Explore the best things to do in the Adelaide Hills, including where to find the best restaurants, wineries, outdoor activities and family-friendly activities. Drive your way down leafy streets, ending in sunken light in the villages. The cities of Aldgate, Stirling, Oakbank, Birdwood, Crafers, Mount Barker and Hahndorf are all within an hour’s drive from Adelaide and are full of encounters with wildlife and cultural discoveries. You’ll find restaurants serving the best produce in South Australia, while wineries beckon with leafy groves eager for you to try one of their cool climatic drops. The Adelaide Hills are home to some of the best food , wine and scenery in South Australia and it’s all so easy to get to along the road trip along the Epicurean Way.
What are Adelaide Hills experiences and attractions?
- Beerenberg Farm: “For all food lovers visiting the Adelaide Hills, Beerenberg Farm is a” must visit. One of the oldest family-owned jam, condiment and sauce producers in Australia, it is still run on its Hahndorf farm by the sixth generation of the Paech family.
- Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard: Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard, founded in 1992, is an award-winning 5-star boutique vineyard, cellar door, and chef-hatted restaurant nestled high in Lenswood’s Adelaide Hills, 35 minutes from the CBD of Adelaide, offering breathtaking views.
- Mount Lofty Botanic Garden: Overlooking the picturesque Piccadilly Valley, the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden features displays of cool plants that thrive on the eastern slopes of Mount Lofty. The 97 hectares of Adelaide Hills Garden is renowned for its expansive gullies, offering surprises at every season.
- Cleland Wildlife Park: Visit the Cleland Wildlife Park and feed kangaroos as they laze, roam the wetlands, and surround yourself with over 130 Australian wildlife species, all just 20 minutes from Adelaide. Cleland Wildlife Park is one of only a few locations in the world where a koala can be kept by locals.
- Gorge Wildlife Park: Gorge Wildlife Park is not your typical wildlife park; it is a meeting place for people and animals. Paths meander through the animals under shaded trees that give several soothing hours of wildlife enjoyment.See all your favourite creatures in Australia, including wombats, dingoes, echidnas and devils from Tasmania. Cuddle a koala and walk among the wallabies and kangaroos.
- Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary: The only spot in mainland South Australia where you can see the elusive platypus is the Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is also a vibrant eco-system in which hundreds of native animals from Australia thrive. Rarely seen beyond the feral-proof barrier, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, bandicoots, potoroos, bettongs, and birds all live securely at Warrawong.
- The Cedars: In The Cedars, a few minutes from historic Hahndorf, lovers of fine art, charming gardens and famous family life will have much to discover. From 1912, with its towering trees, this 36-acre (expanding to 132-acre) country property was home to legendary landscape painter and early conservationist Sir Hans Heysen, his wife Sallie, and eight-in-family Nora, who became a successful artist in her own right.
(Article by southaustralia.com)
Tours to Adelaide Hills in South Australia
Adelaide Hills Wineries & Hahndorf
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