Adelaide Hills Towns
Many towns in the Adelaide Hills date back to the early days of European settlement. Norton Summit, founded in 1837, claims to be the region’s oldest.
Crafers is the gateway to the Adelaide Hills. It’s also just a short walk from Mount Lofty Summit and some spectacular views of Adelaide.
Hahndorf and Birdwood are iconic towns. Hahndorf has a rich German history, with 90 buildings dating back to the 1800s. Birdwood is home to the National Motor Museum and takes its name from Gallipoli commander, Sir William Birdwood.
Lobethal also has a German history but is best known for its spectacular Christmas lights. With more than 250,000 visitors, it’s the biggest Christmas lights display in the southern hemisphere.
Oakbank is the place to be at Easter, when the tiny Hills town hosts the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival. Speaking of horses, take your kids to Gumeracha and climb the world’s largest rocking horse!
A gardener’s delight
Stirling and Nairne are just two Adelaide Hills towns with stunning European-style gardens. Leafy Stirling is also a popular destination for visitors to the Santos Tour Down Under bike race.
Also in the Adelaide Hills is the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden. There are miles of nature walks and a pretty lake to lounge alongside.
Steeped in history
In the mid 1800s, Aldgate and Bridgewater were important stops for horse and bullock teams. Bridgewater’s heart is the magnificent Bridgewater Mill Petaluma Restaurant and waterwheel. Bridgewater Mill was built on the banks of Cock’s Creek, the town’s original name.
In Woodside, it’s all cheese and chocolate. Woodside Cheese Wrights and Melba’s Chocolate Factory are renowned produce makers. One taste and you’ll understand why. Balhannah and Littlehampton reflect their railway days, while in Echunga, it’s gold. Follow the Jupiter Creek Heritage Trail and discover Echunga’s gold rush story.
Macclesfield’s stone architecture and a weekly market give the town an old village feel. Meadows, like Oakbank, also springs to life at Easter for its fair but the bakery is worth a visit anytime.
Every Adelaide Hills town has a story to tell.
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