The Hills are Alive.

Forest in fog

There is so much to see and do in the Adelaide Hills at this time of year. Start your trip early and you may encounter a foggy morning, spectacular in its eeriness. From Adelaide take the South Eastern Freeway and exit at the Hahndorf turnoff, turning left to meet up with the Onkaparinga Valley Road. The road will take you through the towns of Verdun, Balhannah, Oakbank and Woodside. Here you can stop at one of the many bakeries or cafes in the region for a fine coffee and a savoury or sweet treat.

My top tips of what to see are: Living by design in Balhannah, an iconic shop for locals looking for classic and sumptuous furniture, beautiful decorating pieces, kitchenware and stylish clothing. Then continue on a little further and you will find the The Olde Apple Shed where you can stock up on a variety of apples, juice, big hearty apple pies and more. In Oakbank there are wide open spaces and green farms that lend themselves to great photos.

Oakbank SA

Stop in at the old Johnston Brewery and pick up some old fashioned cordials (good old sarsaparilla) and enjoy some wine tasting.

Continue on to Woodside where you should park the car and get out for a stroll to appreciate all the second hand, Knick knack, antique (call them what you will) lovely and interesting shops. As well as more tempting cafes and bakeries to keep you going. Heading out of Woodside take the turn off to Melba’s chocolate factory where you’ll not only want to stock up on chocolates and lollies but you will also find in this heritage complex, the Woodside Cheese Wrights and Hommes Uniques, a very interesting gift shop that has plenty of ideas when buying gifts for men.

Hills vineyards

All of this and we haven’t started on the cellar doors to see! My pick for a combination of great wines, stunning cellar doors and friendly service would have to be: Bird in Hand winery, Artwine and Petaluma all in Woodside and all well worth the visit.

For caravan parks nearby try the Hahndorf Resort Tourist Park or the Mt Barker Caravan and Tourist Park. Both of these are located in larger towns that also have days’ worth of things to see and do.

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