The Adelaide Hills comprises of National Parks, Conservation Parks, State Forests, lakes and streams. This is a place that has inspired generations of artists including Sir Hans Heysen. One visit to the Adelaide Hills and you'll undersatand why this place fuelled the creative fires of so many artists. From the picturesque farmlands to the charming villages of the Adelaide Hills, everything looks like it was meant to be painted.
Located only 20 minutes drive from the city, the Adelaide Hills provide a wonderfully refreshing place to and a change of pace from the city. Why not lose yourself among the craft shops and bakeries of villages like Hahndorf and Lobethal? Or go for a drive into the countryside and buy freshly picked fruit and vegetables from a roadside stall?
The district has a significant indigenous heritage being the ancestral home to members of the Peramangk and Kaurna people.
For something really special, plan your visit to coincide with one of our great events - Crush and Winter Reds wine festivals, Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival, Bay to Birdwood Classic Car Rally, or Tour Down Under. We look forward to seeing you soon.
A mild, sunny day in the Hills can be a perfect time to gather with friends and family in one of our parks for a BBQ or picnic.
Click here to download a list of parks appropriate for a picnic or family day out (facilities listed)
Click here to download a list of visitor-friendly dog parks for a day out with your four-legged family members
Click here to download a flyer and map of Lobethal Bushland Park, where you can choose from five different walking trails
Recreation Trails and Cycling in the Adelaide Hills
The Adelaide Hills is perhaps best known for its stunning natural environment: sloping hills, rural settings, vineyards and orchards. The level of rainfall and a cool climate fosters dramatic seasonal changes, from autumnal displays of deep red and golden yellow to winter's lush greenery and spring's striking blooms.
The Adelaide Hills Council works in partnership with many land managers, including community groups and the State Government, to assist with trails and cycling routes within the region. We acknowledge the work of all our volunteers in developing and maintaining open spaces, including some trails.
Council has developed a Recreation Trails and Cycling Routes Management Framework. This framework provides an overview of how Council manage trails and cycling routes on land under its control.
Trails and Cycling Routes Management Policy
Recreation Trails and Cycle Routes Framework - Guidelines for Maintenance and Upgrade of Existing Recreation Trails and Cycling Routes
Recreation Trails and Cycle Routes Framework - Service Levels
COMING SOON - Council is currently planning and prioritising an upgrade program and considering new trails and cycling routes infrastructure projects!
While we continue to develop comprehensive maps and other online materials, we recommend the following sites for locating great recreation and cycling trails in our region.
Visit Adelaide Hills
Aldgate Valley Nature Walk
The Aldgate Valley Nature Walk, also known as the Valley of the Bandicoots nature walk, is a walking trail which connects Aldgate and Mylor. The two hour walk (6km) is centred within the 'Green Web' a region of high biodiversity within Mylor, Aldgate, Bridgewater and Stirling townships. The bushland along the trail provides habitat to dozens of different species of native animals.
The trail was funded through a State Government NRM Community Grant, which financed the production of interpretive signage, with support from Adelaide Hills Council.
This is a two stage walking path:
Stage 1 - Between Aldgate & Aldgate Valley Reserve. Open to walkers, cyclists and dogs on leash (footpaths, gravel roads and wide tracks).
Stage 2 - Between Aldgate Valley Reserve & Mylor. Strictly for walkers only - cyclists and dogs prohibited (narrow path through sensitive bushland, rocky and steep in places).
For further information view the trail brochure.