Adelaide Hills is a beautiful country region in South Australia. Take the South Eastern freeway from the city, through the Heysen tunnel, and in a matter of minutes you will have entered the region known as the Adelaide Hills.
The Hills are not just one town, but comprised of many townships and communities. They are governed by the Adelaide Hills Council, one of the largest in South Australia.
Statistics and Facts about the Adelaide Hills
The Adelaide Hills, according to the Census in 2011 had a population of 38,633 living in 15,284 homes. Of these, only a fraction over 30,000 were Australian born.
The Hills region was amongst the first areas of South Australia to be settled by europeans. Many towns still bear German names, like Hahndorf and Lobethal.
List of towns that comprise the Adelaide Hills
Since the Adelaide Hills refers to a specific area, and not directly a particular town, you will not that it is comprised of many small townships.
These include Birdwood, Carey Gully, Crafers, Echunga, Gumeracha, Hahndorf, Littlehampton , Oakbank, Nairne, Lobethal, Meadows, Macclesfield, Mount Barker, Stirling, Woodside, Verdun, Upper Sturt and many more.
The Adelaide Hills Council
The council is responsible for community centres, libraries, waste collection and planning and building regulation. The Adelaide Hills Council covers a large area, and approximately 40,000 people within its constituency.
Things to see and do
The Adelaide Hills is famous for its wines, picturesque scenery and smallgoods. The region was settled in the early 1800s, and is covered by the council areas of District Council of Mt Barker,and the Adelaide Hills Council.
Stop in at historic Hahndorf for some local produce, or head to Oakbank for the annual horse racing carnival. View local art galleries, pick strawberries at the famous Beerenberg farm, or just relax with a scenic drive to the top of Mt Lofty.
There is so much to do in the Hills, within such a relatively short drive from town.