Transitplus operate services around the area, including bus services direct to Adelaide central bus station. The fares and timetables are integrated with the Adelaide services. Google maps operates the trip planner service, and the fares and route details are on the Adelaide Metro site .
The Hills is a challenge to drive around by car, with some inadequate signage and winding roads, but they are beautiful to drive. With a map you won't go to far in the wrong direction and no doubt have taken a scenic drive.
Public transport isn't great around the Hills, which is a shame given the fantastic wines of the region, however there are a couple of tour companies providing regular services.
- Monarto Zoological Park, Old Princes Hwy, Monarto South, ☎ . Daily 9:30AM-5PM. 1,000 hectare open-range sanctuary undertaking breeding programs for rare and endangered species. The park is 45 minutes (70 km) from Adelaide and is the gateway to the Murraylands region. Drive through Cheetah habitat, and see a Southern White Rhinoceros, Australia's largest giraffe herd and the largest revegetation project of its kind in South Australia's history. Safari bus and walking tours operate every day of the year. One-day pass: Child (4-14 years) $19.50, Adult (15 years and over) $35, family passes $89.50-101.50.
- Mount Lofty Lookout. Around 20 minutes drive from Adelaide - and has spectacular views of Adelaide and Gulf St Vincent, a great tourist attraction in its own right but also home to a restaurant offering modern Australian cuisine and a Visitor information Centre. There are a couple of buses a day that will take you directly there, so check the timetables carefully.
- Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens. 97 hectares of magnolias etc with several walking trails, stunning views and good picnic areas.
- Hahndorf - One of the Adelaide Hill's most famous towns, Hahndorf is Australia's oldest surviving German settlement. Hahndorf has plenty of souvenir shops, craft outlets and galleries to explore, including the Hahndorf Academy. There's still a strong German flavour in the town, most evident in the smallgood outlets and German bakeries that line the main street. Visitors can pick their own strawberries at Beerenberg Strawberry Farm or visit the former home and studio of Sir Hans Heysen, The Cedars. There are several good winery cellar doors in the area and the Hahndorf Farm Barn is an enjoyable stop for families
- The National Motor Museum in Birdwood has one of the largest collections of cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles in the world. The collection comprises over 300 vehicles dating from the turn of the century to the present day.
- The Cedars, Heysen Road, Hahndorf, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Tu-Su and holiday Mondays 10AM-4:30PM. The home of one of Australia’s most famous painters, Hans Heysen, nestled among the majestic gum trees which featured in many of his paintings. Visit his studio which has largely remained undisturbed since his death in 1968. Adults $10.
- Visit some of the 29 winery cellar doors. The following are a range from the very small to the larger corporate producers.
- Hahndorf Hill Winery
- Shaw & Smith
- Tilbrook Estate
- Bird in Hand
- Barratt Wines
- Ashton Hills
- Wine tours
- Rich & Lingering. Offers bespoke food and wine tours which gratify the senses.
- Visit food producers - small goods, cheese makers, chocolate makers, espcially in Hahndorf, Balhannah, and Woodside.
- Visit country markets in Echunga, Uraidla, Woodside, Stirling.
- The Organic Market and Cafe. Fantastic organic food, with a large selection of vegetarian meals. Very popular with locals, so get in early for lunch. Seasonal menu. The market and cafe sources high quality produce from local growers, regional suppliers and specialty providers. 5 Druid Avenue Stirling. Open 364 days a year from 8:30AM. Market closes 5:30PM. Café closes 5PM.
- Cladich Pavilions, 27-29 Wilpena Tce, Aldgate (From Adelaide: follow Glen Osmond Road out of the City (A1), continue on to the South East Freeway (M1), take the Stirling Exit and follow Mt Barker Road through Stirling. After ~2 km take a left into Arkaba Road, just before the Railway Bridge, immediately turn right into Wilpena Terrace), ☎ . From $240.
- Adelaide Hills Country Cottages, 229 Oakwood Rd, Oakbank, ☎ . From $300.
- Mount Lofty House, 74 Mount Lofty Summit Road, Crafers, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. From $219.
- Dumas House, 11 Druids Avenue, Mount Barker, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. The former residence to Mr Charles Dumas and his family is available as self-contained accommodation. M-Th $220-245, F-Su $246-265.
- Old Mill Hahndorf, 98 Main Street, Hahndorf, ☎ . A beautiful old building on Hahndorf's Main Street. Very comfortable accommodation, with a sumptuous buffet dinner. From $75.