Backpacking in the Adelaide Hills

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    MEET SOME OF AUSTRALIA'S FAVOURITE ANIMALS AT CLELAND WIDLIFE PARK: Photo - Adam Bruzzone, courtesy South Australian Tourism Commission
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    SEE SOME AMAZING VIEWS FROM MOUNT LOFTY SUMMIT: Photo - Adam Bruzzone, courtesy South Australian Tourism Commission
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    VISIT ONE OF THE MANY EXCELLENT WINERIES LIKE BRIDGEWATER MILL: Photo - Adam Bruzzone, courtesy South Australian Tourism Commission
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Adelaide Hills Highlights

  • A great wine Region, with 33 cellar doors for you to visit and sample some excellent wines.

  • Visit one of the three wildlife parks to see up close some of Australia's favourite native animals and creatures.

  • Excellent place for bushwalking (hiking) and mountain biking, with three of the best walking and mountain biking tracks in South Australia running through the Adelaide Hills - Yurrebilla Trail, Heysen Trail and the Mawson Trail.

  • Head to Mount Lofty Summit for some spectacular panoramic views of Adelaide and surrounding areas.

  • Visit the National Motor Museum to see over 300 of Australia's most important vintage, veteran and classic motorcars and motor cycles.

  • Sample some tasty chocolates and lollies at Melba's Chocolate & Confectionery Factory.

  • Visit the German settlement of Hahndorf, which is a great place to sample some German food and beer.

About the Adelaide Hills

Just on the outskirts of Adelaide is the picturesque Adelaide Hills with its quaint country towns, excellent wineries and stunning views and picturesque countryside. The best way to explore this area is by car or motorcycle or for the more adventurous, some of South Australia's best bushwalking (hiking) and mountain biking tracks pass through this region.

Towns and Villages in the Adelaide Hills



This is the major town on the eastern side of the Hills. Birdwood is probably best known for the popular National Motor Museum, which has an excellent collection of over 300 of Australia's most important vintage, veteran and classic motorcars and motor cycles.. The museum hosts several events including the Bay to Birdwood Run held in September on even years and Bay to Birdwood Classic held in September on odd years. Both races celebrate the historical classical cars and attract many hundreds of entrants.

The town also offers some good cafes and a pub to stop and have a meal or drink.


In the 1800's this was the most important gold fossicking area in South Australia, but today the town is a base for local farming areas. The Jupiter Creek Heritage Trail interprets the mining craze from the 1800's and if you have a torch, you can visit the 80 metre New Phoenix Tunnel and several old shafts.


This town is probably best known for its 18-metre high Giant Rocking Horse, which you can climb to view the local surrounds. Next to this is the toy factory, which features many wooden toy creations. Adjoining the toy factory is the wilderness park where you can see and feed a variety of animals and birds. The town also has some nice historical buildings, two winery cellar doors and arts, crafts and other specialty shops to explore.


Hahndorf is Australia's oldest surviving German settlement and probably the most well known of all the Adelaide Hills towns. There is a strong German influence here, and it is a great place to sample some of the German food from the bakeries, small goods shops, cafes and restaurants, or sample one of the many German beers at the Hahndorf Inn. There is also a good selection of specialty shops, arts and crafts stores and galleries to explore including  'The Cedars', the historic home and studio of famous Australian artist, Sir Hans Heysen. 


The town has a variety of arts and crafts stores, places to eat and hosts the Adelaide Hills Markets on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. It is a great place to visit at Christmas as most of the town decorates their homes with Christmas lights and decorations.


This small town is a good place to wander and admire its historic buildings and old village feeling, or you can enjoy a meal and a beer at one of the local historic hotels.

Mount Barker

Mount Barker is the commercial centre and retail hub of the Adelaide Hills. Near the town is the Mount Barker Summit, which has excellent views of the surrounding area. Mount Barker is also the home of Steamranger - a vintage steam-powered train that travels to Strathalbyn, Goolwa and Victor Harbor. The natural skincare company - Jurlique is also based here and tours to their herb fields are available by appointment


Oakbank is a quaint town, best known as the place for the biggest picnic horse race meeting in the southern hemisphere, the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival, where thousands come to the town to see the Great Eastern Steeplechase.


The town has a good collection of cafes, restaurants and shops and has some of South Australia's most beautiful homes.


This popular little town has several pubs, various shops, cafes and accommodation; and a country market is held on the third Sunday of each month. Just outside of the town is Melba's Chocolate Factory, which offers tastings and demonstrations of chocolate and lolly-making.

Orientation Map for the Adelaide Hills

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Adelaide Hills Visitor Information Centre

68 Main Road
Hahndorf, South Australia
Phone 1800 353 323