Situated close to the city of Adelaide in the southern Mount Lofty Ranges, the scenic Adelaide Hills is a region endowed with unmatched natural splendor and an abundance of wildlife. Embark on a beautiful journey of exploration through the pristine countryside boasting lush green landscapes, wineries and conservation parks. As a renowned wine-producing region, Adelaide Hills is a perfect getaway destination if your idea of a holiday is exploring towns, sampling exquisite wines, feasting on culinary delights and catching a glimpse of the fascinating culture.
About Adelaide Hills
The abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables available in Adelaide Hills makes it one of the finest regions to savor fresh produce and enjoy a plethora of mouth-watering dishes including authentic Australian delights. From picking your own fruits including strawberries, apples, and pears to sampling different kinds of cheese and chocolates, there is something for all kinds of food connoisseurs. Try Pie Floater, a mouth-watering dishes, which is a combination of Australian style meat pie submerged in a bowl of thick pea soup. Blue boiler peas with tomato sauce form the base of the soup, which you can choose to garnish with salt, pepper, mint sauce and vinegar.
Adelaide Hills Weather
The weather in Adelaide is usually a mix of warm and dry summer and mild winters. The average temperature during the summer season hovers around of 29o C while in winters is ranges between 15 o C and 16 o C. In the warm months between December and February, it is good to visit this region due to its comparatively cooler temperature when compared to Adelaide. If you would like to pick your own fruits such as fresh strawberries and cherries, then summer is the best time to visit.
The autumn months between March and May treats you to a visual delight of streets in Hahndorf and Stirling lined with stunning deciduous trees while Mount Lofty Botanic Garden also enchants with a beautiful display of verdant greenery and autumn leaves.
The winter season between June and August is about enjoying the nip in the air amid the green woods and pastures.
Towns In Adelaide Hills
The towns of Adelaide Hills are perfect to explore the pristine countryside, enjoy local flavors, discover cultural treasures and bask in the warm and friendly atmosphere of a community lifestyle.
Discover the taste of Germany in Hahndorf, the oldest German settlement in Australia. Situated about 27km from Adelaide, this quaint town is known for its gourmet food stores and wineries. The German style pubs and bakeries will tempt you to try traditional German dishes. Pick fresh strawberries at Beerenberg Farm or meet the friendly animals at the Hahndorf Farm Barn.
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The charming village of Stirling located only 20 minutes from Adelaide, is one of the rapidly growing towns known for its organically grown fresh produce available at the Organic Market and Café. The pretty main street, also known as Mount Barker Road, is perfect for taking a stroll and admiring the magnificent oak trees and stately houses on both sides of the street.
Located about 15km from Adelaide, Crafers is one of the oldest towns and its main attraction is Adelaide’s highest peak, the Mount Lofty Summit situated at a short five minutes drive. Other significant attractions, which are a must visit for any nature lover are the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden boasting a vibrant collection of rhododendrons and deciduous trees and Cleland Wildlife Park.
Restaurants And Cafes Around Adelaide Hills
A significant number of restaurants, cafes, and pubs give you an option to choose from an extensive array of local delicacies. For those with a sweet tooth, trying Kitchener Bun is a must, which is more than a donut without a hole.
1. Restaurant Orana
Hailed as one of the World’s 50 best restaurants, Orana owned by the famous Australian chef, Jock Zonfrillo was awarded number one in the 2018 “Gourmet Traveller Food Award”. Literally meaning ‘Welcome’ in some aboriginal language, this beautiful timber style venue is limited to a 30-seat serving modern Australian menu in an elegant style. Pre-meal, you can enjoy a cocktail downstairs, at the sister restaurant Blackwood. The atmosphere here is intimate, more so than your standard romantic meal.
2. Lost In A Forest
Experience a sense of tranquillity and calmness in this aptly named restaurant Lost in a Forest. Enjoying a heritage location in Adelaide Hills, this restaurant invites you to relax, savor delicious locally grown wines and slices of gourmet pizza. The thick tall stained glass windows, wacky light fixtures, a spacious bar, and huge pizza oven add to the vibrant characters of this restaurant that exudes a touch of the Renaissance era.
3. Beerenberg Family Farm
The family-owned farm was founded in 1839, with headquarters in Hahndorf, South Australia. Their premises are of tourist attraction and famous for the production of jams, condiments, sauces, dressings, marmalades, and dessert toppings. These are made in small batches, using no added artificial colors, preservatives and flavorings with their traditional recipes. Not limited to jams, they also produce a range of over 50 other products.
Wedding Venues In Adelaide Hills
If you are planning a grand wedding, then this is the perfect venue. Here are a few places that you can choose for your wedding
1. Camelot Castle
Also called The Manor Basket Range, is a historic estate building, built in 1936, modeled on Warwick Castle. Located a short 25 minutes drive from Adelaide’s city center, this venue includes multiple indoor and outdoor event spaces. Camelot Castle is an ideal place to host a wedding or a grand party as it can accommodate up to 400 guests and offers plenty of parking space too. Many people refer to this superb location as a “Storybook Destination” because of its rich character and history.
2. The Bridgewater Mill
There are a number of venues that provide both indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions in Adelaide Hills. Boasting panoramic views, historic charm, and impeccable reviews, the Bridgewater Mill offers an idyllic setting for an intimate wedding ceremony. Capable of accommodating up to 140 guests, this place is an apt venue if you desire a truly romantic wedding.
3. Auchendarroch House
For a beautiful wedding in the countryside, there can’t be a more appropriate venue than Auchendarroch House, which is ideally positioned beneath heritage listed and age-old Oak Trees. Whether you prefer an intimate wedding with a small gathering of 20 or a grand celebration with up to 230 guests, this countryside house caters to every segment. Overlooking stunning views of the Lofty Ranges, this idyllic venue will surely impress and enthrall your guests with spectacular vistas.
With beautiful and romantic surroundings, picturesque and manicured gardens, this pristine region in South Australia, is the wedding venue of choice for many boasting so many photographic locations. A holiday in Australia in the winters is about getting into your woolens and enjoying open fires, visiting various wine cellars and relishing a cup of hot chocolate.
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