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Explore the Adelaide Hills' winding roads

Explore the Adelaide Hills with a self-drive itinerary

Select your favourite tunes, jump in the car and cruise through the Adelaide Hills. Buckle up for an unforgettable self-drive experience.

Buckle up and get ready to drive

Drive along winding roads, over gentle hills, past neatly planted vineyards, quaint towns and villages.  

All are barely 30 minutes' drive from Adelaide. The suggestions below will help to get you moving. Now just put the top down and enjoy the ride!  

Enjoying the view

Buckle up, hit the road and take in the scenery on a leisurely Adelaide Hills drive.

A feast for your eyes and appetite

Driving from Hahndorf to Birdwood via Woodside and Lobethal is a visual and culinary feast. There’s cheese, wine and beer to sample, chocolates to devour and orchards laden with fruit. Linger over a winery lunch or browse for antiques. Set aside enough time to reminisce about your first car at Birdwood’s National Motor Museum. 

Start with a coffee at Mount Lofty Summit and head to the picturesque Chain of Ponds. The roads on this route are stunning. It’s classic Hills’ motoring. Before you head off, enjoy panoramic views of Adelaide from the summit. On your driving trip, admire the region’s gardens, cuddle animals and take in the views over lunch, before arriving at Chain of Ponds. 

Weirs, wines and wetlands

The township of Chain of Ponds was demolished in the 1970s to protect water quality in the nearby reservoir. The five-star rated winery and its elegant world class wines were mercifully preserved.

Wetlands, trails and Hills’ history dominate the Mount Barker to Jupiter Creek drive. Teeming with wildlife, Mount Barker’s Laratinga Wetlands is one of Australia’s most successful artificial wetlands.  

Precious places

Take your bike and stop off for a ride through Kuitpo Forest before refuelling at a bakery. In Echunga, revisit Adelaide Hills’ gold rush days, with a walk along the Heritage Trail to Jupiter Creek Goldmine.

Enjoy the winding roads from the garden village of Stirling, to historic Hahndorf before indulging in lunch on the deck at the stunning Bridgewater Mill.

The Adelaide Hills is also featured in two self drive itineraries - Best of Adelaide and surrounds and the Great South Australia Wine and Food drive. Why not try them both? A drive through the Adelaide Hills is all about life’s simple pleasures.

Flinders Ranges and Outback - an unforgettable experience

Memories of the rugged land will stay for you forever. At Rawnsley Park Station, Prairie Hotel and Wilpena Pound Resort, watch the sun change colour as it bakes the earth.

Adelaide Hills maps and brochures to plan your visit

Plan your trip to the Adelaide Hills with our brochures and maps. Find events, accommodation, tours, attractions, bars, restaurants and cafés.