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A popular day trip for Adelaide residents and visitors alike, the Adelaide Hills are only a short drive away from the city centre. From charming German villages to tempting wine tastings, there’s no shortage of attractions to enjoy in this Mediterranean climate. Driving through the hills affords you the leisure to stop whenever you like, so that you can follow your whims and soak up the scenery.
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The Adelaide Hills surround the largest settlement in the area, Mount Barker. They’re situated in the Mount Lofty ranges outside of the city, which you can access along the region’s Sea and Vines trail. It takes less than 30 minutes to reach the Adelaide Hills, although visitors can go further to access top regional attractions such as Kangaroo Island. The road is pleasant and well-tended with panoramic views over the valleys below. You might want to splash out and rent a convertible for your drive in the country. It’s helpful to read up on local makes and models at sites like Motoring to choose something sporty with a decent fuel economy for your journey.
A highlight of any trip to the Adelaide Hills is the charming German settlement of Hahndorf, which is the oldest in Australia. Many of Hahndorf’s buildings are constructed in the authentic Bavarian style, and you can also sample German cheese and beer. The Hahndorf Museum is well worth a visit if you want to learn more about the history of Australia’s German settlers. Wildlife lovers will want to visit the Gorge Wildlife Park, which is home to many furry residents including kangaroos and koalas. This agriculturally rich region is also home to a number of farms. Pay a visit to the Hahndorf Farm Barn to help feed the animals, or go berry picking at Beerenberg Farm.
If you’re traveling with children, you won’t want to miss a trip to the Gumeracha Toy Factory, with its massive rocking horse and cavern of toys. As you drive through the Adelaide Hills, you will notice a number of stately homes. One of the grandest is the Auchendarroch House in Mount Barker, which was constructed in 1878. Cap off your journey with a ride on the Steam Ranger steam engine train, which gives you an old-fashioned view of the hills.
Food and Wine
Adelaide is commonly referred to as Australia’s Food and Wine Capital, due to the fertile land surrounding it. Don’t miss a visit to the Adelaide Central Markets and outdoor cafes. A trip to the Adelaide hills also provides ample opportunity to sample the region’s fine wine and produce. Go strawberry picking in the berry farms or taste German-style sausages, chocolates, cheese, and beer in Hahndorf. You can travel on to the McLaren Vale, which is located 40 minutes to the south of Adelaide. This famous wine-producing region is home to over 60 cellar doors, where you can sample wine along with locally produced almonds and olives.
From gourmet picnic fare to stunning views from Mount Lofty Summit, there are many reasons to consider a drive through the Adelaide Hills. This popular day trip offers plenty of attractions for all ages.