Adelaide Hills Visitor Guide : Adelaide Hills Visitor Guide
adelaidehills.org.au 3 Adelaide Hills Welcome to the The views alone are priceless. Whether you’re in a cellar door next to corduroy vineyards, looking down 700 metres on the Gulf St Vincent from atop Mount Lofty or sitting at a pavement café admiring gardens bursting with blooms, things look different in ‘the Hills’. Acknowledged as one of the world’s finest producers of cool climate grapes, the Adelaide Hills boast more than 90 wine labels and over 50 cellar doors. But don’t expect any large-scale wineries here – this is boutique country, where charm, chic and more than a few champions hold sway. Less than 30 minutes drive from Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills is one of the truly great driving destinations, with ribbons of road leading to hidden treasures, including quaint villages, vistas and histories. Explore much- loved towns, like the increasingly-hip Hahndorf, and lesser-known hamlets, such as Woodside, Echunga and Macclesfield. Each is home to simple pleasures, such as roadside stalls, real country pubs, artisans and food producers of everything from chocolate to cheese. You’ll be surprised by what you discover around the bend, including the platypus ponds at Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, the nationally-renowned Bridgewater Mill restaurant and a botanic garden heavy with magnolias, camellias and roses. There’s the evocative time capsule of Sir Hans Heysen’s art studio; ‘pick-your-own’ outlets for strawberries, apples and cherries; monthly outdoor markets in villages like Stirling, Mylor, Macclesfield and Wistow; and the nation’s biggest motor car collection at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. The region’s residents appreciate its slower pace, indulging in pastimes like bushwalking, wine touring, gourmet trails, ‘open garden’ weekends and long, lazy lunches after a game of golf. Enjoy a summer stay in a farmhouse, hole up in a cosy cottage overlooking a winter creek or savour the high-life in one of the Hills’ upmarket retreats with views of famous vineyards. Less than 30 minutes drive from Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills are one of the truly great driving destinations. Vineyards, Adelaide Hills Cloaked in native forest, with farmland spread across the valleys and ridges of the Mount Lofty Ranges, the Adelaide Hills are simply stunning.
2013 Adelaide Hills Visitor Guide