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Situations like this current pandemic are tough reminders that you don't always have control over outside and significant influences on your life and business. This can significantly affect your mental health and wellbeing, translate to the rest of your work and impact on your family and friends. Check out some steps offered by Beyond Blue you can take to look after and manage your wellbeing during these challenging times. SA Health has a handy factsheet about the mental health impacts of COVID-19 including where to get support if you need it.

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March 2020


There has been heartache in the Adelaide Hills as we come to terms with the loss recent bushfires have caused in our community, and in many communities around Australia this summer.

Fortunately, most of our beautiful region was physically untouched by the Cudlee Creek fire on 20 December, and the experiences and places visitors love about our region are ready for you to enjoy.

With the information provided here you’ll be able to safely head to the Hills to visit old favourites, discover new gems and perhaps enjoy an event or two. The roads are open, the power is on, the wine is chilled, the charming main streets are unscathed and there are still so many of the beautiful lush green views we are famous for. The welcome you receive will be more heartfelt than ever.

Thank you for the outpouring of support and generosity our community has received. We are so grateful for your eagerness to assist us through donations, volunteering and buying Adelaide Hills produce and wine. Thanks also to those who continued to visit parts of the region not directly impacted.

All the directly impacted areas including Lobethal, Woodside, Lenswood, Charleston, Cudlee Creek, Gumeracha, Harrogate, Kenton Valley and Mount Torrens are safe and open for visitors.

Planning a trip to the Adelaide Hills this summer is one of the best (and most delicious) ways to help in our region’s recovery. It’s true that tourism will play a vital role in our region’s recovery through boosting the economy and supporting jobs and livelihoods. But it’s about more than your wallet. We also look forward to your smiles and company, which boost our spirits and strengthen our resolve to rebound and be even better and stronger than ever.

Businesses that weren't directly impacted will appreciate your custom too as businesses across the region were affected in a variety of ways (loss of trade and stock for example) and they all support the local economy - employing locals and purchasing produce and goods in the community. When you're in the Adelaide Hills we encourage you to support a wide variety of businesses as it's not just the tourism and hospitality sector feeling the pinch. Why not buy a magazine at a newsagent, fill your tank with petrol, pick up some meat at the butcher or have your hair cut? How about a round of golf in the Hills or catching a movie in Mount Barker?

Our thoughts continue to be with those who felt the full force of the bushfires in the Adelaide Hills and further afield. We extend our deep gratitude to the emergency services and countless volunteers for their tireless and often heroic efforts during the bushfire response and ongoing recovery.

The resilience of nature and our communities must be seen to be believed. There are already signs of rejuvenation and recovery throughout the affected areas and we’ll be sure to share these, along with our favourite summer experiences and event updates on Facebook and Instagram. Follow us at Visit Adelaide Hills and please tag us in any great images you snap while out and about enjoying the Hills in the coming months. We'd love it if you could use the following hashtags: #visitadelaidehills #returntothehills #BookThemOut

 

TRIP IDEAS

Planning a trip to support those businesses in and directly around the fire zone? Here are some suggestions:

See summer events (including bushfire fundraisers) and seasonal highlights >

The town of Lobethal was at the centre of the fires but thanks to the incredible efforts of the Country Fire Service and all those who fought the fires alongside them, the main street and town centre were saved. Businesses and residents were so disappointed that the Lights of Lobethal festival, one of our State's most loved Christmas traditions, just couldn't go ahead under the circumstances. There are so many things to do in and around Lobethal and the locals sure could use some moral support as they get back on their feet.

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Lobethal Bierhaus, Lobethal
(credit SA Tourism Commission / Adam Bruzzone)

In the main street of Lobethal, stop in for a beer tasting paddle or meal at Lobethal Bierhaus, enjoy more good food and wine at the brand new Hügel Wine Bar & Kitchen and stay at 1965 Lobethal B&B where you can step back in time, put on a record and celebrate all things retro and vintage.

Retro themed living room of 1965 Lobethal B&B in Lobethal, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

1965 Lobethal B&B
(credit 1965 Lobethal B&B)

Bar and lounge area at Hugel Wine Bar & Kitchen, Lobethal, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Hügel Wine Bar & Kitchen, Lobethal
(credit Hügel Wine Bar & Kitchen)

Emma & Ivy is a beautiful spot for breakfast or coffee (home decor and giftware too), while Hunted Home & Vintage is a real treasure trove and Tracy Prior Creations is the place for hand crafted 'slow fashion'. Head to The Lobethal Hotel or Rising Sun Hotel for a pub meal or have a bite to eat at Lobethal Bakery or the quirky Amberlight Café. Fabrik Arts and Heritage Hub in the Old Woollen Mill is currently a local recovery centre but follow their social media for exhibitions and events. Golding Wines is a Lobethal highlight just out of town where, despite some vineyard losses, their cellar door, terraced area and garden are as beautiful as ever. Many people know Udder Delights cheeses and love visiting their cafe and cheese cellar in Hahndorf. Their production facility is in Lobethal and they lost a great deal of stock due to loss of refrigeration - pick some up next time you're at the shops or in Hahndorf to support this great business that employs many locals. Please note that Lobethal Bushland Park sustained significant damage from the fire and is closed until further notice.

Golding Wines, Lobethal

Golding Wines, Lobethal
(credit Golding Wines)

Large living room with couch and picture windows with vineyard views, Simon Tolley Lodge, Woodside, Adelaide Hills

Simon Tolley Lodge, Woodside
(credit Simon Tolley Lodge)

The township of Woodside is on the edge of the fire area and is the first place you'll start to see the fire scar if you are coming off the South Eastern Freeway via Verdun, Balhannah and Oakbank. Again, the main street and most areas immediately around were thankfully saved so this area remains a highlight for visitors.

Head to Woodside for some of the region’s most iconic food and wine experiences. Fill an esky with treats at Melba’s Chocolates & Confectionery and Woodside Cheese Wrights before enjoying wine and food and stocking your cellar at Bird in Hand (and The Gallery Restaurant), Artwine, Petaluma and Barristers Block who suffered significant vineyard damage but saved their fabulous cellar door, lawns, lush garden and accommodation (Vigneron Villa). Simon Tolley lost the majority of his vineyard but the luxurious accommodation Simon Tolley Lodge was saved and would make a superb base for exploring. Adelaide Hills Escape is another great accommodation option close to the wineries while Shetland Cottage & Studio is close to the attractions in the main street. Satisfy your appetite at one of Woodside’s pubs (The Bedford Hotel and Woodside Hotel) or bakeries (Lobethal Bakery and Lovells Bakery). There are plenty of cafes to choose from - try Woodside Providore, Avalon of Woodside or Chase Chocolate Notes. Allow time to browse the shops including some brilliant vintage, retro and antique shops. Please call in to Adaminca Alpacas 'Farm to Fashion' shop as all sales of their yarn and handmade garments will go towards building their Alpaca farm that was razed in the fires. The Woodside Market is held on the third Saturday morning of the month featuring a wide variety of goods, including fresh, locally grown produce, home baked cakes, bread and pastries, arts and crafts, plants, second hand items, books and more.

Cutting Turkish Delight at Melba's Chocolates and Confectionery factory in Woodside, South Australia
Production of Turkish Delight, Melba's Chocolates and Confectionery, Woodside
(credit Melba's Chocolates and Confectionery)

Tasting cheese at Woodside Cheese Wrights, Woodside, Adelaide Hills in South Australia

Cheese Tasting, Woodside Cheese Wrights, Woodside
(credit SA Tourism Commission / Mike Haines)

Barristers Block winery cellar door and gardens in Woodside, Adelaide Hills

Barristers Block Winery Cellar Door, Woodside
(credit Barristers Block)

In Lenswood, Anderson Hill was hard hit but their cellar door and restaurant (famed for wood oven pizza) is as enticing as ever despite their expansive views being a bit ‘charred around the edges’. Don’t forget Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard and Pike & Joyce for some of the most spectacular settings in the Hills and excellent food and wine. Vinteloper’s vineyard in this area was lost but the good news is you can support their re-establishment by purchasing their wine online or stocking up at drinks collective and restaurant Lot 100 in Hay Valley (between Woodside and Nairne). Tilbrook Estate winery, vineyard and cellar door between Lobethal and Lenswood lost their winery, almost all their stock and much of their vineyard but their quirky 'cellar door in a shipping container' and framework for a new eco cellar door survived the fire. They have reopened and launched their new label called HOPE! which reflects the first step on their road to recovery - stay tuned to their Facebook page for details and weekend opening times. If you'd like to stay in this area try rustic 1890's cottage Ode to the Orchard with its gorgeous outdoor bath with a view or modern home for up to 12 Fox Holes.

Wine tasting at Anderson Hill winery cellar door in Lenswood, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Anderson Hill Winery Cellar Door, Lenswood
(credit Adelaide Hills Wine Region)

Aerial View of Pike & Joyce winery cellar door and vineyard, Lenswood, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Pike & Joyce Winery Cellar Door and Restaurant, Lenswood
(credit SA Tourism Commission / Isaac Forman - Serio)

Outdoor bath at Ode to the Orchard B&B, Lenswood, Adelaide Hills

Ode to the Orchard B&B, Lenswood
(credit Ode to the Orchard)

Head to tiny but lovely Charleston for a meal at the Charleston Hotel with a shady outside dining area out the back, and indulge in some retail therapy at one of our favourite Hills shopping spots Pony where you will find funky homewares, gifts and clothing for the design savvy family.

Pony (retail shop) in Charleston with homewares and giftware on display, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Pony - Destination Lifestyle Store, Charleston
(credit That Pony Shop - Facebook)

Sadly parts of Mount Crawford Forest sustained damage from the fires so please note that the Cudlee Creek / Fox Creek mountain bike trails are closed until further notice.

Historic Mount Torrens is home to the beautifully rustic and intimate Lobethal Road Wines which had a very close call. Relax in the courtyard setting overlooking the vineyard and enjoy their excellent regional platters and elegant cool-climate wines. The town is home to one of the stone sculptures that forms the Hills Sculpture Trail and is situated at one end of the17-kilometre Amy Gillett Bikeway which is a bitumen track running to Oakbank popular with leisure cyclists, walkers and horse riders. If you fancy an overnight stay, try gorgeous Sinkinson House right in the township (currently accommodating a family that lost their home but one to consider for the future!), Rabbiter's Hut for a restored rural cottage escape or Bella Vista Farm House for views as good as the name suggests!

Lobethal Road winery cellar door, Mount Torrens, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Lobethal Road Winery Cellar Door, Mount Torrens
(credit Lobethal Road)

All the winery cellar doors and attractions in the Northern Adelaide Hills are open and welcoming visitors. In fact, the fire thankfully did not reach the townships of Cudlee Creek, Paracombe, Houghton, Inglewood, Kersbrook, Gumeracha, Birdwood or Mount Pleasant. This means most of the much-loved attractions in this area were not directly impacted, including Gorge Wildlife Park at Cudlee Creek, The Big Rocking Horse and The Toy Factory at Gumeracha, and National Motor Museum at Birdwood. If you were to drive from the north-eastern suburbs of Adelaide up to the Hills via North East Road, Lower North East Road or Gorge Road then along Torrens Valley Road you may not even see evidence of the fire. But make no mistake, the businesses and good folk right on the northern flank of the fire have been suffering and would appreciate more visitors.

In addition to Gorge Wildlife Park where cuddling koalas is just one of the highlights, Cudlee Creek is home to the The Cudlee Cafe and Cudlee Creek Restaurant, Tavern and Caravan Park.

Lady holding a koala at Gorge Wildlife Park, Cudlee Creek, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Gorge Wildlife Park
(credit Gorge Wildlife Park)

In the main street of Gumeracha you'll find excellent food and coffee at The Good Pantry or enjoy a pub meal at the Gumeracha Hotel. If pizzas or burgers are your weakness head to Papa Sam's. Drop in at The Coach House Studio for quality arts, crafts, gifts and homewares and check out the brand new Peregrine Store that is full of beautiful things and is set to become a favourite for homewares and decor, gifts, books and quality traditional games and toys. Stock up on beautiful fresh and organic local produce at The Green Shed (also home of Protero Wines) just out of town and perhaps enjoy a picnic in Federation Park by the banks of the river. Nearby winery cellar doors include Mt Bera Vineyards including restaurant and accommodation (Vineyard Cottage B&B) and Talunga Estate which also has dining. At the Old Gumeracha Cold Store you'll find hip Applewood Distillery where you can enjoy their gin and other small-batch spirits as well as Unico Zelo wines, while just down the road historic Randells Mill has a self-contained loft apartment which might just be the perfect place to rest your head. The Big Rocking Horse and The Toy Factory is a perennial favourite with families, with cafe, wooden toys and puzzles and wildlife park.

The Big Rocking Horse, Gumeracha, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

The Big Rocking Horse, Gumeracha
(credit Caty Malo)

Bottles of Applewood Distillery spirits, Gumeracha, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Applewood Distillery, Gumeracha
(credit Applewood Distillery)

In Birdwood the National Motor Museum tells the story of Australia's love affair with motoring and be sure to head just up the road to check out Top of the Torrens Gallery for a fabulous array of unique and quality pieces, and Treasures on Torrens for vintage wares and collectables. There is the Birdwood Motel right next door to the museum, and plenty of dining options including the pub, bakery and cafe. Just out of town, try MC&K on Mylkappa Road for great food and wine.

Houghton is home to historic Glen Ewin Estate which has a bistro, regional cellar door and fig picking in February and March (season officially starting mid February - keep an eye on their Facebook page).

Figs at Glen Ewin Estate, Houghton, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Fig Picking, Glen Ewin Estate, Houghton
(credit Glen Ewin Estate)

Other favourites in the Northern Adelaide Hills include:

  • Inglewood Inn, Inglewood - fantastic pub for meals, 1857 Distillery Bar and even a gin and chocolate paddle, pairing three local gins and their garnish with matched luxury chocolate.
  • Paracombe Premium Perry, Paracombe - enjoy apple and pear cider (that's perry!) along with wood oven pizzas right alongside the orchards
  • Kersbrook Hill Wine & Cider, Kersbrook - drop by for small batch wines and premium basket pressed apple cider, stay on for coffee and food too!
  • Mount Pleasant for the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market every Saturday morning (8am-noon), and Elysian Springs for a family friendly winery cellar door with design your own picnic hampers to tempt your tastebuds

Outdoor dining at Paracombe Premium Perry in Paracombe, Adelaide Hills

Paracombe Premium Perry, Paracombe
(credit Paracombe Premium Perry)

Three local gins matched with chocolates, Inglewood Inn, Inglewood, Adelaide Hills

Gin and Chocolate Matching at Inglewood Inn, Inglewood
(credit Inglewood Inn)

Front facade of the historic stone pub, Inglewood Inn, Adelaide Hills

Historic Inglewood Inn, Inglewood
(credit Inglewood Inn)

HOW YOU CAN HELP

If you'd like to help people directly impacted by the fire, consider a donation to the State Emergency Relief Fund or St Vincent de Paul's SA Bushfire Appeal. To help care for the wildlife injured by the fire options include donating to Adelaide and Hills Koala Rescue or Adelaide Koala and Wildlife Hospital. To help re-establish habitat, particularly for threatened or vulnerable species, you can donate to the Wildlife Recovery Fund - a partnership between National Parks & Wildlife Service SA and Nature Foundation SA. Other great ways to help the Hills community include visiting the region or purchasing Adelaide Hills produce including wine from many of the impacted growers and producers. If you love a drop of Adelaide Hills wine you might like to contribute to the local wine industry's appeal that will help with recovery efforts.

 

KEEPING YOU SAFE AND INFORMED

Road Access
All roads have reopened since the fire however if you’re travelling within the fire area we suggest you monitor closures via the Traffic SA website (www.traffic.sa.gov.au) as some roads may occasionally be closed for clean-up activities. Please take extra care due to the risk of fallen branches and trees, wandering stock and damaged road signage.


Remain Vigilant
Be alert to changing conditions and monitor current incidents, warnings, fire danger ratings and fire bans for the Mount Lofty Ranges District through the Country Fire Service website (cfs.sa.gov.au), Facebook page (@CountryFireService), Twitter account (@CFSAlerts) Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361 (TTY 13 36 77) or on local radio (emergency broadcasts on ABC Adelaide 891 AM).

Visitor Tips
For the privacy and wellbeing of residents please keep to the main roads and be sensitive to people’s loss particularly by not entering damaged properties or taking photos. Please avoid areas where firefighters or recovery crews are active to ensure they can perform their duties without distraction. Please note some tourism businesses close on days of catastrophic fire danger rating.

More bushfire information...

Push Adventures at Cleland Wildlife Park (Crafers, Adelaide Hills) - Inclusive and Accessible Tourism

Cleland Wildlife Park, Crafers (credit: Push Adventures)

 

In the Adelaide Hills we want everyone to have the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful region, so we welcome people of all ages and physical abilities, and encourage visitor diversity by looking at ways we can support and promote inclusive experiences.

By providing the following information we aim to help people with a diverse range of ages and abilities plan their visit and improve the experience – from families with a pram and older travellers, to visitors with a temporary injury, chronic illness or disability.

Many tourism operators embrace inclusive or accessible travel experiences so here we provide information about visiting some key attractions and accommodation, with tips about parking and drop off points, accessible toilets, ramps, lifts, incline of paths, number of steps, mobility equipment available on-site, acceptance of companion cards and so on.

If you have feedback about an inclusive tourism experience in the Adelaide Hills or would like to see a business included here please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Information developed in collaboration with Push Adventures, experts in inclusive tourism.

 

ATTRACTIONS

 

Cleland Wildlife Park, Crafers

Reptile Experience, Cleland Wildlife Park, Crafers, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Reptile Experience, Cleland Wildlife Park

Holding a koala and feeding kangaroos are just two of the memorable native wildlife experiences at Cleland Wildlife Park, nestled within the beautiful Cleland Conservation Park just 20 minutes from Adelaide CBD. This is a great facility for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.  You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and immerse yourself in natural bush environment, engage with and discover a huge variety of native wildlife. 

  • There are accessible bathroom facilities and parents' room at the entrance, next to the café and gift shop
  • Prams and wheelchairs are available for hire
  • Both the café and interpretive centre are step free, spacious and easy to navigate
  • Entry tickets and some animal experiences including reptile holds can be booked online or purchased on arrival (koala holds are on a first come first served basis and can't be booked in advance apart from private sessions)
  • There is plenty of parking and multiple accessible car parks located close to the entrance 
  • A fantastic, detailed access information map can be downloaded here, outlining facilities, distances and terrain information

 

Mount Lofty Summit, Crafers

 Mount Lofty Summit, Crafers, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Mount Lofty Summit, Crafers

Mount Lofty Summit is located 15 kilometres east of Adelaide and provides spectacular panoramic views across Adelaide's city skyline to the coast. Each year more than 350,000 people visit the peak which is within the Cleland Conservation Park and sits more than 710 metres above sea level.  Onsite you’ll find an outdoor viewing area, gift shop, visitor information, and The Summit restaurant, cafe and function centre.  The café and shop/visitor information outlet are open seven days a week however during winter, café closing hours may fluctuate due to weather conditions so please phone beforehand if you are unsure. 

  • There is plenty of paid parking onsite with two accessible parks approximately 50 metres from the entrance
  • The main facilities including gift shop and café, plus surrounding lookout are all accessible via ramps and sealed pathways, with accessible bathroom facilities
  • Mount Lofty Summit is a popular spot to access an extensive network of walking trails throughout the hills.  There are trails to suit a variety of abilities so chat to the team at the visitor information outlet for more information. 
  • There is a short, leisurely stroll around the summit - note that all trails from Mount Lofty summit are accessed via stairs only

 

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, Crafers

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, Crafers, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, Crafers (credit: Grant Nowell)

The Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is set on 97 hectares in the picturesque Piccadilly Valley - a cool-climate Eden with extensive collections of Rhododendrons, Camellias and Magnolias.  Entrance is free, with paid metred parking. The garden provides a network of walking trails and attracts a wide variety of animals and birdlife. Located a 25 minute drive from the Adelaide CBD, this is a beautiful spot to explore, pack a picnic and enjoy a leisurely stroll.

  • There are two entrances - Summit Road, Crafers (Upper Entrance) or Lampert Road, Piccadilly (Lower Entrance). For those with access needs the lower entrance is preferable, with plenty of accessible parking, bathroom facilities and direct access to the one-kilometre Lakeside Trail which has been designed with universal access in mind. The pathways are wide and flat, and you’ll find various sculptures dotted along the path with information related to each piece translated and embossed in braille. 
  • The park is generally open all year round but closed on days when the fire danger rating is severe, extreme or catastrophic - check the website for more information
  • Free guided walks depart from the lower car park at the end of Lampert Road every Thursday at 10:30am

 

Township of Hahndorf

Hahndorf Main Street, Adelaide Hills

Hahndorf Main Street

Hahndorf is a contemporary artisan village just half an hour from Adelaide, proud of its German heritage still visible in its traditional streetscape. Stroll the tree-lined main street (approximately one kilometre) and discover shops, galleries and studios, a cheese maker, leather smith, candlemakers, craft brewery, boutique winery cellar doors, chocolatier, restaurants, pubs, cafés and Hahndorf Academy, which is a regional centre for heritage and the arts.

  • The footpaths are generally flat and paved with ample street seating along the way
  • There are multiple zebra crossings, making it easier to cross the road safely
  • Although some of the historic building have stepped entry, many have ramp access too, including Udder Delights
  • Accessible toilets can be found in most dining venues, with public facilities at Pioneer Park, Alec Johnston Park and Hahndorf Academy/Visitor Information Centre
  • Parking can be a challenge, so it can be easiest to decide where to have a meal and use the off-street carpark for the particular venue. Street parking is limited and means passengers must disembark onto the main road. An accessible carpark is available behind the Hahndorf Inn/Arcobrau Brauhaus and Alec Johnston Park. There is a large carpark on the left at the Adelaide end of the main street as you enter Hahndorf rom the city, but for the less mobile consider getting dropped off in the centre and having the driver park the car.

More information: Hahndorf Business & Tourism Association

 

Beerenberg Farm, Hahndorf

 Strawberry Picking at Beerenberg Farm, Hahndorf, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Strawberry Picking - Beerenberg Farm, Hahndorf

One of Australia's oldest family-owned jam, condiment and sauce producers, Beerenberg has an impressive Farm Shop and picturesque strawberry patches where visitors pick their own strawberries in season (November to April). Located at the eastern end of the main street of Hahndorf, Beerenberg is easy to find and has plenty of parking. There are several patches and they are open at different times depending on visitor numbers on the day and which patch is offering the most abundant ripe fruit.

  • Access to the patch may be a reasonable distance from the shop, via a long gravel path, or sloping, uneven ground, which can be a challenge for those who use mobility aids or are unsteady on their feet
  • There are basic bathroom facilities onsite and an undercover picnic area if you are looking for a spot to sit, both accessed directly from the carpark
  • Always check the website to see if the strawberry patch is open for picking and don’t miss the Farm Shop for a delicious Berryberg Swirl ice-cream and to stock up on products all made with great love onsite, in their farm kitchen - see the picking page for more information about cost and opening times
  • Beerenberg is a top family hotspot and can get busy during weekends and school holidays (especially in strawberry season) - visit midweek to avoid the crowds

 

Udder Delights Cheese Cellar, Hahndorf

Udder Delights, Hahndorf, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Udder Delights, Hahndorf

Udder Delights creates a wonderful range of handmade artisan cheeses in the Adelaide Hills.  Located at the beginning of Hahndorf's Main Street (end closest to the freeway), their shop and café offers produce tastings and sales, and light meals - highlights include high tea and cheese fondue!  Cheese making classes are also available. The cheeses are lovingly crafted in nearby Lobethal but unfortunately the factory is not open to visitors.

  • There is a small set of steps (5) to the front entrance however there is also ramp access alongside
  • The shop itself is small but there is café seating available outside and in the cellar which is accessed down a set of stairs
  • The shop and café can get busy so if you’re stopping for meal it might be a good idea to book ahead
  • There are standard bathroom facilities onsite
  • Parking in Hahndorf can be tricky and is mainly street parking, however when arriving from the freeway just before Udder Delights on the opposite side of the road is a public carpark which is a good base if you are up for a decent stroll of the main street which runs for about one kilometre

 

National Motor Museum, Birdwood

National Motor Museum, Birdwood, Adelaide Hills

National Motor Museum, Birdwood

Located in the main street of Birdwood in the Adelaide Hills, just under an hour's drive from the centre of Adelaide is Australia’s largest motoring collection. The National Motor Museum is open every day from 10-5pm except Christmas Day and hosts major events such as the Bay to Birdwood in September and Rock and Roll Rendezvous in April, both attracting large crowds.

  • There is ample parking and easy access to the museum via the main entrance through automatic doors
  • Surrounding grounds feature grassed areas with BBQ and picnic facilities accessed via paved pathways
  • There are accessible and family friendly amenities available including wheelchair hire and a hearing loop
  • Check the website for major events and exhibitions, and keep in mind that school groups visit the museum so call ahead if you are keen to avoid crowds

 

Gorge Wildlife Park, Cudlee Creek

 Koala Holding, Gorge Wildlife Park, Cudlee Creek, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Koala Holding - Gorge Wildlife Park, Cudlee Creek

Gorge Wildlife Park is in a hilly, rural setting a 40-minute drive from the Adelaide CBD and open every day 9am to 5pm except Christmas Day. The 14-acre property contains Australian native animals such as koalas, kangaroos and wombats, plus exotic species including monkeys, alligators, meerkats, otters and more. The park also features a vast range of birds, from Superb Fairy-wrens to ostriches. Koala holding sessions are held daily.

  • The main carpark directly out the front of the entrance is a sloping area with a gravel surface.  There are two accessible parks here and you can utilise this space as a drop off point also. If you prefer, you can park across the road in a spacious gravel parking area and walk the short distance to the park.
  • There is one wheelchair and one pram available free of charge, which can be borrowed from the front desk, and the Companion Card is accepted
  • The park itself is a mixture of sloping, compacted dirt and gravel surfaces and terrain is uneven in parts, so good walking shoes are recommended
  • Given the hilly nature of the park, if you have limited mobility and only intend on sitting and enjoying the view, you may be able to enter at no charge - check at reception on arrival. The recommended route would be to head directly down the middle of the park from the reception area, straight to the lawn feeding area where you can sit and interact with the wallabies and kangaroos (feed can be purchased from reception).
  • There are free BBQ facilities available and you are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy the surrounds.  Limited food and drinks are available in the kiosk.

 

Melba's Chocolates and Confectionery Factory, Woodside

Melba's Chocolate Factory, Woodside, Adelaide Hills 

Melba's Chocolates and Confectionery, Woodside

Melba’s Chocolates and Confectionery started in March 1981 in Adelaide, moving to its current site at the former Woodside Farmers Union Factory in 1990.  Melba's lovingly uses heritage chocolate and confectionery making machinery, allowing visitors to see traditional techniques.  The factory and coffee shop are open every day 9am to 4.30pm except Christmas and Boxing Day, and entry is free. The shop itself is spacious to move around and you’ll find rows and rows of delicious chocolates and sweets.  There is often work going on in the factory, however this is on an ad hoc basis.

  • Stop for a coffee and a snack at the café where there is limited seating inside but also a few tables and chairs outside.  Unfortunately the shop does not take bookings or reserve tables. 
  • There is ramp access should you need it and accessible bathroom facilities onsite
  • Melba’s welcomes around 2,500 visitors a week, with weekends being the busiest - visit early morning mid-week to avoid the crowds
  • There is a ‘drop off’ only space directly out front of the entrance, otherwise parking is around the back in a spacious, gravel parking area.  You could chance your luck and park up at Woodside Cheese Wrights if you’re looking to park closer -  there is direct ramp access to Melba’s entrance from there.
  • If you are visiting with large mobility equipment, wheelchair or pram, there is an alternate entrance which can be arranged by contacting Melba’s prior to arrival

 

Township of Stirling

Stirling's Main Street, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

The garden village of Stirling (credit: Daren Clements)

Explore the tree-lined main street of Stirling, with its beautiful lush gardens, the hip and historic Stirling Hotel, Red Cacao chocolatier, cafés and restaurants, much-loved Steamroller Park playground, clothing boutiques, homewares, gift and book shops. Locals and visitors alike flock to the Stirling Market on the fourth Sunday of every month (third in December) and Stirling Laneways for pop-up stalls and entertainment on the same day (September to April only). Stirling is home to Sticky Rice Cooking School and Villas, and Woorabinda Lake and Bushland Reserves.

  • On market and Laneways days, the bustling crowd can make it a challenge to follow a predetermined path through the lanes and side-streets
  • Stirling's main street has sealed footpaths and pedestrian crossings to help manage people traffic, however the street is undulating and could be a challenge for some. Don’t be in a hurry, enjoy the village atmosphere, and discover many hidden gems down side streets and laneways - plan to explore!
  • There is plenty of street parking along the main road however accessible parking is pot luck on market days.  Be prepared to do a drop off for visitors who aren’t readily mobile. There is a large, flat and spacious carpark behind the ANZ building.
  • Accessible bathrooms are available at both ends of the street, in Steamroller Park and in the Council Library facility

 

ACCOMMODATION

 

Hahndorf Resort Tourist Park, Hahndorf

 

Hahndorf Resort Aerial, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Hahndorf Resort Tourist Park, Hahndorf

The award-winning Hahndorf Resort offers modern, quality accommodation, spacious caravan and camping sites, diverse onsite activities, a modern bistro, plus function and event venues including the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre.  Located just as you enter into Hahndorf from the freeway, across from the popular Hahndorf Fruit & Veg Market, the resort offers 1 or 2-bedroom limited mobility units designed specifically for people with access needs. 

Limited Mobility bathroom in self-contained unit at Hahndorf Resort, Hahndorf, Adleaide Hills, South Australia

Bathroom in Limited Mobility Self-contained Unit - Hahndorf Resort

  • Cabins have ramped, step free access, spacious open plan living areas and bedrooms plus large accessible bathrooms with roll in showers and grab rails should you need the extra room and features. 
  • There are accessible bathrooms and car parking at the main office, bistro and convention centre.
  • The surrounding grounds have well sealed and maintained roads and paths, however be aware that the tourist park is on the side of a hill. The 300 metre climb from turning off the main road to the Reception requires effort and you may require your own transport to get to your accommodation door step.

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