Regional Tourism Guide for Adelaide Hills
South Australia  
Masterclass: Advanced Plant Propagation
Date Thu 9th Aug 2018 to Sun 26th Aug 2018
Dates: Thursday 9 August or Sunday 26 August
Time: 10am to 3pm
Where: Mount Lofty Botanic Garden
Cost: $190 (includes lunch, tea and coffee)

If you'd like to learn advanced techniques of plant propagation (including from leaf cuttings, root cuttings and grafting and budding), the Advanced Plant Propagation Masterclass is for you. An extension of the Plant Propagation Principles & Practices (not a pre-requisite), this class will dig deeper into propagation techniques for certain types of plants.

Book your tickets online via Eventbrite or by calling.
OTR Supersprint - Adelaide Hills Regional Tour
Date Thu 23rd Aug 2018 to Mon 27th Aug 2018
Looking to escape for a Food and Wine Experience within the Murraylands of regional South Australia, only just an hour away is the beautiful Adelaide Hills region.

The Adelaide Hills, home of breath taking scenery and abundance of premium, locally crafted food and wine.

Adelaide’s cool climate provides for outstanding wine varieties. Spend a relaxed day soaking up the incredible landscapes, sampling top quality local cuisine and some of the infamous wine born from the resident hills.

Spend a little time in Hahndorf, a fun, popular little town of beauty, architecture and steeped in rich history. With its Fachwerk buildings and elm-lined streets, combined with a contemporary dining scene and quality stores, it’s a little gem tucked into the Adelaide Hills.

Your day of sophisticated wine, lovingly crafted food and non-stop views awaits.
Hahndorf Walking Tours at the Hahndorf Winter Lantern Festiva 2018
Date Fri 24th Aug 2018
Defy ordinary and experience Hahndorf Lantern Festival with Hahndorf Walking Tours.

Today you have the opportunity to commence your day by constructing a strudel at the iconic Hahndorf Inn with their chef. Once completed your strudel will be cooked while you are on a walking tour. On your return it will be served with cream and a hot drink.

Your morning tour is the Strassendorf (main street) Tour which is conducted at the southern end of the village. Your afternoon tour is called a Hufendorf (back street) Tour. hot drink.

Between 12-2 you have free time to enjoy lunch and shop.

You may prefer to have it as a dessert with a delicious meal at the Hahndorf Inn. (the meal is not included in your tour cost but you are provided with 10% discount).

Guests will learn about the Prussian immigrants who settled the village, Pioneer Women's Walking Trail, fachwerk architecture, history of the pretzel and access to locations not open to the general public.

What a great day you will enjoy with time for shopping. Make use of the discount voucher sheet provided to guests which enables you to get an average of 10% at over 25 locations.

Hahndorf Winter Lantern Festival
Date Fri 24th Aug 2018 to Sat 25th Aug 2018
The 2018 Hahndorf Winter Lantern festival will involve working with the local community and schools in order to create artful lantern sculptures that will be paraded down the main straight of Hahndorf and displayed in the Hahndorf Academy grounds.

The theme for this year is ‘Poetry’ and will include an inaugural poetry prize and poetry performances.

Just before Sundown a candlelit lantern parade, accompanied by the town band, will make its way down the main street of Hahndorf and make an entrance back at the festival. Following this live bands will play leading up to a Fire Mural display at 8pm.

People involved in making this event possible include local artists Tony Hannan, Rebecca Prince, Zinia King, The Hahndorf Academy staff and volunteers.

7PM: Hahndorf Winter Lantern Festival Opening Night. Featuring the Heysen Ensemble with lanterns, refreshments and the Adelaide Hills young musicians.

2PM: Hahndorf Winter Lantern Festival food stalls, poetry readings, music and kids activities followed by the Dusk Fire Lantern Parade.

6PM: Hahndorf Winter Lantern Festival Main Event: Dusk Fire Lantern Parade!

8PM: Fire Mural and live music.
Down the Garden Path Plant Sale
Date Sat 25th Aug 2018 to Sun 26th Aug 2018
Down the Garden Path is being held by The Lilium and Bulb Society at the Cornerstone College gymnasium in Mt Barker on Sat 25th and Sun 26th August.
For sale will be rare and unusual plants for the dedicated gardener plus hardy plants for the less experienced gardener. Plus a myriad of other garden equipment, ornaments for the most discerning gardener. Morning, afternoon tea and lunch will be available.
Father's Day Picnics at Sinclair's Gully
Date Sun 2nd Sep 2018
Pack a picnic and head for Sinclair's Gully to chill out with your family under our towering candlebark gums.
As the Adelaide Hills only multi-awarded eco cellar door and Hall of Fame inductee, Sinclair's Gully is a venue designed to connect you with your natural heritage. Add to this a tasting of some of the best sparkling wines produced in Hills and all of your senses are in for a treat. So bring your picnic, your dad and set up under the majestic candlebarks and settle in for the afternoon. You can be assured you will be in for a fine treat!

Cost: Wine from $5 glass/$20 bottle. BYO nibbles or picnic lunch (strictly no BYO alcohol)
Curator Tour: Behind the Blooms
Date Thu 6th Sep 2018
Participants on this exclusive Curator's Tour will learn valuable information about the selection and maintenance of Camellias, Magnolias and Rhododendrons.

Learn about these enthralling cool-climate flowering plants and experience their stunning diversity first-hand in Mount Lofty Botanic Garden's iconic gullies.

In a field study, led by Mount Lofty Botanic Garden's Horticultural Supervisor and flowering shrub expert Robert Hatcher, you'll learn about growing conditions and evergreen and deciduous varieties.

Experience the Rhododendron Gully - boasting one of Australia's best rhododendron collections - which contains at least 150 species (several threatened in the wild).

There are a further 40 species of Camellias and similar number of Magnolia/Magnoliaceae represented at the Garden's wildly popular Magnolia and South East Asian Gullies.

Book your tickets online via Eventbrite or by calling.
Masterclass: Demystifying Orchids
Date Sun 9th Sep 2018
Developing your own collection of Orchids maybe easier than you think. In this practical hands-on Masterclass propagating and growing Orchids successfully will be demystified.

This Masterclass will cover the scientific principles of plant growth and propagation methods, such as deflasking and plant division, and will include demonstrations of growing media and information on how to best look after your native orchids.

This course is ideal for rare plant collectors, horticultural students, keen gardeners or those with a particular interest in native orchids.

This is a five-hour Masterclass where you'll learn the very specialised methods involved in deflasking and dividing orchids, and develop a range of techniques that you'll be able to take home and apply to create and your own orchid collection.

At the end of the day, you can take home the plant and propagation materials you generated during the class.

Book your tickets online via Eventbrite or by calling.
Stirling Laneways
Date Sun 23rd Sep 2018 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
Stirling Laneways is 'more than a market' - it's a celebration of life and brings a fresh burst of colour to the picturesque streetscape of the Adelaide Hills village.

Follow your feet through the lanes and side-streets of Stirling to discover a vibrant convergence of artists and entertainers, pop-up stalls and local traders opening up their shopfronts and taking their wares onto the street.

The Stirling Laneways 'Season' runs from September to April on the fourth Sunday of the month (except in December when it's the third Sunday)!

The Stirling Village charms all who visit with its picturesque streets, enviable lifestyle and vibrant community at its heart. Just minutes from the city, Stirling is a place to celebrate every season, each one gloriously different.

Come see what all the buzz is about...

Stirling - Four seasons a thousand reasons.
Masterclass: Plant Propagation
Date Sun 23rd Sep 2018
Discover how to succeed with seedlings, take cuttings of rare or difficult-to-grow plants to enhance your garden, save money and satisfy the challenge of growing your own special plants.

Learn from the Botanic Gardens of South Australia Nursery Curator in this practical hands-on Masterclass, based at the gorgeous Mount Lofty Botanic Garden.
Palmer Hot Rod Show
Date Sun 30th Sep 2018
Come and show off your Hot Rod. Live music, dancing, hot rods.

The Main Street of Palmer is the place to be on Sunday, September 30th. If you love great cars and great music! Palmer is a small town with a population of approximately 80 people, located 16 kilometres west of Mannum on the Adelaide to Mannum Road.

The day features everything from Hot Rods to the classics, muscle cars and street machines which will fill the main street of Palmer. It all starts at 11am with a live band. Bar and food facilities, wheelbarrow and gate raffles and dance floor. Free entry.

Palmers main street will be closed to through traffic from 10am to 5pm to allow angle parking for the special interest vehicles and for the safety of the public.

There will be plenty to do and see at the Palmer Hot Rod Show including Music, Dancing, Food and plenty of Hot Rods to see. You can enter your Hot Rod into the Show.
Bay to Birdwood
Date Sun 30th Sep 2018
The Bay to Birdwood is a vehicle run held annually that sees historic vehicles travel from West Beach at the 'Bay' to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood.
The 2018 Bay to Birdwood will see over 1500 classic vehicles travelling from Barratt Reserve to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood.

The day will start with breakfast from 6:00 am at Barratt Reserve. Anyone is welcome to come along to mingle with vehicle owners and stroll around the rows of beautiful classics.

At 8:30 am the Concours d'Elegance and Preservation class vehicles will be waved from the start leading the vehicles towards the city. This year's route runs along Anzac Highway and into the heart of the city, through Victoria Square, then up into the hills via Payneham Road and Lower North East Road.

The finish festivities will be hosted by the National Motor Museum. Gates open at 10 am and the vehicles are expected to arrive from 11 am. The finish is an event for the whole family, with music entertainment, the fashions in the field competition, local food vendors, children's entertainment, and the judging of the Concours d'Elegance and Preservation class vehicles.
Date Thu 11th Oct 2018 to Sat 13th Oct 2018
We are bringing back Oklahoma! for another season, in milder weather, in its 75th anniversary year! Come back and join us at Four Oaks Farm, Littlehampton in October 2018 for a limited season.

Set in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, we are bringing this beloved classic to life with a real windmill, a real surrey, live horses and a country fair to boot! Come along and totally immerse yourselves in this unique family-friendly experience.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colourful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road.

Kids under 3 free. There will be delicious food options (including Mt Barker Scouts sausage sizzle and Oklahoma! audience favourite, Sharon’s Biscuits!), a bar stocked with local beverages, local country baked goods and country crafts for sale too!
Car and Motorcycle Show N Shine For Brain Cancer
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018
The event is a Car and Motorcycle Show N Shine for Brain Cancer taking place at Keith Stephenson Park in Mount Barker on October the 13th 9:00am till 3:00pm.

The park will be filled with cars and bikes from any make and model. With over 16 different categories to win, trophies, certificates, prize packs valued over $200 each, hampers, vouchers and much more. To enter your vehicle fill in the form, click on the link to access the form
plus make payment of $15 to secure your spot, see banking details in form. Account Name- Mahayla Rose

The event will feature over 80+ market stalls, food vans, drinks, coopers bar, giveaways, raffles, merchandise stalls, club stalls, entertainment, live music, prizes and much more.

Live demonstrations by Jordan "Biggie" Australia's Strongman.

See you on the day!

October Spring Wine and Wildflower Walk at Sinclair’s Gully
Date Sun 14th Oct 2018
Pull on your boots and head to the bushland bar for a wine tasting in Sinclair's Gully endangered candlebark forest. Enjoy fine wine while you wander through a spectacular display of spring wildflowers in our 20 acre nature sanctuary.

Chat to vigneron Sean Delaney about the bush care work and sustainable land management practices in the Hills state tourism award winning eco cellar door. Bring your own picnic or nibbles to enjoy after the walk.

Walk starts at 11am sharp. Please arrive 15 minutes before the walk commences. Numbers are limited so bookings essential.
Masterclass: The Art of Bonsai
Date Sun 14th Oct 2018
Learn about the ancient art and science of Bonsai from one of the Botanic Gardens of South Australia's leading horticulturists, Rob Hatcher.

You'll learn about the best horticultural practices to construct, grow and care for your very own Bonsai in this practical and hands-on Masterclass, which takes place at the picturesque Adelaide Hills gem, Mount Lofty Botanic Garden.

You'll explore tricky Bonsai techniques such as correct watering and knowing when and how to prune and re-pot your Bonsai, and at the end of the session you'll take home the Bonsai you constructed in class.

Lunch, tea and coffee are included in the ticket price.
Masterclass: Australian Native Bonsai
Date Thu 18th Oct 2018
Date: Thursday 18 October
Time: 10am to 3pm
Where: Mount Lofty Botanic Garden Nursery (enter through the Trade Gate to the right of the Lower Carpark entrance)
Cost: $200 (+ booking fee if booked online - includes bonsai to take home, lunch and tea & coffee)

Book your tickets via Eventbrite or call.
*Book quickly - class size limited to 10 spots

Learn about the ancient art and science of Bonsai using Australian native plants from one of the Botanic Gardens of South Australia’s leading horticulturists, Rob Hatcher.

You'll learn about the best horticultural practices to construct, grow and care for your very own Australian native bonsai in this practical and hands-on Masterclass.

Throughout the day you'll explore tricky Bonsai techniques such as correct watering and knowing when and how to prune and re-pot your Bonsai.

At the end of the day you'll take home your very own Bonsai that you constructed in class.
Meadows Country Fair
Date Sun 21st Oct 2018
A great family fun day showcasing local tourism, food, wine and produce, wildlife conservation and education.

Featuring the legendary and original Udder Tug hand-milking competition, the Daisy Trail, market stalls, field day, yard dog trials, regional produce and wines, animal expo, children's events, entertainment and amusement for the whole family, and much, much more.

Held the third Sunday in October every year, the Meadows Country Fair is widely acclaimed as the best event of its kind in the Adelaide Hills region.
Adelaide Hills Oktoberfest
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018
This festival will deliver a traditional and authentic German Cultural Oktoberfest; and what better place to do it than the Adelaide Hills.

The inaugural festival will be a family friendly affair with music, traditional dancing, beer and off course plenty of German style food. Prancing Pony Brewery will be brewing two traditional German style beers, which will be served in 1 Litre Steins.

Guests will enjoy a range of games to participate in during the day including Bretzel eating, Hammer Throwing & Potato Sack Racing.

There will be, however, two main competitions that
guests can participate in:
For the Herren (Gentlemen): BEST MOUSTACHE COMPETETION.
A Taste Of Beerenberg
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018 to Sun 5th May 2019
You are invited to an intimate, insider’s experience at one of South Australia’s most-loved properties – Beerenberg Farm.
The iconic strawberry farm started as a simple roadside stall in the 1970s and is now one of Adelaide’s most popular tourism attractions and producers. You’ll be hosted in a private area of the farm that is not usually open to the public and hear about how the farm has grown and the stories of summers passed sharing strawberries among friends, family and the public over the past 40 years.
Relax and learn about the stunning Hahndorf farm over a generous grazing platter of gourmet local produce and Bickfords sparkling beverages, before being released to roam the strawberry fields to hand-pick your own bounty.

Leave with a gift bag to continue enjoying a taste of Beerenberg. Sessions have a maximum capacity of 12 people.

Please be aware of our Terms and Conditions regarding cancellations due to inclement weather.
Workshop: Topiary Craft
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018
The fascinating art of topiary isn't new, and in fact dates back to the first century AD, when Roman gardeners first began shaping of trees and shrubs by regular trimming and garden craft.

Topiary entered European gardening's mainstream during the Italian Renaissance, when gardeners turned back to ancient Rome and Greece for inspiration.

In this Masterclass you'll discover this craft's rich history, while learning how to grow, train and maintain your own topiary collection - carrying on the ancient tradition.

Select a plant from the Botanic Gardens Of South Australia's Nursery and start the training process. Plants worked on in class can be taken home.
Balhannah/Oakbank Community Carols
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
It has occurred to us that as a community we do little to celebrate the festive season. With this is mind the Balhannah Uniting Church and the Mount Barker District Concert Band and Big Band (aka Carols Super Band) invite you to collaborate with us in an exciting vision:
Balhannah/Oakbank Community Carols.
We see this as opportunity to gather together and present a program that celebrates the spirit of Christmas in a way that reflects our community.
This event will be held on the Oakbank Area School front lawns on Saturday November 24th at 5pm with a free bouncy castle with food and drink available for purchase to help families get into the spirit. At 6.30pm we invite you to work your vocal cords by joining in the singing of all your favourite Christmas carols and tunes accompanied by the Carols Super Band. A goodwill offering will take place during the event with proceeds to benefit the Christmas Bowl Appeal.
This event will be family friendly and alcohol free.
Carols in the Park, Mount Barker
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018
There is something special about singing carols by the glow of candlelight. So, to capture this feeling and welcome the Christmas spirit to Mount Barker and the Adelaide Hills, the Mount Barker Ministers Fellowship present Carols in the Park, Mt Barker on Saturday, December 1st.

Held at Keith Stephenson Park in Mount Barker and starting at 5pm, the event begins with children's activities - bouncy castle and face painting - and food and refreshments to help families get into the spirit. At 7pm there is an opportunity to work your vocal cords and swing your candles as we invite everyone to join in the singing of your favourite Christmas carols and tunes with music by the Carols Big Band and our wonderful vocalists including Lisa Duffield and students from St Francis de Sales College, Mount Barker High School and Cornerstone College. Our special guest artist, Humphrey B. Bear, will be stopping by to entertain us as well!

And, in true Carols in the Park tradition, we will have a fabulous fireworks display to finish off what promises to be a fantastic night!

We hope to see you there!!
Lights of Lobethal
Date Sun 9th Dec 2018 to Sun 30th Dec 2018
The Lights of Lobethal Christmas Festival has been lighting up the Lobethal Valley in the Adelaide Hills for more than sixty years.

Created by the community of Lobethal in the true spirit of Christmas, the event has evolved into the largest Community Christmas Light Display in the Southern Hemisphere.

In addition to the attraction of the spectacular light displays, there are numerous fantastic events and attractions for visitors throughout the festive season. Highlights include the annual Christmas Pageant through the town’s main street, the 'Lights On' Ceremony, the Living Nativity preformed each night, stalls, markets and much more!

Lobethal is located about 45 minutes east of Adelaide city by car.

This is a family event and the area is a dry zone (no alcohol).
Hahndorf Christkindlmarkt
Date Fri 14th Dec 2018 to Sun 16th Dec 2018
Hahndorf Christkindlmarkt is a European-style Christmas market based in the German town of Hahndorf, organised and run by C3 Church Adelaide Hills. It captures the essence of community, celebration, fun, laughter & family enjoying time together, such as is found in many cities in Europe over the Christmas period, but in a warm Aussie setting.

With over 50 stalls, entertainment, food & much more, it's going to be an incredible weekend filled with fun, entertainment and Christmas Spirit so make sure you don't miss out and come along to see what the fuss is all about.

See You There!
Carols Under the Candlebarks
Date Sun 23rd Dec 2018
Wear your Santa hat or something red and celebrate Christmas at Sinclair's Gully with coloratura soprano Kathryn Snape. Bring along a picnic or nibbles and sing along to all your favourite carols, as the sun sets in our towering Candlebark forest.

Arrive from 6pm with Carols starting at 7pm. Please bring along a picnic/nibbles. Bring your own wine glass or buy glasses for AUD5.00 each. Wine for sale by the bottle (from AUD20.00). Strictly no bring your own alcohol. Tables and chairs provided

Bookings are essential online.
The 5K Foam Fest - Adelaide
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019
The 5K Foam Fest is a one of kind obstacle course based fun run. Join us for 22+ obstacles including the world's largest inflatable waterslide, mud pits and 2.5 MILLION cubic feet of foam! Rock out all day to 12,000 watts of awesome music, enjoy a FREE kids zone for kids 7 and under, delicious food, great vendors and a beer garden. With a variety obstacles and a ton of foam the run is an exciting challenge for experienced and beginner runners alike. The 5K Foam Fest is not a hardcore run it is a FunCore run.

Get Filthy Clean!

What's Included? Every participant receives a runner's bib, tattoo, finishers medal, beach towel, free professional photos for download and many, many laughs all while supporting a great cause!

Ticket prices jump based on capacity so the earlier you register the more you save.

We also offer family pass ticket options and discounted rates available for Corporate groups, Military and all First Responders.

Check out our website for more information on this event you will not want to miss out on!

All British Day
Date Sun 10th Feb 2019
All British Day 2018 will be held on Sunday 11th February.
A multi-club, picnic day in the Adelaide Hills, it has grown to become a leading event in South Australia. With hundreds of British vehicles including cars, motorbikes, commercials, farming and stationery engines and a working Rolls Royce Merlin Engine.

Traditional Morris dancers will also be present.
For our featured Marque in 2018 we will be celebrating 70 years of the Land Rover. Vehicles on display include models from the first model in 1947 up to the latest models, a testament to this vehicle’s unique durability and appeal across the years.
Held in the beautiful Adelaide Hills at Echunga Oval, why not enjoy the drive up into the cool hills? Trade stands and local food bring a fete atmosphere to Echunga.
Visitors have free parking and cars will be ready for public entry from 10.30am to 3pm.

In 2018 we will be proudly supporting Guide Dogs SA and NT. So, please come along and get behind this event. Entrants can now apply via the website below - Visitors just turn up on the day.
Further information via Facebook or our website.
Beer and Bite Festival
Date Sun 24th Feb 2019
The Beer and Bite Festival is an annual beer and food festival in the town of Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills.

The Beer and Bite Festival is the largest beer and food event in the hills boasting over 15 breweries from around australia and the world as well as cider, wine and even a cool cocktail bar area for those who arent huge fans of beer.

As the name suggests we have a large selection of amazing food including pigs on spits, gourmet burgers, ribs, paella, curry, loads of international flavours and some of the Adelaide Hills best kept culinary secrets.

We also have our signature Beer Hall, music and loads of fun for the whole family.
2019 Heysen Sculpture Biennial
Date Sun 24th Feb 2019 to Tue 30th Apr 2019
Experience an exhibition of contemporary sculpture staged in the grounds of The Cedars, home and former studio of Sir Hans Heysen, one of Australia's foremost landscape artists.
Sculptors @ Crystal Lake Symposium
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019
Nine Australian sculptors transforming stone into sculpture over 9 days under Artistic Director Silvio Apponyi. Crystal Lake gallery art and sculpture exhibition and sales. Sculpting workshops, Family days with children's activities, Melbas chocolate sculpting, participate in photo competition, picnic in the park. Visit the website.
2019 Oakbank Easter Saturday
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019
Easter Saturday at Oakbank is one of the jewels in the South Australian racing calendar.

The Easter Racing Carnival has been one of South Australia’s premier social and sporting occasions for almost 150 years, and the annual pilgrimage to the Adelaide Hills track is for many a family tradition that goes back generations. Uniquely among SA race courses, racegoers can bring their own picnics and barbeques, and by the time racing begins the car park is awash with marquees, tents and barbeques as families and friends soak up the unique country racing atmosphere.
2019 Oakbank Easter Monday
Date Mon 22nd Apr 2019
The Easter Racing Carnival has been one of South Australia’s premier social and sporting occasions for almost 150 years, and the annual pilgrimage to the Adelaide Hills track is for many a family tradition that goes back generations. Uniquely among SA race courses, racegoers can bring their own picnics and barbeques, and by early morning the car park is awash with marquees, tents and barbeques as families and friends soak up the unique country racing atmosphere.

A family-oriented event, the Easter Racing Carnival has plenty of activities and entertainment designed especially for kids, including rides and amusements, an animal petting zoo, face painting, Kelly Sports and roving entertainers.

Oakbank Racing Club offers a range of options for racegoers wanting the experience the thrill of high-quality racing in an idyllic Adelaide Hills setting. These include general admission tickets, the famous Punters’ Retreat, corporate boxes, reserved private marquees, with packages available for one or both days of the Carnival.