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Hahndorf Main Street

Hahndorf is the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia. The original Lutheran pioneers came to South Australia to escape religious persecution in Prussia. Many were passengers on the “Zebra” which reached Adelaide on 28th December 1838. The township was named Hahndorf (Hahn’s Town) after the master of the ship, who helped them find farming land and settle together. Some of the older buildings exhibit traditional characteristics such as ‘fachwerk’ with timber framing and wattle and daub infill panels and deeply pitched roofs. The world famous artist Sir Hans Heysen lived and worked in the township for more than 60 years and his historic property, home garden and studios are open daily to the public, and remain one of the township’s unique cultural experiences. The Hahndorf Academy (regional art gallery) hosts the Annual Heysen Prize. Hahndorf today is a thriving tourism town with restaurants, motels, galleries, craft shops, handcrafts, special events and festivals, catering to the large number of visitors.

places of interest

The Cedars Sir Hans Heysen’s famous historic home Garden and Studio. Nora Heysen Gallery Open to the public daily.

Hahndorf Academy Regional Gallery, German Migration Museum, Artist’s Working Studios.

Beerenberg Strawberry Farm Pick your own strawberries!

Historic Walk Take a stroll down the historic main street of Hahndorf.

recreation areas

Hahndorf Recreation Grounds
Echunga Road, Hahndorf (Continuation of Pine Avenue)

  • Oval
  • Tennis/netball courts
  • Soccer pitch
  • Practice cricket pitch

Council endorsed a Township Plan for Hahndorf at its meeting on 5 March 2018 (minutes / agenda) to establish a program of improvements, guide future development and infrastructure, and protect community values. The Plan is underpinned by 5 key strategies:

1. Reinforce township boundaries
2. Protect and enhance heritage and character
3. Renew the Main Street and public realm
4. Add diversity to open space and recreation areas
5. Increase car parking efficiency and develop strategies to manage supply.

Hahndorf Township Plan

For further information please contact Planning Policy and Strategy on 8391 7200 or email


A significant upgrade of Hahndorf’s historic Main Street was identified as a key priority in 2018 when Council endorsed the Hahndorf Township Plan after extensive community consultation. The need for the upgrade is driven by a number of factors:

  • Ageing, and in places, failing infrastructure including seating, footpaths, kerb and landscaping; and
  • Ever-increasing tourism activity, creating pressure for continued investment to ensure the public realm keeps pace with private investment occurring in the street.

Design and scope of work

Following broad community consultation in late 2019, detailed concept plans have been prepared and endorsed by Council (2 November 2020). To view a copy of the detailed concept report see Hahndorf Mainstreet  Revitalisation.  To view a copy of the masterplan see Hahndorf Masterplan.

Community feedback has been essential to shape the design plans for the Main Street’s revitalisation.

The scope of the project includes:

  • Upgraded footpaths
  • New pedestrian lighting
  • New streetscape furniture (including seats, banner signs, public art and bins)
  • Additional landscaping
  • Provision for smart technology (e.g. sensors, WiFi, CCTV and similar).

Heritage considerations

Council is working closely with State Heritage on the design concept as much of the Main Street is State Heritage Listed. Council and State Heritage are committed to ensuring that the revitalisation of the Main Street complements and enhances Hahndorf’s heritage assets. The installation of interpretive signage to better tell the story of Hahndorf’s rich history along the Main Street is also under consideration.

Traffic and parking

Council is working with the SA Department of Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) on the design of the Main Street revitalisation (as Mount Barker Road is owned by the State Government). Traffic and car parking are not a core component of Council’s Hahndorf Main Street Revitalisation Project, which is focused on improving the street between the road edge and the adjoining property boundaries. However, Council’s concept plans will take into account the DIT traffic study that is currently underway for Hahndorf.

The DIT study will take the lead on investigating traffic management, heavy vehicle issues, pedestrian and cyclist safety and car parking. To find out more about the DIT traffic study and to sign up for updates and community consultation visit:

Funding and next steps

Council requires external funding of at least 50% in order to start work on the Hahndorf Main Street Revitalisation Project. The preliminary cost estimate for the project is in the order of $6.7m.

Council has submitted a number of funding applications to the State and Federal Governments, however, at this stage the project remains unfunded. Council will continue to pursue funding opportunities through the State and Federal Governments as well as through private investment to enable construction of the project.

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