Top Family Things to do in the Adelaide Hills

Best Places to visit in the Adelaide Hills with Kids

If you like rolling hills, scenic views, quiet country roads, bushwalks, good food and wine, fresh air, cooler temps and escaping the hustle and bustle of the city, then head to the Adelaide Hills for a day trip.

It’s only a 20 minute drive up the South Eastern Freeway to reach the Adelaide Hills, making it a natural choice for families to visit.  There is so much to see and do – explore quaint towns with charming pubs and playgrounds, ride steam trains and say hello to the local wildlife, see a giant rocking horse and cuddle koalas, shop for treats in a chocolate factory and visit museums and art galleries.  Check out some of the places we have visited over the years that will engage and entertain children of all ages.

Take a look through our reviews of things to do and places to visit in the Adelaide Hills:

Harvest Mylor Café | Review

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Hahndorf Farm Barn – Family Fun in the Adelaide Hills

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Sidewood Restaurant | Kids Nature Play Area | Adelaide Hills | Review

Sidewood Restaurant - Family Friendly Dining in the Adelaide Hills Set amongst towering gums in the most picturesque hills setting, ...
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Lobethal Bushland Park Playground

Lobethal Bushland Park Playground | Adelaide Hills | Review

Lobethal Bushland Park Nature Playground - New Play Space Review by Katrina Gogel The new play space at Lobethal Bushland ...
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The Bridgewater Inn

The Bridgewater Inn | Family Friendly | Outdoor Dining | Adelaide Hills | Review

Beautiful, spacious outdoor dining in the Adelaide Hills The Bridgewater Inn has a large two level outdoor eating area that ...
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Oleaceae Mt Barker

Oleaceae | Family Dining in Mt Barker | Review

Oleaceae - Review If you're looking for somewhere to take the family for lunch or dinner, Oleaceae in Mt Barker ...
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The Leckie Playground at Mount Torrens | Adelaide Hills | Review

Upgraded Mount Torrens Playground in the Adelaide Hills. by Katrina Gogel The Leckie Playground in Mount Torrens has received a ...
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Mt Lofty Botanic Garden

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden | Adelaide Hills | Review

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden Mt Lofty Botanic Garden is a beautiful botanical adventure in the Adelaide Hills only 20 minutes ...
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Black Cherry Dessert Bar | Hahndorf | Review

Black Cherry Dessert Bar at Hahndorf | Review Tucked in right next door to the IGA at Hahndorf is the ...
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Amy Gillett Bikeway | Bike Riding from Oakbank to Mt Torrens | Adelaide Hills

A country bike ride along the Amy Gillett Bikeway The Amy Gillett bikeway is a specially built bike trail which ...
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Lot 100 Adelaide Hills | Family Friendly Restaurant | Review

A visit to Lot 100 in the Adelaide Hills If you're looking for a spot to stop for a fabulous ...
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Stanley Bridge Tavern | Verdun | Review

Stanley Bridge Tavern Review The Stanley Bridge Tavern in the Adelaide Hills has a fantastic outdoor dining space with plenty ...
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Hokey Pokey | Ice Cream & Lolly Shop | Stirling | Review

Hokey Pokey Ice Cream, Sweets and Chocolates in Stirling We've been looking longingly at the beautiful looking Hokey Pokey store ...
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Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit Hike | Cleland Conservation Park Walking Trail

Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit Hike Adelaide’s favourite hike through Cleland Conservation Park, from serene Waterfall Gully all the ...
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Hahndorf Farm Barn | Hahndorf, South Australia | Review

Hahndorf Farm Barn at Hahndorf, South Australia - Review Enjoy an overload of cuteness at the Hahndorf Farm Barn, which, ...
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Bushwalking with Kids at Mount George Conservation Park | Adelaide Hills

Bushwalking with Kids at Mount George Conservation Park Mount George Conservation Park is nestled in between Bridgewater and Piccadilly in ...
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Uraidla Pub

Uraidla Hotel | Family Friendly Dining | Adelaide Hills | Review

The Uraidla Hotel - Family Friendly Pub in the Adelaide Hills The Uraidla Hotel is a beautiful pub in the ...
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Onkaparinga Valley Road Playgrounds | Adelaide Hills | Review

Four great playgrounds to visit along Onkaparinga Valley Road in the Adelaide Hills. by Katrina Gogel Onkaparinga Valley Road is ...
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The Olive Branch, Balhannah | Kid-Friendly Cafe | Review

The Olive Branch Café in Balhannah. Child-friendly dining in the Adelaide Hills! by Katrina Gogel The Olive Branch Café is ...
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Green Valley Strawberries Cafe

Green Valley Strawberries Cafe Review | Adelaide Hills Family Friendly Cafe

Green Valley Strawberries Cafe Review | Nairne, Adelaide Hills Green Valley Strawberries is a family-owned strawberry farm in the Adelaide ...
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Lobethal Bakery | Home of the Giant Donut in the Adelaide Hills | Review

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Bushwalking with Kids | Lobethal Bushland Park | Review

Grab your kids, lace up your hiking boots and head for the Hills to explore the wooded wonderland that is ...
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Majestic Drive Train Playground | Mount Barker | Review

Train Playground Majestic Drive, Mount Barker In one of Mount Barker’s newer estates lies a hidden gem of a playground ...
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Bushwalking with Kids | Mount Barker Summit Reserve | Review

Bushwalking with Kids - Mount Barker Summit Reserve by Katrina Gogel Explore rocky outcrops, take in panoramic country views and ...
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Red Cacao Chocolate Shop and Cafe | Stirling | Review April 2016

Red Cacao Chocolate Shop and Café | Review Within the quiet, leafy village of Stirling is a chocolate shop and ...
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Adelaide’s Only Giant Tube Slides | Woodhouse Activity Centre | Review

Tube Sliding Fun for Families Adelaide's only tube slides opened on 2 February 2019 at Woodhouse Activity Centre What exactly ...
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Cleland Wildlife Park Butterfly Aviary | Review

Cleland Wildlife Park Butterfly Aviary Cleland Wildlife Park is now home to a butterfly aviary which will delight butterfly lovers ...
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National Motor Museum | Birdwood

National Motor Museum in Birdwood Discover how motor vehicles have opened up our country, linking some of the most isolated ...
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Sophie’s Patch | Open Garden | Review

A Visit to Sophie's Patch - Mt Barker Springs If you are a keen gardener or you have a small ...
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A Long Lazy Lunch at the Lazy Ballerina | Dinglebadinga | Review

A long, lazy lunch at the Lazy Ballerina The name of this idyllic venue is not going to be forgotten ...
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Easy Bushwalk for Kids | Eurilla Track Mt Lofty | Review

An easy bushwalk for kids - Eurilla Track to Mt Lofty Summit Has your family ever had those days when ...
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Wittunga Botanic Garden | Blackwood | Review

Plan a trip to beautiful Wittunga Botanic Garden in Blackwood Located in the pretty Adelaide foothills suburb of Blackwood, Wittunga ...
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Laratinga Wetlands Bike Ride | Keith Stephenson Playground Mt Barker | Review

Laratinga Wetlands Bike Ride and Keith Stephenson Playground, Mount Barker | Review There's no doubt Mt Barker is booming, however ...
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Woorabinda Reserve | Stirling | Review

Woorabinda Lake and Reserve | Review If you're heading to the hills and looking for somewhere to take the kids ...
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Bridgewater Reserve Playground & Heysen Trail | Review

An afternoon at the Bridgewater Reserve Playground and an adventure along the Heysen Trail If you are looking for a ...
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The Cedars | Home of Hans Heysen | Hahndorf | Review

The Cedars | Hahndorf | Review Just on the outskirts of the beautiful town of Hahndorf, is The Cedars, which ...
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Steamroller Park | Stirling

Steamroller Park in Stirling Steamroller Park is a very popular playground near the entrance to Stirling’s main street after you ...
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Bridgewater Fairy Garden | Deanery Reserve | Review

Bridgewater Fairy Garden, Deanery Reserve Have you headed up to Bridgewater lately? In a little corner of the Adelaide Hills ...
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Adelaide Hills Slot Raceway | Review

Adelaide Hills Slot Raceway Review Hidden up in Lobethal this nostalgic find is worth heading to the hills for. Walking ...
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Olive Branch Cafe | Balhannah | Review

The Olive Branch cafe in Balhannah is a favourite amongst hills-folk and well worth the half an hour drive up ...
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A Winter Weekend in Hahndorf | Review

A Winter Weekend in Hahndorf Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, is one of my family's favourite places to visit ...
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Apple Picking in the Beautiful Summertown Orchard | Review

Editor's Note (16 April 2016): we have been informed that the owner of the Summertown apple orchard has retired, so ...
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Cleland Wildlife Park | A Native Animal Experience and Education | Review

Cleland Wildlife Park would have to be one of our favourite places to spend the day, as not only is ...
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Exploring Waterfall Gully & Breakfast at Utopia Restaurant

Exploring Waterfall Gully & Breakfast at Utopia Restaurant Just ten minutes east of the city, along a winding road through ...
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A Visit to the Menz FruChocs Shop | Hahndorf

Hahndorf is a family favourite destination any time of year and just recently we discovered yet another reason to visit ...
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Beerenberg Farm | Pick Your Own Strawberries | Hahndorf

Beerenberg Strawberry Farm Beerenberg Farm in the Adelaide Hills dates back to 1839, when the Paech family settled at Hahndorf ...
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Gorge Wildlife Park | Cudlee Creek

Gorge Wildlife Park Cudlee Creek Gorge Wildlife Park is unique in that it allows visitors to get up close and ...
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The Bugle Ranger | Heritage Railcar Train Journey | Review

The Bugle Ranger Heritage Railcar Journey - Review If you have a train fan in the family or are looking ...
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Mount Lofty Summit | Lookout, Restaurant, Cafe & Visitor Centre

Mount Lofty Summit Lookout, Restaurant, Cafe & Visitor Centre There are so many places that I love to visit around ...
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Mt Lofty Botanic Garden | A Magical Wonderland

Mt Lofty Botanic Garden Mt Lofty Botanic Garden is a beautiful botanical adventure in the Adelaide Hills (less than half ...
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More places to see and things to do:

Apple Picking

During May, apple orchards in the Adelaide Hills open their gates to the public for apple picking, such as Harrisville Orchards.  The township of Balhannah has two wonderful apple stalls open year round (Applefields Orchard Shop and The Olde Apple Shed). Both are located on the main thoroughfare through town, so be sure to pop in for some local produce!

Cherry Picking

Pick your own or simply purchase delicious cherries from a growing number of orchards throughout the Adelaide Hills from November to January every year. Click here for more info. 

Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary

Visit Australian animals in their native environment, and see if you can spot what is probably one of the last remaining platypuses on mainland South Australia. Warrawong also hosts fantastic animal encounters for adults and children. Click here for more info.

Childs Rd Tunnel at Littlehampton

If you find yourself driving through Littlehampton, take the short detour to the end of Childs Road and wander through the incredible tunnel painted by Hills artist Wendy Dixon Whiley. The pedestrian tunnel runs underneath the South Eastern Freeway and will be sure to impress!

Woody Trails BMX Track

Located in the heart of Woodside on Post Office Rd, this fun BMX track makes for a great pitstop if you have the kids bikes with you | Visit the Love Woodside SA facebook page for images and videos

Eating Out

Barristers Block Winery | Woodside | A relaxed vibe on the lawns, with kids toys and sandpit plus kids menu | More info here

Bird in Hand Winery | Woodside | Popular cellar door in the heart of the Hills with large outdoor area and lawns | More info here

Golding Wines | Lobethal | A beautiful setting with a family friendly atmosphere and a healthy kids menu | Keep a lookout on their Facebook page for upcoming family friendly events here.

Howard Vineyard | Nairne | Beautiful surrounds, not far off freeway, plus kids menu | More info here

Lot 100 | Hay Valley | Indoor Restaurant plus casual outdoor eating areas. Fab food – think pizza and potato wedges, wine, cider, beer and juice. Grassy area for kids, a great to visit with friends | Read our review.

Lobethal Bierhaus | Lobethal | A micro brewery and cellar door with great food + kids menu, in a family friendly environment | See their facebook page here.

Pioneer Memorial Gardens and Playground | Hahndorf | Located in the main street, the near-new playground is tucked up the back of the beautiful gardens and is a great place for the kids to run around.

Cheeky Monkey Play Café | Mount Barker | A fabulous indoor play café with great food and coffee options. The play café has a designated toddler section and large play area for older kids, with super slides, bouncy castle and soft obstacle course | More info here

Chase Chocolate Notes | Woodside | Excellent coffee, REAL hot chocolates and great food options | More info here

Emma & Ivy | Lobethal | Stylish eatery and florist in the heart of Lobethal offering delicious food, drinks and beautiful bouquets | More info here

Evercream Ice-cream | Hahndorf | Evercream Gelati is renowned for authentic Italian style ice creams and fresh fruit sorbets | More info here

Fred Eatery | Aldgate | Award winning cafe with quality food, hot chocolates and coffee | More info here

Jimmies | Crafers | Great restaurant with lovely outdoor seating area for Summer dining and cosy wood fires in Winter plus fab food. Kids welcomed |More info here

Lovells Bakery | Woodside & Birdwood | Great bakery food and coffee located in the main street of both Hills towns | More info here

Patch Kitchen and Garden | Stirling | Great breakfasts and lunches with a kids menu, indoor toy area and outdoor dining and cubby house. Fantastic place for families | More info here

Red Cacao | Stirling | Simply the best hot chocolates plus handmade artisan chocolate and delicious desserts | More info here

Rise Artisan Bakery | Nairne | Sensational pastries and breads, coffee and gifts | More info here

Sazon | Mt Barker | Great coffee, hot chocolates, breakfast and lunch in the heart of bustling Mt Barker | More info here

Summit at Mt Lofty | Mt Lofty | Casual dining and great views over Adelaide | Read our review

The Cudlee Café | Cudlee Creek | Casual dining in a beautiful Hills setting | More info here

The Haus | Hahndorf | Great family friendly meal options in the heart of Hahndorf | More info here

Udder Delights Cheese Cellar | Hahndorf | Great breakfasts, lunch, snacks and amazing Udder Delights cheese to taste | More info here

Uraidla Bakery | Uraidla | Great pies, pasties, pastries, coffee in a quirky setting | More info here

Woodside Cheese Wrights | Woodside | Cellar door with cheese to taste and purchase | More info here

Woodside Providore | Woodside | An Adelaide Hills café/restaurant with style | More info here

Pubs & Hotels

Balhannah Hotel | Balhannah | Recently renovated with great food and local wines, outdoor dining and lawned area. The fab kids menu includes a drink and ice cream sundae in the price of the meal- perfect | More info here

Bridgewater Inn | Bridgewater | Historic hotel that overlooks a creek and Heysen trail, and caters for families | More info here

Charleston Hotel | Charleston | Charming pub in the heart of the Hills. Stop in and experience good pub fare and country hospitality | More info here

Crafers Hotel | Crafers | Stylishly renovated with mouth-watering food, the Crafers hotel is very popular with locals and tourists alike. Make sure to book so you don’t miss out | More info here

Mount Torrens Hotel | Mount Torrens | Historic hotel in the heritage listed town of Mount Torrens. Offers a good kids menu which includes a drink and ice cream | More info here

Oakbank Hotel | Oakbank | Dine on the outdoor deck while the kids run around on the large lawn area below. Perfect pub for families | More info here

The Barker | Mount Barker | Excellent hotel with a large bistro in the leafy Mount Barker main street | More info here

Woodside Hotel | Woodside | Country hospitality in a friendly town, with delicious pub fare | More info here

Shopping for Unique Gifts, Clothes & Homewares

  • Field Trip Balhannah | Balhannah | Quality handmade clothing and gifts
  • Three Birds | Stirling | Browse the beautiful homewares and gifts (including a kids section)
  • Matilda Bookshop | Stirling | One of the best independent bookstores in SA, with a great range of books for all ages
  • Hahndorf Candlemaker | Hahndorf | Browse the amazing range of candles, or make your own!
  • Hahndorf Sweets | Hahndorf 
  • Pony | Charleston | Clothes and homewares, plus a large grassed area for kids to run around on
  • Stirling Markets | Stirling | Held on the fourth Sunday of every month
  • The Rose & Radish flowers | Piccadilly | A gorgeous roadside flower and produce stall plus online store
  • Hahndorf Academy | Hahndorf | An iconic building in Hahndorf which houses the Adelaide Hills Visitor Information Centre, local art, jewellery and crafts, plus a small informative museum about early German settlers.

Accommodation

Looking to make a weekend of it? Check out the Adelaide Hills Visitor Information Centre website for a comprehensive list of available accommodation throughout the Hills.

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