The Business

Hahndorf Walking Tours (HWT) is a business providing visitors to Hahndorf (the most visited location in South Australia) with a memorable and personalised tour of this unique Germanic Village.

Owner/operator, Sharon Pippos, commenced HWT to share the intriguing stories and Hahndorf’s history with curious visitors and discerning travelers.

You’ll be rewarded with great memories and fantastic photographic opportunities to make your visit even more special.

The road to Hahndorf beckons you on, each corner revealing a new delight and a promise of more to come.

Swept aside from the charms of the Adelaide Hills you arrive in Hahndorf where that promise is realised.

Come and lose yourself in my Village.

Sometimes it’s best to slow down and take it all in.

 

TOURS

These easy paced tours are a distance of approximately one kilometre and are 60-90mins in length.

Several options are available for walkers. The signature Hufendorf Tour, the Strassendorf Tour (with Strudel and Stroll option) and the Hahndorf After Dark Tour. You can link into our Hahndorf After Dark Experience and be transported up from Adelaide. Rather than heading back why not stay a while?  HWT can offer you 15% off several styles of accommodation available through the Hahndorf Accommodation Group.

Educational tours for schools and Colleges are based on the Australian Curriculum but can be tailored to meet your needs.
A prepared worksheet for students can also be provided. Coach commentaries are also available for those discerning companies who want to provide an enhanced experience for guests.

A great idea for your next Conference. Something truly unique for your delegates to enjoy.

Coach Commentaries are designed to meet the needs of each group incorporating both stop offs and short walks to get ‘up close and personal’ to sites in the village.

Visit the Tours page to get a full description of what is provided on these unique tours. A great decision not just a good one. Book now!

Group discounts are available.

Your shopping experiences in unique with locally made products by our own artisans, and food grown and prepared right here. A generous business discount voucher sheet to over 20 businesses is also provided.The voucher sheet is valid for 6months. On request it can be emailed to you upon payment of your booking.


Your Guide

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

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.