Summer in the Adelaide Hills

Good times and summer vibes! Visit us in summer for strawberry and cherry picking, Crush Wine Festival, lush shady wineries and beer gardens, high altitude cool glades and fern gullies.

Strawberry Picking at Beerenberg Farm, Hahndorf

Strawberries, Cherries & Figs

  • Beerenberg Farm in Hahndorf for 'pick your own' strawberries (November to April) – be sure to try their strawberry ice cream!

  • Cherry orchards with shed door sales, and some ‘pick your own’ (November to January) as detailed in the Cherries SA Cherry Map and Fresh Cherries app

  • Walkers International in Mylor with berries from its farm shed (October to May)

  • Green Valley Strawberries in Hay Valley for fresh strawberries and Green Valley Café with a delicious emphasis on strawberries (October to May)

  • Fig season starts late summer, with the short season running from February to March with pick your own and sales at Glen Ewin Estate in Houghton

Stella Creek Cherries, Forest Range
Fig Picking at Glen Ewin Estate, Houghton
Strawberry Icecream at Beerenberg Farm, Hahndorf

Summer Event Highlights

Crush Wine Festival, last weekend in January

Celebrate the best of summer with crisp cool whites, long lunches, sunset dinners, lawn games, picnics, art and culture, masterclasses, live entertainment and more. You’ll be soaking up the summer vibes at whichever of the 40 events you choose. About 30 wineries and partner venues host experiences for everyone, from Shakespeare in the Vines to family friendly garden parties. Find a lush spot to settle in the shade and enjoy a sunset or dance amongst the gums.

Santos Tour Down Under, January

As the only UCI World Tour Stage Race in the Southern Hemisphere, the Santos Tour Down Under has grown over the past twenty years to be one of Australia’s premier sporting events, taking the fastest men and women in the world through some of the most iconic regions of South Australia, including exciting and challenging stages in the Adelaide Hills.

Crush Wine Festival at Longview , Macclesfield
Tour Down Under, Stirling

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Head to the cool glades and shady fern gullies of Mount Lofty Botanic Garden in Crafers. In January Hydrangeas cast blue, pink and lilac hues across the Woodland Garden. Daylilies can be seen throughout, and visit the delicate display of Echinacea, Rudbeckia, Penstemon and Agastache near the lower carpark. Please note that Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is closed on days when the fire danger rating is severe, extreme or catastrophic.

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, Crafers
Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, Crafers

Shady Wineries and Beer Gardens

Settle in amongst the lush green vineyards or shady spot by the creek … here’s a gallery of some cool summer favourites:

Day Bed at Sidewood, Hahndorf
Stirling Hotel, Stirling
Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard, Lenswood
Barristers Block, Woodside
Lobethal Road Wines, Mount Torrens
CRFT Wines, Carey Gully
Ashton Hills, Summertown
Somerled Wines, Hahndorf
Bridgewater Inn, Bridgewater