The Adelaide Hills
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Colonel William Light, who surveyed Adelaide in 1836, described the backdrop to his city as "the enchanted hills". The prominent spurs of the foothills were simply named Black Hill, Green Hill and Brown Hill, whilst the highest point - Mount Lofty - was sighted and named by the explorer Matthew Flinders in 1802 as he circumnavigated Australia in his ship Investigator. more>>
The Adelaide Hills is famous for its beautiful vineyards and orchards.
The Adelaide Hills region offers a wide variety of restaurants, cafés,
hotels and wineries ... more>>
Bishops Adelaide Hills is located just a short drive away from an exciting array of local boutique wineries, pubs, quality restaurants, farmers markets, arts and craft shops, gardens, parks and other tourist attractions.
There are many different events held in the Adelaide Hills during the
year from car rallys, international cycling, regional shows and seasonal
events, such as the Lobethal Lights at Christmas. more>>
Mt Lofty House
Orchards and hills
Picnic at Cleland Wildlife Park
Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens
Scenic Hotel, Norton Summit
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How “Basket Range”
got its name.
There are several theories behind the district's curious
name. One popular explanation dates back to the 1840’s
and 50’s when German settlers from the Harz Mountains,
probably based at Lobethal or German Flat (near Lenswood)
carried their produce to market in Adelaide in large wicker
baskets mounted on their backs.
In keeping with the early settler’s tendency to
use simple descriptive names like “Green Hill”
and “Deep Creek”, the most likely explanation
is that the name describes the district's special geography.
If you stand atop "Alley's Knob" you can soon
see why the early English and German colonists called this
beautiful pocket of the Adelaide Hills, the "Basket"
There are other intriguing explanations as to how the
district got its name, but whether named for its history
or its geography, Basket Range remains a place of beauty
and the junction of Deep Creek and Sixth Creek is still
a popular picnic spot.