The Adelaide Hills
The Adelaide Hills Region of South Australia is a special part of the world and offers an enviable lifestyle to those who choose to live here. Most people discover it by chance and then either keep returning as a visitor or make it their home.
The region offers a mixture of residential living, agricultural pursuits, a range of business & artistic endeavours and is within easy commuting distance to Adelaide, the capital of South Australia.
It is a region where a sense of community is still strong , where many individuals volunteer to help others and where the community as a whole values volunteers and where individuals & businesses support volunteers in their own way.
From the local wineries and country hotels to the range of wonderful eateries, it is one of those rare places where people can relax and enjoy the area in which they live.
Mount Barker, now a city, is a fast growing and exciting regional centre and one of South Australia's sought after locations. It has a dynamic retail and commercial CBD plus an entrepreneurial spirit to many of its small businesses. The population is increasing as is the social and economic mix. With many young people coming here to live it is a vibrant area and there are a range of public & private schools plus childcare centres. Mount Barker has a good range of restaurants and eateries plus several hotels, a cinema complex and supermarkets.
Mount Barker highlights include Auchendarroch, Steam Ranger, Laratinga wetlands & associated linear trails, the Mount Barker Summit, Gawler Street and the Neringa Concert Hall. The town itself has many Parks & Reserves and has an ambitious street tree planting program.
Littlehampton is a small town in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia which still manages to retain its small town feel not withstanding its close proximity to Mount Barker and the growing Industrial / Employment lands at Totness on the edge of town. The community is serviced by a Supermarket, Medical Centre, Primary School, Fuel outlets, Post Office Agency, several cafes, The Great Eastern Hotel and the Anembo Park sporting grounds.
Littlehampton Bricks is a prominent landmark business in the town and still produces clay fired bricks & pavers for domestic & International use. Residents in the town have quick access to the South Eastern Freeway, Hahndorf and to the additional shops & facilities in Mount Barker.
Popular amongst locals, Littlehampton has a village feel and has large tracts of rural living and farmland close by.
Nairne is a character filled Adelaide Hills township that is undergoing positive development with a Supermarket under construction & both Hotels due for redevelopment. Located on the Old Princes Highway about 7kms from Mount Barker it has a primary school, some fine eateries, craft shops, two hotels, the ever popular Lot 100 and some well developed sporting grounds. With its historic colonial style main street it has tremendous potential for tourism & as an artistic precinct. In addition Nairne has a resilient and strong community who have a positive view of their town and want to see it progress in a controlled & positive manner. The new Freeway Interchange between Nairne and Mount Barker gives Nairne residents much quicker access to Adelaide.
Hahndorf is classified as Australia's oldest surviving German settlement and each year nearly a million visitors from the hills, Adelaide & all over the world enjoy its charm and the hospitality. A mere 25 minute drive from the Adelaide CBD access is via the South Eastern Freeway.
When visiting Hahndorf township, the most striking features that greet visitors are the over 100 year old avenue of trees that line the Main street and the original 'Fachwerk' buildings, many beautifully maintained or restored to original conditions. There is still a strong German flavour in Hahndorf and the main street has a unique 'village feel' about it with eateries, souvenir & gift shops, clothing & leather goods and craft outlets & galleries. There is the Haus Restaurant & two pubs offering authentic German fare plus numerous cafes, restaurants and fine food outlets all making Hahndorf an ideal place for a day out with family or friends.
The countryside surrounding Hahndorf is beautiful with many old Prussian style farm buildings, vineyards & wineries plus the home & studio of Sir Hans Heysen - The Cedars.