Explore South Australia with these four wonderful day trips from Adelaide.
Adelaide in South Australia is a fantastic city to explore, but if you are there for an extended trip, we recommend you make time to explore outside of Adelaide as well. South Australia has some of the best wine regions in Australia and it is close to the seaside village of Glenelg, all of which make a great day trips from Adelaide.
Hahndorf and the Adelaide Hills
Hahndorf is an easy 45-minute drive from Adelaide, but once you arrive it seems much further, and there is plenty to do in Handorf making it a perfect day trip from Adelaide. Founded by German immigrants in 1838, the quaint village has a great selection of restaurants, shops and accommodation. Many of the nearby wineries from the Adelaide Hills have a cellar door in town which makes it very convenient to taste and purchase wine.
You can also pick up a map of all the cellar doors in the Adelaide Hills- the Adelaide Hills Cellar Door Guide.
Recommendations of What to Do in Hahndorf
Visit the Hahndorf Hill Winery located in town, where you can taste and purchase a selection of their wines. They have a few different varietals including their award-winning Gruner Veltliner. It’s a fantastic opportunity to try some different grapes than you the usual bottle shop selection.
The Scott & La Prova Cellar Door offers wine flights for tasting and/or a charcuterie plate and wine if you need a light bite to eat. Scott and La Prova offer two wine labels from this wine maker specializing in Italian varietals grown in the Adelaide Hills. They source grapes from around the valley and make a variety of Italian style wines. (Note: only open the first weekend of every month.)
And if you would like a stop at a local brewer, try the Prancing Pony Brewery. They make several award-winning beers and have a restaurant. If you like dark beers, we highly recommend you try the Black Ale.
If you love goat cheese, and who doesn’t, don’t miss the opportunity to stop in at Woodside Cheese Wrights in Woodside, just outside of Hahndorf. If you are interested in learning more about cheese making, you can take a class.
Visit the Seaside Village of Glenelg
Only 10 kilometers from Adelaide, Glenelg is Adelaide’s favorite seaside destination along the shores of Holdfast Bay.
Glenelg has plenty of restaurants, cafes, and shops to keep you entertained. And, great waterfront cycling and walking paths for some easy exercise and a chance to enjoy the views. Calm waters and white sandy beaches make it an excellent choice for swimming, especially for kids.
And you can hop the tram from the city, it’s only 30 minutes away. (Even closer from the airport.)
Visit the McLaren Vale Wine Region
Hugo Wines greeted us with a warm fire and the offer of a taste of their lovely sparkling wine, Cuvee, making us feel very welcome. This family-owned and run winery has a beautiful setting and the tasting building has fantastic views over the vineyard and the valley. Available for tasting is a wide selection of white and red wines including their Grand Tawny, a fortified wine. Olive oil, grown and pressed on the premises, is also available for tasting and purchase.
There is also a distillery in McLaren Vale, Settler’s Spirits, if you need a break from wineries. (Is that possible?) Settler’s Spirits make artisan gin, whisky, vodka and liqueurs.
There are some great restaurants in this area to make your day trip from Adelaide complete.
What to Do in the Barossa Valley
Another one of South Australia’s world-renowned wine regions, the Barossa has some iconic wineries and great farm-fresh produce.
A legend in Australia, Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop is in the Barossa Valley. You can visit for a meal, a shop and tasting of their great products or watch the daily cooking demonstration. If you like cooking you are sure to learn something new.
If you visit on a Saturday stop by the Barossa Farmer’s Market where you will find some of the freshest local produce from the valley.
To try some of Australia’s iconic wines visit Penfold’s Winery cellar door for a tasting. They are the maker of the highly rated Grange Hermitage. Or for experience you will never forget you can become a winemaker for a day! (Advanced reservations required for the class.)
You can find more information on road trips from Adelaide here.
If you would like to take a wine tour of the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, or McLaren Vale wine regions we recommend Small Batch Wine Tours.
So there you have it, four wonderful day trips from Adelaide. There are many other options to get out of town and explore the countryside, but for some of those further away we recommend an overnight trip to make the most of it.