Events & Activities - There is plenty to see and do when you stay at Bishops
Bishops Adelaide Hills offers the best of both worlds - a beautiful and private haven away from the hustle and bustle of city life, coupled with easy access to the best restaurants, pubs and vineyards which South Australia has to offer.
For those guests who simply wish to relax and unwind, there is no need to even leave the property. Guests have access to the entire estate as their private domain, and can choose to sit in front of roaring log fires reading a book or to walk the kilometres of paths and tracks through forests and pasture beside spring-fed creeks and duck dotted ponds, past neat cherry orchards and groves of exotic trees. The property also contains a myriad of bird life - from wrens and finches to parrots, owls and eagles - as well as kangaroos, possums, echidnas and koalas.
Explore the historic Bullock Track
The most famous of the trails in the district is the historic Bullock Track, which runs through the Bishop property down the ridge from Forest Range to the junction of Deep Creek and Sixth Creek in the heart of Basket Range.
Originally cleared in the 1840s by woodcutters, it was made for bullock drays to cart timber to Adelaide for roofing shingles and fenceposts. Soon the early German settlers from Lobethal, the “Valley of Praise”, were using this track to carry their produce through the Hills and over the plains, along Third Creek to the markets at Klemzig on the banks of the River Torrens.
The Bullock Track followed the ridges and was the only trail from Lobethal to the Adelaide Plains until the winding horse track, which remains the main road today, was built through Norton Summit.
Tour Down Under: January
Staged in January every year, this major event attracts the 18 best cycling teams in the world to compete in locations within the Adelaide Hills and other regions of South Australia.
Uraidla and Summertown Country Show: February (3rd Saturday)
The Uraidla and Summertown Show is a unique Hills celebration and a great showcase of local hills produce and talent.
Adelaide Hills Crush Festival: April
The perfect opportunity for the gourmet wine and food lover to get intimate with Australia's most beautiful and vibrant cool climate wine region.
Oakbank Easter Horse Racing Carnival: Easter
Located in South Australia's Adelaide Hills racing country, Oakbank is home of the Oakbank Racing Club, a club which races just twice annually, Easter Saturday and Monday ..... since 1876.
Bay to Birdwood: September
Regularly attracting over 1500 entrant vehicles, this iconic major event is held annually, alternating between the traditional 'Run' (for vehicles manufactured pre-1955) and the 'Classic' for vehicles manufactured post-1955 and at least 30 years old.
The Classic Adelaide Rally: November
Started in 1997, the Classic Adelaide Rally is now one of the world’s greatest rallies where cars from bygone eras race against the clock on winding hills roads which are closed for the event.
Lobethal Christmas Lights: December
Each Christmas since the mid-1940s, the Adelaide Hills town of Lobethal lights up in a dazzling display of Christmas cheer and festivity. More than 250,000 people visit Lobethal each year to see this wonderful display.
Marble Hill Events
The former Vice-Regal Summer Residence at Marble Hill (near Cherryville) holds open days during About Time (History Festival) in May; Spring Open Days in October; Picnic at Marble Hill in November (see the website for details).