The Adelaide Hills conjures up all sorts of images of a relaxation – boutique wineries, fresh local produce, unspoilt bushland, native wildlife, sprawling botanic gardens, gentle bushwalks, or a walk back into the history of Australia’s only German town.
Australia's oldest surviving German settlement. The main street is an avenue of 100 year-old elm and plane trees. Hahndorf has plenty of shops, art galleries, craft outlets, restaurants, cafés and bakeries along the quaint main street.
The National Motor Museum
Houses the nation's most important collection of vintage, veteran and classic motorcars and motorcycles.
Mount Lofty Summit
The highest peak close to Adelaide and at 710 metres above sea level provides spectacular views of the Adelaide Plains and surrounding area including Kangaroo Island and Yorke Peninsula.
The Mount Lofty Botanic Garden
Features cool temperate plants from both hemispheres including stunning displays of magnolias, rhododendrons, camellias, roses and peonies. There are a number of walks available for those who like to get close to nature.
The Toy Factory
Houses the biggest rocking horse in the world. Visitors can climb to the top of the horse, which stands 18 metres high, then visit the seven-acre animal park where wallabies can be hand-fed. There’s the chance to relax and enjoy a meal or coffee in the licensed, childfriendly café, outdoor patio or shaded picnic area.
Cleland Wildlife Park
An open range sanctuary in a natural bushland setting where visitors can touch and feed some of South Australia’s most captivating wildlife.
Adelaide Hills Food Trails
Tantalise the taste buds on one of the trails. Follow them to friendly country markets offering fresh local produce, award winning restaurants including the famous Bridgewater Mill, home-style bakeries and specialty shops.
Beerenberg Strawberry Farm
Visit the farm for locally produced jams and chutney, even pick your own strawberries in season (October to May).
The Yurrebilla Trail
A cultural and environmental discovery bushwalk that passes through the Adelaide Hills including gorges, waterfalls, heath lands and tall forests. Visitors can enjoy the trail in sections as half-day bushwalks or a full four day hiking adventure with overnight stops at cosy B&Bs, pubs, motels, Nepenthe and Lane wineries.
There are more than 33 wineries in the Adelaide Hills selling their wines at welcoming cellar door outlets. Visitors should look out for Shaw and Smith, Nepenthe and Lane Vineyard.