For kids, and big kids at heart, Hahndorf is the place to be. While the entire Adelaide Hills is synonymous for all types of outdoor fun, you could spend an entire day in Hahndorf (and its surroundings) alone.

If you’re staying in Hahndorf and you’re looking for things to do as a family, you’ll have plenty of options here.

Here are the best kids activities to slot into your day or weekend in Hahndorf. 

Keep the kids entertained (with no screens).


  1. Hahndorf Farm Barn
    What kid doesn’t love animals? Whether you’ve got a toddler or young teenager, a trip to the farm barn is a family favourite activity. If you’re from the city or a suburban area, chances are the kids haven’t milked a cow or seen reptiles up close. Spend a day ‘on the farm’ and give your kids a good old country experience.
  2. Beerenberg Farm
    Head on over to another farm, Beerenberg, and go strawberry picking. The season runs from November to April, and you can roam the paddock, plucking the biggest strawberries you can find. If you love cherries, you cannot resist a visit these orchards. Take a short drive over to Birdwood to visit Kenton Valley Cherries.
  3. Big Rocking Horse
    While you’re in Birdwood, duck over to Gumeracha to see the Big Rocking Horse. This is a must-do for every family adventure in the Adelaide Hills. Kids love climbing up it (and you probably will, too). It’s an educational experience, with its wooden toys, puzzles, and animal park.
  4. Cleland Wildlife Park
    You’ll be surprised how remote this park feels, considering it’s only a short drive from Adelaide. Spend a few hours in a zoo and get as hands-on as you want (safely, of course). It’s part of the Cleland Conservation Park, so there’s plenty of walking trails with scenic views.
  5. Horse Riding & Go Go-karting
    End your day or weekend with a graceful trot on a pony. Horse riding is a popular activity for kids and offers a unique way to see the region. Trail rides are available at Megan Jones’ Riding School, an Olympic silver medallist. For your little rev heads, go karting is another fun afternoon activity. Mega Fast Karts offers a safe, controlled environment to drive around. If you love laser skirmish, why not introduce this game to your competitive teen?

Whichever activities you choose, just make sure you get your morning coffee in. You’re going to need it.

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