Experience its cool nights during warm days. Take a stroll along its charming streets and towns. Be enchanted with its beauty and personality. Grab a glass and witness the colourful and diverse scenery of Adelaide Hills.
Arguably Australia’s most beautiful cool climate wine region, there’s also pure wonder when you hear the name Adelaide Hills. It’s a region bounded by the town of Mount Pleasant in the north and Mount Barker in the south. It has certainly garnered a world-famous reputation as a wine-reproducing region. But don’t be fooled. Adelaide Hills offers more than just a glass of wine.
Here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of your weekend trip to Adelaide Hills.
Grab a glass.
Adelaide Hills produces distinctive and elegant wines throughout the year. Wineries here are run by passionate and unique wine producers. You can fill your glass while enjoying the spectacular landscape at Hahndorf Hill Winery. Take a minute to see their cellar door which offers a sensational view and chocolate tasting. There’s also Bird in Hand Winery which is a world-renowned producer of wine. Their wines are highlighted at ‘The Gallery’; a restaurant with a holistic approach to enjoyment which you will experience immediately once you’ve stepped inside. If you like hearing winemaking stories dating back to 1844, Penfolds has that for you. Located just 8kms from Adelaide, Penfolds has earned being one of the world’s urban single vineyards. Why not witness the distilling magic happening at Applewood Distillery? The diversity added to their immense breadth of gin has quickly challenged other brewers with their ambitious goal to expand the gin offerings beyond tradition.
Dine with your delight
Satisfy your cravings and book a table at Lost in a Forest a pizzeria and wine bar that has captivated the hearts of patrons. Set in a hundred-year-old church, visitors will not only enjoy the vegan food but the view as well. Another timeless place to dine is at Bridgewater Mill. Savour the elegantly crafted dishes inspired by different countries such as Japan, France, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. Not only that, but they also house the historic1860s flour mill. A great place to eat brunch with the family is at Lazy Ballerina. They have a variety of light food and wine that does not but help you breathe in the scenery and forgot all those troubles for a few hours. Offering their relaxing atmosphere with a beautiful garden where the kids can run around, Lazy Ballerina is definitely one of the places you should not miss.
Find a cozy place to stay
Adelaide Hills has a wide range of hotels to offer from extravagant to laid-back bed and breakfast. Thorngrove Manor Hotel is one of those beautiful luxury hotels that would make you feel like you are in Narnia. With the iconic baroque towers, timeless and romantic designs all around the place, you would actually think that you may be dreaming. Since Thorngrove Manor can only house limited guests, why not lounge at Mount Lofty House? Be inspired by their unique and stunning venue ideal to host weddings, and creative work retreat. Their Stables Day Spa offers indulgent and rejuvenating massages in the estate’s stables building since1852.
See and Do
Driving along the long and winding road of Adelaide Hills is one of the ways you could enjoy your weekend. Drive through the South Eastern Freeway and you’ll definitely find yourself at exit points to Bridgewater, Hahndorf, and Mount Barker. Australia is after all cherry, apple and pear country. Drive through Greenhill Road past Waterfall Gully and you’ll be arriving at the hauntingly beautiful Piccadilly Valley.
Taking a tour to enjoy the landscapes around Adelaide Hills on two wheels is another great way to experience the charming towns, national forests, and farms. Numerous bike trails around will guide you along so that you won’t take a wrong turn. You don’t have to worry if you don’t have a bike. There are plenty of places that you could hire to bike and cycling equipment from such as Bike SA in Adelaide, Bike About in Woodside, and Escapegoat Adventures in Eden Hills.
A weekend getaway around Adelaide Hills will never be enough. With so many places to go to, restaurants to try out, and wineries to visit, Adelaide Hills is one of the regions in Australia that you should not overlook. It is a humble yet very proud place to enjoy relax, share good food, wine, and stories with friends and families. share good food, wine, and stories with friends and families.