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Adelaide Hills

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During my visit to South Australia, I had the opportunity to visit the picturesque Adelaide Hills, which is less than 30 minutes drive from Adelaide.

There’s so much to see and do in Adelaide Hills. I wish I’d had more time, but in under 24 hours I managed to visit 6 different places. Had I not been in a food coma state by the end, I would have easily visited an additional two or three places. On the day, I was lucky to be driven by Ralf, who is the owner of South Australian wine touring company Life’s a Cabernet.

Life’s a Cabernet provides exclusive wine tours around South Australia, whether it’s the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, the Coonawarra or Adelaide Hills. They take you around in comfortable vehicles ranging from a Mercedes Vianos, Chrysler Grand Voyager, Chrysler 300C, to a Mitsubishi Rosa. On the day I was taken around in a Chrysler 300C.

Mount Lofty Scenic Lookout

adelaide hills mount lofty scenic lookout

During my visit to the Adelaide Hills, we stopped by the Mount Lofty Summit, which is the majestic peak of the Mount Lofty Ranges in Adelaide Hills. It is Adelaide’s highest peak (rising more than 710 metres above sea level). It is a short 20 minute drive from Adelaide city, or you can trek from the Waterfall Gully.

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mount lofty scenic lookout

Once you’ve reach the summit, you can enjoy the beautiful views and have a coffee at The Summit Restaurant and cafe.

Udder Delights

Link to Udder Delights blog post

Following our gorgeous scenic stop, we made a pitt stop at Udder Delights for morning tea. Udder Delights is located in Hahndorf. This stop is perfect for all cheese lovers. Read more here.

Adelaide Hills udder delights

Beerenberg Farm

Once our sweet morning tea was completed, we visited the iconic Beerenberg Farm.
Beerenberg farm is a family-owned business producing jams, condiments, sauces and dressings. They also offer strawberry picking on their farm. Unfortunately we didn’t have the time to go strawberry picking, but I did manage to pick up an array of goodies from the farm shop!

Adelaide Hills Beerenberg farm

Shaw & Smith

Subsequent to our Beerenberg Farm visit, we stopped at the beautiful Shaw & Smith for a wine flight.

Shaw and Smith has a tasting room located at their winery, where you can taste five wines and a cheese sampler plate.

As the weather was perfect that day, I opted to sit outside to soak in some vitamin D and also appreciate the gorgeous scenery.

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Adelaide Hills Shaw and smith cheese and wine flight

Petaluma Cellar Door

After our wine and cheese tasting at Shaw and Smith, we stopped at Petaluma Cellar Door. The Cellar Door gives everyone the opportunity to meet the wine makers and participate in tasting of their Petaluma and Croser wines. The cellar door has amazing views of Adelaide Hill.

Adelaide Hills Petaluma

Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyards

Link to full blog post here.

Mount-Lofty-Ranges

To conclude my trip in Adelaide Hills, we visited the award winning vineyard Mount Lofty Vineyards, for a 5 course degustation lunch. It was truly an amazing way to end my day trip to Adelaide Hills.

This was such a remarkable way to experience the Adelaide Hills at its best, with thanks to my amazing tour guide Ralf. If you’re a foodie, wine drinker or love exploring, Adelaide Hills is a short drive away from the city centre, and is well worth a visit.

Here are some links if you’re interested in visiting Adelaide Hills.
General info: http://southaustralia.com/en/places-to-go/adelaide-hills
Accomodation: http://www.adelaidehills.org.au
Attractions: http://www.adelaidehills.org.au/attractions

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