OK yes we are all original Adelaide Hills girls so we MAY be just a little bit bias BUT if you haven’t been up the hill for a while we definitely think you should put it on the “to do” list for these school holidays. October is a great time of the year to visit because the weather is not too hot, not too cold and the new(ish) Bald Hills exit now makes it even easier to get to places like Mt Barker, Monarto Zoo, Nairne and Littlehampton.

Below are just a few of our favourite Adelaide Hills picks for kids, but make sure you check the HILLS categories of our website for Adelaide Hills Playgrounds, Places to Eat and our special Discover Stirling post linked below

Discover Stirling


Platform 1 Heritage Railway – Visit this place before it’s too late. They’re closing down after the October School Holidays!

Platform 1 Heritage Railway – Closing Down October 2017

The Hahndorf Farm Barn – Milk a cow, play in the new playground and sand pit, hold baby chicks, cuddle rabbits and guinea pigs and more! The Hahndorf Farm Barn is a a great way for children to learn about farm animals and farm life.


Monarto Zoo – Get up close and personal with animals like lions, giraffes, cheetahs, zebras and lots more! Monarto Zoo is AWESOME!

Monarto Zoo / safari park

Eagle Mountain Bike Park Crafers – 22kms of designated bike trails to suit every type of bike ride.

Eagle Mountain Bike Park Crafers

Balhannah Playground – A great spot for a picnic. Perfectly situated between the Balhannah Oval, tennis courts and BMX track.

Balhannah Playground

Bridgewater Mill Playground – Upgraded earlier this year the flying fox is a HUGE HIT with the kids here at Kids in Adelaide.

Bridgewater Mill Playground

Byethorne Park Nairne – Pack a picnic, play in the playground and feed the local ducks

Byethorne Park Nairne

Stirling Steamroller Park – Definitely a fave with my daughter! Not the biggest park, not the newest equipment but you can’t beat it for location. Lots of great coffee shops nearby too!

Stirling Steamroller Park


Patch Kitchen and Garden Stirling

Melbas Chocolate Factory


The Fairy Garden Hahndorf – Ring the bell at the gate to let the fairies know you’ve arrived. Wander this cute little fairy garden and search for the fairies and dragons that are hiding. And make sure you take a look at the shop…..you probably won’t leave empty handed.

The Fairy Garden Hahndorf