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Barossa Valley Site Information

A Typical Semester

Students are based at one of the General Practices where they undertake consulting, and they are involved in patient care at the hospitals. Approximately 1 day per week is spent in the PRCC office for a study day comprising of group tutorials and workshops, and approximately 1 day per week with either a visiting or local specialist.

Example Week

A typical week consists of time spent in your general practice, activities varying from hands on clinical supervision, parallel consulting, hospital rounds, on-call duties and supervised study time.

On average you will spend one day a week directly involved with the PRCC office, where you will attend group tutorials (either video-conferenced, in person with the Clinical Educator, a local doctor or visiting specialist), Clinical Based Learning sessions, Inter-professional Education, community engagement and assessments among other activities.

In addition to this, students are given the opportunity to sit in on visiting specialist consulting and theatre sessions. A student is usually scheduled to attend one of these for either a full or half day per fortnight. Specialists conduct clinics weekly, mainly at the Gawler Health Service and the Angaston Hospital. Specialist clinics include obstetrics and gynaecology, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology and paediatrics.

Local Hospitals

Students will attend the hospital with their GP Supervisors for a range of activities, such as ward rounds, patient admissions and on-call duties. Hospitals are located at Kapunda, Tanunda and Angaston.

This site is a collaboration between Flinders University and The University of Adelaide under the Parallel Rural Community Curriculum (PRCC) program, and also houses several research and administrative staff members from Flinders Rural Health South Australia.

Other programs that may operate out of Barossa Valley include:

Flinders University

  • Medicine
  • Nursing

The Parallel Rural Community Curriculum (PRCC) program in the Barossa Valley began in 2008. The Barossa Valley PRCC program is a partnership between Flinders University and The University of Adelaide. This collaboration is unique to the Barossa Valley region and provides students with exciting learning opportunities.

The Barossa Valley

The name Barossa means Hill of Roses. It was applied to the region by Colonel William Light in the 1820’s after the site of a battle fought in the Peninsular War between England’s allies and Napoleon in 1811.

Barossa Map

Proximity to Adelaide / Towns

The Barossa Valley refers to a region that consists of a number of towns a short distance from each other (Angaston, Nuriootpa, Tanunda and Kapunda). The Barossa is just an hour’s drive north east of the Adelaide airport. Adelaide to Nuriootpa is approximately 79 Km.


Spring (September - November) offers sunny days and a great time for nature walks. Pack lighter clothing for the day and some warm clothing for the cool evenings.

Summer (December - February) in the Barossa means sunshine and warm days. The average temperature is 29 degrees Celsius. Shorts and short sleeves are in order here. Balmy evenings are ideal for outdoor dining.

The Autumn months (March - May) are mild but sunny, but there can be chilly evenings. The autumn leaves on the vines are a sight to behold. Light clothing during the day, some warm clothes for the evening.

The Winter months (June - August) bring chilly days and some rain, cold nights during which warm Barossa hospitality can be enjoyed in front of a cosy log fire. Warm clothing required.

Interesting Things

The name Barossa means Hill of Roses. It was applied to the region by Col. William Light in the 1820’s after the site of a battle fought in the Peninsular War between England’s allies and Napoleon in 1811. (Col. Light participated in the battle.) Someone misspelled the word and the valley ended up Barossa instead of the correct Barosa.

In 1836, the colony of South Australia – know to the local Kaurna Aboriginal tribe as Tandanya or ‘place of the red kangaroo’ - was born. Originally a simple collection of shacks alongside the newly built pier at Glenelg, immigrants of English, Irish and German stock soon moved inland, creating a new township around the recently opened copper mines discovered north of the town of Gawler.

It was in these years of the early settlers that vines were planted the Australia’s most famous wine region the Barossa Valley came into being. Through the 1840's the first vineyards were planted and by 1850 John Gramp of Jacob's Creek was selling wine at the commercial level. By the 20th century the Barossa was a household name, at least in the houses of people who enjoy wine.


A daily bus service with LinkSA makes regular stops at townships throughout the Barossa and links to Adelaide (with the Adelaide Metro rail service that services Gawler).

The Adelaide Metro rail service from Adelaide to Gawler Central operators a regular service 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For more information please visit the Adelaide Metro website.

If you don't like schedules, LinkSA also provide a 'Dial a Ride' service, which can take you from door to door between Angaston, Nuriootpa and Tanunda - bookings are essential.

Tourism Links

  • is the official site of the Barossa Valley that has all the information on things happening in the Barossa from Food, Wine and Events.
  • Barossa Dirt, is a blog to experience some warm Barossa hospitality, tune in for the latest musings from people who live and work here, often found travelling around the world spreading the good dirt.
  • The Barossa Farmers Market, site of the local produce market, is permanently located undercover in the Vintners Sheds, Angaston.
  • Barossa HQ, an online wine community where you have the opportunity to participate in live wine tastings and ask questions of your favourite Barossa winemaker or brand.

More Information

If you want to visit the Barossa please speak to the student coordinator who can advise you. Please refer to the People page and look up Site Specific Staff.

Student Housing

Angaston Accommodation

Tanunda Accommodation

Angaston Accommodation - Kitchen

Students are provided with quality housing fully furnished with all essential necessities provided.  Student houses are situated in Tanunda, Angaston and Kapunda all a short walk or drive to our participating Medical Practices.

Activities and Events

  • Go wine-tasting at one of the Barossa’s many wineries
  • Barossa Farmer’s Markets held weekly in Angaston
  • Self-guided tours by bike, foot or vehicle
  • The REX fitness centre
  • Local Sporting Clubs
Site Contacts
Find out who to speak to
Rural Clinical School

Ground Floor, 122 Frome Street
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005


T: +61 8 8313 6280