Things to See and Do
Near Hahndorf, South Australia, Australia
Welcome to the Adelaide Hills, where every season is another reason to visit and the lunches last all afternoon. Cuddle a koala, meet our winemakers, enjoy a craft beer or cider, pick your own fruit, or come for one of the many events. While regional gateways are just a 20 minute drive from Adelaide, be sure to explore further afield and take your time to revel in the romance of an Adelaide Hills affair.
Featured Things to See and Do
Distance is calculated point-to-point. If landmarks, waterways or rivers are nearby, the distance may be further by road.
Adelaide Hills Activities
The Adelaide Hills Fall in love all over again ... Only a 20 minute drive from Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills feel a world away. Step into an enchanted land of the long lunch, where exquisite food and wine stretch both time and the imagination. Meet our winemakers, enjoy a craft beer or cider, pick your own fruit, cuddle a koala, explore scenic trails and regional history, or come for one of the many events such as the upcoming ‘Crush’ festival. Stay a while to explore further afield and take your time to revel in the romance of an Adelaide Hills affair.
Winery Cellar Doors
Some 50 cellar doors are spread across the Adelaide Hills, from tiny solo acts to slick, contemporary venues on windswept ridges, in hidden valleys and in charming main streets. As one of Australia's best cool-climate wine regions, Winemakers take inspiration from the landscape, producing cool climate wines with soul and a sense of place.
A feast for your eyes and appetite! Select your favourite tunes, jump in the car and cruise through the spectacular Adelaide Hills for a visual and culinary feast. There’s cheese, wine and beer to sample, chocolates to devour and orchards laden with fruit. Linger over a winery lunch . The Epicurean Way takes in the Adelaide Hills as one of its four gastronomic destinations.
Hahndorf Historic Village
Settled in 1839, Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Take yourself back in time walking the main street, lined with historic buildings including the Hahndorf Academy - a magnificent heritage building housing gallery exhibitions, a small museum, artist studios and a shop featuring special Sir Hans Heysen’s collections and quality hand crafted local artisan products.
Trails and Touring
Whether you are exploring the Adelaide Hills on two wheels or four, on horseback or on foot, these trails and drives are sure to help you discover the region's highlights. A diverse patchwork of National Parks, native animal refuges and heritage conservation areas intermingled with century old market gardens, organic orchards and beef and sheep enterprises. Explore Touring routes and Bushwalking, Cycling, Horse Riding, Food, Heritage and Art Trails.
Select your favourite tunes, jump in the car and cruise through the Adelaide Hills for an unforgettable self-drive experience as there's nothing like a drive through the Adelaide Hills where the countryside is stunning. It is dappled in light and dotted with quaint villages and bustling towns. Pack a picnic rug and collect fresh produce en route to fill a picnic basket, then stop somewhere for a local feast. The incredible views from the Adelaide Hills and big blue skies will take your breath away.
Cleland Wildlife Park
Feed kangaroos as they laze, wander wetlands, hold a koala, and immerse yourself amongst over 130 species of Australian wildlife, all just 20 minutes from Adelaide.
Hahndorf Farm Barn
Hahndorf Farm Barn Kids can interact with a range of farm and exotic animals. Having won multiplw 'Tourist Attractions' SA Tourism Awards, the Hahndorf Farm Barn is a children's' farmyard and wildlife park where everyone gets to enjoy hands-on interaction with our friendly animals.
Adelaide Hills Kid's Food Trail
For some family fun take the kids on an educational Adelaide Hills foodie adventure, introducing processes involved in food production and enjoying the end result. Pick fruit, watch bees making honey, explore a traditional chocolate and confectionery factory and taste artisan cheeses - the region offers some fantastic food experiences for kids - hence the Kids' Food Trail to help you plan your family epicurean adventure.
The Cedars', Hahndorf - This elegant Edwardian property was the home of Australian landscape artist Sir Hans Heysen until his passing in 1968. Visitors can see the artist’s studio, a collection of his works and tour the property’s elegant gardens.
Platform 1 Heritage Farm Railway
The Platform 1 seasonal evening Light and Sound Show depicts early Adelaide Hills German settlement and describes how they forged their farming and family life in this new land. Experience a taste of farm life, ride on the miniature train and enjoy interactive railway displays.
Hahndorf Sweets is an ‘Old Fashioned’ sweet shop in the beautiful Adelaide Hills in Hahndorf. Explore this little shop to find sweets from your childhood. Truly “A trip down memory lane”.
Harris Smokehouse in Hahndorf is a 4th generation; family owned and operated smokehouse. Sourcing high quality Australian raw seafoods, traditional curing methods create a subtle, smokey aroma that doesn't overpower their products which range from SA yellowtail kingfish and Tasmanian salmon to traditional European style mackerel and kippers.
Rilka's Real Food
At Rilka's Healthy Kitchen you can enjoy a three hour cooking class, with Rilka leading you through a new and innovative way to cook – without gluten or added sugar, but with amazing taste. You’ll enjoy a three course meal, or learn to cook breads, pastries & cakes, depending on when you come –or Rilka can do a special class just for you.
Udder Delights Cheese Cellar
Located in the bustling historic main street of Hahndorf, Udder Delights produces a wide range of milk and goat cow cheeses which are available for tasting plus a dizzying array of cheeses and other gourmet delights are for sale. Enjoy snacks and light meals, fondue experiences or high tea in their licensed cafe, where a raised outdoor dining area overlooks the main street.
Hahndorf IGA Supermarket, opened in Hahndorf in November 2008 and is a small family run business. In addition to supermarket lines, Hahndorf IGA also sources LOCAL & ORGANIC produce, dairy and smallgoods products & FINE FOODS, supporting the locals. Hahndorf IGA also supports local schools and sporting clubs by sponsorship.
Melba's Chocolate Factory
Melba's is a must for any family foodie outing in the Hills. Sample delicious chocolate and a truly staggering range of lollies and chocolates. Be captivated watching sweets being made the old fashioned way, enjoy tastings or relax with a fresh cup of coffee in the Café.
Prancing Pony Brewery
Prancing Pony Brewery in Totness (between Hahndorf and Mount Barker) uses traditional Southern German fire-brewing methods. Drop into their fun 'Brewshed' to watch the brewer at work while sampling the beers and trying some unique and traditional brewery snacks.
Heritage and Historical Trails
Heritage and Historical Trails •Callington Kanmantoo Heritage Mining Trail (well preserved microcosm of a mid 19th century Australian mining community) •Meadows Heritage Walk •Mount Torrens Heritage Trail (1840 town steeped in history, presenting many historic buildings in wonderful condition) •Nairne Mural and Historic Walking Trail •Historic Hahndorf's Heritage Walking Trail