Adelaide Hills Attractions


Jace Snel

10/25/20226 min read

brown wooden stairs on brown rocky mountain near body of water during daytime
brown wooden stairs on brown rocky mountain near body of water during daytime

Adelaide Hills Attractions: Exploring the Natural Beauty and Cultural Richness

The Adelaide Hills region of South Australia is a stunning area filled with natural beauty and cultural richness. This region is known for its rolling hills, lush vineyards, quaint towns, and vibrant festivals. With so much to see and do, it's no wonder that the Adelaide Hills is a popular destination for visitors from around the world. In this post, we'll explore some of the top Adelaide Hills attractions, including outdoor adventures, food and wine experiences, and cultural landmarks.

Outdoor Adventures in the Adelaide Hills

The Adelaide Hills are an outdoor enthusiast's dream, with plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, and nature exploration. Here are some of the top outdoor attractions to check out:

Mount Lofty Summit

Mount Lofty Summit is the highest peak in the Adelaide Hills, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Visitors can hike to the summit or take a scenic drive up the winding road. Once at the top, take in the stunning panoramic views of the city and surrounding hills. There's also a cafe and restaurant at the summit, making it the perfect spot for a leisurely lunch or coffee break.

Waterfall Gully

Waterfall Gully is the other end of the 45 - 60 minute hike down the mount Lofty Summit, it is a tranquil oasis nestled at the foot of the Adelaide Hills. This popular hiking trail takes you through a lush, fern-filled valley to a stunning waterfall. The trail is a steep walk but not too bad for most people and is suitable for families with children. Along the way, keep an eye out for the resident koalas that are often spotted in the trees.

Cleland Wildlife Park

Cleland Wildlife Park is a must-visit for animal lovers. This park is home to a variety of native Australian wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. Visitors can get up close and personal with the animals by hand-feeding the kangaroos and wallabies or holding a koala. There are also daily animal shows, a big gift shop, a cafeteria-style shop, and guided tours available.

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Second Valley

Second Valley is a picturesque coastal town located approximately 90 minutes from Adelaide. Known for its clear waters and secluded beaches, Second Valley is the perfect spot for a relaxing day trip or weekend getaway. Visitors can explore the historic jetty, go fishing or snorkelling, and take in the stunning views from the nearby cliff tops. The Second Valley Caravan Park offers accommodation options for those looking to extend their stay.

Victor Harbour

Victor Harbor is a popular holiday destination located on the Fleurieu Peninsula, approximately an hour and a half drive from Adelaide. This coastal town is known for its scenic views, excellent beaches, and abundance of wildlife. Visitors can take a horse-drawn tram across the causeway to Granite Island, where they can enjoy stunning views of the coastline and watch the resident Little Penguins come ashore at sunset. Other popular attractions in Victor Harbor include the South Australian Whale Centre, Urimbirra Wildlife Park, and the Cockle Train, which takes passengers on a scenic ride along the coast to Goolwa.

Food and Wine Experiences

The Adelaide Hills region is renowned for its food and wine offerings, with some of the best wineries, restaurants, and cafes in South Australia. Here are some of the top food and wine experiences to check out:


Hahndorf is a charming German settlement located in the Adelaide Hills. This town is filled with boutique shops, galleries, and cafes, as well as some of the best German-style cuisine in the region. Be sure to try some traditional German sausages, pretzels, and beer at one of the many restaurants and pubs.


The Adelaide Hills region is home to some of the best wineries in Australia, producing world-class wines such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. There are dozens of wineries to choose from, each offering their unique tasting experience. Some of the most popular wineries include Shaw + Smith, Longview, Bird in Hand, and The Lane Vineyard.

Beerenberg Farm

Beerenberg Farm is a family-owned and operated farm that has been producing award-winning jams, sauces, and dressings for over 150 years. Visitors can tour the farm and learn about the production process, sample the products, and purchase them from the farm shop. Be sure to try their famous strawberry jam!

Stirling & Aldgate

Nestled in the heart of the Adelaide Hills, Stirling and Aldgate are charming towns that is popular with both tourists and locals alike, the close neighbouring towns share a brilliant walk between them. You will find a range of boutique shops, galleries, and cafes, it's a great place to spend a lazy afternoon. Visitors can explore the Stirling Market, held every fourth Sunday of the month, or take a leisurely stroll through the nearby Stirling Linear Park. For those who love the outdoors, the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is just a short drive away, offering stunning views and a range of walking trails. Foodies might want to hit up Aldgate Chip shop for a killer burger, DIrty Doris (all day diner) or Yuki in the Hills for sushi!

Cultural Landmarks

The Adelaide Hills region is also rich in history and culture, with a variety of landmarks and attractions to explore. Here are some of the top cultural attractions to check out.

(pictured: Second Valley)

The Cedars Museum/Art Gallery

Open 10 - 4:30 pm every day except Monday - The Cedars is the former home and studio of renowned Australian artist Sir Hans Heysen. Located on the main street of Hahndorf, this historic property is now open to the public, with guided tours of the house. Experience aussie scenery from one of our great painters.

Beerenberg Family Farm

Beerenberg Family Farm is a well-known Adelaide Hills attraction, especially for those with a sweet tooth (you can even pick your own strawberries!) This family-owned farm produces a wide range of jams, sauces, and condiments using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. Visitors can take a tour of the farm, learn about the history of the business, and even pick their own strawberries in season.

Cleland Wildlife Park

For an up-close and personal experience with Australian wildlife, head to Cleland Wildlife Park. Here, visitors can meet and feed kangaroos, dingos, and wallabies, hold a koala, and even see endangered species like the southern hairy-nosed wombat. The park also features walking trails through the native bushland, making for a peaceful and educational day out. The park is great fun for travellers and kids, with close-up contact, feeding, and a variety of animals. Its around about $30 for adults and $13 for children with some good family discounts!

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Located just a short drive from Adelaide and pretty close to Cleland Wildlife Park, the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden offers a serene escape from the city. The garden is home to a wide variety of plants and flowers, including rare and endangered species. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the garden or pack a picnic and relax in one of the many picturesque spots.


Hahndorf is a quaint town in the Adelaide Hills that celebrates its German heritage. Visitors can wander the streets and admire the traditional architecture, enjoy a pint of German beer, and indulge in hearty cuisines like schnitzel and bratwurst. There are also numerous boutiques and shops selling traditional German crafts and souvenirs. The town can be pretty busy on the weekend, so get in early to get a park. Even though Hahndorf is known for its German heritage there are also plenty of other things to peak your interest. Check out Otto's Bakery for lunch or pick your own strawberries up at Beerenberg!

Adelaide Hills Farmers Market

For those who love fresh, locally sourced produce, the Adelaide Hills Farmers Market is a must-visit attraction. Held every Saturday morning in the town of Mount Barker, the market offers a wide range of fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses from local farmers and producers. Visitors can sample the goods and meet the people behind the products, making for a truly unique and community-focused experience.

The Adelaide Hills offers a diverse range of attractions for visitors of all ages and interests. From stunning natural beauty to rich cultural heritage and delicious food and wine, there's something for everyone in this picturesque region of South Australia. So next time you're in Adelaide, be sure to take a day or two to explore the Adelaide Hills and all it has to offer.

a group of people walking down a dirt road
a group of people walking down a dirt road