We are thrilled to announce that Hahndorf, South Australia has been named the third most popular regional tourist destination in AUSTRALIA!
A poll conducted by leading travel experience provider Experience Oz listed Hahndorf behind Bendigo, Vic, and Esperance, WA for Australia’s Top 10 Destinations to Experience.
The major international and domestic poll captured more than 10,000 public votes to identify hidden Australian holiday gems. Poll participants were asked to consider, among other factors, unique natural highlights, the area’s cultural, historic and architectural features, the variety of activities on offer and if the town was simply considered objectively beautiful.
Hahndorf Business and Tourism Association Chair Jason Duffield says the town are thrilled to receive national recognition for what they believe to be one of the world’s most unique villages.
“Where else in Australia can you find an old German settlement filled with the best wine, cheese, chocolate, smoked meats, seafood, handmade leather products, shoes, jewellery, art, butchers, bakers and candlestick makers?” Mr Duffield says.
Hahndorf was the only regional SA town to feature in the top 10, as it continues to gain notoriety for traditional German history and culture, delicious food, picturesque streetscape and one-of-a-kind products and experiences that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Experience Oz Marketing Manager Matt Hobbs said Hahndorf’s history as the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia makes it a major drawcard for locals, travelling Aussies and international visitors alike.
“Hahndorf may be small, but there are few places like it, and it serves as a great little flagship for the Adelaide Hills region,” Mr Hobbs said.
“If you’re wanting a slice of European culture with some great boutique food, it’s easy to recommend and very close to Adelaide, so accessibility isn’t a problem either.”
The top 10 list was rounded out by Mornington Peninsula, Vic, Port Douglas, Qld, Albany, WA, Hunter Valley, NSW, Apollo Bay, Vic, Kununurra, WA and Port Stephens, NSW, from a shortlist of 50 iconic regional Australian destinations and big-city-getaway spots.
This is the third, and most significant, tourism accolade for Hahndorf in almost as many months – and we hope it is only the beginning of many more.