Only 20 minutes from the city of Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills region is renowned for its stunning natural environment and its many unique and beautiful characteristics. A cool climate and healthy rainfall fosters dramatic seasonal changes, from autumnal displays of deep red and golden yellow to winter's lush greenery and spring's striking blooms.
Its sharply sloping hills and valleys create microclimates encouraging summer fruits to thrive alongside vineyards and small holdings. Its steep gorges lead to spectacular waterfalls. Its natural bushland is home to iconic Australian wildlife, from koalas and kangaroos to the elusive platypus, while beautiful European style gardens sit in striking contrast to native orchids and eucalypts.
Substantially within the traditional lands of the Peramangk people, with the Kaurna people represented in our foothill suburbs, the Adelaide Hills holds special significance as a major environmental and recreational asset. Most of our Council area lies within the Mt Lofty Ranges watershed which supplies some 60% of metropolitan Adelaide's water supply. Management of the watershed simultaneously restrains residential and industrial development and protecting our distinctive environment.
In recognition of the uniqueness of the Adelaide Hills region, we have joined with the Barossa, Mount Barker and McLaren Vale Councils to put forward a bid for UNESCO World Heritage listing of the Mt Lofty Ranges as a working agricultural region. The Adelaide Hills features some of South Australia's best known wildlife and conservation parks, numerous trails for walking and horse and bike riding and spectacular gardens to ensure residents and visitors alike can fully enjoy our wonderful environment and its amazing flora and fauna. For more information spend some time exploring the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and South Australian Trails.