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Adelaide & Adelaide Hills

There’s romance in the air in the Adelaide Hills.

The winding road beckons you, each corner revealing a new delight and a promise of more to come. In a matter of minutes the pace and noise of the city are forgotten, swept aside by the many charms of the Adelaide Hills.

You have entered a place where the air is sweeter and the lunches last all afternoon. Each distinct season provides another reason to visit – from the romantic morning mists and cosy fires of winter, profusion of garden colour in spring, cool shady beer gardens and fruit picking in summer, to the glorious leaves of autumn.

Corduroy vineyards intersect with rambling forest, steep ridges yield to rolling hills and orchards. You can lose yourself in a secluded spot or find yourself in a bustling country market.

Artists and artisans flourish here, as they always have. Fine studios and galleries abound, from the immense cultural legacy of Sir Hans Heysen’s home, ‘The Cedars’, to grassroots community spaces.

Winemakers also take inspiration from the landscape, producing cool climate wines with soul and a sense of place. Some 50 cellar doors are spread across the Hills. From tiny solo acts to slick, contemporary venues, they can be found on windswept ridges, in hidden valleys and on charming main streets.

Cheese and chocolate, craft beer and cider, and even bread and jam are made the old-fashioned way – with hands and heart. You can satisfy your appetite in a country pub or bakery, take a gourmet approach in a sophisticated restaurant, or picnic with local produce fresh from the farm gate or roadside stall. Fresh seasonal, local produce is the cornerstone of menus across the region.

There are so many ways to discover the Hills while you reconnect with family and friends. Take the plunge on a precipitous mountain bike track, cuddle a koala or indulge in some retail therapy. Play a round of golf on a picturesque course, abseil down a rocky escarpment or learn new skills at a cooking school or art class. Relive the pleasure of listening to birdsong, fossick in an antique shop or pick your own fruit just bursting with flavour. Enjoy a taste of farm life, get up close to wildlife, explore museums or just put your feet up and simply enjoy the views or a little pampering.

Explore on two wheels or four, rattle along in a steam train or even on horseback. Stroll hand-inhand along streets lined with historic buildings, hike single-file through rugged bushland or wander through one of the Adelaide Hills’ renowned gardens.

Time your visit right and you could enjoy a country show, a farmers market, an art exhibition or a celebration of the region’s food and wine. Major events to get your pulse racing include the Santos Tour Down Under and one of the world’s great picnic horse race meetings, the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival.

It’s all so close to Adelaide that you can visit for a day or stay a while, waking up in a cosy cottage, ultra-modern villa or boutique hotel.

So let the region work its magic. Be captivated by the seasons and revel in the romance of an Adelaide Hills affair. You’ll fall in love all over again.

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Heysen Trail – Full Trail

Walking
1200km

The Heysen Trail is one of the world’s great walking trails and the longest dedicated walking trail in Australia.The 1,200 km trail starts at Cape Jervis and winds along the beaches and sea cliffs of the south coast before passing over rolling hills and rural landscapes of the Fleurieu Peninsula and Mt Lofty Ranges. Beyond […]

Walking 60 Days

Mawson Trail – Full Trail

Cycling  |  Walking
900km

Starting just north of Adelaide and travelling to the Outback town of Blinman in the Flinders Ranges, the Mawson Trail is the ideal option for mountain bikers wanting to travel through South Australia’ s remote rural areas. Close to nine hundred kilometres long, the trail includes little-used country roads, State forest and national park fire […]

Cycling 2.32 Weeks
Walking 3.62 Weeks

River Torrens Linear Park Trail

Walking  |  Cycling
30km

This shared use trail follows 30km of river from Athelstone, following the River Torrens, through to Adelaide CBD, and then to the river mouth at West Beach/Henley Beach. Lined with River Red Gums and reed  beds, the trail is an oasis in the city and suburbs. With numerous playgrounds, picnic spots, duck-feeding spots and toilets […]

Walking 5 Hours
Cycling 3 Hours

Kersbrook Horse Trail

Horse Riding  |  Cycling  |  Walking
29.89km

The Kersbrook Horse Trail is a shared use trail in and around the town of Kersbrook and nearby Forestry SA land. Download map brochure here: Kersbrook Horse PDF The Kersbrook Horse Trail is South Australia’s only continuously looped, officially mapped horse trail. NOTES:  There is one section of the trail that is of higher risk […]

Horse Riding 6.85 Hours
Cycling 4.38 Hours
Walking 6.85 Hours Intermediate

Adelaide’s Underwater Heritage Trail

Scuba Diving
115km

Includes four shipwrecks – the Grecian, Zanoni, Star of Greece and Norma. The shipwrecks are located from Ardrossan, on Yorke Peninsula to Port Willunga on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Underwater plaques are adjacent to each vessel. Divers planning to visit the Zanoni require a permit from Heritage SA as it is situated within a protected zone. […]

Scuba Diving 1 Day Intermediate
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