More than 250 players from regional areas will converge on South Australia's picturesque Barossa region from 3 - 11 January to compete for the national titles.

The hosting rights have been made possible by the strong support of the Barossa Council, the Barossa & Light Cricket Association and the South Australian Cricket Association.

This will mark the return of the championships to South Australia for the first time in five years, with Mount Gambier most recently playing host to the event in 2016. 

Five women's teams and six men's teams will compete in the 10-day tournament which gives Australia's best regional players the opportunity to test their skills at a high level of competition.  

Cricket Australia's Executive General Manager of Community Cricket James Allsopp said; "We are delighted to bring the Toyota National Country Cricket Championships to the Barossa. The collaboration with the SACA and The Barossa Council will ensure a great competition for some of the best players from rural Australia."

"The championships will showcase a number of community facilities that have received significant investment through the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund, The Barossa Council and the South Australian Government's Grassroots Funding Programs, providing access to lights, new changerooms, practice facilities and oval surface upgrades, improving facilities for local clubs."

Barossa Mayor Bim Lange welcomed the Country Championships as another opportunity to showcase the Barossa as a premier sports tourism and events destination.

"In partnership with SACA and the Government of South Australia, we've been making major investment in the Barossa's sports facilities, so we're thrilled to host an event of this calibre for both the local community and visitors to our region," Mayor Lange said.

"We wish all players and officials every success and expect a great competition for spectators."