Those of us lucky enough to live and work in the Adelaide Hills will always jump at the chance to show its charms off to visiting friends, family, or even a stranger if they stop to ask.
The Hills boast endless ways to spend your weekends and weekdays, whether you're visiting from interstate or overseas, or you're enjoying a 'staycation' at home in Adelaide or its surrounding suburbs.
Food and fresh produce – taste the Adelaide Hills
Talk about eating from nature's top shelf; there are a number of ways to indulge in your love of food in our region. You can pick the sweetest fruit with your own hands in cherry, apple, and fig orchards, and find plentiful pickings at farm gates and farmers markets.
You will also find yourself enjoying seasonal menus that match the changing landscape: bright and fresh in spring, long and lazy in summer, colourful and rich in autumn, and snug and warm in winter.
Cold drinks and warm hearts – tempt your taste buds with an Adelaide Hills tipple
We host a gluttony of vineyards in the Hills and you can meet the winemakers at one of over 50 cellar doors who take inspiration from the landscape, crafting cool climate wines with soul and a sense of place.
Alternatively join the locals at the Hills' pub culture at hip and historic hotels, with beer gardens in summer and cosy fireside nooks in winter. Visit local breweries for a tasting paddle of craft beer, or cideries to sample 'autumn in a glass' with the people who also grow the apples and pears.
Heritage, art and culture – have a lofty affair with artisans and dreamers
Artisans and artists have always flourished in the Adelaide Hills, inspired by the heritage and seasonal rhythm of the ranges.
Discover 'dreams carved in stone' by international and local sculptors on the Hills Sculpture Trail, or head north and discover the Community Mosaic Couch Trail that commemorates the resilience of communities affected by the 2015 Sampson Flat Bushfire.
Explore the rich and valued heritage reflected in stone buildings from an earlier era, streetscapes and farming patterns reflecting the cultural traditions of early migrants, and museums that preserve and cherish irreplaceable collections.
Nature entwined with quaint villages – community spirit in a rolling patchwork of hills
Stroll the main streets of nearly 20 towns and villages lined with shops, galleries, studios, cafes and pubs, then wind your way to your next stop keeping an eye out for koalas lazing in eucalypts and kangaroos feasting in the dusk.
Garden and plant lovers can enjoy the four distinct seasons with a profusion of bulbs and wildflowers in spring, lush fern valleys offering escape from the heat of summer, amazing foliage colours in autumn, and stunning camellias in winter. The great outdoors is just minutes from the city, but a world away.
Visitor Information Centres
For help locating accommodation, tours, events, and activities within the Hills, you can visit the Adelaide Hills Visitor Information Centre online, or stop in and talk with a friendly volunteer at one of their offices:
- 68 Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf
- Mount Lofty Summit, Crafers
You can also click here to download the digital flipbook guide for the full Adelaide Hills region and do your research from the comfort of your desk or couch.
We hope to see you soon!