Hit the road with our three-day itinerary
Sip world-famous wine overlooking rolling hills and lush valleys on a three-day road trip through the Adelaide Hills. Taste some of Australia’s best cool-climate wines food, pluck produce straight from nature’s top shelf, meander through lush garden sanctuaries and fertile farms, and encounter abundant wildlife. Explore charming towns and let the afternoon linger at over 60 award-winning cellar doors with our three-day Adelaide Hills itinerary.
Make yourself at home in CABN
Immerse yourself in nature and wildlife just 30 minutes’ drive from Adelaide, making yourself at home at CABN. Surrounded by 180 acres of natural scrub and bushland, CABN is an off-grid tiny house where you can relax, rediscover and reconnect without the distraction of Wi-Fi. Explore the nearby conservation park with its walking trails, creeks, dams and breathtaking scenery. Your closest neighbours are kangaroos and koalas and your morning wake-up call is courtesy of kookaburras and magpies.
Mount Lofty Botanic Garden
Just over 15 minutes’ drive away from CABN lies the beautiful Mount Lofty Botanic Garden. Though jaw-dropping all year-round, the best time to roam the garden is during autumn, when canopies explode with vibrant yellows, reds and oranges. The Garden is split up into sections: stroll through Fern Gully, Rhododendron and Magnolia Grove or sit back and chill out by the lake. Just minutes away, you can get up close to koalas, kangaroos, wombats and a host of other Australian native animals at Cleland Wildlife Park.
MOUNT LOFTY RANGES VINEYARD
Once you’ve built up an appetite, a short but picturesque journey down tree-lined country roads will have you arriving at one of our favourite long-lunch spots. Perched high above the Adelaide Hills, you can enjoy lunch with a view at Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard. Offering an award-winning local food and wine experience, the intimate, rustic cellar door features panoramic views, a 360-degree central open fireplace for chillier months and stunning deck perfect for soaking up the sun with a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
Still thirsty? Discover some of Australia’s best cool climate drops with our guide to wineries and cellar doors in the Adelaide Hills.
Pick fruit straight from the source
Nothing compares to the taste of fruit plucked straight from the tree, and some of South Australia’s best produce awaits in orchards across the Adelaide Hills. Nestled just outside the tourist hot spot of Hahndorf, picking your own strawberries at Beerenberg Farm is a rite of passage during any trip to the Adelaide Hills, plus you can sample their famous jams, sauces and condiments direct from the farm shop. You’ll also find seasonal a pick-your-own cherry, apple, pear and fig orchards tucked all over the hills so take the pick of the crop with our guide to the best places to pick your own fruit in South Australia.
Woodside Cheese Wrights
The perfect accompaniment to your freshly picked fruit? Award-winning artisan cheese crafted with milk straight from the Adelaide Hills. From gooey to crumbly, creamy and sharp, Woodside Cheese Wrights create seasonal cheeses using locally sourced goat, cow and buffalo milk. Tastings are a must (calcium is important after all, right?) and you can even try your hand at the art of cheese making during a masterclass.
If you’re in need of a sweet treat afterwards, head next door and stock up on locally made chocolates at the Willy Wonka-worthy Melbas Chocolate Factory.
Wash down all that cheese at Lot 100, a haven for lovers of craft brews, ciders, wine and pizza. Bringing together the cellar doors for Adelaide Hills Cider, Mismatch Brewing, Vinteloper wines, Adelaide Hills Distillery, Ashton Valley Fresh juices and underpinned by an incredible restaurant, Lot 100 showcases the breadth of the Adelaide Hills craft beverage offering and is the perfect destination to kick back with friends. With Tom Bubner (Pizza e Mozzarella Bar, Chicken and Pig) and Shannon Fleming (ex-Orana Restaurant) in the kitchen, you’re guaranteed to be well fed, too. Embracing a paddock to plate ethos and with an emphasis on local produce, on the menu you’ll find pizza, pasta and more.
Visit the home of world-famous skin-care range Jurlique in the Adelaide Hills, just minutes from the bustling town of Mount Barker. The biodynamic Jurlique Farm, where many of the herbs, flowers and plants are grown for the brand’s natural skincare products, opens its doors to the public for a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn about the iconic brand. From seed to skin, see for yourself the nature and science behind the products, visiting the display garden, seed propagation area, biodynamic preparation area and herb drying area. Afterwards, explore the retail shop and stock up on all your skin care needs.
Step into Summertown Aristologist and enter a sunny haze of food and wine, served by a smooth-talking group chefs, bartenders and winemakers. Put simply, it’s some of the Adelaide Hills’ best food and drink, grown and prepared mostly on-site by a community of passionate local foodies.
South Australia boasts a thriving craft beer scene and Lobethal Bierhaus is a firm favourite with local hopheads. Sample their range of award-winning beers including eight regular beers on tap, plus seasonal and one-off creations. The brewery also serves pub-style meals with indoor and outdoor seating available. Afterwards, explore Lobethal. Here, you’ll find streets lined with heritage buildings, country roads meandering through vineyards, picturesque Golding Wines and the popular Lobethal Bakery. Check out our guide to some of the best microbreweries and craft brewers in South Australia for more hoppy-goodness.
Three days is just enough time to take-in the Adelaide Hills, but there’s so much more to explore. Check out our Adelaide Hills essentials below and extend your stay.