Exploring The Adelaide Hills

Set just outside of the hustle and bustle of Adelaide’s city centre, the Adelaide Hills provide a cultural and peaceful way to explore this region of South Australia. Surrounding the city of Mount Barker and sitting pretty against mountain scenery, the Hills are known for their dedication to wine production, delicious local food, and a rich heritage that dates back to the German settlers.

Throughout the Hills, there is something for everyone, whether you’re looking to soak up the creative vibe of the area, get up close and personal with native wildlife, or delve into the fascinating history that imbues the streets and scenery.

1. Weekend markets

The Hills run popular weekend markets every Saturday and Sunday. Selling everything from fresh, local produce, to local arts and crafts, and wine, you can spend hours browsing the stalls and picking up souvenirs along the way.

When you’re not busy browsing, kick back and relax in one of the many cafes and watch the world go by.

2. Food and wine

Food and wine characterises the Hills, and the region promises visitors a hearty dose of delicious tipple and tasty dishes to go with it. There seems to be a cellar door around every corner here, while the rich selection of restaurants gives you the chance to sample local and international flavours in close proximity.

In the German towns, there are authentic pubs to knock back a beer or two in, while the vineyards proffer ample wine tasting opportunities.

3. Wildlife

Throughout the Adelaide Hills, there are plenty of opportunities for you to catch sight of some local critters. Cleland National Park is home to some of Australia’s best-loved creatures, where you can keep your eyes peeled for iconic marsupials and colourful bird species.

Walks in this area promise stunning scenery and a chance to learn more about the rich history that pervades the region.

4. Heritage

Adelaide Hills 3The Adelaide Hills boast a fascinating history that dates back to when the German settlers arrived. European towns like Hahndorf offer visitors a chance to see this part of history in action, via traditional pubs serving Bavarian beers, and Germanic architecture lining the cobbled streets.

5. Art

When you’re not browsing the art at the weekend markets, you can dip into the numerous crafts stores that pepper the narrow streets in the smattering of towns. Local artistscreate delectable goods for you to take home with you, while independent galleries showcase some of the best work in the