Round Journey: approximately 3 hours driving time.
Take the 15 minute drive south to Auburn, left to Saddleworth (10 mins) and left again to Marrabel (a further 10mins). Turn right (south) and take the 30 minute drive to the historic town of Kapunda. Go through the town after a look around (the bakery is excellent) and take the left turn to Greenock a couple of kilometres south of Kapunda. From Greenock its on to Nuriootpa in the heart of the Barossa. And its taken you only a 1.5 hour’s drive from Mintaro!
The Barossa Valley of course has superb visitor information, so enjoy your day in this significant wine producing region.
If you are at the northern end of the Valley when you are ready to return to Mintaro, turn left onto the Sturt Highway at Nuriootpa and take the first turn off the highway to the right (Belvidere Road). Head north to the T junction with the Truro Road and turn left. A 20 minute drive through vineyards and farming land will see you back in Kapunda. Instead of returning north to Marrabel, take the Tarlee Road for a 10 minute journey to Tarlee. You probably passed through Tarlee on your way to Mintaro from Adelaide and took the left fork to the Clare Valley at Giles’ Corner, 5 kilometres through Tarlee. So to cover different ground, take the right fork (Barrier Highway) and travel through Riverton to Saddleworth. There its left to Auburn then right to Mintaro.
Alternatively, continue north through Saddleworth to Manoora (less than 10 mins). Turn left here onto the unsealed road to Mintaro, passing Martindale Hall and entering the town from the east.