This is one caravan park that is very aptly named, it is all resort without the resort price that other parks sometimes charge. Hahndorf is only half an hour from Adelaide on the south eastern freeway and that is the direction I would urge people to come into the town from, with a caravan in tow. To come in from any other direction means driving through the main street of Hahndorf which takes nerves of steel, due to the narrowness of the road combined with parked cars on both sides of the road, continual flowing traffic and pedestrians crossing the road. Believe me I lived in this area for many many years and the popularity of this town is always like this, any time of the day, week and year.
Despite that, this is a must see destination in the Adelaide Hills and a terrific base to discover the local villages, wineries, food, arts and shopping. The caravan park is one of the most impressive in South Australia and very deserving of its 4 star rating and naming as the ‘Best Caravan Park and Holiday Park in Australia in 2019’.
To begin with is the ease of caravan sites, all of them have views of the surrounding countryside and quite a few are drive through. The views of the Mt Lofty ranges are stunning and in the crisp hills mornings you can see fog drifting through the valleys amongst the huge gum trees and autumn coloured trees. Hahndorf was also the birthplace of Hans Heysen, renowned Australian artist whose paintings reflect this countryside.
As well as huge impressive gum trees the park has all that you would expect and more, of a place calling itself a resort. There is an onsite restaurant, Three Gums Bistro, which you can walk to from your site, or a camp kitchen with unsurpassed views to enjoy when you dine outside. There is a swimming pool, bouncy pillow and a mini golf park. There are a number of lakes throughout the park and ducks and geese regularly pass through your site and settle in to welcome you to the hills.
The park also has cottages, units and resort rooms which are perfect for guests to stay in, if they aren’t caravanners or campers, as the resort also has a reception centre and function rooms which are popular with weddings and conferences.
There is a games room as well to keep kids, big and small entertained but with grounds that look like this, a deck chair and a book overlooking a lake looks like a better idea to me.
The town of Hahndorf is a bit of a hike from the caravan park so you may want to drive to a car parking area a little closer and then walk it. It is definitely worth it with so many shops, restaurants, cafes, art and craft outlets to see, but it is a long stretch to explore so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for many stops.