First opened in 1973 Fairyland Village was the creation or Mr and Mrs. F. Koch who migrated from Germany in 1956, The Village is situated on a hillside just on the town boarder of Lobethal South Australia. One of the main fairy park in the town Fairyland has displays of Classic fairy tales including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty, and Alice in Wonderland.
On land previously owned by Herman Mueller a local hermit who lived in a ramshackle hut where the toilet block now stands. Herman worked the land for gold Some of the dig sites still remain.
In and around Lobethal
- Old Mill & Hart of the Hills Market
The Onkaparinga woolen mill was first built in the 1870s as a Distillery. In the early 1900s the building was badly damaged by fire. The mill eventually closed and now home to the Hart of theHills market.
- Lobethal Museum;
The history of Lobethal is captured in a Museum built over the top of the original Lutheran Collage and Seminary. The first in the Southern Hemisphere, the little building only 3mtrs x 4mtrs with timber shingle roof is now enclosed by the museum. Open Sundays and Public holidays from 2pm to 5pm.
- Costume Museum
- Pikes Bakery
In 1841 Pastor Fritzsche and his group arrived in Port Adelaide on their ship the “Skjold”. 274 people had set sail from Prussia, 52 had died at sea.
They searched for a place to settle along the western branch of the Onkaparing River and on the 4th May 1842 in an open-air service, 18 families gathered and named the town Lobethal.
Lobethal has the oldest Lutheran church still in use in Australia. In a rare example the pulpit stands as a part of and above the altar.
In 1917 the Town was renamed Tweedvale and then changed back in 1936 for the Centenary of the State.Some of the Towns original buildings still stand; 81 Main St is a fine example as is the building opposite the bakery.
Just a few kilometers out on the Gumeracha Lobethal Rd stands a cottage in a poor condition the early method of construction can be clearly seen.
The award wining Lobethal lights have become almost a pilgrimage for a lot of people, a gift from the people of Lobethal to the wider community. In celebration of the festive season, hundreds of houses come alive with Christmas lights during the last two weeks before Christmas. Visitors during the lights reach nearly 300, 000 people.