrook said the project would improve on what is already considered to be one of the best visitor centres in Australia.

"Our mission is to inspire our guests to stay longer, participate in more activities and invest more into our local region," Ms Seabrook said.

"This project will allow us to refresh our tourism offering by creating a more engaging and contemporary visitor experience that is aligned with the Barossa Brand."

Key elements of the visitor centre upgrade include:

  • A Barossa video wall and lounge
  • Maker's Table and Bar to showcase pop-up winemakers, producers, artists and craftspeople
  • Barossa Wine display
  • Booking pods
  • Expansion of the 'Barossa Made' gift shop
  • Digital displays
  • Improved flow and access.

Library customers will also benefit from refreshed library spaces to access the collection and digital technology.

Manager Library and Heritage Services, Tania Paull, said customers could expect a new layout that provides flexible library spaces, both indoors and outdoors.

"This project will result in a continuation of the range of services at the Tanunda Library, and the community will see a direct improvement in their library experience and interaction through better design, flow and access," Tania said.

Stage 1 has seen library services relocated to the rear of the building as the redevelopment takes shape.

Mayor Bim Lange said the project would provide a unique offering in Tanunda Town Square.

"This project shows innovation, not only making excellent use of our shared facilities but giving people another reason to visit Tanunda," he said.

Stage 2 of the project will see library services temporarily relocated to the Tanunda Community CWA Hall, opposite the BVC.

Funding partners in the project include the Australian Government, Council, Barossa Grape and Wine Association (BGWA) and Tourism Barossa.