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 plains to the shimmering Gulf St Vincent. Mt Lofty Summit Visitor Information Centre has info on local attractions and walking tracks, including the steep Waterfall Gully Track (8km return, 2½ hours) and Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens Loop Trail (7km loop, two hours). There's a decent cafe here too. Parking is an irritating $2.

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1. Cleland Conservation Park

0.21 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…

2. Cleland Wildlife Park

0.86 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. Mt Lofty Botanic Garden

0.96 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…

4. Waterfall Gully

1.59 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…

5. Penfolds Magill Estate Winery

4.01 MILES

This 175-year-old winery is home to Australia's best-known wine − the legendary Grange. Taste the product at the cellar door; dine at the fab restaurant…

6. Deviation Road

4.39 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…

7. Belair National Park

4.89 MILES

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…

8. Cedars

6.06 MILES

You'll see more than 300 of legendary landscape painter Sir Hans Heysen's original doodles on a tour through his former studio and house, 2km northwest of…