7.8 out of 10

Balhannah

Ranked 11th best suburb in Outer Adelaide
-35.0032201682747 138.807165814807
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Public Transport
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Schools
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Country Lovers
  • Singles

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Apr 16, 2012

"A beautiful part of the world"

A beautiful, quiet area. Lots of facilites but the feel of a country town. The whole package.
Pros
  • Convenient to Adelaide if you go on the freeway.
  • Beautiful location
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Mar 31, 2012

"Peace and quiet"

Close to the city and Mt Barker but still has a rural feel. Peaceful and beautiful. Lots of amenities including post office, medical, dental, bakery, supermarket, service station, vet, hairdresser, restaurants, hardware store, newsagent, pub, church. Many top quality wineries nearby. The whole package.
Pros
  • Beautiful location
  • Convenient to Adelaide if you go on the freeway.
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Nov 23, 2011

"Once thought to be a jewel in the Adelaide Hills but now just an outer suburb"

I lived in Balhannah for more than 30 years. It used to be peaceful, tranquil, safe and a pleasant place to raise children which I did. Local schools though have consistently maintained a degree of mediocrity and expectations must be modest. Development has seen a huge increase in traffic and Greenhill rd which used to be my daily track became just another hectic racetrack. As a long time resident always in the back of my mind is the potential for severe flooding. The soil is of fine silt especially close to the river and deep heavy clay underlies this about 70 cm down to a depth of maybe 8 metres. In wet periods the water sits on the clay and the silt becomes almost like jelly if disturbed. The river was cleaned out years ago but is now returning to its choked up status. I fear that in a wet spell flooding could indeed be a serious issue along the river. In Summer the fine soil is like talc or concrete, in winter, mush. Since 1970 the climate in the valley has changed a lot. Where trees had been planted along the river the winters seem milder and trees survive. The severe winter mornings of minus 5 and all pipes frozen seem to have gone. Yes, the pipes INSIDE our house froze one winter. Likewise the devastating floods where water crossed Bridge st, West Terrace and went right over the Greenhill rd Bridge seem to have gone, temporarily I think. Several houses on Bridge st, Nairne Rd and West terrace had more than a metre of water flow through. On one occasion the petrol station had the pumps sandbagged as was the Post Office. Public transport is not good at all and never has been. Either you board an early bus with dozens of schoolkids or you wait hours for a mid day bus. Pot luck coming back. Advice, catch the return bus from Adelaide, not G.Osmond rd. Nightlife is non existent. The once excellent Balhannah hotel despite Roger's friendly personality and hard work now just serves a very limited menu of average pub food in small serves, but still retains pretensions as evidenced by prices. The Chinese restaurant is friendly but never busy. The nearest good restaurants are at Hahndorf. The Oakbank Hotel's food has gone through some variable patches and I have heard mixed reviews from excellent to deep fried freezer fare. For retirees you really do need a car because not all services are available in the village. Eg, the nearest bank is at Woodside, the nearest hospital is at Mt Barker. The nearest greengrocer except Foodland is at Hahndorf.
Pros
  • Convenient to Adelaide if you go on the freeway.
  • Good dentist.
  • Foodland is good.
Cons
  • poor schools. Not young person friendly.
  • revolving door medical centre (too many changes)
  • Local greengrocer lacking. Poor recreational facilities
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Oct 17, 2010

"Beautiful countryside, but still close to town"

I love Verdun - it's very peaceful and the epitome of the Adelaide Hills at their best. It's spacious and full of beautiful countryside, trees and wildlife. The town itself is small but any conveniences that it lacks are readily available in Hahndorf, Mt Barker and also Adelaide. The freeway is close enough that a daily commute to the city is easily achieved, but far enough away that it doesn't disturb the tranquility of the local area.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
Oct 16, 2010

"A 'HIDDEN TREASURE' IN THE ADELAIDE HILLS"

Verdun is just so lovely and has just about everything a discerning person could want - lovely open spaces, beautiful birds, pleasant gardens, one exceptional Silver Service Restaurant and Winery, a great country hotel that services magnificent meals, other local 'eateries', a local flower seller, one of the best schools in the Adelaide Hills, plenty of transport into the city (which is only a 20 minute drive away) and much, much more.

Summer, autumn, winter or spring Verdun is ALWAYS beautiful and it's closer to Adelaide than Hahndorf as it adjoins Bridgewater.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
Aug 27, 2009

"Close to the best beer and the best wine with easy access to the city"

This little are just outside of Hahndorf is probably one of my favourites. Right by the freeway it’s a short trip down to the city and all it has to offer. It’s a short trip to Hahndorf and the Adelaide Hills wine district is right there providing everything you could possibly want. Grumpy's Brewhaus is there are well with its amazing wood oven pizzas and its superb craft brews. This place is packed on the weekends, one of Adelaide’s best spots.

You’re more likely to get a bit of space than your standard block in Verdun and the facilities are all around so there it is a perfect spot. It doesn't get overrun with tourists like Hahndorf, but it is close to Hahndorf with all it has to offer.

Some parts may be too close to the freeway but there is a lot to like.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees