Driving in the Adelaide Hills

It’s a pleasure to drive in the Adelaide Hills, with closely spaced townships, quiet roads and ever-changing scenery. The South Eastern Freeway will have you there in a flash but consider a more scenic route from Adelaide such as North East Road, Gorge Road, Norton Summit Road, Old Norton Summit Road or Greenhill Road.

K1 by Geoff Hardy, Kuitpo, Adelaide Hills
K1 Winery by Geoff Hardy, Kuitpo

Onkaparinga Valley Scenic Drive – Hahndorf to Birdwood

A favourite drive is the 34-kilometre stretch between the German village of Hahndorf to Birdwood in the north, along the Onkaparinga Valley Road (Onkaparinga Valley Scenic Drive – B34) taking in wineries, roadside stalls and charming townships such as Verdun, Balhannah, Oakbank, Woodside, Charleston and Mount Torrens.

Angas River Scenic Drive – Stirling to Strathalbyn

The Angas River Scenic Drive (B33) between Stirling and Strathalbyn (38 kilometres) showcases the southern Adelaide Hills, travelling through Aldgate, Mylor, Biggs Flat, Echunga, Flaxley and Macclesfield.

Torrens Valley Scenic Drive – Adelaide to Mount Pleasant

From Tea Tree Gully in the north-eastern suburbs of Adelaide, head to Mount Pleasant on the Torrens Valley Scenic Drive (B10), a 37-kilometre journey. This passes through the beautiful northern Adelaide Hills and townships including Inglewood, Gumeracha and Birdwood and continues to the Barossa via Springton and Eden Valley.