A drive up the Norton Summit road takes you to Forest Range, Basket Range, Lenswood, all Fruit growing areas. When the Apples, cherries, Pears, etc. are in Season, you can buy them fresh off the roadside stalls. This area is very pretty, especially in Spring, when they are in blossom (September)
From Lenswood, turn into Tiers Road, this brings you through dairy country to Woodside, the home of the Woodside Army Camp. Melbas chocolates are here. Take the road back through Oakbank and at Balhannah, turn right into Greenhill Road, this will take you past the Picadilly valley, a very rich valley for vegetables, and more recently, vineyards.
You can continue down the Greenhill road to Adelaide, or turn right at Summertown coming out at Ashton, then go to Marble hill ruins and down Montacute road to Adelaide. This is a beautiful days drive.
THE WHISPERING WALL [ BAROSSA RESERVOIR ] was once the highest dam in Australia
The Whispering Wall is a rather unique feature.
Built between 1899 & 1903, the huge curved wall is the retaining wall of the Barossa Reservoir.
The fun part is splitting the family and standing at either end of the wall and talking to each other. You can speak in a normal voice and people at the other end of the wall can hear you clearly. It is quite a distance, more than 100 metres!
The wall is one sector of a perfect circle, and the soundwaves bounce in a series of straight jumps along it to the other end.
Our children loved this place, and I should imagine anybody would like to try it out!
Williamstown, which is located nearby, is the centre of the local pine forest industry. There are many original old stone buildings, including the hotel, first licensed in 1854, and Cundy’s Bridge, built in 1867 over Victoria Creek.
Nearby Mount Crawford Forest has walking, cycling and horse riding trails Williamstown is an ideal base for exploring the vineyards, wineries, walking trails and beautiful parks of the Barossa
From Adelaide, you can do a nice round tour, by heading to Gawler, then take the B19 to Lyndoch, turn here onto B31 and head to Williamstown.
Return journey could be back to B31 and follow to Chain of Ponds. Turn right and follow the B10 down to Houghton and into Adelaide.
To visit the Whispering Wall, travel to Williamstown in the Barossa Valley and follow the signposts from the main street. Located 5kms west of Williamstown, and 51kms from Adelaide.
To do this drive, you head out on the Lower North East road, which is the beginning of your climb through the hills. You drive along the edge of the River Torrens, this is a very small River, probably, if you are from overseas, you make call it a creek, but, never less, it is very pretty.
Your first little village, is Castambul, not much here. Continue on to the Kangaroo Creek Reservoir, there is a lookout on the side of the road. Cuddle Creek is next, and the Gorge Wildlife Centre, well worth visiting, then you are in Apple Orchards.
From here, you can either go onto Chain of Ponds, named because of a series of ponds. This is located next to the Millbrook reservoir. In 1970, the town was demolished because of its closeness to the dam. The town of Millbrook was also demolished, but if the dam level is low, you may see the original old bridge.
Continue on to Gumeracha (The Big Rocking Horse) and Birdwood (National Motor Museum)
Return via Inglewood, (the Inglewood Inn does great meals) onto Houghton and back to Adelaide.
There are other scenic ways to return to Adelaide, all very scenic, just take your map with you and decide, depending on what time you have, as there is lots to see and do.