I was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. It’s been my home for the past 25 years – minus the 8 months my partner Russell and I lived in Alice Springs! Unfortunately, I’ve realised I’m one of those people who has seen more of the rest of the world, than I have my own home town. So now that winter in Australia is over, spring has sprung and the sun has started to shine, I’m determined to see more of this beautiful city I call home!
There is so much to see and do in Adelaide, and there’s certainly something for everyone. We may not have epic theme parks or an impressive city skyline to admire, but we do have many incredible beaches, enough vineyards to keep all wine lovers happy and an endless amount of beautiful national parks and greenery.
There are also a surprising amount of things to see and do in the Adelaide Hills – like visiting Barossa Bowland! This is a unique bowling alley and dinosaur themed mini golf course, in the heart of the Adelaide Hills, near the famous Barossa Valley. Read on to find out more about this little-known Adelaide gem!
An afternoon in the Adelaide Hills: Barossa Bowland & Dinosaur Mini Golf!
This was my first time visiting Barossa Bowland, and it was so much fun! Not only do you get to spend the afternoon bowling up a storm, you can also play Australia’s biggest dinosaur themed mini golf course! This is perfect for the kids, because it’s not your average mini golf course. Kids can learn about each of the dinosaurs, take a selfie with Triceratops and Stegosaurus and have a fun-filled afternoon with friends and family.
Barossa Bowland isn’t just for the kids, though. I went with two fully grown adults, and we had just as much fun! We did take full advantage of their very reasonably priced alcoholic beverages though. A round of drinks (two glasses of wine and a beer) cost $15. Which for Australian standards, is very good!
BOWLING PRICES – includes shoe hire
Adults: $12 p/p (one game), $18 p/p (two games)
Children (15 years and under): $10 p/p (one game), $16 p/p (two games)
MINI GOLF PRICES
Adults: $14 p/p
Children (15 years and under): $12 p/p
Non Player: $6 p/p
BOWLING & MINI GOLF PACKAGES – includes shoe hire
1 Game of Bowling & 1 Round (18 holes) of Mini Golf: $19.50 p/p
2 Games of Bowling & 1 Round (18 holes) of Mini Golf: $25 p/p
If you’re looking for the perfect afternoon activity to keep your kids occupied, Barossa Bowland’s dinosaur themed mini golf course is perfect. The dinosaurs make noises that somewhat resemble what I assume a dinosaur would sound like. The course itself is fantastic, with a ton of greenery and colourful flowers. There’s been a lot of thought put into the design of this mini golf course, which makes it extremely unique!
Hint: If you visit during spring, you’ll not only see these gorgeous blossom trees while playing on the dinosaur themed mini golf course, you’ll also see them lining the streets on your journey to Barossa Bowland! The Adelaide Hills are beautiful during spring, so plan your visit between September and November if you’d like to experience the blossoms!
How do I get to Barossa Bowland?
Great question! The answer depends on where you’re starting your journey! For step by step directions, open Google Maps and enter the address for Barossa Bowland: 89 Menge Road, Tanunda 5352. You’ll be given a few options in regards to routes, all offering different scenery and lengths of travel time.
For a central starting location, I’ll use the Adelaide CBD as an example. It takes between 60 and 90 minutes to get from the Adelaide CBD to Barossa Bowland. For the scenic route through Adelaide’s beautiful hills region, you’re looking at around a 90 minute drive. But it’s definitely worth the extra travel time. You’ll venture through a lot of the small towns in the Adelaide Hills, and have some pretty spectacular scenery to enjoy on the way.
Here is a screenshot from Google Maps, with a recommended route from Adelaide’s CBD to Barossa Bowland:
We purchased the bowling and mini golf package, which got us one game of bowling and one game of mini golf! We decided to bowl first, because we knew we would want to have another round of bowling after mini golf. So to break things up a bit, we did it this way.
Note: Refer back to the prices I’ve listed above, for package options if you’d like a bit of flexibility in your day!
There are only 12 lanes at Barossa Bowling, so if you’re planning a visit during school holidays or even on the weekend during summer months, it might be a good idea to call and book ahead. We called on our way there, and easily got a lane within an hour of arriving!
I have never been good at bowling, but my game was strong on this particular day. I actually ended up winning the first round! It will probably never happen again, but it’s cool to know that I don’t entirely suck at all sports!
As I mentioned earlier, we took full advantage of Barossa Bowland’s reasonably priced alcoholic beverages. Given that we were smack bang amongst the wonderful Barossa Valley and all of the delicious vineyards, Jacob’s Creek wines were on the menu, and I was in heaven! But if wine isn’t your style, you can order a beer or cider for around $5, or various soft drinks and of course, water!
Barossa Bowland also have a kitchen with made to order hot food available. We got a serving of fries and wedges for the three of us, which was the perfect amount of food! You can also choose between wood oven pizzas, burgers, hot dogs, wraps or chicken nuggets.
Whether you’re visiting Adelaide with family, a group of friends or your significant other, Barossa Bowland is fun for absolutely everyone. No matter your age, you’re bound to have a blast spending the day bowling and having a go at dinosaur themed mini golf!
Click here to visit Barossa Bowland’s website, or here to visit their Facebook page!
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