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There's no better time to plan a visit to the Adelaide Hills! Even a bushfire can't keep us down. Come and visit us and we'll serve up good times and summer vibes at events, in the strawberry patch and shady fern gullies. 

 

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

 Strawberry Picking at Beerenberg Family Farm, Hahndorf
(credit SA Tourism Commission / Mike Haines)

SUMMER EVENTS

Santos Tour Down Under
16-26 January 2020
As the only UCI WorldTour Stage Race in the Southern Hemisphere, the Santos Tour Down Under has grown over the past twenty years to be one of Australia’s premier sporting events, taking the fastest men and women in the world through some of the most iconic regions of South Australia, including exciting and challenging stages in the Adelaide Hills.

Tour Down Under cycling race, Stirling, Adelaide Hills

Tour Down Under, Stirling
(credit Stirling Business Association / Darren Clements)

Crush Wine Weekend
24-26 January 2020
Discover what’s cool about the Adelaide Hills during Crush Festival, a sensory summer weekend of cool crisp wines, regional produce, earthy music, art and theatre. You’ll be soaking up the summer vibes at whichever of the 40 events you choose. 30 wineries and partner venues will be hosting experiences for everyone, from Shakespeare in the Vines to masterclasses and family friendly garden parties. Find a lush spot to settle in the shade and enjoy a sunset or dance amongst the gums.

Crush Wine Festival, Longview Vineyard, Macclesfield, Adelaide Hills

 Crush Wine Festival, Longview Vineyard, Macclesfield
(credit Adelaide Hills Wine Region)

Stirling Fringe, Stirling
21 February – 1 March 2020
Stirling Fringe in the Adelaide Hills is an incredible 10-day celebration of people coming together to savour the very best in Fringe-performance-art, great music, relaxed Adelaide Hills lifestyle, delicious local food, wine, beer & good times! Head to the Stirling Library Lawns for a world-class programme of comedy, cabaret, music and family entertainment featuring amazing local and international artists.

Stirling Finge, Stirling, Adelaide Hills

Stirling Fringe, StirlingTour Down Under, Stirling
(credit Stirling Businss Association)

'Thank You' Cudlee Creek Bushfire Benefit Concert, Birdwood

9 February 2020
Hosted on the grounds of the National Motor Museum in Birdwood, the Cudlee Creek Bushfire Benefit Concert is set to be a huge day of high profile performers and entertainment, and a showcase of Adelaide Hills produce with all proceeds going to the SA Bushfire Appeal. Entry is by generous donation with an epic program running from noon until 9pm.

Promotional artwork for the Thank You Cudlee Creek Bushfire Benefit Concert on 9 February 2020

Re:Gathered Market, Lobethal
8 & 9 February 2020
The Re:Gathered Fundraiser - Lobethal Bushfire Recovery Market will bring together local producers, makers and businesses at Fabrik Arts and Heritage Hub in Lobethal's historic Old Woollen Mill.

Promotional poster for ReGathered Market in Lobethal 8-9 February

 

Cleland Fundraiser for Wildlife
27 January 2020
Cleland Wildlife Park staff will host a fundraising event with 100% of all money raised going directly to the South Australian Wildlife Recovery Fund.
Head long for a fun day of music, entertainment from Mungo the Magpie, kids yoga, yummy treats galore and much much more. Kaurna representatives will be taking part, along with Professor Chris Daniels and a few sneaky special guests.

Kaola joey being cared for at Cleland Wildlife Park, Crafers, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Caring for a koala joey, Cleland Wildlife Park
(credit Cleland Wildlife Park)

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SUMMER FAVOURITES

Fruit Picking

Pick strawberries at Beerenberg Family Farm in Hahndorf until April, and figs at Glen Ewin Estate in Houghton in February and March (check their Facebook page for additional dates and special events). Although you can’t pick your own fruit, it’s worth visiting Green Valley Strawberries and Café just out of Nairne for their seasonal farm gate until May where you can also enjoy waffles, pancakes, scones and delicious strawberry milkshakes. Read more...


Fig Picking at Glen Ewine Estate, Houghton, Adelaide Hills

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

New Experiences

Sidewood Estate will be opening its impressive new cellar door on the outskirts of Hahndorf during the Crush Festival (24-26 January) while Saint & Scholar Wines have moved into Sidewood’s former location alongside Maximillian’s Restaurant in Verdun. If you’re feeling more active, hire an E-bike from Bike About in Hahndorf now available from The Manna by Haus and the Adelaide Hills Visitor Information Centre. Head to fabulous historic Inglewood Inn for a gin and chocolate paddle, pairing three local gins and their garnish with matched luxury chocolate.

People relaxing on a day bed at Sidewood Estate Cellar Door, Hahndorf, Adelaide Hills

One of the daybeds at Sidewood Estate Cellar Door, Hahndorf
(credit Sidewood Estate / Daniel Purvis)

Three local gins matched with garnishes and chocolates at Inglewood Inn, Inglewood, Adelaide Hills

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

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden 

Head to the cool glades and shady fern gullies of Mount Lofty Botanic Garden in Crafers. In January Hydrangeas cast blue, pink and lilac hues across the Woodland Garden. Daylilies can be seen throughout, and visit the delicate display of Echinacea, Rudbeckia, Penstemon and Agastache near the lower carpark. Please note that Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is closed on days when the fire danger rating is severe, extreme or catastrophic.

Walking in fern gully, Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, Crafers, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

 Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, Crafers
(credit SA Tourism Commission / Jake Wundersitz)

FILL AN ESKY AND HELP OUR PRODUCERS

Help local growers and producers by stocking your fridge, pantry, bar and cellar during your visit. Call in at roadside stalls, shed doors or markets including the Adelaide Hills Farmers Market (Saturday mornings in Mount Barker), Mount Pleasant Farmers Market (Saturday mornings) and Stirling Market and Laneways (fourth Sunday of the month). In Hahndorf you can support Udder Delights cheese cellar and café who lost stock at their Lobethal production facility as an indirect result of the fire, along with Buzz Honey, Beerenberg Farm, Chocolate @ No. 5, Ambleside Distillers, Gulf Brewery and Harris Smokehouse. Head to Woodside for chocolate and cheese at family favourite Melba's Chocolate and Confectionery and Woodside Cheese Wrights with some of the prettiest and innovative cheeses around.

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Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, Mount Pleasant, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, Mount Pleasant
(credit Mount Pleasant Farmers Market / Dave Hartley)

 

There is so much more to do in the Hills right now - tke a look at our trip ideas and tips on visiting the bushfire affected areas.

 

KEEPING YOU INFORMED AND SAFE

Read more about recent bushfire activity in the Adelaide Hills here.

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.