No matter what season it is, it’s always good to visit the Adelaide Hills. From the falling leaves that blanket the Hills’ cosy streets in Autumn or the wintery wineries, sipping red wine by the crackling fire, every season has its own flavour.
But there are things to do in the Adelaide Hills that make it a magical place to visit, year-round.
When you’re in the Hills, expect to do a lot of eating and adventuring. But don’t worry – the second cancels the first out. Here are some fun things to do, no matter what Mother Nature is doing.
Our town, Hahndorf, is a distinctly German. Get into the spirit and stop off at one of the popular pubs to try a sausage and schnitzel, with a stein of beer. Then if your stomach isn’t too full, walk over to Udder Delights and order a cheese board. At the very least, try some cheese tastings even if you’ve got a serious beer baby.
You’ll probably happily agree to a hike, now, after all that food. Stop by the resort to get changed and break up the day with a mid-afternoon hike from Waterfall Gully. The panoramic view is worth it, trust us. No weekend in the Hills is complete without this lung-burning, trail-crunching hike.
Once you’ve caught your breath and traded your sneakers for dress shoes, enjoy your next meal under fairy lights on the lawn of Maximillian’s Restaurant or The Lane Vineyard. Get your wine palettes ready to start a cellar door crawl with some of the best in the region close by. There’s Sidewood Cellar Door, Pike and Joyce, Bendbrook Wines, Hahndorf Hill Winery, O’Leary Walker Wines and Murdoch Hill.
If wine’s not your first quaff of choice, the region is peppered with boutique liquor and craft beer producers such as Ambleside Distillers, Applewood Distillery, Adelaide Hills Distillery, Gulf Brewery and Prancing Pony.
Wake up early the next morning after a night full of delicious food and wine, and hit the Heysen Trail. There’s plenty of routes in this 150-kilometre network so choose one that fits in with your other plans for the day. You could be extra adventurous and ride your bike to the start of the trail. Just don’t forget to pick up your bikes afterwards. If you have time, Kuitpo Forest is one of the most beautiful sights (and hidden secrets) in all of the Adelaide Hills. Geoff Hardy’s K1 winery is a sight to behold!
Staying with us, we’re always happy to give you advice about the best attractions in the Adelaide Hills for you.