The Adelaide Hills was one of the areas affected in the summer bushfires that hit South Australia. Like me, you’ve probably donated or helped out in some way to at least one of the charities or community services all helping the many areas affected in Australia. The way I like to really feel that I’ve helped out at a grass roots level has been to buy from the towns and businesses affected. A very easy thing to do either by visiting the places directly or buying online or looking for products when you shop.
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.
Stop in at the old Johnston Brewery and pick up some old fashioned cordials (good old sarsaparilla) and enjoy some wine tasting. Continue reading