Hiking through peaceful pristine gardens, enjoying white wine on the deck and rounding up your friends for cider festivals – the hills sure are alive in summer.
It’s the season that gives autumn a run for its money, as people embrace the outdoor space they have. With lush rolling hills as the backdrop, the region attracts a summer calendar full of fun events for all ages.
More reasons to love the Adelaide Hills
The Tour Down Under: January 13-21
Part of Adelaide’s famous cycling festival, the Tour Down Under, is held in the Hills. Stage 2 goes from Unley to Stirling, through Lobethal and Hahndorf. Grab a chair, eski and watch the excitement race by. Our region boasts some of the best food and drink in the state, so get ready to eat your way through the day (just hop on your bike the next day to burn off that cheese and wine).
Crush Festival: January 26-28
White wine and the Hills go hand in hand. And there’s a whole weekend dedicated to celebrating these fine drops at the Crush Festival. Think sunshine, earthy music, families and groups of friends, regional produce and a whole lot of local wine. It’s a fusion of everything the Hills do well. Cool vibes, guaranteed.
Hike Mount Lofty
Walk to Mount Lofty Summit from Waterfall Gully. The panoramic views will be worth the sweat, don’t worry. Start early before that South Aussie sun gets too hot. If you’ve got time, wander the botanic garden and take in more famous hills views. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to a cute, artisan cafe in Stirling or Hahndorf for brunch.
Try boutique beer at Prancing Pony
While wine might be the drink of choice for many, it’s not the only option in the Hills. Trot on over to Prancing Pony, a craft brewery in Mount Barker. Enjoy small bites, burgers and regional tasting platters, then wash it down with the Amber Ale, Pale Ale, India Red Ale, Black Ale or Hopwork Orange. Their beers are award-winning.
Go chocolate crazy at Melba’s
Take a sunny Sunday drive to Lobethal and stop in at Melba’s Chocolate Factory. It’s been a favourite since the 1980’s. See how they create it, indulge a little and enjoy a fun day in this cute little town. You won’t run out of things to do in summer in the Adelaide Hills. The hard part will be picking what to do first.
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