The brand new Barossa Adventure Station is now open for play! The once-neglected railway station precinct in the heart of the beautiful Barossa Valley village of Angaston is set to become a family favourite destination.
Angaston is a beautiful and heritage filled little town that's long been high on our list for Sunday drives out of the city. It already has wonderful green spaces and play equipment perfect for picnics but the new addition mixes railway heritage with new play equipment and picnic spaces effortlessly and beautifully.
Turn off the main street onto Washington Street and you will find plenty of space to park the car nearby. There are heaps of new and interesting things to do and plenty of shelters with BBQs for an outdoor picnic or gathering.
The equipment is dominated by a massive tube slide and equipment set up to evoke the feel of the old goods carriages. There's a giant flying fox, swings, fitness equipment, a skate ramp, and even outdoor trampolines on the upper level. The lower level has plenty of things to do and clamber over and around that will keep the kids occupied for an hour or so.
Bring your bikes too! The park is at the top of the Barossa Rail Trail and the park incorporates the Angaston Mountain Bike Trail; a 1km loop ride perfect for adventurous mountain biking kids to hone their riding skills.
While at the park you might overhear strange and almost otherworldly sound coming from - somewhere. You won't be able to pin it down but as you wander closer to the grey poles on the upper level you'll be drawn into the sensory sound forest and marvel at the strange sensation of the sounds coming from the poles. It's the first time I've seen or heard anything like this in a public park.
The redevelopment also saw the restoration of the original turntable, goods crane, and 1910 station building, plus the addition of information signs detailing the rail history of the area. It's an excellent stop for train-buffs of all ages as the old rails still lay all around the park to give the paths through the park some real character.
The park is only a few metres away from Murray Street - along which there is a good selection of pubs, cafes, bakeries, restaurants, and stores to browse and enjoy whiling away a few hours among the Barossa's best food and wine.
Angaston is only an hour from central Adelaide and at the heart of one of the world's most iconic destinations. Take a day trip to the Barossa next weekend to see what's new in this special part of the world.