This is a great Hills circuit and a real shame that there are no 822 or 894 services run on the weekend (hint, hint DPTI) as I'm sure they would be very popular.otto5013 wrote:Best Adelaide Hills bus circuit.
I did a great, two and a half hour Hills circuit on Thursday - around two of our best known parks and through some of the best, historic (old buildings) parts of the Tiers country.
The city 822 bus at 2.30 takes you all the way to Stirling, heading up precipitous Greenhill Rd before turning south at Carey Gully - 15km's short of Lobethal.
The 822 is the only bus to Piccadilly and to the main entrance to Lofty Botanic Gardens. Even at the end of summer a lot of these areas, the gullies and back ways are lush and green with ivy and surviving European trees. One day there'll be a weekend service.
In Stirling there's a 15 minute transfer to the 894 that runs around the higher, eastern and southern sides and deeper valleys of Belair NP. The obelisk on Lofty can be seen for a while from near the Upper Sturt shops.
At the Blackwood Station terminus, there's a 10-15 minute wait for the City train, 35 minutes down to Adelaide..
As a Hills PT tour option this route is one of the best.
And Stirling offers a quicker 864 city return down the freeway or onward trips to Hahndorf, Lobethal or Strathalbyn.
Another Monday - Friday option is to get an 864F to either Verdun or all the way to Mt Barker where you can connect with an 835 to Lobethal. They do only run about every couple of hours but it's a beautiful trip through Balhannah, Woodside and up to Lobethal, and during the day most services will return from Lobethal to either Verdun (834) or right through to Mt Barker on the 835 Route. The bus drivers that I have had on this run are usually friendly and will often have a chat at the Lobethal layover zone, and they are quite often locals who can share a lot of history about the areas.
A shorter but still nice hills loop is the 837 from Mt Barker up to Nairne. There are peak AM services from Nairne to City and from City in the PM, and Saturday the 837 runs about every two hours, but worth doing. Connections can be made at Mt Barker with 864/T840/T843 services