Adventure in the Adelaide Hills

Take the plunge on a mountain bike track, climb a cliff, conquer a summit, discover a trail on horseback, tackle a tree-top high ropes course, whizz through the landscape on a zipline or abseil down a rocky escarpment. Adventurous spirits are rewarded in the Hills!

Mount Lofty Adventure Hub, Piccadilly

Rock Climbing and Abseiling

  • Morialta Conservation Park, Woodforde offers host of walking trails to suit everyone from the casual ambler to the experienced hiker, while the park's dramatic landscape also makes for excellent rock climbing opportunities. Scenic highlights include waterfalls, fern gullies, stringybark forests, creeks, gorges and ridges.

  • Venture Corporate Recharge offers a range of rock climbing and abseiling programs in Morialta, catering for schools, corporate and sporting groups and individuals.

  •  Rock Solid Adventure leads small groups in rock climbing and abseiling activities in Morialta, including options for beginners.

  • Southern Boulder is an outdoor climbing gym at Magpie Springs winery near Kuitpo Forest. Bouldering doesn’t require any ropes and is suitable for team building and groups.

Rock Climbing, Morialta Conservation Park, Adelaide Hills
Morialta Conservation Park

4WD Adventure

  • JAKEM Farm at St Ives offers four-wheel-drive tracks along the Mount Barker Creek and hills  that are home to kangaroos, wedge tailed eagles, ducks and turtles. Stay for the day or camp under the stars. Also features play equipment. Dogs allowed.

  • Eagle View 4WD Track in Sanderston offers spectacular and rugged beauty with rough scenic tracks and optional sections for more adventurous drivers. Bush camping available.

Mountain Biking

The hills of our region make for some pretty amazing mountain biking, having hosted range of national and local mountain bike, cross country, downhill and endurance races and a reputation as having some of the best trails in Australia. Highlights include Eagle Park Mountain Bike Park and the Mawson Trail. For more information see Cycling and Mountain Biking in the Adelaide Hills.

Mountain Biking, Adelaide Hills (Flow Mountain Bike)
Mountain Biking, Adelaide Hills

Woodhouse Activity Centre

The Woodhouse Activity Centre at Piccadilly is run by Scouts Australia, with a range of adventurous activities and accommodation, including camping that provides fun for the whole family. The obstacle course on Challenge Hill is a major feature, and one of the best of its kind in Australia, providing a great test of physical fitness and mental agility as well as a perfect team-building exercise.

Tube Slide, Woodhouse Activity Centre, Piccadilly, Adelaide Hills
Woodhouse Activity Centre, Piccadilly

Adventure Hubs

Venture Corporate Recharge has been offering Adventure Based Experiential Learning (ABEL) programs for more than 20 years, specialising in team building programs for corporate groups, conferences, schools, youth groups, sports teams and social groups. They have two Adventure Hubs:

  • Mt Lofty Adventure Hub at Woodhouse Activity Centre, features South Australia’s biggest challenge ropes course and the  amazing Adventure Tower, with a 15 metre climbing face, two abseil walls plus the State’s longest flying fox (over 320 metres) as well as the biggest rope swing (18 metres high)!

  • Southern Adventure Hub in the picturesque Douglas Scrub sanctuary in Blewitt Springs has South Australia’s first continuous challenge ropes course along with more traditional elements, including a face to face leap of faith and a three faced climbing tower, with lots of options for climbers of all abilities.

Climbing Wall, Mount Lofty Adventure Hub, Piccadilly
Mount Lofty Adventure Hub, Piccadilly
Southern Adventure Hub, Blewitt Springs, Adelaide Hills
Southern Adventure Hub, Blewitt Springs

Horse Riding

Horse enthusiasts will tell you there’s no better way to see the Adelaide Hills than on horseback, with a number of excellent trails criss-crossing the region, and guided trail rides always offering great adventures. For more information see Horse Riding and Activities.

Horse Trail Ride, Four Oaks Farm, Littlehampton, Adelaide Hills
Four Oaks Farm, Littlehampton