Adelaide Hills – A Place For All Seasons
Just 20 minutes’ drive from Adelaide lie the picturesque vineyards of the Adelaide Hills. With its interlinking villages, roadside stalls and excellent cellar door restaurants, spend a day or two exploring and tasting the region’s fresh produce and beautiful wines.
Adelaide Hills Top 10
1 Mount Lofty Summit
Mount Lofty Summit
Providing breathtaking panoramic views across Adelaide's city skyline to the coast, and as far as Kangaroo Island on clear days, Mount Lofty Summit is a must see on your way to the Adelaide Hills.Add to wishlist
2 Cheese & Wine Trail
Cheese & Wine Trail
The Adelaide Hills Cheese & Wine Trail is a self-drive progressive picnic through the Hills. Try local cheeses matched with the regions best wine.Add to wishlist
3 Wine Tasting
Enjoy a wine tasting or a long lunch at one of the many cellar doors around the region. The Lane Vineyard is a favourite with locals, or stop in at Hahndorf Hill Winery to mix and match internationally sourced chocolates with their fabulous local wines.Add to wishlist
4 Visit the home of Penfold's Grange
Visit the home of Penfold's Grange
The historic Penfolds Magill Estate is the original home of Penfolds Wines and Australias most prized wine, the Grange. Three different tours are available at the Magill Estate cellar door. Experience the history of Penfolds and taste some of the famous wines.Add to wishlist
5 Classic Country Drives
Classic Country Drives
The region is criss-crossed by a network of Classic Country Drives that will take you to much loved towns like Hahndorf, as well as lesser known hamlets such as Woodside, Bridgewater and Stirling.Add to wishlist
6 Visit Australian Wildlife
Visit Australian Wildlife
Get up close with Australian wildlife such as koalas, kangaroos, platypus and bandicoots at Cleland Wildlife Park.Add to wishlist
7 German Village of Hahndorf
German Village of Hahndorf
Dont miss the German village of Hahndorf. With its rich German history and buildings dating back to the 1800s, its a great base from which to explore the region. Spend a day exploring art and craft stores, German bakeries, cheese cellars and cellar doors.Add to wishlist
8 Sir Hans Heysens Art Studio
Sir Hans Heysens Art Studio
Wander through the art studio, family home and garden of landscape artist Hans Heysen. See Heysens' sketches and take a leisurely walk around the garden. Hahndorf is now a regional art centre, largely due to Heysens influence, and galleries can be found dotted around the town.Add to wishlist
9 National Motor Museum
National Motor Museum
If youre a motoring enthusiast, Birdwood is home to the National Motor Museum. As well as a vast array of historic vehicles, the museum offers fascinating insights into Australian social history. The museum takes its name from Gallipoli commander, Sir William Birdwood.Add to wishlist
10 Beerenberg Strawberry Farm
Beerenberg Strawberry Farm
Open all year round for visitors to purchase a jar of their favourite jam or pickle, or pick your own delicious strawberries during the strawberry season from October to May.Add to wishlist
Food and Wine
All roads in the Adelaide Hills lead to wine and food. This cool climate wine growing area specialises in chardonnay, pinot noir and sauvignon blanc. Food specialties include fresh fruit and berries, cheese, bread, smoked fish and traditional German-style small goods. Get ‘hands-on’ at one of the many cooking schools and cheesemaking classes where you’ll learn new kitchen tricks and hear the stories behind the ingredients. Lobethal Bierhaus and Grumpy’s Brewhouse are two micro-breweries that produce all-grain European styled beers and themed food to match.
Spring and Autumn are magnificent seasons to see the Adelaide Hills gardens at their best. Stirling and Nairne feature stunning European-style gardens, while at Carrick Hill you can visit a period home with spectacular grounds to explore. The Mount Lofty Botanic Garden features cool temperate plants, which thrive on the eastern slopes of Mount Lofty. The Bank SA Nature Trail is wonderful at all times of the year allowing visitors to experience the diversity of plants, and free guided tours depart from the lower car park at 10.30am every Thursday.
The Adelaide Hills has a variety of accommodation but is especially known for its beautiful bed and breakfasts and self-contained cottages tucked away in picturesque locations. boutique hotels, motels, farm stays, caravan parks and camping grounds are also available.
The Adelaide Hills is alive with fantastic events throughout the year. Whether you’re looking for wine and food events like the Crush Festival held in January, music events such as the HOOT Adelaide Hills Jazz Festival, or sporting events like the Santos Tour Down Under. For something a bit different check out the Spring Garden Festivals, Gumeracha Medieval Fair or the famous Lobethal Christmas Lights.
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