Our next day trip on our to-do list was to visit Hahndorf village which is nestled in the Adelaide Hills just 25 minutes from the city. The pamphlet states” that Hahndorf is the living window to its Germanic colonial heritage; Hahndorf is a relaxing place and a haven of colour all year round. A place where famous artists have lived and, today a place where dozens of gourmet food outlets, galleries and quirky shops – many housed in charming settler’s cottages dating back to the 1940’s.” It was very true to its words, from the famous mettwurst sausages to their modern bakeries and galleries of jewellery, clocks and woollen products it was a shopaholic’s dream. With tastings of their famous fudges and boosted by a kransky with sauerkraut and mustard and homemade icecream we were unable to enjoy the delicious offerings at Chocolat No 5, so it was decided we would come back again and start our venture from the other end of the village. From here we took the scenic trip back to Adelaide taking in the scenery from Hahndorf to Bridwood via Mt Torrens. Somewhere along the way we called into The Olde Apple Shed in the Onkaparinga Valley Road in Balhannah to buy an apple pie.
Melba's Chocolate Factory
In Woodside at the heritage Park we tasted the lovely cheeses from the Woodside Cheese Wrights Cheese Cellar and admired all the confectionery at Melba’s Chocolate Factory.
This was a wall to wall sugar fix for the lolly lovers and it showcased chocolates such as Cow Pats (Almost puts you off chocolate doesn’t it) and sheeps nuts.
I saw many big kids leaving loaded with bags of sugary goodies.
Birdwood primary School
On to Birdwood where the National Motor Museum is housed and we espied the Birdwood primary School, I could just imagine attending school in this heritage building.
The Peerless Flour Mill and Blumberg Hotel deserved a photo shot also.
Peerless Roller Mills
Then down through picturesque winding roads towards Gumeracha where we found The Toy Factory which also boasts a 7 acre animal nature park and cafe.
The Giant Rocking Horse
This 25 year old business is home to the world’s biggest rocking horse, which proudly stands prominently in the entrance to the car park. On Sunday we played tourist at the Tram Museum, but I will write about that later.