The Adelaide Hills has four very distinct seasons, with each providing visitors another set of experiences and reasons to visit. Visitors and residents alike revel in the rhythm of the seasons and celebrate their transition.
Summer (December-February): Wealthy Adelaidians used to retreat from the heat of the plains to grand summer houses in the Adelaide Hills and today the region, which is generally at least a few degrees cooler than the Adelaide Plains, is still an attractive option in the warmer months. Whether you settle in for a couple of hours under a shady tree or at one of the many beer gardens, the Adelaide Hills is a true summer sanctuary. Altitude is the key to our climate. Mount Lofty is only a 25 minute drive from the centre of Adelaide, but the contrast in climate throughout much of summer has to be experienced to be believed. Summer is also a great time of year for picking your own fruit, with luscious strawberries and cherries in season.
Autumn (March – May): The region is well-known for its beauty in autumn, with many of its towns (most notably Stirling and Hahndorf) lined with spectacular deciduous trees. Mount Lofty Botanic Garden at Crafers also turns on a stunning display of autumn leaves and is the perfect place for kids - or just the young at heart -to frolic in the sea of colourful leaves - see the stunning video below. Many of the region’s most famous and prolific crops are harvested at this time of year with crisp apples, juicy pears and flavoursome figs the order of the day, with opportunities to pick straight from the tree.
Winter (June-August): Yes, it can get a bit nippy in the Adelaide Hills in winter, no doubt. But dreary it is not! Embrace the coolness by pulling out your winter woollies, leaving the grey of the city and suburbs behind and heading for the hills for lush green pastures and bushland, cosy B&Bs, hearty fare and open fires in pubs, velvety hot chocolates, rich mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and romantic morning mists. Don’t miss the Winter Reds Weekend event showcasing the region’s wineries on the last weekend in July, with cellar doors inviting visitors to come inside, share a roaring fire, rustic comfort food and a variety of warming reds.
Spring (September-November): Spring brings a profusion of colour in the Adelaide Hills, with the region’s glorious gardens at their prime. The deciduous trees that provide such spectacular autumn displays across the region now send out their brilliant green leaves, and the orchards feature fruit trees thick with blossom.