Hahndorf Walking Tours (HWT) is a business providing visitors to the Adelaide Hills with a deeper understanding of our Village than just strolling our picturesque Main Street. Several options are available for walkers. The signature Hufendorf tour, as well as the Strassendorf tour, After Dark tour and educational tours for schools and Colleges with a prepared worksheet for students. Coach commentaries are also provided for those discerning companies who want to provide an enhanced visit to the region.
Tours catering for tourist groups, special interest groups, educational groups – schools/Colleges etc. HWT specialises in small boutique tours tailored to suit the individual needs of the discerning traveller.
Owner/operator Sharon Pippos began the tours to share the intriguing stories of the Village with guests, to get out behind a desk and enjoy the outdoors.
These easy paced tours are a distance of approximately one kilometre, bringing to life the stories of the most visited Village in Australia.
All walkers receive a discount voucher sheet to a number of businesses in the Village. This is provided at the completion of the walk and is valid for 6 months. On request the voucher sheet can be emailed upon payment of your booking.
Sharon Pippos – owner/operator
On both sides of Sharon’s family tree there are early South Australian colonists who came to Australia as British free settlers. On her maternal side – David and Sarah Smith left Horsley, Gloucestershire arriving with their family on the Lady Emma in 1837. On the Paternal side – John Hill left Sithney, Cornwall, on the Lady Bruce in 1846 later marrying Eliza Snell at the historic St James Church in Blakiston, only 10 km from Hahndorf. They, like many others saw coming to South Australia as a great opportunity.
At an early age, this heritage was instilled in Sharon by her mother and over the years the interest in history grew. After marrying Evangelos (Angelo) Pippos, in 1979 Sharon followed this ex Loxton boy to four different rural areas of S.A. due to Angelo’s work as a police officer – Nurioopta, Ceduna (where their two children Jared and Leah were born), Hawker, and Naracoorte. They returned to Adelaide in the year 2000 for their children’s education and to pursue further career opportunities.
The Adelaide Hills had always held a real attraction to Sharon because of special childhood visits and eventually Hahndorf was chosen to build their family home. Great Auntie Millie Caporn had been the matron of the first private hospital in Hahndorf so it had some family connection.
In 2006, whilst on holidays in Canada Sharon took a walking tour with a local resident in the town of Jasper. This rekindled an idea originally sparked several years earlier whilst living in Hawker. The idea being to start a walking tour business. It was not until several years later however, once her Social Science degree was completed, and both children had left College that it was to come to fruition.
Knowledge for the tours was gained by reading many history books including those written by Hahndorf residents Reg Butler, Annie Luur Fox and the late Allen Wittwer; the story of the Prussian immigrants fleeing to South Australia to escape religious persecution.
In 2015 Sharon continued her research by visiting the Brandenburg area in Poland where the immigrants had fled. This story is very special to her own philosophy; the ability to live out one’s Christian faith.
Hahndorf Walking Tours was launched in readiness for the Heysen Festival in 2011.
Hahndorf is a small town in South Australia. Settled by 19th-century Lutheran migrants, it’s known for its original German-style architecture and artisanal food. The Hahndorf Academy is home to the German Migration Museum, tracing local history. North of town, the Cedars houses the studio and art of German-born landscape painter Sir Hans Heysen.
Throughout the Adelaide Hills grows an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables while artisan producers make everything from cheeses to jams, olive oil, ciders and authentic German breads and cakes. Stock up at a roadside stall or farm gate, visit a farmers market or drop into one of the many providores in the region.
Experience Hahndorf like a local on a Hahndorf Walking Tour with passionate Hahndorf resident and history enthusiast Sharon Pippos. Meet Captain Hahn, learn about fachwerk architecture, visit the Pioneers Women’s Walking Trail memorial and more!
These easy paced walking tours cover about one kilometre bringing the stories of Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement to life.