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Mt. Lofty Tours

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Mt. Lofty
Despite its name, Mt. Lofty is far from lofty, standing just 2,385 feet (727 meters) high in the Mt. Lofty Ranges, part of the Adelaide Hills. The summit offers views across Adelaide and the ocean, with a café, an information center and shop, and hiking trail access. Mt. Lofty Botanic Garden and Cleland Wildlife Park are on its slopes.

The Basics
Mt. Lofty Summit is free to enter, although there is a small charge for parking. Visit on a day trip or half-day trip from Adelaide, on an Adelaide city tour, or as part of a longer journey, such as the epic road trip that links Melbourne and Adelaide. Combine the summit with a pilgrimage to the koalas at Cleland Wildlife Park, the historic German settlement of Hahndorf, a Murray River cruise, or Adelaide Hills wineries. Get active on guided or self-guided hiking trips along the Heysen Trail, to Waterfall Gully, or to Cleland Wildlife Park, or ride a mountain bike downhill from the summit to the city.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Panoramic views from the summit lookout make Mt. Lofty a must for photographers and Instagrammers.
  • Wear a hat, apply sunscreen regularly, and carry plenty of water when hiking the trails on Mt. Lofty.
  • The views from Mt. Lofty Summit are accessible to all, with accessible bathrooms, minimal gradients, and parking suitable for those with disabilities. It’s also possible to roll the Heysen Trail from Cleland Conservation Park, although the bumpy slope may challenge some and the lookout has stairs.

How to Get There

Mt. Lofty’s summit is about 11 miles (18 kilometers) southeast of downtown Adelaide. Bus 823 runs from the Crafers park and ride in the Adelaide Hills to Mt. Lofty Summit twice a day during the week, and three times a day on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays, with no service on Christmas Day. Catch bus 864F or T840 from Grenfell Street to reach Crafers. For more flexibility, drive or join an organized tour.

When to Get There

Mt. Lofty Summit is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the visitor center open from morning to afternoon every day but Christmas Day. The café operates from morning to afternoon Sunday to Thursday, with local wine and platters served on Friday and Saturday evenings, and some seasonal closures. As with other Australian outdoor attractions, the area may be closed on days of extreme heat or fire risk.

Adelaide Hills Highlights

A cool escape from the searing heat of Adelaide during the South Australian summer, the Adelaide Hills are more than just a weekend getaway for urbanites. A wealth of home-grown food and drink options, including wineries, breweries, and distilleries, tempt the foodie traveler; towns such as Hahndorf boast historic charm; Mt. Lofty Summit offers delectable views; and at Christmas Lobethal delivers a spectacular lights display.
Address: Mt Lofty, Adelaide Hills, SA 5152, Australia
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23 Tours and Activities to Experience Mt. Lofty

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Cleland Wildlife Park Tour from Adelaide including Mount Lofty Summit

Cleland Wildlife Park Tour from Adelaide including Mount Lofty Summit

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Meet some of Australia’s most beloved native animals on this day trip from Adelaide to Cleland Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills. Learn about koalas, feed wallabies and kangaroos under staff supervision, be amused by wombats and emus, and observe dingos, Tasmanian devils and more. Then, visit the Mt. Lofty Summit for panoramic views and photo ops.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.82
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Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour from Adelaide

Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour from Adelaide

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Experience the natural beauty of the Adelaide region on a downhill bike tour from the summit of Mount Lofty. With a guide, you’ll start your bike ride at the highest point of the Mt Lofty Ranges, where you can marvel at the panoramic vista before hopping on your mountain bike and taking off down the hill. Make a stop at Cleland Wildlife Park to spot kangaroos and koalas, and stay energized with morning tea. Round-trip transportation by comfortable 4WD vehicle from Adelaide to Mount Lofty is included. This tour is limited to nine people to provide a small-group experience with personalized attention.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.13
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$101.13
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Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Half-Day Tour from Adelaide

Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Half-Day Tour from Adelaide

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Explore the Adelaide Hills and the town of Hahndorf on a half-day tour from Adelaide. Your driver takes you through historic villages that dot the Mount Lofty Ranges and stops in Hahndorf for the afternoon. Includes afternoon tea or beer tasting, air-conditioned transportation, on-board commentary, and pickup and drop-off at select hotels. Please note: Effective from May 3, 2018, due to roadworks on Frome Street, the temporary pick-up location for guests staying at the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel and Mantra on Frome will be 16, Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.36
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$60.36
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Self-Guided Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Hike from Adelaide

Self-Guided Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Hike from Adelaide

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Experience the scenery between Waterfall Gully and Mount Lofty on a self-guided hike from Adelaide including hotel pickup and drop-off. Hike through Cleland Conservative Park, an area famed for its abundance of exotic flora and fauna, and marvel at the natural splendor of Waterfall Gully. Ascend to the summit of Mount Lofty to witness spectacular views of the Adelaide Plains and explore the area at your own pace.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$30.57
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Adelaide Hills Tour with River Murray 3 Hour Lunch Cruise

Adelaide Hills Tour with River Murray 3 Hour Lunch Cruise

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Book forward from 1st August 2020 and all Bookings for our Tours will be allocated to your own luxury vehicle as PRIVATE CHARTER at no extra charge. Covid 19 safe. Min 2 passengers. Adelaide Hills Sightseeing prior to the River Murray Cruise. On arrival to the river township of Murray Bridge we will board the Paddle Wheeler ‘Captain Proud’ and depart for our 3 Hour Cruise, relax on board as our Captain provides an interesting commentary on the river system including some Aboriginal folklore. While you journey on the river, relax and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the surroundings and indulge in a 2 Course Lunch. Take in the peaceful tranquility of the river red gums while spotting galahs, cockatoos, pelicans and kangaroos.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Small Group Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Hideaway Tour from Adelaide

Small Group Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Hideaway Tour from Adelaide

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Combine a food-tasting tour with views from Mount Lofty on an Adelaide Hills culinary tour. This multi-stop tour includes all transportation, eliminating the need to rent a car, and stops at some of the region's top food producers as picked by your foodie guide. Focus on the scenery on your journey through the countryside, stopping to taste cheese, chocolate, and wine. A delightful German- style lunch with a glass of beer/wine is included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$156.78
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$156.78
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Adelaide City Highlights with Hahndorf and Mt. Lofty

Adelaide City Highlights with Hahndorf and Mt. Lofty

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Venture into the Adelaide surrounds on this half-day tour including a stop in the charming village of Hahndorf. Shop, dine, and stroll at your leisure among the Germanic-style architecture, and indulge in an optional cellar door wine tasting arranged by your guide. You’ll also take in panoramic views of Adelaide city and plains from the lookout at Mt. Lofty, and see the historic Bridgewater Mill water wheel on this fun and diverse detour from South Australia’s capital.
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  • 4 hours
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$72.90
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Mount Lofty Hike and Cleland Wildlife Park Day Trip from Adelaide

Mount Lofty Hike and Cleland Wildlife Park Day Trip from Adelaide

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Combine a visit to Cleland Wildlife Park and a hike from Waterfall Gully to Mt. Lofty during this full-day tour from Adelaide. This self-guided experience includes round-trip transportation from accommodations in the Adelaide CBD, plus water, snacks, and a map to guide you.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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$93.29
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Ultimate Adelaide City and Hahndorf Tour

Ultimate Adelaide City and Hahndorf Tour

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Discover Adelaide and its surroundings on a full-day tour that combines highlights of the city with an afternoon visit to Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour covers a diverse panorama of South Australia's landscapes, from the coastal city's streets to the summit of Mount Lofty and beyond. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included. Please note: Effective from May 3, 2018, due to roadworks on Frome Street, the temporary pick-up location for guests staying at the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel and Mantra on Frome will be 16, Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$105.83
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Adelaide Highlights, Hahndorf & McLaren Vale Wine Tasting and Sightseeing Tour

Adelaide Highlights, Hahndorf & McLaren Vale Wine Tasting and Sightseeing Tour

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See the major sights of Adelaide and nearby Hahndorf on this morning sightseeing tour. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll travel by minicoach past city destinations like North Terrace, King William Road and Hutt Street.  Admire views of the city and Gulf St Vincent from Mt Lofty, and enjoy a walk through quaint Hahndorf. This tour is limited to 20 people and is a great way to get oriented with the city when you first arrive.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.61
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Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Half Day

Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Half Day

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This 5 hours ( including travel from /to Adelaide CBD base) tour would be for a small shared group up to 6 people maximum. The proposed Itinerary can be changed slightly. If Hahndorf Hill Winery is not available we would take you to alternative winery. Additional charges may apply if you choose to taste premium wines or have a special wine experience.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Barossa Valley Intimate Winery Tour via Adelaide Hills by Private Limo

Barossa Valley Intimate Winery Tour via Adelaide Hills by Private Limo

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Some of Australia’s most-celebrated wines have come from the Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley. This full day tour will take you around several of the region’s wineries on an itinerary built by your guide around your party’s specific tastes. Enjoy a range of wine tastings and sample some of the region’s local produce, and between your winery visits, stop at a number of South Australian landmarks and highlights.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Mt Lofty Wine Wheels & Wildlife

Mt Lofty Wine Wheels & Wildlife

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Come & Cycle & enjoy the magnificent views from Mt Osmond through to Mt Lofty by E Bike.We Cycle the historic Pioneer Womens trail where you will be empowered by the history of the trail. Cycle through Clealand national park where there is a high chance to see a Koala. Then we arrive at the Mt Lofty Summit to enjoy the views overlooking Adelaide & its coastline. Then we return via the same trail where we finish with a glass of wine from the summit of Mt Osmond.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.59
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3-Day Private Adelaide to Melbourne tour

3-Day Private Adelaide to Melbourne tour

Join this private tour for a relaxing, rewarding and stimulating journey full of scenic diversity. Birds eye views of cities, vast farmland, famous wine regions, extinct volcanoes, coastal icons, shipwrecks, rainforests and winding cliff top roads. Add to this some great food and wine and small group of like-minded travellers and you have a very memorable 3 days. The itinerary has been carefully planned so that you will take in many different experiences while keeping the schedule at a comfortable and relaxed pace. The first part of this tour through farmland on route to Naracoorte Caves and the Coonawarra wine region is less visually spectacular and is therefore done at a faster pace to allow more time on the Great Ocean Road.
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  • 3 days
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$2,422.33
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3-Day Adelaide to Melbourne Tour Including the Great Ocean Road

3-Day Adelaide to Melbourne Tour Including the Great Ocean Road

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Journey from Adelaide to Melbourne on this 3-day guided tour. After leaving the city, head into the Adelaide Hills to Mount Lofty Summit, then onward to the Naracoorte Caves and the Coonawarra wine region. Following that, hit the Great Ocean Road, a scenic coastal drive that will lead you to Melbourne. Along the way, spot wildlife like koalas, explore misty rainforests, and enjoy the sights of the Australian coastline.
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  • 3 days
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$1,211.16
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Adelaide Hills Wineries & Hahndorf

Adelaide Hills Wineries & Hahndorf

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Travel from the city through the beautiful Adelaide Hills in air conditioned comfort. Explore the German village of Hahndorf and taste some unique local wines in the Adelaide Hills. Enjoy a German lunch and a wander through Hahndorf village before taking the scenic route back to your hotel.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.91
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$79.91

Adelaide Hills Wine Tour

Adelaide Hills Wine Tour

A great way to explore some of the unique wineries in the Adelaide Hills region. Taste your way through the Adelaide Hills, and explore the small villages that make this region so special.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.91
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$79.91

Adelaide Hills Food, Wine, Cheese, & Chocolate - Private Day Tour

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Adelaide Hills Food, Wine, Cheese, & Chocolate - Private Day Tour

A local food and wine mega-experience like nothing else! Our tours are all created with a purpose, and this one is to highlight the amazing local food and wine producers dotted throughout the Hills. For the entire day, you're bouncing from one food & wine pairing experience to the next, discovering a whole new world of flavour sensations. Cheeses, chocolates, Chef-prepared snacks, classic German fare, and of course top-shelf Adelaide Hills boutique wines. To provide the day a bit of balance, we've allowed you ample time to walk it off wandering the streets of Adelaide's #1 day-trip hotspot - the historic German township of Hahndorf. From great Aboriginal art, blown glass, hand made soaps, candles, and candies, to smoked meats, leathergoods, handicrafts, cheeses, ciders, and wines, there's a whole bunch and more to discover in Hahndorf.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$489.17
$611.46
$122.29 savings
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$611.46
$122.29 savings
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Small Group Gourmet Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Day Trip from Adelaide

Small Group Gourmet Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Day Trip from Adelaide

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Discovering the delicious food, wine, and beer on a full-day tour of the Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf. Taste fine chocolates, soak in the view from Mount Lofty Summit, and explore the town of Hahndorf, Australia's oldest remaining German settlement. Enjoy tastings of wine, craft beer, and local produce including cheese, chocolate and jam. Includes free time to explore Hahndorf, and pickup and drop-off from Glenelg, Adelaide or Hahndorf.
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  • 8 hours
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$197.50
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$197.50

Small-Group Full-Day Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Wine Tour from Adelaide

Small-Group Full-Day Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Wine Tour from Adelaide

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Explore the wineries of the Adelaide Hills and visit the historic town of Hahndorf on a full-day wine tour from Adelaide. Stop at four wineries for tastings and have time to purchase lunch in Hahndorf, Australia's oldest surviving German settlement. Your guide shares commentary about the wine industry and history of the region throughout your tour. Your small-group tour is limited to six people, and includes guide, tastings at four wineries, a seasonal platter for morning tea, and hotel pickup and drop-off from Glenelg or Adelaide CBD.
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  • 8 hours
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$156.99
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Adelaide Hills Regional / Hahndorf German Village Tour

Adelaide Hills Regional / Hahndorf German Village Tour

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TOUR THE ADELAIDE HILLS, HOME OF BREATHTAKING SCENERY AND ABUNDANCE OF PREMIUM, LOCALLY CRAFTED FOOD, WINE, CIDERS AND GIN. VISIT HISTORIC GERMAN VILLAGE OF HAHNDORF.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Captain Proud Paddle Boat Lunch Cruise and Tour

Captain Proud Paddle Boat Lunch Cruise and Tour

Lunch Cruise on the River Murray with Captain Proud Paddle Boat. Explore the vast and natural beauty that is our River Murray. Cruising 7 days a week. The Captain Proud Paddle Boat boasts a fully decked out period styled dining area and bar. Enjoy a fine meal and a drink to wash it down with as you cruise slowly past majestic scenery. Experience the wildlife of the River Murray in all its untamed natural beauty. Cruise past towering cliffs of rock and sandstone, and other wonderful scenery as you take in the fresh air on the deck outside the dining room. Learn of the wonderful history of the area as you relax in comfort with friends, loved ones, or business partners. We will deliver a unique experience that will be both fun and memorable.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$171.68
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$171.68
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Adelaide Hills Private Day Tour

Adelaide Hills Private Day Tour

Guided private tour of the Adelaide Hills region. The cool climate of the region produces excellent pinot noir & sparkling wines. Award winning Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz are also produced. Enjoy wine tastings, visit a cheese factory, Melbas Chocolates, Hahndorf and Mount Lofty Lookout.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$270.45
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$270.45
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