The Adelaide Hills is also well known for its wines. As you make your way around the sculpture trail, we mention a few of the wineries you’ll be near. They are the perfect place for a lovely meal and, of course, a very nice drink.
Bushfires affected the area late in 2019 but the Adelaide Hills are open for business! The sculpture trail was unaffected, and the wineries would love to see you.
For more ideas on how to enjoy the Adelaide Hills, read our post Things to do in Adelaide Hills.
THINGS TO DO AROUND STIRLING
Explore the main street
Go to the Laneways Markets on the fourth Sunday of each month
Walk around the Woorabina Reserve. A flat path winds its way around the lake. Look out for turtles, koalas, kangaroos and all sorts of birds
As you follow the main road out of Stirling you’ll soon arrive in the village of Aldgate (no sculptures but a great pub, coffee shop and bakery) then Bridgewater. You’ll find the sculpture in the playground adjacent to the Bridgewater Mill.
THINGS TO DO AROUND BRIDGEWATER
Have a fine dining experience at the historic Bridgewater Mill
Walk along Cox Creek to Arbury Park. The walk begins near the Mill. It’s about an hour return trip. Highlights are the birdlife and walking through the viaduct under the train track.
After the walk relax in the beer garden at the Bridgewater Hotel. Or, skip the walk and go straight to beer garden – it works either way!
As if you needed another reason to visit the German themed town of Hahndorf, it also has a couple of sculptures. One is in the main street. The other is in The Cedars – the Hans Heysen museum.
If you are determined to tick off all the sculptures, the one in The Cedars could be the trickiest. It was tucked away on a hill at the time of writing but is apparently going to be relocated. Best do what we did and ask the staff in The Cedars where it is.
THINGS TO DO AROUND HAHNDORF
Explore the German heritage in the main street of Hahndorf
Since you are there, go through the Hans Heysen museum at the Cedars
Visit Beerenberg for strawberry picking and a farmhouse full of yummy sauces, marinades, and jams
Mount Barker is rapidly becoming one of the largest cities outside of Adelaide. There are 8 sculptures scattered between housing developments, parks and the main shopping precinct. Leave those in Keith Stephenson Reserve to last. It’s a nice place to relax.
THINGS TO DO IN MT BARKER
Laratinga Wetlands. There are some lovely walks around and over the wetlands. There is abundant birdlife. At the right time of year, the frogs are almost deafening!
Mount Barker is home to the Steam Ranger Heritage railway. Take the Cockle Train to the coastal town of Victor Harbour and back
Enjoy the views from the Mount Barker Summit
littlehampton & nairne
Just out of Mount Barker are the adjoining townships of Littlehampton and Nairne. The sculptures for each town are on the main road.
THINGS TO DO IN LITTLEHAMPTON & NAIRNE
- Four Oaks Farm in Littlehampton offers trail rides for riders of all abilities and a farm experience for littlies. It’s a lovely spot for a picnic lunch
- The Nairne Mural and Historic walk combines old buildings with modern murals that bring the area’s history to life. It’s an easy one hour activity that will you give you a great insight into Nairne
Balhannah’s sculpture is in Johnston Memorial Park right next to the oval. It’s a great looking piece that honouring the Adelaide Hill’s cycling culture.
This attractive sculpture is in a park on the main road into Woodside near the town’s sporting precinct.
Lobethal’s sculpture is right outside the old Wool Mills. The historic precinct is a great place to start your look around Lobethal. The area has recently become a craft hub – Fabrik – that regularly holds events and exhibitions.
Mount Torrens is a quiet little town settled in 1830. It has the distinction of being declared a state heritage area. The town’s sculpture is easy to find on the main street.
MEADOWS & MACCLESFIELD
These towns, less than 10 minutes apart, both have lovely main streets with great hotels and bakeries to try. Meadows’ sculpture is on the main street, Macclesfield’s is located just out of town at Crystal Lake Park.
THINGS TO DO IN MEADOWS & MACCLESFIELD
Crystal lake was once a local swimming pool. Crystal Park was home to the Stone Sculpting Symposium. Around the park, as well the official sculpture trail piece, you will find other works done at the symposium
- In Meadows, walk the 2.5 km self-guided heritage trail
- The state managed timber plantation Kuitpo Forest is 10 minutes from Meadows. It is a great place for camping, walks and off road cycling
While also not strictly a Hills town, Mount Compass is set in a nice valley and, for what it is worth, had one of our favourite sculptures. It is off the main road. Look for signs to the Mount Compass Wetlands near the IGA supermarket.
Strathalbyn is just out of the Adelaide hills but still gets a sculpture. It is one of the bigger towns on the trail, but it still has loads of charm and a lovely riverbank precinct.
THINGS TO DO IN STRATHALBYN
- If you enjoy antiques, Strath’ is your town. Explore the many antique shops around High Street
- The 5km return River Angus Walkway – especially in spring
- Buy lunch or take a picnic and enjoy the Soldiers Memorial Gardens
This is another town that finds itself not in the Adelaide Hills but on the Hills Sculpture Trail. The town is midway between the hills and the Coorong. It has a nice sculpture and even better wines.
Situated on the shore of Lake Alexandrina, it’s anyone’s guess what Milang is doing on the Hills Sculpture Trail. But here it is, and what a great place for a sculpture!
THINGS TO DO IN MILANG
Visit the Port Milang Historic Railway Museum
Have fish and chips on the bank of Lake Alexandrina and look out for some Coorong pelicans
- In late January, go to the Yesterdays Power Rally on the Milang oval