Winter in the Adelaide Hills

Visit us in winter for romantic mists, roaring open fires in pubs and cellar doors, Winter Reds Weekend, waterfalls, nature play in the creeks, campfires and cosy B&B's. Come and warm your toes by the fire and indulge in a hot chocolate from one of our chocolateries.

The Uraidla Hotel, Uraidla
Foggy Hills, Adelaide Hills
Video - Winter in the Adelaide Hills

Winter Reds Weekend

Fire up your winter soul at the annual Winter Reds Cellar Door Weekend held the last weekend in July. More than 30 cellar doors offer sumptuous events day and night, serving up warm hospitality, hearty fare, hot entertainment, plenty of roaring fires and their delicious red wine by the glass.

Winter Reds at Anderson Hill, Lenswood
Winter Reds at Cobb's Hill Estate, Oakbank
Winter Reds at Sidewood Cellar Door and Restaurant, Hahndorf, Adelaide Hills
Winter Reds at Sidewood Cellar Door & Restaurant
Winter Reds at Barristers Block, Woodside

Winter Sleepover

Find a cosy B&B with a wood fire to use as your touring base! Curl up with a good book or laze by the fire with a glass of Adelaide Hills red in hand. Or soak in a steaming outdoor bath with a view. Pitch a tent or hire a cabin then stoke the campfire (don't forget the marshmallows). Wake up to birdsong and romantic morning mists.

Ode to the Orchard B&B, Lenswood
Esto House
Sequoia Suite, Mount Lofty House, Crafers
Camping at Mount Crawford Forest, Adelaide Hills (Credit: SA Tourism / Mish & Kirk)
Mount Crawford Forest
Esto House B&B, Crafers

Creeks, Waterfalls and the Great Outdoors

When the temperature drops but the weather is dry, pull on your winter woollies and boots and head out to explore! Kids love playing in the creeks (the creek and playground next to The Bridgewater Mill is a favourite) and there is still plenty of interest and colour in the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden - their spectacular camellias are a winter treat. Waterfalls are at their best in winter in Morialta Conservation Park, Belair National Park and Waterfall Gully.

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, Crafers

Cosy Cellar Doors, Pubs and Restaurants

At the end of the day, find a snug pub or restaurant with an open fire and enjoy hearty seasonal menus with a glass of local red wine, perhaps finishing with a warming mulled wine. Try a bottle of Tilbrook Estate's mulled wine next to the fire pit at their cellar door between Lenswood and Lobethal. Some of the region’s best fireplaces are in winery cellar doors so settle in for a tasting or meal.

Hahndorf Inn, Hahndorf
The Lane Vineyard, Hahndorf
Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard, Lenswood
Miss Perez, Stirling
Lobethal Road Cellar Door, Mount Torrens

Winter Tips

  • How about a cheese fondue? Head to Udder Delights in Verdun to savour the delicious morsels – including local kabana, baby gherkins, mini balsamic pickled onions, Hills pears and lots of hot, freshly baked baguettes – dipped into a mouth-watering, molten cheese lava

  • Head to one of our chocolateries! Try Red Cacao in Stirling for the perfect place to rest and warm up with a decadent hot chocolate while touring in the region or Melba's Chocolates & Confectionery in Woodside where you'll find three taps in the cafe flowing with warm chocolate

  • Every now and again there is a light dusting of snow at Mount Lofty Summit, truly making the Hills Adelaide's winter wonderland

  • If rain does settle in then head for some fantastic undercover attractions - the National Motor Museum in Birdwood is a favourite, along with Melba's Chocolates & Confectionery in Woodside

Udder Delights, Verdun
Red Cacao, Stirling
Para Wirra
Snow in the Main Street of Hahndorf, The Haus Restaurant, Adelaide Hills
Rare Scene in Hahndorf Main Street - The Haus Restaurant