Alec Johnston was a local dairyman, who donated time and money to the Town of Hahndorf. The park was named after him in recognition of his Charity work.
The nice ceramic water feature is in rememberance of the 52 founding families of Hahndorf. It is named "the Founding Families" Water feature. A children's playground and Public Toilets are located in the park.
There are two Lutheran Churches in Hahndorf.
Founded in 1839, St. Michael's is the oldest Lutheran church in Australia to still have a worshipping congregation on its original church site.
The 1st church service was held under the old gum tree, then the following year, the pioneers built their first church of pug construction and wooden shingles, on the same site as the Church standing there now. The congregation grew considerably due to more emigration and the old mud-walled church had become so dilapidated that it was decided to build a new one.
As a centenary gift, four members purchased a new church bell from St. Louis, USA. The old tradition of tolling the bell at noon, for each year of a recently deceased person’s life on this earth, continues to the present day.
The old bell was transferred to the school yard over the road. It is one cast in bronze, from guns and war weapons in Germany at the conclusion of the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71) by order of Prince Otto von Bismark, who presented them to the Lutheran Church in Europe.
St. Michael’s Cemetery was levelled in the 1950's and is now a car-park. All those that were buried in the Church cemetery are now on bronze plaques which were fixed to the new memorial arch in 1959. A few graves in relatively good condition were preserved, the earliest date on a tombstone being 1796.
Located near St. Paul's Lutheran Church, is a concrete pathway leading to the next street that runs parallel to the main street.
The Heritage Walkway is located adjacent to 'Hahn Court' and links it to Main Street. It is accessible via a gateway from Main Street diagonally opposite the IGA Supermarket.
The Heritage Walkway features 7 free-standing interpretive signs along its length, each "Dedicated to the Early Pioneers Who Settled Hahndorf".
It was an interesting walk and learning process. It started with a board called 'Their Predecessors -The Peramangk People," then 'Why Did They Emigrate? " and "From Where and When Did They Leave?"
Next was 'Where Should They Live?,' then 'Hahndorf - The First Planned Settlement East of Mt Lofty' and 'The Schmidt-Rodert Farm' lastly, 'The Market Trek to Adelaide'
If you read all of these, then you know the history of the first Hahndorf settlers.
The Academy, is a 150 year old building in the main street of Hahndorf. It was once a respected school of higher learning, then later used as a seminary, then a hospital. It was doomed to be demolished until rescued by Mr Wotzke.
The Academy is now a gallery with exhibitions and artists in residence.
Inside, there are 4 galleries. As well as Art, and reproductions of Hans Heysen paintings, there is silk, ceramics, handbags, jewellery, glassware, sketches and prints for sale, done by local and interstate artists. The standard of the wares for sale is of very high quality. The Academy is well worth a look around.
There is also a German Folk Museum depicting early days of Hahndorf.
Its best to park your car, and walk the lovely Elm tree lined main street, stopping to pick up a map from the Information Centre which is on the main road.
There are heaps of very old German buildings here, German food, German music, Souvenir shops, an Antique clock museum, Collectables, Opals, Clothing, fairyland, Icecream & Chocolate shops and so much more. Plenty of choices for souvenirs here!
I love walking along here popping into every shop for a look. I could buy heaps, BUT...Where to put it!
Nearby, is Beerenberg, A strawberry farm where you can pick your own. They also grow Cherries and Plums and have their own range of jams for sale. Open from 9-5 every day.
There are two Hotels in Hahndorf, one of them is the Hahndorf Inn. This Hotel has some history going back to 1853 when Gottlob Schuetze established the Australian Arms in a long fachwerk building at No. 46 Main Street. He transferred his hotel to a single storied stone building over the road and changed the name to the Union Hotel in 1863. In 1972, it became the Hahndorf Inn.
Meals here are Australian and German, and some are quite expensive, depending on what you choose.
They do have Kangaroo on the Menu, so a chance to try that if you haven't before.
Meals are served daily from7am-11.30am, 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-9pm
The Inn caters fro casual saloon dining, al fresco dining in vine covered beer garden, or crackling log fires during winter in their restaurant.
BEER, and there is a good range of German beers on tap including the world famous Hofbrauhaus beers – "The Original Brew of Bavarian Kings!".
You can try Muncher Kindel Hefeweizen, Hofbrau Original, Hofbrau Dunkel and Australian Coopers Pale Ale, Coopers Best Extra Stout, West End Draught, Victoria Bitter and Carlton Draught.
St. Pauls was built in 1890 to celebrate the 50th. anniversary of the first Lutheran Church in Australia.
An Adelaide architect designed it to replace the original St. Paul's located in Windsor Avenue in 1858. The church bell was imported from Germany.
Now we have finished at the Old Mill, time to look across the road to see "Mrs. Wittwer's" House.
The Wittwers were prominent people in Hahndorf. Mr. Wittwer [senior] worked a windmill, while his son rebuilt the steam mill [old mill] in 1854.
They built their house in 1861, and named it "Detmold House," after Detmold, the town in Germany where the family originated from. The House was considered quite grand for its time.
The german farmers that arrived from Victoria and had to wait for their loads to be processed, used to go to this house to enjoy Mrs. Wittwer's cooking. Some of the farmers stayed there overnight or with family or friends in the village and bartered bags of flour for boxes of fresh or dried fruit to take back to the Murray Mallee.
It is a private home, so can only be viewed from the outside
In the early years of the colony, the Mount Barker district was known as the granary of South Australia. "The Old Mill" is a steam mill built in 1854. As I find the history very interesting, I will tell you a little. The Mill was erected using huge red gum pillars, and the roof was of slate, now it is corrugated iron. This steam Mill was very important to S.A., attracting customers from as far afield as Victoria.
The German farmers arrived with sacks of grain loaded on their distinctive wagons with sloping sides painted red, blue and yellow. Their Horses were given nosebags of feed while the farmers enjoyed Mrs. Wittwer's cooking in the two storey home over the road, before beginning their long journey back home.
The steam powered mill operated for nearly 60 years producing brands of flour such as 'Pride of the Hills', 'Windmill' and 'Phaultless'.
Later in its life, the Mill turned to producing chaff and processing wattlebark for the tanning industry. In 1923 all milling operations were closed down and the building was used as a wood and grain depot.
In 1971, it became a German-style restaurant, 'The Old Mill Restaurant'. Motel units were also built at the rear.
I haven't been for a long time, so I can't comment on the meals any more.
I did notice it advertises the "largest buffet in the Adelaide Hills," featuring over 40 dishes including traditional German fare and a selection of tasty soups, appetisers, main courses and delicious desserts, for a very reasonable price!
On the last Sunday of each month, it is all things German at the Old Mill with their popular 'Hofbrauhaus' luncheon featuring their succulent ''Pig on the Spit' and famous 'Bombe Alaska', traditional music from their resident German band, Austrian bell ringers along with their famous hat dancing competition the whole family can enjoy. I have been to several of these and have had a wonderful, fun time!
A la carte dining is also available in the Old Mill's Brasserie or Heritage room dining areas.
Breakfast is offered daily and motel rooms are situated in the original historic mill section of the hotel or you can choose from Single and Double Spa Chalets.
You will see the Old Mill on the left hand side as you drive into Hahndorf from Adelaide.
Picturesque vines overhanging the outdoor alfresco area outside the original stone building make it a very inviting area to enjoy!
Hahndorf I think is interesting to visit any time of the year. Summer, the tree lined streets give plenty of shade when walking along the footpaths.
Autumn, I really like, as all those Trees have coloured leaves and are a sight to see!
We were here in May, and it was quite cool. Early morning, and the fog was quite thick, luckily, it lifted by the time we left.
The day that I went up to Hahndorf for a visit it was wonderful the weather was absolutely marvellous. Although not really hot enough while walking around for ice creams it surely was cool enough for a kransky hot dog. You must try one of these !!..if that's not to your taste there are others to be enjoyed.Try the "bum burners" also all sorts of hot dogs ,Chili dogs, Ice creams , yummy fruit sorbets. This is a wonderful old style shop and its faire is fairly priced.
Went to a cute little bookshop in Hahndorf called Thistle Thicket Books (try saying that ten times fast). This bookshop was crammed with books for the kids. It was all we could do to get them out. Our whole family loves books and it was wonderful. The lady behind the counter knew her product and even told us they run story time for the kids every week. We weren't going to be there but I know it would have been fun. If you are into books you have to go there. One of the best atmosphere shops I have visited in a long time.
The Lane Vineyard has to sit in the the most impressive location of any winery I have ever been to. It is just amazing. You drive up the little road not quite knowing where you are going to end up, and you come over the hill and BANG it hits you in the face. Rolling hills, vines all around you, old gum trees, lakes, its just magic.
And the owners of this place have to be credited for creating a winery that takes full advantage of their location by designing a cellar door and restaurant overlooking it all, with huge grass windows, decking and outdoor areas.
Food is very modern and well presented. Wines are really great. Sometimes you wonder about places like this, if all their money has gone into building the winery but no, the 'Off the Leash Finn No oak white' is particularly good. The Off the Leash range is inspired by the dogs they have there. So cute!
If you are going for lunch I would advise to book as it was very very busy when we were there.
Mt. Barker is about 35ksm from Adelaide, reached by taking the South Eastern Freeway. If you go to Hahndorf 1st, then Mt. Barker is about 12ks further on. You will pass an old Windmill, built in 1842 on Windmill Hill, this is about halfway.
Mt. Barker, the town is named after the Mountain which it is situated by. From the summit, about 2kms east of the town, you get far views of the rolling hills and Mt. Lofty, and then the plains in the other direction.
A good lookout.
To reach the summit, you follow Springs road from the centre of town, or the Mt. Barker summit road from nearby Nairne.
Located in Heysen Road, just out of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills, is "The Cedars" the home of Sir Hans Heysen. He was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1877, and arrived in Australia 6 years later. He started painting when he was a boy, and settled in Hahndorf in 1908. This is where he lived for the rest of his life. He passed away in 1968. Its here where he painted the beautiful Gum Trees located near his home.
You can visit his garden and shop for FREE
To see his Studio and House, you take a guided tour, which is $8 and departs at 11, 1 and 3pm in Summer, 11 and 2pm in Winter.
The Studio was built in 1913, and is just how he left it.
Original works done by him can be seen on the tour.