Adelaide Hills - Getting Here and Around

All roads lead to the Adelaide Hills

Most people come by car. Hire a car from the airport or city. While some Hills roads are rather winding, all are well signposted. Just watch out for cyclists and give them at least one metre's space when you drive past.

Driving through vineyards, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

A trip to the Adelaide Hills will take less than an hour from the airport. From the city, follow the signs to the South Eastern Freeway. Crafers is the first turn off at the top of the Mount Lofty Ranges. The roads from there are well signposted. 

A driver’s dream

If you’re coming from the south or east, simply take the South Eastern Freeway. From the Barossa Valley, drive through Williamstown and Kersbrook. If you like vintage and classic cars, make sure you stop off in Birdwood at the National Motor Museum.

From the Fleurieu Peninsula, go through picturesque Strathalbyn, thriving Mount Barker and historic Echunga - where Australia’s first wine was exported from in 1845. There are several ways to reach the Adelaide Hills from Adelaide’s eastern and north-eastern suburbs. 

The Adelaide Hills is also featured in two self drive itineraries - Best of Adelaide and surrounds and the Great South Australia Wine and Food drive. Why not try them both?

A cycling challenge

Gorge Road, which passes the spectacular Kangaroo Creek dam, is a favourite route for cyclists. If you don’t mind winding roads, Greenhill Road and Belair Road both offer superb views of Adelaide and its plains. Magill Road leads to Norton Summit - one of South Australia’s oldest villages and another popular cycling destination.

Norton Summit is close to the Marble Hill ruins. Built in 1878, it was a Governor’s residence until destroyed by bushfires in 1955. Finally, there’s Montecute Road, a delightful, winding tree-lined road that takes you past Marble Hill.

If you’re planning to use public transport, there are regular bus and train services. Contact Adelaide Metro for details.

If you’d like to have someone show you around, you have plenty of options. Tours operate frequently from Adelaide city. 

What's on in SA

There are plenty of events on in South Australia. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Things to do

Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in the area.

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