Norton Summit (formerly Norton's Summit) is a town in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, located approximately 12 km east of the city of Adelaide. The town is named after Robert Norton, who arrived in South Australia shortly after its proclamation, and made the first recorded climb in the area in 1836.[2]

It is well known for the popular Scenic Hotel, founded in the 1870s, often considered one of the best pubs in Adelaide.[3] Another landmark is St. John's Church, founded with the assistance of the Baker family at around the same time.[4]

The was established in 1924 on nearby land, part of John Baker's estate,[5] closed in 1972.

The Playford family have long been residents of the area. The Rev. Thomas Playford, a Waterloo veteran turned preacher, settled in the area in 1840s. His son (Thomas Playford II) and great-grandson (Thomas Playford IV) both became Premier of South Australia. Thomas Playford IV is the longest serving Premier in South Australia's history, from 1938 to 1965. His statue stands in the centre of the township.[6]

Norton Summit is one of the most popular cycling climbs in Australia.


  1. ^ 2006 Census QuickStats: Norton Summit (State Suburb), Australian Bureau of Statistics.
  2. ^ "Australian Heritage - Historical Towns directory". Retrieved 1 June 2007.
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 June 2006. Retrieved 17 June 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "The Opening Door". The Register (Adelaide). LXXXIX (26, 145). South Australia. 13 October 1924. p. 8. Retrieved 15 July 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "Postcards SA -".