Soon after South Australia was established in 1836, early settlers discovered the Adelaide Hills. After the initial town of Norton was established, towns rapidly sprung up, including Hahndorf, Crafers, Gumeracha, Meadows, Mount Barker and Oakbank, many starting with a pub. The multi-culture flavor of this area is a result of immigration, with Silesian, Prussian, Dutch and German influences. Hahndorf, probably the most well-known town in the hills, was first settled by German immigrants in 1839 with many of the original buildings still being used today.Driving through the stunning Adelaide Hills, many spectacular gardens can be seen. The fertile soils and temperate climates have helped produce some of the finest gardens South Australia has to offer. Stirling was fashionable with Adelaide's wealthy residents in the mid to late 1800s who built summer houses to escape the summer heat. A walk through Stirling will reveal many of these homes, including some that have been converted to bed and breakfast accommodation. During the summer months don't miss a drive to some of the Cherry Farms with shed door sales or pick your own. Tour some of the 40 wineries, one of our favourites being Hahndorf Hill. (to see a list of all the wineries and map of the area - click on the link below).
Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Our country offers boutique, luxury, family and even sometimes quirky accommodation for the most meticulous traveller.