The Adelaide Hills is so close to Adelaide and other popular tourism regions, why not use the Hills as a base for your entire South Australian stay?
South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide, is a vibrant hub buzzing with life, boasting great food and wine at more than 700 restaurants and cafes, great retail therapy, the cultural boulevard of North Terrace and a thriving art and live music scene. Everything is so close in Adelaide, with the beach just 20 minutes by tram from the city centre, and many of the state’s regions can be accessed within a scenic two hour drive. Adelaide Greeters offer orientation walks of the City, tailored to your interests and available in multiple languages. Passionate and knowledgeable volunteers will orient you to various attractions, provide travel advice and give you a local’s perspective on what makes Adelaide one of the most liveable, innovative and creative small cities of the world. For more information about call 1300 588 140 or click here.
Murray River, Lakes & Coorong
Just 50 kilometres from Hahndorf, the Murray River offers a wealth of great holiday adventures — wildlife watching, hiking, kayaking, wine tasting and getting out on the river in a boat. The Coorong, where the Murray meets the sea, is an important sanctuary for native animals. The vast network of lakes and waterways is ideal for fishing and canoeing. There are plenty of ways to explore the Murray. Charter your own houseboat or take an extended cruise. See exotic wildlife in the open range sanctuary of Monarto Zoo, search for rare antiques in historic towns or go bushwalking, birdwatching or four-wheel driving through Ngarkat Conservation Park. The Murray River is the ideal place to relax and recharge your batteries. For more information call 1800 442 784 or click here.
To the north of the Adelaide Hills lies the Barossa, renowned for its food and wine, cultural experiences and easy-going lifestyle. Visitors will be able to sample wine at some of Australia’s best-known wineries, such as Wolf Blass, Jacob’s Creek and Penfolds, or meet winemakers at small, family-owned producers scattered across the Barossa’s many sub-regions. Many wineries serve excellent modern cuisine at their cellar doors. Energetic types will find plenty to keep themselves amused. Explore the number of important parks and reserves or the hiking and cycling tracks, including the Heysen Trail and Mawson Trail. The newly opened Jack Bobridge Track is a gentle cycle path linking Gawler, Lyndoch and Tanunda. The Barossa offers a stunning range of accommodation, from motels to atmospheric stone cottages and exclusive luxury lodges. For more information call 1300 852 982 or click here.
Best known for the wine-rich McLaren Vale, Fleurieu Peninsula is one of South Australia’s best kept secrets, offering pristine national parks, stunning beaches, world-class cuisine and an amazing range of things to see. What’s more, it's on the doorstep of the Adelaide Hills – just 39 kilometres from Stirling to McLaren Vale. Offering four wine regions as well as markets, cafés, restaurants, art galleries and wilderness areas, the Fleurieu Peninsula will suit everyone from adventure seekers to food lovers and those travelling with young children. The seaside town of Victor Harbor is an ideal family destination. Hire sea kayaks and cruise the waters around the Bluff, visit the award-winning South Australian Whale Centre, take a Little penguin tour, dive the ex-HMAS Hobart, discover art and antiques at Strathalbyn or count kangaroos from a luxurious bush retreat in Deep Creek Conservation Park. For more information call 1800 628 410 or click here.
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