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adelaidehills.org.au 45 vineyards, olive groves, orchards and farmland. Enjoy a picnic at the family-friendly Federation Park, located on the banks of the river. Children will enjoy a visit to the Big Rocking Horse and Toy Factory, where visitors can climb to the top of the 18 metre rocking horse or check out the quality wooden toys for sale in the workshop. Gumeracha also has some good craft and antique shops, accommodation and restaurants, as well as cellar doors at nearby Chain of Ponds. Birdwood Bridgewater Echunga Gumeracha Hahndorf Little Hampton Lobethal Macclesfield Meadows Mount Barker Mylor Nairne Norton Summit Oakbank Stirling Woodside Crafers Balhannah Aldgate Hahndorf 27 kilometres from Adelaide map reference D8 The unique and picturesque village of Hahndorf is a special place in Australia. Arguably the Adelaide Hills’ most famous town, Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, built by a tight-knit group of Prussian settlers in 1839 fleeing religious persecution in Eastern Europe. The group made the long and treacherous journey on a small sailing ship named the Zebra, under the able command of Dane, Captain Dirk Hahn. By all accounts, Captain Hahn befriended the pioneers and provided great support, even arranging the lease of land for their settlement upon arrival. The settlers were so appreciative that they decided to name the village in his honour. Before long, the hard-working migrants had turned their fertile soil into what was effectively the ‘food bowl of Adelaide’, producing a huge range of fruit and vegetables that were regularly carted down to the state’s burgeoning capital for sale at market. Today, Hahndorf is a unique cultural find and one of South Australia’s 17 State Heritage Areas. A living window to its Germanic colonial heritage, Hahndorf is a relaxing place and a haven of colour all year round. A place where famous artists have lived and, today, a place where dozens of gourmet food outlets, galleries and quirky shops – many housed in charming settler’s cottages dating back to the 1840s, provide a unique and eclectic blend of fascinating places to see and enjoy. You know you’re in for something special when you drive beneath the great leafy canopy of Hahndorf’s famous main street, emerging into the heart of this lively hamlet that’s as happy as it is historic. Today, 100 year old elm and plane trees line the main street and there are many original buildings still in excellent condition. Popular with visitors from all over the world, Hahndorf has plenty of quality gift and specialty shops, craft outlets and galleries. Dining at The Haus in Hahndorf Advertisement on page 15 Hands on interaction with friendly animals, try milking a cow, bottle feed baby lambs and cuddle the cutest baby farm animals! Feed wildlife animals & take a pony ride! So much fun you’ll never want to leave! Phone: 08 8388 7289 Hahndorf Farm Barn Advertisement on page 14 Award winning, 4th generation candle makers. Unique handcrafted fragrant candles & traditional German wooden ornaments, hand made using 400 year old techniques. Phone: (08) 8388 7797 Hahndorf Candlemaker From heart by hand Advertisement on page 25 Put Somerled on your itinerary. Enjoy a guided tasting of their 5 star wines alongside their signature Spanish platter while people-watching at this elegant Main Street cellar door. Phone: (08) 8388 7478 Somerled Cellar Door The Hahndorf Academy, a regional centre for the arts and heritage is based in a charming 150 year old building and incorporates four galleries, a migration museum, artists’ studios, art classes and a retail gallery. There’s still a strong German flavour in the town, most evident in the smallgoods outlets and German bakeries that line the main street – if you’re lucky you may even hear a form of old Deutsch spoken in town. Or raise a stein of the best brew in a cheery German heritage pub. A number of pubs, bakeries, cafés and good restaurants mean that visitors won’t go hungry, some serving mouth-watering traditional German fare. Hahndorf is also renowned for its local gourmet produce, having steadily built on its unique ‘food bowl’ heritage. Indulge in cheese tastings, pick your own strawberries or sample local chocolate, jams and pickles. There is a great winery loop with several cellar doors in the area that produce quality cool climate wines, each located on grounds of stunning natural beauty. The former home and studio of Sir Hans Heysen, ‘The Cedars’, is also located in Hahndorf and worthy of a visit. Here, you can stand in Heysen’s shoes and paint the landscapes that inspired the artist for more than 60 years. Acknowledged as the first artist to paint the striking Australian bush as it actually was, Heysen lived and painted at his now heritage-listed Hahndorf studio, ‘The Cedars’, from 1912 to 1968. ‘The Cedars’ is now open to the public and is one of Hahndorf’s true ‘must- sees’. However, there are also many other galleries and artistically oriented outlets in the village, including the Hahndorf Academy, which also includes a fascinating heritage museum.
2013 Adelaide Hills Visitor Guide