What to Do in the Adelaide Hills

Set on the outskirts of Adelaide near the Barossa Valley, the Adelaide Hills bring a dose of country life to the big city atmosphere. Here, wine and food come together to make the perfect cultural concoction, while the stunning scenery is well worth the visit alone. Here are some of the best things to do while you’re in the area.

1. Wineries and Cellar Doors

The Barossa Valley is well-known for its wines, and so too are the Adelaide Hills. The region is one of Australia’s best cool-climate wine regions, serving up a tasty collection of unique flavours. Here, you can duck into cellar doors, taste local offerings, and learn more about the winemaking process in the valley.

2. Foodie Delights

As well as wine, the Adelaide Hills are renowned for their foodie offerings. Local restaurants serve up seasonal produce and national dishes, while festivals and exhibitions regularly come to town to showcase the latest flavours.

3. Festivals and Events

Throughout the year there are numerous festivals and events in the Adelaide Hills, from foodie extravaganzas, wine open days, and specific event days for all the family.

4. Farmer Markets

Because food is such an important part of life in the Adelaide Hills, it makes sense that there are plenty of farmer’s markets offering the latest goods. On the weekends, you can explore stalls piled high with local produce, including fruit and veg, as well as arts, crafts, and wines.

5. Take a Walk

The landscape of the Adelaide Hills lends itself perfectly to walking and cycling. While exploring the winding trails of the region, you can learn more about the dreamtime stories of the Hill’s first inhabitants, the Peramangk people, and how their culture, food, architecture, and traditions have shaped modern life in the Adelaide Hills.

6. Historic towns

Historic towns pepper the Adelaide Hills, including Hahndorf, one of the most popular. This is Australia’s oldest German settlement and boasts quaint streets filled with artisan stores, local restaurants, and cute cafes. As well as Hahndorf, you can visit the garden village of Stirling and pretty Mount Barker. Both places are steeped in history, boasting roadside stalls and quaint art galleries.

 

The Adelaide Hills make the perfect escape from city life, whether you’re looking to tuck into some tasty treats, learn more about the world-famous winemaking process in the region, or simply explore the beautiful landscape.