Leigh Smith (aged 79) is walking approximately 700kms from Melbourne to Hahndorf (SA) with his daughter Kyla to raise money for the Heart Foundation and Cancer Council.
Leigh is aiming to be Hahndorf on Saturday 25th April in time for his 80th birthday. So far he has raised over $10,000 and is aiming for $20,000 which is a huge effort!
Continue reading to hear his incredible story as well as his schedule.
Hahndorf, Adelaide Hills
Walk the past – taste the future
Hahndorf is classified as Australia's oldest surviving German settlement and each year thousands of people, young and old, enjoy its charm and the hospitality. Hahndorf is the jewel of the Adelaide Hills and one of South Australia's most popular towns. A mere 20 minute drive from the Adelaide CBD, Hahndorf can be easily accessed via the Southern Eastern Freeway. The town is immensely popular with visitors from all over the world as well as locals and many premium businesses have set up their shops in this iconic town.
When visiting Hahndorf, the most striking features that greet visitors are the over 100 year old elm and plane trees that line the Main street and the original 'Fachwerk' buildings, many beautifully maintained or restored to original conditions. While the town retains its strong German heritage, new, exciting and chic businesses have emerged adding to the atmosphere of a premium holiday destination. Hahndorf has a unique 'village feel' about it and the Main Street is lined with eateries, souvenir and gift shops, clothing and leather goods and craft outlets and galleries. There are two pubs offering authentic German fare and several cafes, restaurants and smallgoods outlets making Hahndorf an ideal place for a day out with family or friends.
The Adelaide Hills produces some of the finest cold-climate wines, world-wide. There are several Wineries and Cellar doors located at some of the most beautiful locations in or near Hahndorf offering wines and delicious meals prepared using the finest local ingredients. Beerenberg, a pick your own fruit farm and the Farm Barn add to the attraction of the town. The Cedars, former home of the renowned Australian landscape artist Hans Heysen is open to the public and the Hahndorf Academy, which exhibits the works of local artists and houses the new Visitor Information Centre is an essential location to visit to get into the spirit of Hahndorf. Accommodation options in Hahndorf are plenty and range from the basic to the most modern and chic. This makes Hahndorf the ideal gateway to a visit to the Adelaide Hills and surrounding regions including the Fleurieu Peninsula and Murray Riverland. The versatile offering of Hahndorf means there is something for everybody.
While many visitors come to Hahndorf to get a glimpse of the past, Hahndorf is increasingly acknowledged for the modern and the chic and generally a trendy place to wine and dine or to hang out with friends. Hahndorf has become a unique town where you can walk the past and taste the future.