Adelaide Hills Family Holidays
Something for all the family
If cuddling furry animals, eating chocolates, riding ponies and buying toys sounds like paradise to your kids, then visit the Adelaide Hills.
Loaded with family holiday “must dos”, many of the attractions are free and educational too. Wildlife parks and family-friendly farmyards are scattered throughout the region, giving everyone a chance to meet the animals.
Cuddle a koala at Cleland Wildlife Park. More than 130 species of Australian wildlife roam freely throughout the 35 hectare park. Self-guided discovery trails take you through native bushland and around wetlands.
Farmyards and furry friends
Child-friendly Hahndorf is another “must visit” destination, with more farmyard-based attractions and South Australia’s only puppet shop, the Hahndorf Puppet Shop. Most magical of all is the chance to discover the fairy for the bottom of your garden at the Fairy Garden.
While in Hahndorf, visit Hahndorf Farm Barn. Kids will love meeting the animals and bottle-feeding the lambs and baby goats.
Take the kids horse riding at Four Oaks Farm. Feed the hand-reared animals, from sheep and ducks to kangaroos.
A sweet tooth and cooking schools
There are shop windows full of sweets and farms to pick berries and buy delicious jams from. Watch chocolate being made the old-fashioned way. Better still, taste before you buy.
There’s more to food than sweets. Take the kids to a “healthy choices” cooking school where the message is about making food fun.
The Adelaide Hills has a terrific well of ideas for children’s birthday parties. What child would turn down a pony ride or miniature railway party?
A fairy tale comes true
All kids love to climb, which makes the Big Rocking Horse and Toy Factory at Gumeracha a must. The same goes for Birdwood’s National Motor Museum, where you might awaken some of your own childhood memories.
At Lobethal’s Fairyland Village, turn bedtime fairy tales into a three-dimensional experience. Follow a trail past a series of small huts and listen to each one telling a famous tale, such as Snow White or the Three Little Pigs.
Write your own fairy tale in the Adelaide Hills.
He's the host of South Aussie with Cosi, a family man and most importantly, passionate about South Australia. Andrew 'Cosi' Costello shares his top five tips for a great family holiday in South Australia.
1. The Hills couldn’t be closer to the city if it tried. Grab a wood oven pizza at The Haus at Hahndorf. You’ll thank me later.
2. Take the kids to the Hahndorf Farm Barm so they can get close-up and hands-on with the farm animals. They can even have a go at milking a cow!
3. Sir Hans Heysen was SA’s most famous artist and you can check out his home called The Cedars near Hahndorf. It's really interesting and gives the kids a lesson on SA’s history too.
4. Climb Mount Lofty. Come on, it ain't that hard and it's a great thing to do as a family. The kids will definitely sleep well that night!
5. Go koala and kangaroo spotting - it's the best fun I had as a kid. If you're struggling, take the kids to Gorge Wildlife Park as there are plenty of koalas and kangaroos to see.
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