Strolling through the picturesque town of Hahndorf, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve landed in a quaint European village. As Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, Hahndorf houses many delightful cafes, providores and specialty stores within its charming, old-world architecture.
Hills & Hahndorf Tour Itinerary
1. Gumeracha Wildlife Park
Start the day with a breathtaking experience as you climb an iconic Australian landmark and get up close to the local wildlife.
Here we will visit The Big Rocking Horse in Gumeracha, one of Australias most iconic landmarks, where you will have the opportunity to climb right to the top. The location is also home to a lovely family of unique animals including kangaroos and wallabies that you can feed and interact with. On the property you can visit the working toy factory where they craft beautiful original wooden toys. There’s also a gift shop and cafe if you need a bit of a morning lift. The entire property is set in a beautiful and unique location, teeming with native flora and fauna, and of course there is the World’s Biggest Rocking Horse!
2. Melbas Chocolate Factory
Let out your inner child and enjoy sweets from days gone by at this iconic South Australian chocolatier and confectioner.
A long time favourite of locals and visitors to the Adelaide Hills, Melbas Chocolate factory is sure to delight. Located in an historical cheese factory the chocolatier also produces sweets and lollies that you may not have tasted since you were a young child. An absolutely delightful setting inside allows you to explore and taste at your own pace as you learn about the confectionary making processes or enjoy a morning coffee in there lovely little coffee shop.
3. Choose your own Adelaide Hills Adventure
Tour of the Cedars?
Visit the former residence of renown South Australian artist, Sir Hans Heysen and his family. Now a part of the national Trust this property is one of the best preserved historical homes in the country and a must see when visiting the Adelaide Hills. In addition to some 200 original works of art, this local landmark is surrounded by an enchanting cottage garden, filled with a range of exotic species, including the Himalayan Cedars which give the colonial villa its name. Here you will have the opportunity to tour the home and studios of both Hahns and Nora Heysen as well as explore the grounds and gardens.
Hahndorf Hill Winery Tasting?
Perched on a gentle hillside on the outskirts of Hahndorf and overlooking a valley filled with neat rows of vines, this local South Australian winery has been rated as one of the “Top 10” cellar doors in Australia by Wine Business Magazine. Find out why with a guided tasting of Austrian wines at their stunning cellar door.
4. Visit Historic Hahndorf
Immerse yourself in the rich history of Hahndorf’s picture-book main street with a unique trail map to guide you to the best spots.
A popular destination with visitors from all over, the Hahndorf main street is a quaint German village setting with well preserved 1840s architecture throughout. Each building has a story to tell and houses an intriguing selection of food, fashion and craftsmanship within. You’ll feel you’ve travelled to another place and time! On this section of the tour you will stroll along at your own pace, have the time to enjoy lunch from any number of fabulous locations and be allowed the time to take in all that this fantastic village has to offer.
5. Beerenberg Strawberry Farm
Enjoy the taste of your own freshly picked strawberries as well as an array of exciting jams and sauces.
Located just outside the main township of Hahndorf this 7th generation family farm will impress you with it’s huge variety and tantalising flavours. During the strawberry growing season you will have the chance to wander into the strawberry fields and pick your own fresh strawberries to take home, after you can also sample any of Beerenberg’s extensive range of jams, sauces, and condiments in their welcoming little farm shop. Although Beerenberg are know for their jams they have so much more to offer and many of their products you won’t find available anywhere else.
6. Nixon’s Old Windmill
Constructed in 1842 this dutch style windmill on the hill lies a few kms outside the township of Hahndorf.
As the only remaining windmill of it’s kind in South Australia, a visit to the old Nixon’s Mill is a great way to finish your day in the Adelaide Hills. Get up close to this important piece of history and learn about it’s demise as an operational mill. You will also get the chance to meet some of the interesting residents who now call the area home, like the camels, ostriches, Kangaroos and other Australian animals.
7. Mt Lofty
Take in the stunning afternoon views atop the Mount Lofty Summit, which stretch from the city skyline, to the coast and beyond.
The Mt lofty summit is the highest point in the city area and is a popular lookout for locals and tourists alike. At 716 meters it offers great views back toward Adelaide city and coast. At this stop you will learn about the discovery, naming, and significance of this important place. As our last stop of the day it’s also a great opportunity to pick up a gift, snap some photos and stretch your legs with a short stroll along one of the many walking trails.
- Morning pick up and evening drop off at central or North Adelaide and Hahndorf,
- Full day tour with expert commentary in a climate-controlled coach.
- Welcome pack with tour information and goodies.
Pick up locations for this tour are 7:30am in Hadndorf , 8:10am in North Adelaide, and 8:30am at Rundle Mall.