Ready to explore? Take a look around the region and you'll find that each area of the Adelaide Hills has its own vibe and charms. Whether you're after bustling main streets lined with shops and restaurants, or a rural escape surrounded by bushland, vineyards, orchards or forest you'll find your ideal destination right here.
Stroll the bustling main street of Hahndorf, Australia's oldest surviving German settlement and enjoy nearby attractions including The Cedars (home and studio of Sir Hans Heysen), strawberry picking at Beerenberg Farm, and animal fun at Hahndorf Farm Barn. Nearby Mount Barker is the region's largest town which is home to Adelaide Hills Farmers Market and SteamRanger Heritage Railway. Laratinga Wetlands and Mount Barker Summit are other local highlights, along with the areas of Nairne, Hay Valley, Littlehampton and Totness.
The pretty village of Stirling, just 20 minutes from Adelaide, is considered a key gateway for the region. But before continuing on to explore further afield be sure to take the time to enjoy this well-loved Hills town and its neighbours Crafers, Piccadilly, Aldgate, Bridgewater and Mylor. Nearby attractions include Cleland Wildlife Park, Mount Lofty Summit, Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, Woodhouse Activity Centre and Warrawong Wildlife Park.
Head east from Adelaide and you'll find yourself in the heart of the region travelling through cherry and apple orchards, vineyards and farmland. Discover gems in Lobethal, Lenswood, Woodside, Oakbank, Balhannah, Verdun, Basket Range, Carey Gully, Norton Summit, Uraidla and Summertown. Highlights include waterfalls and walks at Morialta Conservation Park, winery cellar doors, artisan food producers, cycling and mountain biking.
The Northern Adelaide Hills is an area of diverse landscapes and attractions; from Inglewood in the west to Tungkillo in the east; Kersbrook and Mt Crawford Forest in the north to Lobethal in the south. Wildlife and wine experience abound, and there are plenty of family-friendly activities on offer from the National Motor Museum in Birdwood to The Big Rocking Horse in Gumeracha and Gorge Wildlife Park in Cudlee Creek.
From Jupiter Creek in the west to Callington in the east, and Mount Barker in the north to Prospect Hill in the south, this part of the Adelaide Hills has a relaxing country feel, with rolling farmland home to beef cattle, horse studs and dairies. Encompassing Meadows, Macclesfield, Echunga, Flaxley, Prospect Hill and Paris Creek this area offers many highlights including winery cellar doors, historic pubs, Kuitpo Forest, Jupiter Creek gold diggings and Jurlique Farm.
The Adelaide Hills is so close to Adelaide and other popular tourism regions, why not use the Hills as a base for your entire South Australian stay? We're right on the doorstep of the Barossa, Fleurieu Peninsula (including McLaren Vale), Murray River, Lakes & Coorong.