Explore Stage 2
Driving from Unley to Stirling, via Lobethal and Hahndorf, is a visual and gastronomic feast.
A new wave of culinary creatives have taken over the Adelaide Hills, reinvigorating old favourites and opening boutique, specialty cafes and eateries. The entire day’s worth of Santos Tour Down Under Stage 2 could easily be spent sipping local Adelaide Hills wine, digging in to top-notch local produce, or sitting back and relaxing in the cozy country atmosphere.
Food and drinks
Kick start hump-day with twice the caffeine hit by finding Grinders Coffee at both Stumps Bar & Kitchen and 50SiXONE on King William Road, Hyde Park before meandering along the winding roads and climbing into the Adelaide Hills. Need an afternoon pick-me-up after watching Sprint #1? Find 50SiXONE other location in Gawler Street, Mount Barker.
Above: Tasting Paddle at Lobethal Bierhaus [Pic: South Australian Tourism Commission]
International banker turned serious craft-brewer is the tale of Lobethal Bierhaus’s owner Alistair Turnbull. Crafting up to 12 different beer varieties, including Australia’s first lentil beer, you’ll have to race the locals to this Adelaide Hills favourite.
Graze the afternoon away at Uraidla’s Lost in a Forest or the recently renovated Uraidla Hotel. Lost in a Forest is set inside a beautifully converted Adelaide Hills church, complete with rustic woodwork, stained-glass windows and an intricate mural. Across the road the Uraidla Hotel is a delightful clash of old and new. Grab a local, craft brew or boutique wine and relax by the fireplace, surrounded by the original exposed stonework.
Step into the Summertown Aristologist and enter a haze of food and wine, served by a smooth-talking group of chefs, bartenders and winemakers. Put simply, it’s some of the Adelaide Hills’ best food and drink, grown and prepared on-site by a community of passionate local foodies.
Things to see and do
Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, with plenty of German-village culture lingering to this day. One of the town’s favourite sons is famous artist Sir Hans Heysen. You can still visit his former home and studio The Cedars where you can see many of his famous landscape paintings. Take a stroll down the main street and watch dappled light fall through the trees in this historic, eclectic Hills town.
From the 21-kilometre ride down Mt Lofty to the Eagle Mountain-bike Park, there is something for every type of cyclist in the Adelaide Hills. Cycle up the hill to Cleland Wildlife Park and spend some time getting to know the local koalas, kangaroos and wombats before enjoying a cruisy, scenic descent.
If you love shopping then Stage 2 is for you! After starting in Unley’s exclusive boutiques, you’ll find three major shopping precincts in the Adelaide Hills. There’s Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest German settlement, the garden village of Stirling and thriving Mount Barker. Buy flowers from a roadside stall, meander through a market or select a piece of unique art from one of the many local galleries or art spaces.
View Stage 2 from the air and then drop in at The Lane Vineyard, just outside of Hahndorf, in a helicopter! The Lane Vineyard just happens to be the only registered helicopter landing site in Hahndorf, but also offers traditional wine flight experiences, sumptuous lunches, and amazing views. Bookings are taken in advance for this exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Above: Woodside Cheese Wrights [Pic: South Australian Tourism Commission]
Pick your own strawberries at Beerenberg Farm in Hahndorf, sample delicious chocolate at Melba's Chocolates at Woodside, or pop into South Australia's "hive door" at Buzz Honey in Totness. Sample some award-winning cheeses at Woodside Cheese Wrights cellar door, have an authentic German experience at one of the classic pubs in Hahndorf, or combine chocolate and wine at Hahndorf Hill Winery's ChocoVino experience.
The kids can get up close and personal with some of the Hill’s most charming characters at Cleland Wildlife Park. Just 30 minutes from Adelaide, Cleland Wildlife Park is home to 35 hectares of open bushland habitat where you can wander freely among Australian wildlife.
A little further from the city but right near the Santos Tour Down Under Stage 2 route is Gorge Wildlife Park at Cudlee Creek. See wombats, dingoes, kangaroos and koalas, along with monkeys, alligators, meerkat and ostriches. For those needing a dose of farm life, the Hahndorf Farm Barn will get you in hands-reach of dairy cows, horses, rabbits, reptiles plus cute and cuddly baby animals.
Waterfall Gully, located in the magnificent Cleland Conservation Park, hosts the largest of the seven waterfalls in the park. Take in the breathtaking sights and embark on a great adventure either for a short walk to the falls or a longer hike for those willing. If you make it to Mount Lofty Summit you’ll see the stunning views of the city of Adelaide and beyond.