With rolling green hills, historic towns and award winning wineries dotted throughout, stepping into the land of the long lunch is a romantic escape. With every season providing a new reason to explore, the Adelaide Hills specialise in exquisite, locally sourced produce, cool climate wines and up close and personal experiences with Australia’s most loved wildlife.
How to get to there
The Adelaide Hills region is an easy drive from Adelaide and gateway entry points such as Stirling, Summertown and Norton Summit can be reached in less than half an hour by car. If driving from the city the Adelaide Hills can be accessed via the six-lane South Eastern Freeway, which links Adelaide to Melbourne. Exits to major destinations, such as Mount Lofty (Crafers), Stirling, Bridgewater, Hahndorf, Birdwood, Lobethal and Mount Barker are well signposted along the freeway.
There is a daily bus service that travels at regular intervals from the Adelaide CBD to major townships in the Adelaide Hills. For more information call Adelaide Metro on 1300 311 1087 or Adelaide Metro. Note not all buses are accessible.
Due to the region’s close proximity to Adelaide, taxis are another viable transport option if you don’t want to drive or use public transport. Catching a taxi from the Adelaide CBD to Stirling – the nearest major town in the Adelaide Hills – will cost approximately A$50 one way and travelling from the city to Hahndorf will cost approximately A$70 one way.
With closely spaced townships and quiet roads, the Adelaide Hills is an ideal place to explore by car. If you don’t have your own vehicle, hire cars are available in the city and metro areas as well as at Adelaide Airport. Once off the freeway, take a back road and see where it takes you, getting off the beaten track is part of the fun!
Make sure to check out the National Public Toilet Map when you’re planning your trip.
Celebrate the Adelaide Hills’ fantastic food through events, shows, festivals and exhibitions, all held in picture-perfect surrounds. Kick back and relax with a glass of Adelaide Hills’ wine while sampling fresh, local produce. The region throws open its cellar doors for the CRUSH Festival in January and again in July for the Winter Reds Weekend. Festivals can get very busy and are often set on grassy fields.
Almost every weekend, you will find a farmers’ market in one of the many small towns dotted throughout the region. See here for a list of Major Events throughout the year and also the Adelaide Hills site for a huge list of things happening each week.
Good to know
Hahndorf, is a bustling tourism hotspot, a fantastic spot to explore. Just half an hour from Adelaide and proud of its German heritage still visible in its traditional streetscape. Stroll the tree-lined main street (approximately one kilometre end to end) and discover shops, galleries and studios, a cheese maker, leather smith, candlemakers, craft brewery, boutique winery cellar doors, chocolatier, restaurants, pubs, cafés and Hahndorf Academy, which is a regional centre for heritage and the arts. The footpaths are generally flat and paved, accessible toilets can be found at Pioneer Park, Alec Johnston Park and Hahndorf Academy/Visitor Information Centre. Parking can be a challenge, so it can be easiest to decide where to have a meal and use the off-street carpark for the particular venue. Street parking is limited and means passengers must disembark onto the main road. An accessible carpark is available behind the Hahndorf Inn/Arcobrau Brauhaus and Alec Johnston Park.
MT LOFTY SUMMIT AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
See the ever changing views from Adelaide’s highest peak, Mt Lofty Summit. You can drive directly to Mt Lofty summit. Enjoying refreshments with a view at The Summit Restaurant and Café or browse through the Visitor Information Outlet and gift shop.
The Lakeside Trail within Mt Lofty Botanical Gardens was designed for everyone to the Garden’s tranquil beauty.
CLELAND WILDLIFE PARK
Holding a koala and feeding kangaroos are just two of the memorable native wildlife experiences at Cleland Wildlife Park, nestled within the beautiful Cleland Conservation Park just 20 minutes from Adelaide CBD. This is a great facility for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy. You are welcome to pack a picnic lunch and immerse yourself in the natural bush environment, engage with and discover a huge variety of native wildlife. Download the Cleland Wildlife Park access map outlining facilities, distances and terrain information.
You can learn more about the region and things to do at www.southaustralia.com