The Adelaide Hills comprises of National Parks, Conservation Parks, State Forests, lakes and streams. This is a place that has inspired generations of artists including Sir Hans Heysen. One visit to the Adelaide Hills and you'll undersatand why this place fuelled the creative fires of so many artists. From the picturesque farmlands to the charming villages of the Adelaide Hills, everything looks like it was meant to be painted.
Located only 20 minutes drive from the city, the Adelaide Hills provide a wonderfully refreshing place to and a change of pace from the city. Why not lose yourself among the craft shops and bakeries of villages like Hahndorf and Lobethal? Or go for a drive into the countryside and buy freshly picked fruit and vegetables from a roadside stall?
The district has a significant indigenous heritage being the ancestral home to members of the Peramangk and Kaurna people.
For something really special, plan your visit to coincide with one of our great events - Crush and Winter Reds wine festivals, Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival, Bay to Birdwood Classic Car Rally, or Tour Down Under. We look forward to seeing you soon.
A mild, sunny day in the Hills can be a perfect time to gather with friends and family in one of our parks for a BBQ or picnic.
Click here to download a list of parks appropriate for a picnic or family day out (facilities listed)
Click here to download a list of visitor-friendly dog parks for a day out with your four-legged family members
Short Walks in the Hills
The beautiful Adelaide Hills is part of the magnificent Mt Lofty Ranges, and is one of the most scenic places in Australia. This selection of short walks are designed to showcase the range of hues, aromas and scenery that our Council area has to offer.
These walks are aimed at moderately fit people. They are all located on open public access routes. While every effort is made to keep the trails up to date, changes do occur over time. We appreciate any feedback as you embark on these walks. Council does not accept any responsibility for deterioration of the routes or any liability in relation to these trails.
We acknowledge the work of Graeme McVitty and Mike Georg in developing these trails and thank them for allowing us to display them on our website.
Aldgate Walking Trail One
Aldgate Walking Trail Two
Bridgewater Walking Trail One
Bridgewater Walking Trail Two
Charleston Walking Trail One
Crafers Walking Trail One
Crafers Walking Trail Two
Ironbank Walking Trail One
Lenswood Walking Trail One
Aldgate Valley Nature Walk
The Aldgate Valley Nature Walk, also know as the Valley of the Bandicoots nature walk, is a walking trail which connects Aldgate and Mylor. The two hour walk (6km) is centred within the 'Green Web' a region of high biodiversity within Mylor, Aldgate, Bridgewater and Stirling townships. The bushland along the trail provides habitat to dozens of different species of native animals.
The trail was funded through a State Government NRM Community Grant, which financed the production of interpretive signage, with support from Adelaide Hills Council.
This is a two stage walking path:
Stage 1 - Between Aldgate & Aldgate Valley Reserve. Open to walkers, cyclists and dogs on leash (footpaths, gravel roads and wide tracks).
Stage 2 - Between Aldgate Valley Reserve & Mylor. Strictly for walkers only - cyclists and dogs prohibited (narrow path through sensitive bushland, rocky and steep in places).
For further information view the trail brochure.
Crafers to Mount Lofty Trail
Adelaide Hills Council is providing walkers more opportunities to explore the hills region through upgrade works to existing trails, linked together to form the Crafers to Mount Lofty Trail.
The trail, which is 4.5km long (one way), links together existing shorter trails, fire tracks and footpaths in the verges and unmade road reserves through the installation of new, consistent signage, with an additional loop running back into Stirling.
Parts of the track had been unserviceable for many years after suffering storm damage. Repair work was carried out in 2011 and signage was installed along the trail in mid-2014, with the main trail head sign installed in December 2014.
There are a number of scenic lookout points along the trail, with views over the city and Piccadilly Valley. It is also a much gentler grade with less steep inclines than the Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty route.
The trail also enables easier access to the popular Mount Lofty Summit.
Walkers can start the Crafers to Mt Lofty trail from the trail head sign, located at the corner of Mt Lofty Summit Rd and Mains St, Crafers, near bus stop 25.