Adelaide Hills, South Australia

The Adelaide Hills region is made up of various forested national parks, mountain top lookouts, rolling hills dotted with boutique and commercial wineries and quaint townships that not only have an air of relaxation about them but also provide great food and unique craft shops. Visitors to the Adelaide Hills can experience the local produce from the region at the Beerenberg Strawberry Farm where you can pick your own strawberries and buy some of their delicious jams, the Hahndorf Hill Winery where you will delight in the Choco-Vino experience of mixing wine and chocolate or sample some of the locally made chesses. There are also more than 50 cellar door wineries in the region ranging from large wine producers through to boutique winemakers which delight in producing unique blends that have to be tasted to be believed.

The town of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills is famous for being Australia's oldest German settlement and not only serves great German cuisine but is also an absolutely delightful place to visit in Autumn with the whole town filled with deciduous trees of all colours. Other fascinating place to visit in the Adelaide Hills include the Cleland Wildlife Park where you can cuddle a koala and view many other Australian animals, the National Motor Museum in Birdwood for people who love cars, the Mt Lofty Lookout which has beautiful views over Adelaide and The Cedars which is a gracious old home containing a collection of paintings and drawings by artist Hans Heysen.

Whilst you are staying in the Adelaide Hills you can choose to do as little or as much as you like. For instance you can immerse yourself in the numerous wildlife parks and walking trails including the Yurrebilla, Heysen, Mawson and Kidman trails or you can simply escape the hectic pace of the city and breathe in the delicious scent of the eucalyptus trees and revel in the unique heritage of the region that will bring you back to days gone by. The Adelaide Hills are so authentically unique and filled with hidden secrets, wonderful scenery and an astonishing range of fresh produce that is really is a must see destination for the discerning traveller.

How To Get There :      The great thing about the Adelaide Hills region as a holiday destination is the fact that it is so close to the city centre of Adelaide itself. So in order to get to the Adelaide Hills you can fly into the Adelaide airport, hire a car and drive the 30 minutes along the South Eastern Freeway to the region. From the South Eastern Freeway you can exit on any number of scenic roads including the Mount Lofty scenic drive, Mount Barker Road, Strathalbyn Road and Onkaparinga Valley Road to any one of the regions quaint little townships. Alternatively you can catch a Link SA bus from the Tea Tree Plaza in Modbury to many Adelaide Hills destinations such as Houghton, Birdwood, Mount Pleasant, Cudlee Creek, Charleston and Mount Torrens.

Weather :      Due to the fact that this region is located in the hills surrounding Adelaide the weather is a lot cooler than in the city. During the months months (June - August) the Adelaide Hills has an average maximum daily temperature of about 13-14°C as well as plenty of rain. From late September the rain becomes less frequent and the temperature begins to warm up until it reaches an average maximum daily temperature of 27°C in January and February. The during the autumn months of March to May the temperature begins to drop again, particularly the overnight minimum temperatures which drop into single figures, and the rain becomes more frequent.

Suitable For :      Families visiting from interstate or couples looking for a romantic weekend retreat.

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