The Adelaide Hills in South Australia are a wonderful place to visit with your family. The area is known for its gorgeous forest views, and for its fantastic wines.
The area is particularly suitable for families because unlike a lot of parts of Australia the climate is more moderate, and the nights are cooler which means that you can sleep a lot more easily! There are also lots of family-friendly activities and places to stay that you can take advantage of. Here’s a selection of the best of them.
Hahndorf Main Street
Hahndorf is a village that is proud of its German heritage, and it shows. The village is actually Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, built way back in 1839.
The villages main street is full of German-style pubs for the adults, as well as wooden folk art and bakeries for the little ones.
Hahndorf Farm Barn
As well as being a wonderful place to walk around, Hahndorf is also home to the Hahndorf farm barn, which is a cross between a farm and a wildlife park.
Children are able to touch, hold and feed most of the animals at the farm while being safely supervised by the park workers. The park prides itself on providing great entertainment for kids, and there are often great activities being put on, especially during the school holidays.
If you’re looking for Hahndorf accommodation that allows easy access to the village, and also to the surrounding Adelaide Hills, then the Hahndorf resort is a great option.
They offer a range of different accommodations from rooms and chalets to dog-friendly caravan and camping facilities for families. They cater for caravans and camper vans of all sizes.
The park also puts on a variety of activities so that you can keep everyone happy and entertained.
Cleland Wildlife Park
Cleland wildlife park is a must-see if you are visiting the Adelaide hills. It’s set within the Cleland conservation park, which is doing important work to preserve Australia’s wildlife.
At the wildlife park, you will have the chance to see all sorts of animals, including kangaroos, koalas, and dingoes. You might even get the opportunity to spot native birds and reptiles!
The animals in the park are well used to visitors, so it’s perfectly OK to get up close to take a photograph or even pet and feed them.
Melba’s chocolate factory
If you fancy a break from being outside, then Melba’s chocolate factory is well worth a visit! The factory is contained within a heritage-listed building, and it’s still working, so you can see exactly what goes into making a bar of chocolate
You’ll tour through all five rooms of the factory to see how the chocolate is made, including the chocolate room, packing room, panning room, and the cooling tunnel.
There’s nothing quite like working together to find your way out of a giant maze, is there? The labyrinth at the Woodhouse activity centre is spread over two floors and even features a fireman’s pole joining the two together!
The panels making up the labyrinth are also changed pretty regularly, so you can visit again and again!