Getting to the Adelaide Hills
By Car The Adelaide Hills is easily accessed from Adelaide city, whether heading south-east, east or north-east. Travel time by car to regional gateway townships such as Crafers, Summertown and Norton Summit is less than 30 minutes from Adelaide and around 40 minutes from Adelaide Airport. If you are driving from the city centre, the Adelaide Hills can be accessed via the sixlane South Eastern Freeway, which links Adelaide to Melbourne. Exits to major destinations, including Mount Lofty (Crafers), Stirling, Bridgewater, Hahndorf, Birdwood, Lobethal and Mount Barker are well signposted along the freeway. The Hills can also be accessed via the Torrens Valley Scenic Route which commences on North East Road at Tea Tree Gully. The route winds its way through the Chain of Ponds reservoirs to Gumeracha and Birdwood.
By Taxi Taxis are another viable transport option if you don't want to drive or catch a bus. Catching a taxi from Adelaide CBD to Stirling – the nearest major town in the Adelaide Hills – will cost approximately AUD$50 one way, and travelling from the city to Hahndorf will cost approximately AUD$70 one way.
Drive on Left in Australia Take care when driving on Australian roads. Be sure to drive on the left-hand side of two-way roads. Obey the road signs and remember that speed limits are strictly enforced in Australia. You must not drive if your blood alcohol level is 0.05 percent or higher, nor are you permitted to use a handheld mobile phone when driving.