Educational tours are available for school or College groups.

Hahndorf Walking Tours understands the needs of the South Australian educational curriculum and can tailor your tour to meet your subject requirements.

Sharon has worked in the public education system all over the state for over 20 years and most recently at Cornerstone College, Mount Barker, South Australia.

As Hahndorf has both the first Lutheran school, and the longest serving congregation in Australia, it is of particular interest to visiting Lutheran Schools.

Experiential learning is always the most effective and students are involved in a creative and enjoyable style of presentation.

Additional extras can be provided on request.
These can include
– work sheets
– recess options – pretzels/german cake/fruit
– lunch options – German Hot Dogs/sandwiches etc

Please email enquiries@hahndorfwalkingtours.com.au or call 0477 288 011 to discuss your requirements.

Our Year 6 class arrived in Hahndorf, not knowing what our Historical Walking Tour with Sharon would be like. For the following two hours we were enchanted by Sharon’s warm and enthusiastic nature, as she told us fascinating stories of the people of Hahndorf.

Every student was interested, engaged and left feeling like a little piece of Hahndorf now belonged to them.

I couldn’t have asked for a better South Australian History experience for my class.

Mary Medeiros
Mt. Barker Waldorf School


Statistics from the 2011 Census show that about 350,000 South Australians were born overseas and about 220,000 speak a language other than English at home.

Our tours connect to the Australian Curriculum in the following ways:

Intercultural Understanding

In the Australian Curriculum students develop intercultural understanding as they learn to value their own cultures, languages and beliefs, and those of others. (ACARA 2017).

Germans were at the forefront of Australia’s early European settlement and exploration comprising a significant and enduring part of the settlement in South Australia. Prussian immigrants came to South Australia as early as 1837, settling on Kangaroo Island. From 1850 until World War I, German settlers and their descendants comprised the largest non-British or Irish group of Europeans in Australia.

A Hahndorf Walking Tours brings together the key ideas of Intercultural Understanding to students in a practical way, with real life examples of living in the oldest Germanic Village in Australia.

Hahndorf was originally called Bukatilla by the Peramangk people. The story of Hahndorf can start in 1839 with the first interaction with this aboriginal group right through to stories involving the British colonists, Prussian immigrants and the assimilation of the German people and their culture into South Australian society.

Ethical Understanding

As students engage with the elements of Ethical Understanding in an integrated way, they learn to recognise the complexity of many ethical issues. They develop a capacity to make reasoned ethical judgements through the investigation of a range of questions drawn from varied contexts in the curriculum. (ACARA 2017)

A Hahndorf Walking Tours explores the changes which took place in this Adelaide Hills village where the differing values of the Peramangk people, British Colonists, Prussian immigrants and further immigration of the German people revealed themselves. The Prussian and the Peramangk peoples lived in relative harmony, sharing food and information. A great outcome for the area. However, aboriginal people were still displaced here as well as throughout Australia.

The bitterness of two world wars had been allowed to obscure the major contributions the Germans made to the State. The worth of the German workers and their value to the colony in the nineteenth century was based (not on the language spoken but) on the fact that they worked hard and ‘knew their place in society’. (ACARA Work Studies). Regardless, German Enemy Aliens were interned throughout the State and during World War 1. Even Hahndorf’s resident beloved son, Sir Hans Heysen, had his loyalty questioned. Patriotic fervour was sweeping the country and times were tough for Australians of German background.

Did the government act correctly in dealing with the indigenous Australian, Prussian, German and other immigrants to our shores? Let’s explore this on a HWT.

Discuss the focus you want and the tour can be tailored to suit you and your students. We’ll explore those aspects relevant to your class.

  • All years – Intercultural Understanding and Ethical Understanding.
  • German migration Year 5: ACHASSK109
  • Year 9, ACDSEH083: Migration of slaves, convicts and free settlers – Experiences of slaves, convicts and free settlers upon departure, their journey abroad, and their reactions on arrival, including the Australian experience.
  • Year 9, ACHCK079: How and why individuals and groups, including religious groups, participate in and contribute to civic life.
  • German Years 9 & 10, ACLGEU034: Explore the dynamic nature of the relationship between language, culture and communication and how it impacts on attitudes and beliefs.
  • German Years 9 & 10, ACLGEU187: Understand that language and culture are interrelated and that they shape and are shaped by each other.
  • University of Divinity, Australian Lutheran College: History of the Lutheran church
  • Germanic architecture
  • Tourism

Ask about our worksheets which can also be provided before or after the tour for an additional cost, saving you time and money.