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Cockatoo Valley

The original settlement of Arno Vale was settled by John Hallett in 1840 on the fringe of where the current settlement lies. It was later named for the flocks of cockatoos that congregated in the ancient old gums surrounding the town. Its convenient rural location and only 8km from Gawler and has seen recent land subdivisions for people seeking a country lifestyle. Sandy Creek and Para Wirra Conservation Parks and Barossa Goldfields are a short drive away, and the local general store can provide fuel and provisions seven days a week.

Cockatoo Valley: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Gawler Golf Club

Established in 1904, Gawler Golf Club was a founding member of Golf SA (formerly South Australian Golf Union).

The course has undergone continual improvement and development over the past 100 years. It is now an 18-hole, par 72 (ACR 73), 6095 metre course located at Sandy Creek, at the entrance to the Barossa, just 50 minutes from the Adelaide central business district.

Thanks to our dedicated and professional team of grounds staff, the course is revered as having some of the best greens in the State, certainly outside of the metropolitan area. Our fairways are maintained year round to provide a lush and consistent playing surface. We also provide significant practice areas for members and visitors to hone their skills or to warm up prior to a round.

A fully licensed bar provides the opportunity to relax and enjoy our facilities pre, during and post round.

Our PGA Professional Golf Shop also caters for all your equipment and coaching needs.

Green fees vary - please refer to website for costs.

129 Williamstown Road
Sandy Creek, SA, 5350

Located 2.2K from Cockatoo Valley

Whispering Wall

The Whispering Wall is in fact the retaining wall of the Barossa Reservoir. Built between 1899 and 1903, the dam was a revolutionary engineering feat for its day and attracted attention from all over the world, even making its way into the pages of the journal Scientific American.

But what draws visitors to the Whispering Wall is its unique acoustic effects: words whispered at one side can be clearly heard at the other, more than 100 metres away. Children in particular love visiting the wall and testing its abilities.

Besides trying out the Whispering Wall, visitors can also learn about the history of the construction of the dam, take in the scenery of the water reserve and enjoy the colours and sounds of the peaceful bush setting.

To visit the Whispering Wall, travel to Williamstown in the Barossa Valley and follow the signposts from the main street.

Yettie Road
Williamstown, SA, 5351

Located 2.5K from Cockatoo Valley

Peter Franz Fine Art Gallery

The Peter Franz Fine Art Gallery was purpose built by Peter himself to showcase both his passion for photography and to provide a venue to showcase fine art within the Barossa Valley region.

The gallery has been constructed to complement the German heritage and era in which it is set. The gallery brings together the old and the new beautifully. While retaining its traditional charm on the outside the interior is modern and fresh.

The gallery has frequently updated group exhibitions promoting high quality artworks created by South Australian artists. We specialise in featuring fine art from a wide range of mediums including paintings, ceramics, sculpture, drawings, photography, glass works, jewellery and textiles.

The Peter Franz Fine Art Gallery is surrounded by high quality restaurants, beautiful lawns and famous wineries. Come for a browse, grab a coffee or lunch, visit a winery or two and make a day of it!

19 Barossa Valley Highway
Lyndoch, SA, 5351

Located 5.1K from Cockatoo Valley

Spinifex Art and Crafts

Spinifex Art and Crafts, Lyndoch is a retail shop selling exclusive, quality hand-crafted goods including pottery, plants, dolls, bears, quilts, patchwork, folk art, preserves, paintings of local scenes, candles, timber items, cards, baby wear, scarves, hats, Victorian embroidery and much, much more. All goods are locally made in the Barossa region.

34A Barossa Valley Highway
Lyndoch, SA, 5351

Located 5.9K from Cockatoo Valley

Lyndoch Community Market

A monthly market held in the beautiful town of Lyndoch on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10am-3pm. A great place to do a spot of shopping or perhaps have morning tea or lunch.

The stalls regularly change so there is always something new to see. Regular offerings include papercraft products including stickers and paper lace doilies, books including craft, Australiana, kids and fiction, handmade greeting cards, plants, soy candles, hand crafted jewellery, olive oil and hand sewn hand towels.

Also on offer are bakery products, embroidered items and hand crafted wooden items including chopping boards and pens.

If you get hungry or thirsty you can grab a coffee or cake from the pop up bakery in the hall or if you prefer grab a sausage sizzle from the community run stall outside.

31 Barossa Valley Way,
Lyndoch Institute
Lyndoch, SA, 5351

Located 6.1K from Cockatoo Valley

Dragonfly Antiques

Dragonfly Antiques deals only with original pieces (no replicas) from Asia. Our range of furniture and accessories ages from 60 - 140 years old. Many pieces have remained in their rustic condition with some minimal restoration, where others have been restored to near new condition.

In August 2008 we launched our Vietnamese Silk range. We have created many one of pieces of bedding and quilts as well as cushion covers, table runners and place mats.

Whether you are looking for a feature piece or something to enhance your current d?cor, the variety at Dragonfly Antiques means that we will have something to compliment any style of home.

41 Queen Street
Williamstown, SA, 5351

Located 6.9K from Cockatoo Valley

Lyndoch Lavender Farm

Stroll through more than two hectares of lavender at the multi-award winning Lyndoch Lavender Farm. Touch and smell more than 90 different varieties.

This is your opportunity to visit a working lavender farm in beautiful rural surroundings, with an abundance of birds, butterflies and Bearded Dragons in spring and summer.

Lyndoch Lavender Farm provides scenic walks and gourmet food tasting. There's a sheltered cafe offering light meals and wine tastings, and a shop with a fantastic range of lavender products - toiletries, household products, plants, and gifts. Be sure to talk to the staff who are always keen to help you learn more about lavender.

The Lavender Farm and shop are open every day. The Cafe is open every day from 1 September to 31 December, and every weekend.

Corner Hoffnungsthal and Tweedies Gully Roads
Lyndoch, SA, 5351

Located 7.4K from Cockatoo Valley

Cockatoo Valley: Events

Santos Tour Down Under Stage 1 - Southern Barossa

Stage 1 of the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under features three laps of the Southern Barossa, known as the "cool end of the Valley".

Discover great spectactor vantage points in the townships of Williamstown, Lyndoch, Cockatoo Valley and Sandy Creek, or head to the Southern Barossa Gourmet Village in Lyndoch, the place to enjoy a family-friendly carnival atmosphere and gourmet food and wine. Stake your claim on the picturesque Lyndoch Village Green and get set for spectacular cycling action and a photo finish.

The southern Barossa is known for its premium cool-climate wines and warm hospitality, so why not wind down after the race finish and take in local attractions, wineries, cellar doors and cafes. The Barossa is a genuine cycle friendly destination and with 40 kilometres of high quality cycle track, exploring the Barossa by bike is the best way to experience this unique tourism region.

The Southern Barossa is described as nature's playground and has abundant bushwalking, cycling, mountain biking, fishing and hiking opportunities - visit for further information.

Event Dates
      16th Jan

Barossa Valley Way
Lyndoch, SA, 5351

Located 5.6K from Cockatoo Valley

Lyndoch Community Market

The Lyndoch Community Market is held on the second Saturday of each month in the historic Lyndoch Institute and grounds.

Stalls at the Lyndoch Community Market include new and pre-loved books, papercraft supplies including paper lace doilies, stickers and card blanks, handmade jewellery, hand sewn items, soy candles, handmade greeting cards, jams, chutneys, pickles and the popular Farmhouse Bakery.

You'll also find embroidered items such as towels, bags and teddy bears.

For the men there's plants, hand turned wooden items including chopping boards, pens, clocks, signs and wooden boxes.

Food options include cupcakes and coffee, breakfast pies, hot dogs, kranskys, sausage rolls and of course the community run sausage sizzle.

Event Dates
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31 Barossa Valley Way,
Lyndoch Institute
Lyndoch, SA, 5351

Located 6.1K from Cockatoo Valley

Chateau Yaldara 70th Anniversary Celebrations

Join us at Chateau Yaldara for an afternoon relaxing on our lawns with Live Music, Food, Kids' games and Wine to help us celebrate our 70th Anniversary. Starting at 12 noon and going through until 6 pm. Tours of the winery will be available on the day with a special tasting at the end of the tour.

Event Dates
      10th Dec

159 Hermann Thumm Drive
Lyndoch, SA, 5351

Located 6.6K from Cockatoo Valley

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