“There’s no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this.” – Unknown
There is many a thing to do in the beautiful Adelaide Hills.
From strolling quaint village streets, good food and great wine, to nature treks and sumptuous cheese platters with a picturesque view or hanging at local produce markets.
If you have taken time to relax and unwind at your stay at CABN, and now you are looking for a local adventure, we’ve picked a few of our personal favourites to get you started!
Where can you find a butcher, bakers and multiple candlestick makers? The answer: Hahndorf, South Australia. This German Village – which happens to be Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement town – is the perfect place to spend a day all year round. Handmade goods, local produce, unique shopping and wine… Could we ask for more?
Where: Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf
Open: Most stores are open business hours year round
The Seasonal Garden Cafe is a favourite organic, whole-food based cafes in the Adelaide Hills – in both Hahndorf and Stirling. The dishes on their constantly evolving menu showcase home-grown produce and food that can be enjoyed in their rustic cafe area. Along with delicious brunch options, they also have an extensive selection of raw cakes and snacks that are full of energy to keep you going on a day of adventures.
Where: 100 Main Street, Hahndorf or 3 Mount Barker Road, Stirling
Open: 7am-5pm daily
Fred is the perfect all-rounder for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Aldgate. It’s simple: fantastic service and quality, strong coffee all year round. Does it get much better?
Where: 220 Mount Barker Road, Aldgate Village
Open: Tuesday – Sunday 7.30am-4pm, plus Friday 6pm-9pm
The Crafers Hotel has recently had a makeover and offers an elegant, upmarket feel loved by locals and visitors alike. The restaurant offers pub classics such as a chicken parmigiana or salt and pepper squid, as well as a variety of French influenced dishes. If you are eating with a crowd or for a special occasion, one of the two set menus or the Rotisserie Platter are particularly appealing options.
Where: 8 Main Street, Crafers
Open: 8am-12am daily
Step inside to experience pure temptation. The Stirling Hotel is not just a Sip N Save bottle shop, but also patisserie heaven, and conveniently located alongside Romeo’s Foodland. And if you need to top up your gourmet supplies for your stay at CABN – we’re thinking French bread, pies, pastries, cheese, craft beers or boutique South Australian wine – then pop through to the Hotel’s Cellar.
Where: 52 Mount Barker Road, Stirling
Open: Cellars Sunday – Wednesday: 8am-8pm //Thursday – Saturday: 8am-9pm
Patisserie Monday – Friday: 7.30am-4.30pm // Saturday – Sunday: 8am-5pm
The Hahndorf Farm Barn is the perfect location for family activities. The whole family – young and old – will love playing with the adorable farm animals in the engaging atmosphere. With barbeque and picnic areas available, you’ll be able to make your entire day at the Hahndorf Farm Barn a lasting family memory.
Where: 2282 Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf
Open: 10am-4pm daily, except December 24-26.
The walk to Mount Lofty summit is notorious around South Australia as a must do for both fitness fanatics and nature lovers. Starting at Waterfall Gully the hike is a 3.9km return trek and can take anywhere from one to three hours depending on whether you want to run, walk or a bit of both. The view from the summit is awe-inspiring so be sure to take your camera with you.
Where: 185 Waterfall Gully Road, Mt Lofty
Open: 9am-5pm daily
The Adelaide Hills region has an awesome array of markets at different times of the year. Our favourites? The Stirling Market is open on the fourth Sunday of the month from 10am-4pm and features beautiful, handmade trinkets from local makers. The Stirling Laneways run monthly from September through April. Much like the Stirling Market, it’s a colourful world of handmade items, entertainment and food. In Hahndorf, the POP Market is on the second and third Sunday of the month at the Hahndorf Institute. If you’d like to find other markets like these, there’s a great list here.
If you have any suggestions on how to spend a day in the Adelaide Hills, add them in the comments below. Or if you’re looking for things to do at CABN during your stay without leaving the four tiny walls, read this.