Things to Do at the Bridgewater Mill and Waterwheel

Adelaide is full of historic spots, including the Bridgewater Mill and Waterwheel. Set in the charming town of Bridgewater in the rambling scenery of the Adelaide Hills, this old mill dates back to 1860 when it was built by John Dunn, a mill engineer from Devonshire. He built a number of flour mills throughout Australia, but the Bridgewater Mill is by far his most famous.

Situated on Mount Barker Road, the mill boasts an impressive working waterwheel which was built back in the mid 1800s. Dunn chose this particular spot for the mill because it was a prime hotspot for catching traffic that passed through the area.

In 1986, the mill was bought by a consortium that renovated it and integrated an award-winning winery into the building: Petaluma wines. Today, it is both a popular restaurant and a wine cellar, drawing in crowds looking for cultural pursuits in the Adelaide area.

Back in 2014, the mill was bought by Warren Randall, a keen wine and restaurant entrepreneur who saw the potential with the building. He wanted to expand the property and turn it into one of the most iconic attractions in the pretty Adelaide Hills. He kept staff on from the previous restaurant that was set there, and it soon became known as one of the best fine-dining spots in the region.

The outdoorsy nature of the Adelaide Hills means there is plenty to do in the area. As well as visiting Bridgewater Mill and trying some of the delicious wines and foods, visitors have access to numerous other activities based close by. Here are some of the best.

Explore the Park

Next to the Mill, there is a sprawling green park filled with lush trees and plants. Throughout it, there are plenty of lawns to explore and several spots to kick back, relax, and have a picnic. In the on-site creek, there are stepping stones and pretty scenery, while the children’s playground offers fun for younger members of the family.

Discover Bridgewater

The towns and villages of the Adelaide Hills are renowned for their eclectic selection of things to do, from tasty wineries and restaurants, to artisan stores and local galleries. In the town of Bridgewater, where the mill is set, there is plenty to keep visitors entertained: sit back and watch the world go by in one of the quaint cafes, dip in and out of local stores, and wander the tree-lined streets before venturing to the mill itself and diving into its rich history and unique surroundings.

Discover the Bridgewater Mill on our Adelaide City and Hahndorf Tour today.

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