Belair National Park

Adelaide Hills

From Crafers, follow Upper Sturt Rd 10km west and you'll come to South Australia's oldest national park, established in 1891 (…also making it just the 10th national park established anywhere on this lonely planet). South Australia's early governors retreated to their stately summer house here (tours on Sundays): they're long gone, but you can still enjoy terrific walking and mountain-bike trails, waterfalls, tennis courts, playgrounds, a native plant nursery and craggy, bush-clad wilderness, just 13km from the centre of Adelaide.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Adelaide Hills attractions

1. Waterfall Gully

3.74 MILES

Yes, it's a gully. And yes, there's a waterfall at the end of it – a rather spectacular 30m-tall one, too, especially if it's been raining in the Adelaide…

2. Cleland Wildlife Park

4.55 MILES

Within the steep Cleland Conservation Park, this place lets you interact with all kinds of Australian beasts. There are keeper talks and feeding sessions…

3. Deviation Road

4.71 MILES

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…

4. Haigh's Chocolates Visitor Centre

4.81 MILES

If you’ve got a chocolate problem, get guilty at this iconic factory. Free 25-minute tours take you through the chocolate life-cycle from cacao bean to…

5. Mt Lofty Botanic Garden

4.87 MILES

From Mt Lofty, truck south 1.5km to the cool-climate slopes of this botanic garden. Nature trails wind past a lovely looking lake, exotic temperate plants…

6. Mt Lofty Summit

4.89 MILES

From Cleland Wildlife Park you can bushwalk (2km) or drive up to Mt Lofty Summit (a surprising 727m), which has show-stopping views across the Adelaide…

7. Cleland Conservation Park

4.93 MILES

Clambering up the slopes from the foothills to Mt Lofty, this conservation park has some steep bushwalking trails through tall eucalyptus forest and cool…

8. Adelaide-Himeji Garden

5.16 MILES

Exquisitely manicured, fenced Japanese gardens on a quiet reach of South Tce. A top spot for a quiet lunch/mediation/snooze in the sun. Himeji is Adelaide…