Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard’s deck is the perfect spot for lunch or to host a private function dinner.
Start at Hahndorf’s German Pantry (08 8388 7454) to pick up some traditional smallgoods, sauces and sweets, then tuck into flavour-packed fare crafted from produce within a 160-kilometre radius at Locavore (locavore.com.au) in Stirling. If the weather’s good, enjoy a sunny afternoon in a beer garden that backs onto a babbling creek at The Bridgewater Inn (bridgewaterinn.com.au), or sample high-end menus on the three-tiered deck at Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard (mtloftyrangesvineyard.com.au), which overlooks vines and orchards.
Choose between lush fern-filled gullies, beautifully manicured picnic areas and dense bush as you walk through the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden (botanicgardens.sa.gov.au). Nearby Cleland Wildlife Park (clelandwildlifepark.sa.gov.au) is home to roos, wombats and koalas, as well as rarer native species such as dingoes and Tassie devils. And don’t forget to ensure there’s time for a wine-tasting: Shaw + Smith (shawandsmith.com) and Tapanappa (tapanappa.com.au) are two highlights of the region.
Bed down in Hahndorf at the Stables Inn Boutique Motel (08 8388 7988), or opt for high-end luxury at Mount Lofty House (mtloftyhouse.com.au), where every stay includes a bottle of sparkling and a guided tour of the grand sandstone manor that overlooks the Piccadilly Valley.