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Adelaide Hills Day 1

 Stirling, Botanic Gardens, Wine and Chocolate

 Dinner tonight is fabulous Japanese cuisine only 5 mins from the Villas

  Yuki in the Hills




  Adelaide Hills Day 2 

Cycling, Cheese, Wine and Gin

  Adelaide Hills Day 3
Wine, Cheese, Beer and Guided Tours




Here are some other articles on day trips in the Adelaide Hills. 

With South Australia’s Premier Steven Marshall announcing the state’s borders will open to the rest of country from next month, it’s time to check out what to see, where to stay and what to do in the state that’s home to the City of Churches.

But if you’re after an escape from city life, there’s really only one place to log into your GPS.

Just 25 minutes out of the Adelaide CBD is the Adelaide Hills where the hardest thing you’ll have to do is decide where to start and what you can fit in, so here’s a beginner’s guide to the region.

Where to start

I always like to start at the top – Mount Lofty Summit.

Here you can see Adelaide stretch out before you – all the way to the coast.


No trip to the Adelaide Hills is complete without a stop in Hahndorf.


No trip to the Adelaide Hills is complete without a stop in Hahndorf.Source:Supplied

During winter, getting cosy anywhere in front of a fire goes without question. But if you’re wanting to cuddle up to something other than your partner – head to Cleland Wildlife Park or Gorge Wildlife Park to meet some of the cute local koalas.

Where to stroll

The beauty of the Adelaide Hills is the ever changing food and wine scene. But between meals – and trust me, there will be a lot of them – there’s plenty of places to stretch your legs and work off lunch.

Start at Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, which offers a hillside amble through 97ha of manicured, rare and cool-climate plants. Entry is free as are guided walks every Thursday. You can set the pace with a leisurely walk around the lake or a strenuous hilly hike.

If you’re really keen … and I mean really keen … hike from Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty. Past First and Second Falls, there is a 3.9km serious uphill trek to the top. Thankfully, there is coffee at the summit and the views are some of the best in the region.

For something a little less strenuous, Hahndorf offers great walking tours that make for a great jaunt around town. If you’re feeling peckish, try the food and footwork combo with the Strudel and Stroll tour. Learn how to make strudel then, while it’s baking, walk the town with Sharon Pippos learning about its German history along the way.


Where to Stay

Sticky Rice Villas is award winning accommodation situated in picturesque Stirling in the heart of the Adelaide Hills Wine region with 50 cellar doors nearby.  

There are 3 unique villas to choose from; Yoko, Bali and Zen. Each one exclusive yet affordable and drawing architectural inspiration from luxury holiday villas often seen in Bali, Thailand and Japan. 

Every Villa offers a spacious 2 roomed 70m2 of indoor living area with luxurious touches such as underfloor heating, free standing baths and top of the range chefs kitchens.

Floor to ceiling glass and giant sliding doors connect you with the private walled courtyards and gardens where you can relax and enjoy the Balinese Daybed, Japanese Tea house or Winter Fire pits.  

There is an abundance of hiking and biking activities and boutique food and wine experiences close by and onsite is the famous Sticky Rice cooking school where you can take a hands on class under the tutelage of a professional chef. If private dining is more your thing, you could engage one of their personal chefs to cook you a romantic dinner or deliver a private cooking class in your Villa.


Sticky Rice Yoko Villa

Sticky Rice Yoko Villa Pictured above.

Coffee anyone?

If you’re a coffee fan, you’re in luck because I haven’t found a bad cup anywhere in the Hills.

For a midmorning hit, drop into Red Cacao in Stirling where it’s all about their award-winning artisan chocolate, coffee and indulgent desserts. When you get to have them all at the same time … bonus!

The one stop you will want to make in Adelaide is to the coffee and chocolate institution, Red Cacao.


The one stop you will want to make in Adelaide is to the coffee and chocolate institution, Red Cacao.Source:Instagram

Big ticks for Woodside Providore, which is open seven days and late on weekends, and if you’re into cold drip coffee – drop into Nairne’s Pallet Cafe, located in one of the friendliest towns in the Hills

Time for a real drink?

Away from the vineyards and cellar doors, each Hills village has its own pub … and they all have something different to offer.

The Hahndorf Inn has the full-on German feast and beer fest. Big platters of roast meat, traditional kranskies, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes with beer tasting paddles. You’ll want to loosen your belt.

A platter at Pike and Joyce winery is the perfect afternoon treat while visiting Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia.


A platter at Pike and Joyce winery is the perfect afternoon treat while visiting Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia.Source:Supplied

Stop at Balhannah Hotel for a pint on the Onkaparinga Scenic Drive between Verdun and Oakbank.

For a modern twist on German heritage, try The Haus in Hahndorf, or if you’re looking for a bit of local heritage – try The Crafers Hotel, which is one of Adelaide’s first pubs (established 1839) and its fridges are full of fun craft beer.

For beer, gin and cider lovers, Lot 100 in Hay Valley ticks multiple boxes in the one stop. Taste five locals in a really cool atmosphere: Hills Cider Co, Mismatch Brewing, Vinteloper, Adelaide Hills Distillery (78 Degrees Gin), and Ashton Valley Fresh “not just juice”.

Lobethal Bierhaus is in the old woollen mill and has the perfect mix of boutique beer and buffalo wings.


Lobethal Bierhaus is in the old woollen mill and has the perfect mix of boutique beer and buffalo wings.Source:Supplied

For a beer that’s “untamed and unfiltered”, saddle up for a rustic, eclectic experience at Prancing Pony in Mt Barker. If you’re after a snack with you schooner, the Lobethal Bierhaus is where it’s at with an award-winning mix of boutique beers and buffalo wings. Say no more.

You can’t go past Unico Zelo Wine and Applewood Distillery in Gumeracha without stopping in for an afternoon drink. All gins are handmade in an old industrial cold store built in the 1920s. Fun and funky.

And while you’re in Gumeracha, don’t forget the kids. You can’t miss (literally) the Big Rocking Horse (

Food glorious food

For the sweet tooth, head to the Paech family’s Beerenberg farm in summer where you can pick your own strawberries. In winter, you won’t be disappointed. Instead of picking fruit from the vine, you’ll be able to stock up on all sorts of chutneys, pickles, sauces and jams made from local produce.

The Hahndorf Inn hotdogs cannot be missed.

The Hahndorf Inn hotdogs cannot be missed.Source:Supplied

You’ll want to loosen your belt in Hahndorf.


You’ll want to loosen your belt in Hahndorf.Source:Supplied

For cheese and chocolate fans, try before you buy at Udder Delights in the main street of Hahndorf and at Kris Lloyd’s Woodside Cheese Wrights where cheesemaking classes, cheese fondues or cheesy high teas are all on the cards.

Right next door to Woodside Cheese Wrights is a family favourite – Melba’s Chocolates.

At certain times of the year, fruit orchards around the Adelaide Hills offer DIY picking Picture: Ian Routledge, South Australian Tourism Commission


At certain times of the year, fruit orchards around the Adelaide Hills offer DIY picking Picture: Ian Routledge, South Australian Tourism CommissionSource:Supplied

Melba’s is a working chocolate and confectionary factory and hidden among the shelves and shelves of delicious things to buy, are free samples. It’s also where you’ll find the best hot chocolate made from the dark, milk and white chocolate on tap.

The ultimate wine trail

It’s why you’ve come to the Hills. If you’re a fan of sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, cool-climate shiraz, gruner veltliner, bone-dry rieslings and some of the best sparklings you will find – you’ve come to the right part of Australia.

With more than 90 wine labels and 50 cellar doors in this cool-climate region, the choice is hard, but here are a few favourites that are now open and are perfect stops during the wintry weather.

Stop in at Pike & Joyce winery in Lenswood, South Australia


Stop in at Pike & Joyce winery in Lenswood, South AustraliaSource:Supplied

Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard – all vines are hand-pruned and grapes are hand-picked at this winery, and the attention to detail shows in every bottle. Tastings are served in a rustic setting among steep sloping vines and stunning panoramic views across the Hills. Oh, and did I mention there’s an open log fireplace?

The Adelaide Hills will be open for domestic travel from July 20. Picture: Isaac Forman, Serio


The Adelaide Hills will be open for domestic travel from July 20. Picture: Isaac Forman, SerioSource:Supplied

Hahndorf Hill Winery is famous for gruner veltliner labels and the delightful Choco Vino – chocolate and wine pairing. So this spot for me is a match made in heaven.

Stop in at Longview Vineyard which sits among 65ha of rolling hills, vines and sweeping views just outside Macclesfield. Reminiscent of classic, old-world estates but with modern style, it is one of the most awarded wine producers in the region.

Other highlights to mention include Golding Wines, Anderson Hill, Karrawatta, Tapanappa, Pike & Joyce Wines and Petaluma.

Here is a sample 3 day road trip plan

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 winesfood, 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.

Day one

Make yourself at home at Sticky Rice Villas and then take yourself around the corner to Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens


Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, Adelaide Hills

Just over 5 minutes’ drive away from Sticky Rice Villas 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, Adelaide Hills

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

Day two

Pick fruit straight from the source

Beerenberg Farm, HahndorfNothing 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

Woodside Cheese Wrights, Adelaide Hills

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. 

Lot 100, Adelaide Hills

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.

Day three

Jurlique Farm

Jurlique Farm, Adelaide Hills

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.

Summertown Aristologist 

Summertown Aristologist, Adelaide Hills

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.

Lobethal bierhaus

Lobethal Bierhaus

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.

Experience a Sticky Rice Cooking School Class


Food lovers will love these fully interactive hands on cooking where a half day class will have you mastering skills to create Asian, Middle Eastern, Moroccan and Spanish menus.

This award winning cooking school was the first of its kind in SA and hosts classes every week of the year year offering a extensive calendar full of iconic guest chefs from around the country. In the 2020 calendar there are classes with iconic restaurant chefs from Africola, Peel Street, Soi 38 to name a few.

Classes all include lunch or dinner and complimentary SA wines.

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