Top things to do

Top Choice Cafe in Hahndorf

Seasonal Garden Cafe

Swimming against Hahndorf's mainstream currents – although slightly less earthy than it was, in its snappy new shopfront – this zero-waste cafe is adorned with wreaths, piles of pumpkins and strings of chubby chilli…
Top Choice Cafe in Stirling Area

Fred Eatery

Build it, and they will come... For decades Aldgate eked-out a cafe lifestyle with no quality offerings. Then along came Fred, a rather urbane fellow, decked out in green, black and white, with a savvy cityside menu…
Top Choice Brewery in Mt Barker

Prancing Pony

Prize-winning craft beers, burgers, platters, bar snacks and live troubadours all make an appearance at this funky beer shed, on the road out of Mt Barker heading for Hahndorf. Something other than a pub or a winery…
Viewpoint in Stirling Area

Mt Lofty Summit

From Cleland Wildlife Park you can bushwalk (2km) or drive up to Mt Lofty Summit (a surprising 727m), which has show-stopping views across Adelaide. Mt Lofty Summit Visitor Information Centre has info on local attra…
Winery in Gumeracha, Birdwood & Lobethal

Pike & Joyce

High on a hill behind Lenswood (itself behind Lobethal), Pike & Joyce is an architectural doozy, with rammed-earth walls, jaunty corrugated-iron roof pitches and mesmerising views over the vine-striped hillsides…
Gardens in Stirling Area

Mt Lofty Botanic Garden

From Mt Lofty, truck south 1.5km to the cool-climate slopes of the botanic garden. Nature trails wind past a lake, exotic temperate plants, native stringybark forest and eye-popping ranks of rhododendron blooms. Fre…
Winery in Hahndorf

The Lane

Wow! What a cool building, and what a setting. Camera-conducive views and contemporary varietals (viognier, pinot grigio, pinot gris), plus an outstanding restaurant (book for lunch: two/three courses $59/70, servin…
Books in Stirling Area

Matilda Bookshop

What a surprise! This compact village bookshop is just as good as anything down the freeway in Adelaide, with an especially good range of kids’, gardening and foodie titles. Ask the owner how Norwood Football Club h…
Winery in Stirling Area

Deviation Road

Nothing deviant about the wines here: sublime pinot noir, substantial shiraz, zingy pinot gris and a very decent bubbly, too. Grab a cheese platter and wind down in the afternoon in the sun. Unpretentious and lovely…
Cafe in Hahndorf

Udder Delights

This udderly delightful cheese cellar/cafe serves salads, tarts, pies, soups, cakes, generous cheese platters, funky fondue ($49 for two people) and the best coffee this side of Stirling. Free cheese tastings, too.