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South Australia
Hahndorf main street
Hahndorf is located in South Australia
Location in South Australia
Population 2,670 (2016 census)
Established 1839
Postcode(s) 5245
  • 28 km (17 mi) from Adelaide's CBD
  • 7 km (4 mi) from Mount Barker
  • District Council of Mount Barker
  • Adelaide Hills Council
State electorate(s) Kavel
Federal Division(s) Mayo
Localities around Hahndorf:
Bridgewater Verdun Balhannah
Mylor Hahndorf Totness
Biggs Flat Echunga Paechtown

Hahndorf is a small town in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia. Currently an important tourism spot, it has previously been a centre for farming and services.

German influence

German influence is apparent in Hahndorf and is seen in the traditional fachwerk architecture of the original surviving buildings. There are also many restaurants in the town serving German cuisine.

Due to the First World War in Europe, in 1917 the South Australian Government changed many German place names. The name Hahndorf was changed to Ambleside after the nearby Ambleside railway station. Hahndorf was re-instated as the town's name with the enactment of the South Australia Nomenclature Act of 1935 on 12 December 1935. There are still references to the name Ambleside in and around the town today.


population by year
2006 1,806
2016 2,670

At the census 2006 the population was 1,806. In 2016 the population was 2,670.


Hahndorf's sporting clubs including basketball, bowls, netball, cricket, football (Australian rules and Association Football), tennis and softball. The football (both codes), netball and softball clubs are nicknamed The Magpies.

The Hahndorf Bowling Club was established in 1976 and has a full size (nine rink) green, which is a woven carpet surface enabling all weather competition, and a large clubhouse.

The (soccer) Football Club was formed in the early 1980s and plays home games at "Pine Avenue". The senior men compete in the South Australian Amateur Soccer League. They won the 1996 Newsfront Cup and the 2004 Amateur League Division Two title. However, a gradual decline in player numbers from 2013 have seen the side drop to one team, competing in Division Seven, by 2019.

Notable residents

  • Watercolour artist Sir Hans Heysen established "The Cedars" close to the town in 1912. He lived and painted there until his death in 1968. "The Cedars" remains in his family, and is open for guided tours.
  • Matthew Jaensch was an AFL footballer who played for the Adelaide Crows. He retired in 2016 after six years and 74 games with the Crows.

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