With beautiful rolling hills and orchards, award-winning wineries and picturesque historic towns, a visit to Adelaide Hills in South Australia is a romantic escape. With every season providing a new reason to explore, the “Land of the Long Lunch” prides itself in exquisite, locally-sourced produce, cool-climate wines and up-close experiences with Australia’s most loved wildlife.


Here we give you 10 ways to enjoy and experience the gorgeous Adelaide Hills, just 30 minutes drive from Adelaide’s CBD.


1.  Visit the Wineries 


Adelaide HIlls Wineries and VineyardsVineyards at Adelaide Hills, South Australia. Photo: alamy


Take a tour at world-class wineries which produce cool-climate wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  Discover the best cellar doors to taste from around 50 wineries in the region. A glass of wine is even better when sampling fresh, local produce. The region throws open its cellar doors for the Crush Festival in January and again in July for the Winter Reds Weekend.


2.  Cuddle a Koala at Gorge Wildlife Park and Cleland Wildlife Park


Gorge Wildlife Park and Cleland Wildlife ParkA woman cuddles a koala. Photo: environment.sa.gov.au


Get up-close and personal with cute and cuddly koalas at Gorge Wildlife Park and Cleland Wildlife Park which offers koala holding sessions.  But this is just one of the many exciting wildlife encounters they offer. There are also keeper talks, feeding sessions and nocturnal tours.


3.  Pick Your Own Fruit


Fruit PickingA boy picks strawberries at Beerenberg Farm in Hahndorf. Photo: babyology.com.au


Experience picking your own fruit in the “Land of Plentiful Pickings”! Strawberries are in season from November to April at Beerenberg Farm in Hahndorf, or head to the Glen Erwin Estate in Houghton to pick figs in February and March, or to Lenswood for apple picking at the Pick a Pink Lady weekend in May.


4.  Bask Under the Glorious Autumn Leaves


Autumn in Adelaide HillsAutumn at Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens. Photo:@waynepearsonsnaps


Every season offers something special in the Adelaide hills with autumn arguably the most beautiful. Go for a drive in the picturesque towns of Hahndorf and Stirling, and be in awe as the leaves weave a stunning display of colours- golds, yellows, oranges, browns and pinks, making Adelaide Hills one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit in autumn. 


5.  Visit the Historic Home called “The Cedars"


The CedarsHome, studio and garden at The Cedars. Photo: hansheysen.com.au, raa.com.au, Renae Montaniero


Take a tour at “The Cedars”, Sir Hans Heysen’s historic home, studio and garden. Sir Hans Heysen is one of Australia’s most noted landscape artists. Be fascinated with some of his 200 original works of art displayed in the studios and wander along the Artist’s Walk to discover some of his favoured painting sites.


6. Visit Hahndorf’s Main Street 


HahndorfaPicturesque Hahndorf lined with shops, restaurants and trees. Photos: australiantraveller.com, hahndorfinn.com.au, Bev-lyn


Stroll the lovely, tree-lined main street of Hahndorf, Australia’s quaint historic German village. It is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Discover shops, galleries and studios, a leather smith, a cheese maker, candlemakers, bakeries, restaurants and pubs that line the charming main street.  


7.   Visit the National Motor Museum in Birdwood 


National Motor MuseumVintage cars at National Motor Museum. Photo: Сергей Лада


With more than 300 vintage, modern and classic cars and motorcycles, the National Motor Museum has one of Australia’s best collections of vehicles. This social history museum brings to life the stories of Australia's love affair with motoring.  


8.  Drive up the Mount Lofty Summit in Crafers


Mount Lofty SummitA woman looks out at the stunning views of Adelaide. Photo: @mandywhoelse, @anthonagus_garrett


Enjoy spectacular views across Adelaide at Mount Lofty Summit. You can take the steep Waterfall Gully Track (2.5 hours) or the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens Loop Trail (2 hours). Either way, the view on the summit is worth it.


9. Enjoy a Scenic Ride via the Steamranger Heritage Railway


SteamRanger Heritage RailwaySteamrager Train passing by the shores. Photo: travel.raa.com.au


Explore the stunning Mount Lofty Ranges by a beautifully restored steam train. Enjoy the nostalgia, romance, history and thrill of the entire experience as the train meander its way from Mount Barker to Victor Harbour.


10.  Take a Trip to the Village of Stirling


 Village of StirlingShops, restaurants and markets at Stirling, Adelaide Hills. Photos: southaustralia.com, stirlingadelaidehills.com.au, stirlingadelaidehills.com.au


The timeless village of Stirling charms with its picturesque tree-lined streets, beautiful gardens and enviable lifestyle.  Explore the village and its lush surrounds, or shop around the town’s boutiques, book and gift shops among others or simply dine at the pretty cafés and restaurants. You can also visit the award-winning Stirling Market with its 80 stalls held every month.


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