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This bushfire stricken area is famous for its wineries. Why it's time to visit some of the best places in Australia and help support local communities rebuild.
Many of these regions rely on tourism so one of the best ways to help is to visit and spend time in some of the most beautiful parts of our great country. Within 30 minutes of leaving Adelaide Airport, or just 20 minutes from the CBD, you can be in the heart of the hills and ready to start exploring. Wineries are a major part of the Adelaide Hills experience and many producers were hard hit by the fires that swept through parts of the region a few days before Christmas.
But thankfully many have been able to reopen their cellar doors, restaurants and gardens and are asking visitors to come and support the region. Many businesses are running fundraising so a visit to one can help many more. You can see a lot in one day in the hills but there are plenty of things to keep you busy for more and an overnight stay is the best excuse to sit back with a glass of local wine or cider, beer or gin Want to fuck online Hahndorf i miss you they make them all and decide where to go for lunch next.
There are several ro that will take you into the hills and its many towns and villages. To get straight into the action there is the South Eastern Freeway with exits to all the major spots, or take the scenic route that winds through the hills to towns like Summertown, Uraidla and Lenswood. The gardens are 97 hectares of native bush and gardens with lots of walking paths, trails and sculptures. The Mt Lofty Summit has great views across Adelaide where you can grab a coffee and enjoy it. Cleland Wildlife Park is also in this part of the hills. If you are looking for somewhere a bit special to stay, Mount Lofty House is nearby.
Mount Lofty House is luxury in the hills. Picture: Ben Goode Source:Supplied. Stirling is one of the busiest towns in the region and is classic Adelaide Hills — Instagram-worthy winding tree-lined streets with lots of cafes, restaurants and shops along footpaths made for meandering. Stirling is the quintessential Adelaide Hills town. Picture: Adam Bruzzone Source:Supplied. Stop in at places like Red Cacoaan artisan chocolate shop where you can have a coffee or hot chocolate of course or if you time your visit for a Friday night there is a desert bar.
Just down the road is the town of Aldgate with its Pump House Hotel and this is also the time to check out the historic Bridgewater Mill. In the s it was a flour mill but now it offers lots of different eating and drinking options in a beautiful location. An easy minute drive across the hills and you can be in the town of Hahndorf. There is literally a butcher, a baker and candle maker in this town. Micro brewery Gulf Brewery is a local beer and cider maker and Ambleside Distillers offers gin tastings and blending masterclasses. Picture: Michael Waterhouse Source:Supplied. The town is also home to Beerenberg Farm.
You can pick your own strawberries and stock up on the products in the farm shop. The house, studio and gardens at The Cedars make for a great package. One of the great things about visiting the Adelaide Hills is the towns are all just a short drive apart. This is the place you really will want to bring your empty Esky.
The cafe has chocolate on tap — literally there are taps with different chocolate flavours that when combined with various milk options can make up to 25 different variations of hot chocolate. There is literally chocolate on tap at Melba's chocolate factory.
Next door is Woodside Cheese Wrights where you can try cheese, buy cheese and learn how to make cheese. In the main street Woodside Providore showcases Adelaide Hills produce and wine and The Warehouse Woodside is crammed with great antiques, industrial vintage and plain quirky stuff. Barristers Block Wines was hit hard by the fires, sadly losing its vineyard. But its cellar door and gardens were undamaged and are now operating as usual. Stop in for a wine tasting and have lunch at the restaurant with pizza and tapas on the menu or you can go with one of the grazing platters. Barristers Block restaurant and garden are open for business.
Picture: Sven Kovac Source:Supplied. Its vineyards were damaged but the accommodation was untouched so all the more reason to stay here while visiting. Sadly, V inteloper lost most of their vineyard and farmhouse in the fires so a visit to Lot is a great way to support them.
Happy Saturday friends! Come and enjoy a pizza on the lawns! The area around the town was hard hit by the fires but the main street was saved and the community is now welcoming back visitors. The historic Onkaparinga Woollen Mill, which once produced those famous coloured check blankets that were on every Aussie bed, is being transformed into an arts and heritage hub called Fabrik.
The old mill is also home to the Lobethal Bierhaus, a popular micro brewery with cellar door tastings anyone for lentil beer? Lobethal Bierhaus has taken residence in part of the old woollen mill.
Picture: Supplied Source:Supplied. Lobethal Road Wines managed to save their vineyards and cellar doors and is encouraging people to visit. There are plenty of accommodation options in the area including Lobethal Bed and Breakfast. Just a few minutes from Woodside and Lobethal is the even smaller village of Charleston and this is where you will find homewares and fashion store Pony, which stocks the kind of gear that deserves a spot on your Insta feed.
Pony is packed with beautiful homewares, clothes and art. Unfortunately nearby Almondcart Wines lost almost all of its vineyard in the fire but the owners are still welcoming visitors for tastings on the property or you can head online to support them. Cellar doors are dotted throughout the rolling hills and when they invented the word picturesque this is what they had in mind.
The area is just 15 kilometres away from where the devastating Cudlee Creek fires started on December Most businesses have reopened and the community are pulling together to support each other and the firefighters who battled the blazes. Cherry picking season is mostly over for this season but add it to your to-do-list if you plan to travel later in the year.
Picture: Iain Bond Source:Supplied. The fire got very close to Anderson Hill winery and they lost some vines but its cellar door and restaurant were all saved and they are open for tastings and lunch. Golding Wines had ificant vineyard losses but fortunately its cellar door, terrace areas and gardens were not damaged and are operating as usual.
Sadly, some wineries in the area were lost in the fires, such as Tilbrook Estatewhich has set up a GoFundMe. Applewood gin distillery — Gumeracha. Located in an old apple cold store shed, this local gin maker offers gin tastings. You can set yourself up at the long bar or settle into one of the comfy chairs. In the know quiz Premium membership Best of shopping Log in up. Log out. Alex Turner-Cohen and staff writers. Video Image Why it's time to visit some of the best places in Australia and help support local communities rebuild View this post on Instagram.Want to fuck online Hahndorf i miss you
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