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Adelaide Hills

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Adelaide Hills [1] is in South Australia. It is an easy 30 minute drive from Adelaide central business district. The highest point is Mount Lofty, 712 metres above sea level.

Major Towns[edit]

Other destinations[edit]

Get in[edit]

Transitplus [2] operate services around the area, including bus services direct to Adelaide central bus station. The fares and timetables are integrated with the Adelaide services. Google maps operates the trip planner service, and the fares and route details are on the Adelaide Metro site [3].

Get around[edit]

The Hills is a challenge to drive around by car, with poor signage, and winding roads where even the locals get lost. But with a map or common scene you wont go to far in the wrong direction and no doubt have taken a scenic drive.

Public transport isn't great around the Hills, which is a shame given the fantastic wines of the region, however there are a couple of tour companies providing regular services.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Mount Lofty Lookout [4], around 20 minutes drive from Adelaide - and has spectacular views of Adelaide and Gulf St Vincent, a great tourist attraction in its own right but also home to a restaurant offering modern Australian cuisine and a Visitor information Centre. There are a couple of buses a day that will take you directly there, so check the timetables carefully.
  • Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens [5]
  • Hahndorf - One of the Adelaide Hill's most famous towns, Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Hahndorf has plenty of souvenir shops, craft outlets and galleries to explore, including the Hahndorf Academy. There’s still a strong German flavour in the town, most evident in the smallgood outlets and German bakeries that line the main street. Visitors can pick their own strawberries at Beerenberg Strawberry Farm or visit the former home and studio of Sir Hans Heysen, The Cedars. There are several good winery cellar doors in the area and the Hahndorf Farm Barn is an enjoyable stop for families
  • The National Motor Museum [6] in Birdwood is much more than a fantastic collection of vehicles – it tells the stories about Australia’s love of cars, and how motoring changed Australians and where they go.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Visit some of the 29 winery cellar doors. The following are a range from the very small to the larger corporate producers.
    • Petaluma
    • Hahndorf Hill Winery
    • Nepenthe
    • Shaw & Smith
    • Tilbrook Estate
    • Bird in Hand
    • Barratt Wines
    • Ashton Hills
  • Wine Tours
  • Visit food producers - small goods, cheese makers, chocolate makers, espcially in Hahndorf, Balhannah, and Woodside.
  • Visit country markets in Echunga, Uraidla, Woodside, Stirling.
  • Visit Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens
  • Visit 'The Cedars' home of artist Sir Hans Heysen, just outside Hahndorf. His historic property, home, gardens and studio remain much the same as when the great artist died in 1969. Tours of The Cedars cost $10 for adults.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • The Organic Market and Cafe [7] Fantastic organic food, with a large selection of vegetarian meals. Very popular with locals, so get in early for lunch. Seasonal menu. The market and cafe sources high quality produce from local growers, regional suppliers and specialty providers. 5 Druid Avenue Stirling. Open 364 days a year from 8.30am - Market closes 5.30pm - Café closes 5.00pm.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Cladich Pavilons [8]
  • Adelaide Hills Country Cottages
  • Mount Lofty House [9]
  • Dumas House

Get out[edit]

It is easy to drive north to Barossa Valley or south to McLaren Vale to visit other wonderful wine region, or south to the ocean and the Murray and the towns of Victor Harbor and Goolwa.

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