The Adelaide Hills region is an ideal central base for exploring Adelaide and neighbouring regions - the Barossa, Fleurieu Peninsula, and Murray River, Lakes and Coorong.
South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide, is a vibrant hub buzzing with life, boasting great food and wine at more than 700 restaurants and cafes, great retail therapy, the cultural boulevard of North Terrace and a thriving art and live music scene. Everything is so close in Adelaide, with the beach just 20 minutes by tram from the city centre, and many of the state’s regions can be accessed within a scenic two hour drive. Discover what makes Adelaide one of the most liveable, innovative and creative small cities of the world.
Just 50 kilometres from Hahndorf, the Murray River offers a wealth of great holiday adventures — wildlife watching, hiking, kayaking, wine tasting and getting out on the river in a boat. The Coorong, where the Murray meets the sea, is an important sanctuary for native animals. The vast network of lakes and waterways is ideal for fishing and canoeing. There are plenty of ways to explore the Murray. Charter your own houseboat or take an extended cruise. See exotic wildlife in the open range sanctuary of Monarto Zoo, search for rare antiques in historic towns or go bushwalking, birdwatching or four-wheel driving through Ngarkat Conservation Park.
To the north of the Adelaide Hills lies the Barossa, renowned for its food and wine, cultural experiences and easy-going lifestyle. Sample wine at some of Australia’s best-known wineries, such as Wolf Blass, Jacob’s Creek and Penfolds, or meet winemakers at small, family-owned producers scattered across the Barossa’s many sub-regions. Many wineries serve excellent modern cuisine at their cellar doors. Energetic types will enjoy parks, reserves, hiking and cycling tracks, including the Heysen Trail, Mawson Trail and the gentle Jack Bobridge Track linking Gawler, Lyndoch and Tanunda. The Barossa offers a stunning range of accommodation, from motels to atmospheric stone cottages and exclusive luxury lodges.
Well known for the McLaren Vale wine region, Fleurieu Peninsula also offers pristine national parks, stunning beaches, world-class cuisine and an amazing range of things to see. What’s more, it's on the doorstep of the Adelaide Hills – just 39 kilometres from Stirling to McLaren Vale. Offering four wine regions as well as markets, cafés, restaurants, art galleries and wilderness areas, the Fleurieu Peninsula will suit everyone from adventure seekers to food lovers and those travelling with young children. The seaside town of Victor Harbor is always a family favourite with its horse-drawn tram across the causeway and Whale Centre. Dive the ex-HMAS Hobart, discover art and antiques at Strathalbyn or count kangaroos from a luxurious bush retreat in Deep Creek Conservation Park.