Due South Australia : Due South Australia 2016
ADELAIDE HILLS DUE SOUTH AUSTRALIA | ADELAIDE HILLS | www.duesouthaustralia.com.au | 29 ADELAIDE HILLS VISIT Once seen as a place to escape the summer heat, the Adelaide Hills is a region which pays respect to its heritage while embracing new influences. T he Adelaide Hills are a haven with vineyards, farms, orchards, markets and lush scenery just a short drive from the city centre. The region also contains a number of art galleries, boutiques, and exceptional restaurants and cafés. The vineyards peppered around the Hills may have put the region on the international map, but now the fresh produce, native wildlife and outdoor pursuits are attracting visitors from around the world and its cooking schools attract some of the most celebrated chefs from Sydney, Melbourne and overseas. The Hills are home to microbreweries, smokehouses, cheese makers, chocolatiers, olive growers, bakers and other artisan food producers. Traditional produce including apples, strawberries and cherries still feature on local restaurant and café menus; however, the fun is in picking and foraging for your own fruit. A number of orchards and farmers allow the public to pick their own fruit with roadside signs and stalls advertising the tempting, fresh fruit. The fresh produce is also highlighted at the local farmers’ markets, including the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market held on most weekends where the producers and stall holders are only too happy to talk about their goods and suggest recipes. The Adelaide Hills were originally settled by German-speaking migrants in the 1830s and their legacy is maintained in towns such as Hahndorf and Lobethal where German smallgoods, beer and pastries are still popular. But the Hills are constantly evolving and absorbing cultural influences from around the globe. The Hills Sculpture Trail winds through the rolling landscape of the stunning Adelaide Hills, linking towns and regions, art and people, nature and beauty. Couples looking for a romantic escape are spoiled for choice in the Hills with its extensive range of historic guest houses, weekend cottages and boutique accommodation. Cyclists, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts will find a wide range of walking and bike treks, including the Heysen Trail and Amy Gillett Bike Trail. Young entrepreneurs, restaurateurs and artists recognise the unique experience and location that the Adelaide Hills offer and new restaurants, adventure trails, wildlife parks and cellar doors are opening in the region.
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