Straddling the city and its sprawling suburbs, the Adelaide Hills feel like a world away from the hustling metropolis below.

There is an old world charm about the Adelaide hinterland. The village of Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, and its timber framed German architecture and old brick cottages provides a charmful backdrop to the cafes, taverns and arts and crafts stores that line the main street.


Hahndorf (photo by Daryle Phillips, CC license)

The National Motor Museum in Birdwood holds Australia’s largest public collection of automobiles, including historical vehicles and race cars. Each year, the Bay to Birdwood procession from Glenelg to Birdwood sees a calvacade of historical vehicles drive from the seaside to the hills. It is the world’s largest classical motor event.

National Motor Museum

National Motor Museum, Birdwood (photo by Lightburn Zeta Sports, CC license)

For nature lovers, the Cleland Conservation Park and Belair National Park offer bushwalks and the spotting of abundant Australian wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies and emus and enclosed areas for koalas, dingos, birds and reptiles.

Choose from a variety of tours that take in the sights of the Adelaide hills.