Start making your list of Adelaide Hills attractions

Grasping beer steins and saying cheers, picking strawberries and tasting local jam. Wandering aimlessly along the cute, artisan shops or packing a picnic and enjoying some afternoon sun in the park. There’s so much to do in Hahndorf.

When you’re walking the towns enchanted, tree-lined streets, it’s hard to think that’s it’s only a 20-minute drive from the city.

Whether you’re here for a day, a weekend or a week, it’s a good idea to make a list of the things you’d like to do. After a relaxing night in our resort, you’re going to wake fresh, ready to explore the region.

Foodies, families & fitness lovers

Hahndorf is a town filled with artisan local food and wine, and caters for traditional German tastes. Dine with friends and talk to producers, then end the night with a classic German beer stein.

No trip to Hahndorf is complete without a visit to the Hahndorf Inn and the German Arms. Make sure you don’t miss Prancing Pony Brewery, only 10 minutes away from Hahndorf.

Take your kids out for an adventure they’ll never forget. Cuddle a koala, explore the many scenic trails and regional history. There’s a walk specifically designed for youngsters – the Adelaide Hills Kids’ Food Trail. Top it off with the Hahndorf Farm Barn, and the nearby Big Rocking Horse and National Motor Museum.

Wider afield, there’s a long list of Adelaide Hills attractions. The region is famous for its wine, craft breweries, rolling hills, mountain hikes, and restaurants. It’s the perfect place to take a ‘Sunday drive.’ In your journey, you’ll discover character pubs, beautiful look outs, and rolling hills as far as your eyes can see.

If you prefer travelling by foot, tie up your laces and walk one of the dozens of trails. You’ll be in great company with cyclists, enjoying a different way to see the hills.

Make sure you put aside plenty of time to explore the Adelaide Hills.




D’Arenberg Cube

The d’Arenberg Cube in McLaren Vale is a five storey building set among Mourvèdre vines. The building has the optical illusion of floating in a vineyard, each level with spectacular views overlooking the rolling hills of Willunga. Inside is the winery’s new cellar door, a restaurant, and numerous artworks.

The restaurant offers degustation dining with optional wine pairings, an extensive list featuring a selection of imported wines, and both current vintage and museum releases from d’Arenberg.

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Landhaus Wines

Be treated to current and vintaged Museum wine, share food and delicious French cheeses at Landhaus Wines. The Cellar Door is located on Hahndorf’s iconic Main Street in the picturesque Adelaide Hills.

Ambleside Distillers

Located in a scenic acreage property at Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills, Ambleside Distillers invites all gin lovers to their Distillery and Tasting Bar. Enjoy the picturesque setting while kicking back, relaxing and sipping handcrafted signature gins and perhaps a cocktail and a food platter!


Their architecturally designed Cellar Door has a fully enclosed terrace with captivating views that can be enjoyed all year round. On offering is a vast range of estate grown new modern wine varieties and traditionals. Local cheese and produce platters served daily.

Stirling Hotel Gin Club

Start your appreciation of local boutique spirits at The Stirling Hotel’s new Gin Club, where you will find unique gin, rum and whisky made from pristine Adelaide Hills botanicals and other ingredients from companies such as Adelaide Hills Distillery, Prohibition Liquor Co., Applewood Distillery, Imperial Measures, Paracombe Premium Perry.

Paracombe Premium Perry

Paracombe Premium Perry in Paracombe uses tree-ripened local pears and apples to create fine handcrafted perry and apple cider using the best quality fruit, traditional processes and minimal human intervention. Tours and cider making classes are available by appointment.

Lobethal Bierhaus

The Lobethal Bierhaus includes a small all-grain micro brewery producing award-winning character beers with accompanying cellar door tasting facilities, off-license bottle sales and a restaurant / beer garden with matching beer themed foods built around unique local produce.

Gulf Brewery

Gulf Brewery in Hahndorf’s main street is a microbrewery producing a contemporary range of hand crafted boutique ales, lagers and ciders. You can taste beers at the cellar door and either relax and have a beer by the glass or take away to drink at your leisure.

Kersbrook Hill Wines

At Kersbrook Hill Wines you can sample a handcrafted apple cider made from local Granny Smith apples. This traditional cider sits nicely alongside the company’s range of small batch table, sparkling and dessert wines, plus enjoy coffee, muffins, pizza, etc. whilst you’re there!


Already known for its award-winning wines, Sidewood in the Adelaide Hills Wine Region is now also turning out handcrafted premium apple and pear ciders, made from 100% fresh crushed Adelaide Hills fruit – not from concentrate, that are quickly gaining critical acclaim – drop into their cellar door for a taste.

Prancing Pony Brewery

Prancing Pony Brewery in Totness (between Hahndorf and Mount Barker) uses traditional Southern German fire-brewing methods. Drop into their fun ‘Brewshed’ to watch the brewer at work while sampling the beers and trying some unique and traditional brewery snacks.

Pike & Joyce

Perched 593m above sea level, the Pike & Joyce Cellar Door is located in the heart of the majestic Adelaide Hills at Lenswood. Take in the panoramic 180 degree estate vineyard and Adelaide Hills view. It’s the perfect place for wine tasting their range of cool climate, crisp delicate wines, enjoying their Art exhibition or settling in for a delicious lunch or regional platter.

Bird in Hand Winery

Here, from the land we love, are created cool-climate wines with a global reach, each its own special tribute to pleasure. Wander through the original barrel hall, enjoy tutored tastings, relax in the courtyard overlooking the vines, or cosy up in front of a roaring fire with a food platter.


Rich in heritage & quality, taste and purchase Nepenthe’s internationally acclaimed range of premium wines and merchandise. Indulge in a regional cheese platter while sampling Nepenthe’s Tempranillo, exploring their history, vineyards, people and the beautiful Adelaide Hills.

Shaw & Smith Winery

Shaw + Smith began over a long lunch in 1989 when cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith decided to realise a long held dream to make wine together. They specialise in Sauvignon Blanc, M3 Chardonnay, cool climate Shiraz and Pinot Noir. Their vision is to make exciting, refined wines exclusively from the Adelaide Hills that rank amongst Australia’s best.

K1 by Geoff Hardy

Geoff Hardy produces a range of wine, from Shiraz and Semillon/Viognier to the rare Arneis. Many regard K1 as one of Australia’s leading cellar doors, due to its natural beauty and outstanding wines.

Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard

For a 5 Star experience visit this rustic sustainable cellar door and restaurant, built on a steep part of the vineyard, strategically designed to give visitors a unique regional food and wine encounter by connecting the high altitude vineyard with its intimate setting and fabulous views. Features panoramic views, a central open fireplace, bi-fold doors, bar and tiered outdoor dining decks.

The Lane Vineyard

Just out of Hahndorf, The Lane Vineyard just happens to be the only registered helicopter landing site in Hahndorf, but also offers traditional wine flight experiences, sumptuous lunches and amazing views. Overlooking the picturesque Adelaide Hills from the central vinyard, it’s perfect for a relaxing get away or business lunch. Discover subtle single vineyard wines paired with a harmonious menu featuring the best SA produce. Linger over lunch and you will unearth your own food and wine odyssey.

Hahndorf Hill Winery

Hahndorf Hill Winery’s ChocoVino experience combine chocolate and wine matching experiences. For the past decade the winery has pioneered Austria’s food-friendly grape varieties within Australia, today growing an exciting range from Gruner Veltline to Trollinger, whilst also producing classic Australian cool-climate varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio.

Golding Wines

Golding Wines is a progressive and dynamic family owned winery. Their passion is the creation of premium cool climate wines that genuinely break new ground, with most being made with only the most outstanding hand selected fruit from their own estate vineyards, providing a captivating reflection of our region’s unique character.


Let them make a fuss of you with platters, wines and cheer! Settle inside or out in the courtyard, where wines are predominately exclusive to the cellar bar and available for purchase by the glass or bottle, with tastings only available to Club Members. Don’t miss out on a glass of their flagship Somerled Shiraz, likened to Penfolds Grange – a result of Rob’s 30 years with the revered Penfolds Wine Group.

Winery Cellar Doors

Some 50 cellar doors are spread across the Adelaide Hills, from tiny solo acts to slick, contemporary venues on windswept ridges, in hidden valleys and in charming main streets. As one of Australia’s best cool-climate wine regions, Winemakers take inspiration from the landscape, producing cool climate wines with soul and a sense of place.

Wolfblass Gallery & Museum

The Wolfblass Gallery & Museum is a space dedicated to The Man, The Brand, The Corporation, The Foundation and the legend that is Wolf Blass. Enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles while you browse the many artefacts, personal decorations and accolades available on display, collected by Wolf Blass himself. Discover a piece of South Australian Wine Industry history through this unique experience that is a perfect addition to the Village of Hahndorf!

Hahndorf Walking Tours

Experience Hahndorf like a local on one of the Hahndorf Walking Tours guided by Sharon Pippos, a passionate Hahndorf resident and history enthusiast.

Meet Captain Hahn, learn about ‘fachwerk’ architecture and visit significant sites with intriguing stories such as the Pioneers Women’s Walking Trail memorial in the Village.

Some locations are on private properties and access is only available via a Hahndorf Walking Tour.
Group tours and special requests available. Bookings recommended.

Bridgewater Mill

Flour mills were built throughout the Adelaide Hills during the 19th century and historic examples can still be found at Birdwood, Mount Barker, Nairne and Bridgewater, where the giant waterwheel still turns. The Bridgewater Mill houses the historic 1860s flour mill serving regional, seasonal share platters and fresh local organic produce.

Hahndorf Historic Village

settled in 1839, Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Take yourself back in time walking the main street, lined with historic buildings including the Hahndorf Academy – a magnificent heritage building housing gallery exhibitions, a small museum, artist studios and a shop featuring special Sir Hans Heysen’s collections and quality hand crafted local artisan products.

The Cedars

The Cedars’, Hahndorf – This elegant Edwardian property was the home of Australian landscape artist Sir Hans Heysen until his death in 1968. Visitors can see the artist’s studio, a collection of his works and tour the property’s elegant gardens.

Adelaide Hills Sculpture Trail

The Hills Sculpture Trail features 26 contemporary sculptures made by sculptors who travelled to the region from around the world for the biennial Adelaide Hills Sculpture Symposiums. Dotted around the beautiful landscape sculpture locations can be found on Hills Sculpture Trail maps and brochures.

Heritage and Historical Trails

Heritage and Historical Trails
•Callington Kanmantoo Heritage Mining Trail (well preserved microcosm of a mid 19th century Australian mining community)
•Meadows Heritage Walk
•Mount Torrens Heritage Trail (1840 town steeped in history, presenting many historic buildings in wonderful condition)
•Nairne Mural and Historic Walking Trail
•Historic Hahndorf’s Heritage Walking Trail

National Motor Museum

Discover vintage and classic cars, motorcycles and trucks. Experience what it’s like to go to the drive-in movies and enjoy excellent school holiday programs and family-friendly events including the Bay to Birdwood and the Rock & Roll Rendezvous.

The Bend MotorSport Park

The Bend Motorsport Park is one of the most significant developments in Australian motorsport history. A state of the art, world-class motorsport facility, The Bend delivers an exhilarating experience for competitors, enthusiasts and spectators alike.

National Motor Museum

Discover vintage and classic cars, motorcycles and trucks. Experience what it’s like to go to the drive-in movies and enjoy excellent school holiday programs and family-friendly events including the Bay to Birdwood and the Rock & Roll Rendezvous.

Horse Riding

For kids into horses, the region offers a variety of things to do depending on age and experience, from pony rides, pony parties and trail rides, through to farmstays, school holiday programs and riding schools of the highest calibre.

Gorge Wildlife Park

Home to many native Australian animals and offers koala holding along with the chance to see and interact with many exotic animals, birds and reptiles. The park offers you an up close and personal experience with wildlife.

Playgrounds and Nature Play

The Adelaide Hills is blessed with great playgrounds and many outdoor ‘nature play’ locations where fun outdoor activities are tailored to kids but can be enjoyed by the whole family. Amongst the list of activities are exciting playgrounds, National Parks and unique Nature Reserves, perfect for their nature trails and picnic locations.

Big Rocking Horse

Climb the giant rocking horse that stands six-storeys high, discover the toy factory and shop, and explore the wildlife bush park with native and farm animals.

Hahndorf Main Street

Many of the shops in Hahndorf appeal to kids – from the Hahndorf Sweets’ shop and ice creameries to toy shops, fairy garden and shop, puppet shop, and FruChocs shop (South Australia’s iconic confectionary). Australian Minerals is also heaven for kids into minerals, fossils and shells.

Hahndorf Farm Barn

Hahndorf Farm Barn Kids can interact with a range of farm and exotic animals. Having won multiple ‘Tourist Attractions’ SA Tourism Awards, the Hahndorf Farm Barn is a childrens’ farmyard and wildlife park where everyone gets to enjoy hands-on interaction with our friendly animals.

Adelaide Hills Kids’ Food Trail

For some family fun take the kids on an educational Adelaide Hills foodie adventure, introducing processes involved in food production and enjoying the end result. Pick fruit, watch bees making honey, explore a traditional chocolate and confectionery factory and taste artisan cheeses – the region offers some fantastic food experiences for kids – hence the Kids’ Food Trail to help you plan your family epicurean adventure.

Cleland Wildlife Park

Feed kangaroos as they laze, wander wetlands, hold a koala, and immerse yourself amongst over 130 species of Australian wildlife, all just 20 minutes from Adelaide.

Hahn and Hamlin

Showcasing South Australian food and wine, Hahn and Hamlin is a charming establishment in Hahndorf which offers guests an exciting sensory experience. With the menu designed to be shared, get your family and friends together and celebrate good food, wine and company.

Stanley Bridge Tavern

A local favourite, this cosy tavern located in Verdun has delicious seasonal menus on offer to enjoy under the sunshine in their popular beer garden. In colder months, sip a glass of red by the warm fire in the front bar and read their extensive wine and beverage menu on offer.

Gepetto’s at Hahndorf

With a timeless approach using the very best locally sourced produce combined with traditional ingredients, Gepetto’s offers you a true Italian dining experience within the serene setting of the Adelaide Hills.

Country Shows

Country shows and fairs are another great day out so time your visit to enjoy Adelaide Hills shows in Uraidla/Summertown, Mount Pleasant, Mount Barker and Callington, or a fair such as the Meadows Country Fair.

Chocolate @ No. 5

Chocolate @ No. 5’s Chocolaterie and Lounge at Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills will stir your senses …..Melt into a chair and let the indulgent pleasures carry you away as you touch, taste, smell, drip and sip simply divine decadence. Located in a historical stone cottage under Bertha the Golden Elm tree at the Beerenberg end of Hahndorf’s Main Street.

Willabrand Fig Picking

Figs can be picked at Willabrand fig orchard at Glen Ewin Estate in Houghton from February to April. Wander the gorgeous terraced fig orchard where figs have been grown for 150 years and pick your fill of fresh figs, or buy quality fig produce including fig jam, chocolate figs and more.

Nirvana Organic Farm

Nirvana Organic Farm in Heathfield offers a diverse collection of cool climate produce including raspberries, currants and gooseberries in summer, to chestnuts in autumn and early winter – available at the farm gate. Jams and preserves are also for sale and educational farm tours are available covering biodynamics, composting, vegetables and poultry.

Apple & Pear Picking

Magarey Orchard at Coromandel Valley is best known for its amazing pears and has designated open days. Shed door fruit sales are available Mon, Wed-Fri. 9-5pm and are Self-serve, selling second or rough grade pears, apples and plums.

Plentiful Pickings Picnic Trail

Collect a Plentiful Pickings bag, voucher booklet and ice brick for $45 from the Adelaide Hills Visitor Information Centre in Hahndorf’s main street then use the vouchers (valued at $300) for a full day of artisan fun, retail therapy and discovery in and around Hahndorf. Redeem your vouchers at a great variety of shops, wineries, food producers and attractions … or even towards an overnight stay, a meal or E-bike hire.


Bread making and other sweet creations have been a time-honoured practice in the Hills since the first European settlers arrived. You’ll find traditional bakeries in most towns and villages including Lobethal, Hahndorf, Stirling and Mount Barker.

Hahndorf Sweets

Hahndorf Sweets is an ‘Old Fashioned’ sweet shop in the beautiful Adelaide Hills in Hahndorf. Explore this little shop to find sweets from your childhood. Truly “A trip down memory lane”.

IGA Hahndorf

IGA Hahndorf  Supermarket, opened in Hahndorf in November 2008 and is a family run business. In addition to supermarket lines, IGA Hahndorf also sources LOCAL & ORGANIC produce, dairy and smallgoods products & FINE FOODS, supporting the locals. IGA Hahndorf also supports local schools and sporting clubs by sponsorship.

Woodside Cheese Wrights

Sample some award-winning handmade and produced artisan cheeses at their cellar door and browse through the gallery featuring exclusive giftware and the work of local artists. One of only four cheese makers in Australia licensed to produce raw milk cheese and the only SA cheese maker to make buffalo milk cheese from local buffalo milk! Kris Lloyd’s Artisan range can be purchased at their cellar door.

Buzz Honey

Bee…. introduced to the amazing world of bees. Enjoy a free honey tasting, safely watch the bees at work in the live observation hive and learn why bees are so important. Extensive range of bee and honey related products – from ice cream and beeswax candles, to health and beauty products.


If you just want a pub meal, take your pick from a seriously impressive list of Adelaide Hills establishments and look out for award-winning ciders from the Hills Cider Company. The menus of pubs in Hahndorf reflect their Germanic heritage and you can expect no shortage of wurst, pretzels, sauerkraut and steins at pubs such as the Hahndorf Inn and the German Arms. Other heritage pubs to visit are the Stanely Bridge Tavern, Scenic, Aldgate Pump, Crafers, Blumberg, Stirling and Uraidla Hotels.

Weekend Markets

Find markets selling fresh, mouth-watering produce every weekend in the Adelaide Hills. Fruit, vegetables, art, craft and wine – it’s all there. Almost every weekend, you will find a farmers’ market in one of the many small towns dotted throughout the region. Trestle tables overflow with fresh produce, buckets burst with cut flowers and espresso machines work overtime.

Udder Delights Cheese Cellar

Located in the bustling historic main street of Hahndorf, Udder Delights produces a wide range of milk and goat cow cheeses which are available for tasting plus a dizzying array of cheeses and other gourmet delights are for sale. Enjoy snacks and light meals, fondue experiences or high tea in their licensed cafe, where a raised outdoor dining area overlooks the main street.

Melba’s Chocolate Factory

Melba’s is a must for any family foodie outing in the Hills. Sample delicious chocolate and a truly staggering range of lollies and chocolates. Be captivated watching sweets being made the old fashioned way, enjoy tastings or relax with a fresh cup of coffee in the Café.

Cherry Picking

November marks the beginning of the Adelaide Hills cherry season which goes to the end of January depending on location and variety. Growers such as Stella Creek Cherry Farm welcome visitors to purchase from ‘shed doors’ or pick their own. Orchards are detailed in the Cherries SA Cherry Map which also includes tips for picking, storing and cooking cherries (Fresh Cherries planning app available).

Beerenberg Strawberries

Strawberry Picking to delight all ages at Beerenberg Farm, Hahndorf – From November through to April. Roam the vast strawberry patch at Beerenberg, foraging enormous sweet strawberries and be sure to browse and taste the incredible array of sauces, relishes and dressings while you’re there.

Epicurean Way

A feast for your eyes and appetite! Select your favourite tunes, jump in the car and cruise through the spectacular Adelaide Hills for a visual and culinary feast. There’s cheese, wine and beer to sample, chocolates to devour and orchards laden with fruit. Linger over a winery lunch . The Epicurean Way takes in the Adelaide Hills as one of its four gastronomic destinations.

Oakbank Golf Club

Nestled in the heart of the Onkaparinga Valley, is home to the Oakbank Golf Club – South Australia’s second oldest – founded in 1892. The Oakbank Golf Club provides a challenging test of golf in a welcoming and picturesque environment for recreational golfers.

Hahndorf Walking Tours

Experience Hahndorf like a local on one of the Hahndorf Walking Tours guided by Sharon Pippos, a passionate Hahndorf resident and history enthusiast.

Meet Captain Hahn, learn about ‘fachwerk’ architecture and visit significant sites with intriguing stories such as the Pioneers Women’s Walking Trail memorial in the Village.

Some locations are on private properties and access is only available via a Hahndorf Walking Tour.
Group tours and special requests available. Bookings recommended.

Farm Gate Services

Farm Gate Services offer property and farming maintenance, gardening services, as well as a range of products from their Farm Shop located in Echunga. From little bits and pieces to put in your flower pots, chook feed, fire pits and boot racks to that special sculpture piece or unique item to make your friends go “wow!”, there is definitely something for everyone.

Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens

The Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens overlook the Piccadilly Valley featuring displays of cool temperate plants from various geographic regions, which thrive on the eastern slopes of Mount Lofty. Spring and autumn are both magnificent seasons to visit, with stunning mass displays of magnolias, rhododendrons, camellias and roses adding a splash of colour to the gardens.

Trails & Touring

Whether you are exploring the Adelaide Hills on two wheels or four, on horseback or on foot, these trails and drives are sure to help you discover the region’s highlights. A diverse patchwork of National Parks, native animal refuges and heritage conservation areas intermingled with century old market gardens, organic orchards and beef and sheep enterprises. Explore Touring routes and Bushwalking, Cycling, Horse Riding, Food, Heritage and Art Trails.


Cleland Wildlife Park and Gorge Wildlife Park enable you to cuddle koalas, feed kangaroos and meet a number of other native species such as wallabies, wombats, dingoes and Tasmanian devils. Reptile experiences, guided night walks, and great school holidays programs are also available. These parks offer you an up close and personal experience with wildlife.

Cycling & Mountain Bike Trails

Ride independently on ready made trails of varying duration & ability or enjoy a range of mountain and road bike tours & hire in the region through local tour company ‘Bike About’. From challenging world-class mountain biking to family-friendly cycle trails, travelling on two wheels is a great way to enjoy the varied landscapes of the Adelaide Hills.

Nature Walking Trails

Step in our direction and walk the trails, ramble along the pathways or climb the summits.

Scenic Drives

Select your favourite tunes, jump in the car and cruise through the Adelaide Hills for an unforgettable self-drive experience as there’s nothing like a drive through the Adelaide Hills where the countryside is stunning. It is dappled in light and dotted with quaint villages and bustling towns. Pack a picnic rug and collect fresh produce en route to fill a picnic basket, then stop somewhere for a local feast. The incredible views from the Adelaide Hills and big blue skies will take your breath away.

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