Interesting Day Tours from Adelaide

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 13:33
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G'day all,

I am trying to find information about interesting day tours from Adelaide as an activity for a 'Men's Shed' group. I am the only one with a 4WD, so the tours need to be suitable for a conventional vehicle - say a Ford Territory.

So far we have done:
*Tea Tree Gully > Burra > Hallett > Dares Hill > Ketchowla > Terowie > Tea Tree Gully trip (Tourist Drive 21), all day trip
*Tea Tree Gully > Mt Pleasant > Sanderston > Marne River Valley > Black Hill > Shell Hill > Mannum (lunch and Port Museum) > Tea Tree Gully, a 200km 5 hr trip
*The Tramway Museum at St Kilda (lunch and 2 hrs)
*The new RFDS facility at Adelaide Airport (1 hr)
*Numerous smaller trips

I have done a Google search for 'day trips' etc, but nothing suitable was found.

Our Men's Shed group are all retired gents, from a diverse working background, so I am looking for something interesting to fill out (say) 4 hrs to all day.

I was wondering if any ExplorOz forumites know of any recognized 'day' trips, or have their own favourite drives, with details of special points of interest etc.

Looking forward to replies...

Cheers,
glids
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Reply By: IvanTheTerrible - Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 13:50

Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 13:50
Pichi Richi Railway at Quorn. They have Steam Rail trips from Port Augusta.
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Follow Up By: glids - Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 15:37

Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 15:37
Thanks Ivan, but too far for a day trip.

Cheers,
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Reply By: Aussie1 - Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 13:50

Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 13:50
Hi Glids, We have previously visited the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. Found it really great display of vehicles and many other interesting items.

Another one we enjoyed (much closer to the Adelaide CBD) is Carrick House.

Enjoy
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Follow Up By: Idler Chris - Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 14:50

Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 14:50
Make that two for the Motor Museum.
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Follow Up By: glids - Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 15:38

Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 15:38
Hi Aussie,

Will put that on the list... our side of town too!

Cheers,
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 14:52

Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 14:52
Hi Glids

Here is a great drive for you in the southern parts Adelaide.....

Make your way to Strathalbyn, then down to Milang and visit the old railway station and then drive along the shore of Lake Alexandria to Wellington, then cross over the Murray on the ferry.

Head further south to Poltalloch and then visit the remains of the only Freshwater Lighthouse in Australia at Point Malcom.

Cross over at the Narrows on the ferry and visit the great Aboriginal Community at Raukkan and then drive the Lake Albert drive that will bring you to Meningie.

It is a great drive and Bitumen road the whole drive. Lots to see, some great country and lots of early days history through the area.


Or if you are looking for a real short drive, head for the Mount Lofty Botanical Gardens in a few more weeks when the Autumn colours are unreal

Just a couple of ideas to toss around with.


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Follow Up By: rocco2010 - Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 15:06

Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 15:06
Good to see the lower lakes get a mention. I am from WA and have visited there a couple of times.
Was a Good cafe at Ruakkan.
The Coorong is special.
I get SA Tourism ads in my Facebook feed and they are all about the Hills, Kangaroo Island, Flinders Ranges and Eyre Peninsula.
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Follow Up By: glids - Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 15:42

Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 15:42
Thanks Stephen, I will keep that one in mind. May be a long day though as we start from Tea Tree Gully.

I know the Lake Albert area reasonably well, brother-in-law had a dairy on the Narrung to Meningie road.

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Reply By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 18:34

Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 18:34
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G'day Glids,

At the risk of mentioning the obvious, the Barossa Valley takes some beating. Take a look at this.

Or the Clare Valley. Both on your side of The Village. lol

I am really surprised that Stephen didn't promote them.
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Follow Up By: glids - Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 19:05

Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 19:05
Thanks Allan,

We are looking more at places of interest rather than wine tasting. Having said that, the Barossa can be short-listed for further investigation.

I know the Clare Valley well - my other brother-in-law has an aboriginal art gallery there, and I have done a lot of work up there helping him develop it.

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 19:10

Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 19:10
There's more there than wine tasting.
I used to take interstate visitors on Adelaide Hills cellar door tours but always wound up with a headache. Switched to "Significant Old Buildings". It was cheaper too. lol
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 20:26

Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 at 20:26
Also if you want some history, there is the fine old mansion "Martindale Hall" that everyone would know that was used in the Australian Classic Film, "Picnic at Hanging Rock"

As I am not into wine, there is still lots more to see in the beautiful Clare Valley besides wineries .



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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Sunday, Mar 11, 2018 at 10:11

Sunday, Mar 11, 2018 at 10:11
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Hey Stephen,

You don't need to drink wine in order to visit classic wineries.

I mean like, I strolled down Hay Street in Kalgoorlie without tasting the 'fruits'! LOL

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Mar 11, 2018 at 20:18

Sunday, Mar 11, 2018 at 20:18
Hi Allan

I love fresh fruit........lol



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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Sunday, Mar 11, 2018 at 20:19

Sunday, Mar 11, 2018 at 20:19
Port Adelaide Aviation Museum. (Awesome planes with guided tour by retired war pilots.)
http://www.saam.org.au/
Myponga Dam. (Scenery.) Followed by a meal at the Normanville Jetty Cafe (great meals and location at a reasonable price)
http://normanvillekioskandcafe.com.au/
followed by Yankalilla Historic Museum(Lots of heritage machinery, buildings, clothing, mining, photos etc. Self guided tour at a small cost)
http://community.history.sa.gov.au/yankalilla-district-historical-museum-0
May be able to catch up with the Yankalilla Mens Shed
140/142 Main S Rd, Yankalilla SA 5203 0417 300 901
Meet new friends, exchange ideas, etc.
The following for another day.
Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram
http://horsedrawntram.com.au/
There's a few restaurants, cafes, takeaways etc in the area
There's many backtracks (dirt roads) from Myponga onwards to get to Normy/Yank/Victor if you don't want to travel the the main road.
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Follow Up By: glids - Monday, Mar 12, 2018 at 08:39

Monday, Mar 12, 2018 at 08:39
Thanks for your ideas, Steve.

We have done the Aviation Museum.

I was looking at Myponga, along the lines of: TTG > Myponga > Blowhole Creek > Ingalalla Falls > Victor Harbor > home. Blowhole Ck and the Falls would depend on weather, and if worth going.

I'll keep the Normanville Jetty Cafe in mind, and also the Yankalilla Museum - didn't know about either of them!

Great ideas.

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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Monday, Mar 12, 2018 at 11:55

Monday, Mar 12, 2018 at 11:55
If you're interested in Blowhole Creek then Talisker Mine a bit further down the road in Talisker Conservation Park is a lot more interesting with a well written out information on each mine shaft and ruin huts as well as the ruin smelter.
http://southaustralia.com/atdw-product?type=Attractions&name=TaliskerMineRuins&id=56b272f42cbcbe7073aec23d

Ingalalla Falls
off Hay Flat Road back of Normanville is a great spot once the rains have come, the falls are the running and the pool has been washed out and the hill side is full of flowers. Covered picnic area as well.
http://www.yankalilla.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=535#e856

Awesome views of the Southern Ocean at the end of Tunkalilla Road Tunkalilla. Very steep road heading down to look out, with a further walk down to the secluded beach. Popular spot for hand gliders if the wind is right.
https://siteguide.org.au/Sites/Tunkalilla.html

Carrickalinga Lookout on Forktree Road once you're coming out from Myponga Dam You can see an eyesaw in the ocean. A huge concrete block was lost at sea in rough weather and pokes out a good 20ft out of the ocean. It was being transported from Port Adelaide to Melbourne and never made it out of the Cape. Cost of recovery was expensive so there it stays.
http://southaustralia.com/atdw-product?type=Attractions&name=CarrickalingaLookout&id=56b272f42880253d74c5a81a

Rapid Bay Jetty
Great squidding, toilets great views.
http://www.rapidbayjetty.org/
Try the old Leonards Mill for lunch in Second valley whilst in Rapid Bay
http://leonardsmill.com/


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Follow Up By: glids - Thursday, Mar 15, 2018 at 12:57

Thursday, Mar 15, 2018 at 12:57
Thanks Cruiser, that is the type of info that really helps plan the type of tour I'm interested in doing.

Great help :)

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Reply By: Member - nick b boab - Sunday, Mar 11, 2018 at 22:01

Sunday, Mar 11, 2018 at 22:01
Don't screw your face up ..... LOL
But some of the best place i have visited is from geocache
Not the cache so much but where they are & take you .
geocache warning it can be addictive to sum..... LOL
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Follow Up By: glids - Monday, Mar 12, 2018 at 08:41

Monday, Mar 12, 2018 at 08:41
Yeah, cheers!

My son, son-in-law and B-i-L in Clare are all getting into it.

Not sure that the rest of my Men's Shed Group would be that keen, but I agree about where the geocaches take you.

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Reply By: KevinE - Monday, Mar 12, 2018 at 11:34

Monday, Mar 12, 2018 at 11:34
Seeing as you're locals, you've probably visited most local places of interest before, but here goes:

* Kapunda mine.
* Moonta Mines.
* In the Barossa; Chateau Yaldara (nice cafe), Seppeltsfield, Mengler's Hill lookout at Tanunda, Whispering Wall, & closeby to the Barossa, the lookout at Eden Valley with the big cross.
* Burra again, but with the tourist key for all of the local sights.
* The museum on the wharf at Morgan.
* Kangaroo Creek dam is currently near empty for an upgrade & only just up the road from you. We went for a look on Saturday, interesting & very close.

If you're in the TTG area, our paths almost certainly cross!

Good luck with it! :)
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Follow Up By: glids - Thursday, Mar 15, 2018 at 12:59

Thursday, Mar 15, 2018 at 12:59
Thanks Kevin, all interesting info.

We are in Banksia Park.

Cheers,
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Follow Up By: KevinE - Thursday, Mar 15, 2018 at 20:09

Thursday, Mar 15, 2018 at 20:09
Hi Glids,

Small world! :)

We cut down a large Port Jackson Fig tree on Hancock Rd, Fairview Park today!

Very close to you lol!

Good luck with the trips for the men's shed mate! :)
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Reply By: Brian - Thursday, Mar 15, 2018 at 10:56

Thursday, Mar 15, 2018 at 10:56
Dont think anone has mentioned historic town of Handorf with its links with early German settlers ? Probably best to go there midweek as i would imagine half of Adelaide go there weekends
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Follow Up By: glids - Thursday, Mar 15, 2018 at 13:01

Thursday, Mar 15, 2018 at 13:01
Thanks for the reply Brian.

I think most of our group would already have been to Hahndorf. Looking for something a little more 'out of the way'.

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Reply By: Candace S. - Friday, Mar 16, 2018 at 01:42

Friday, Mar 16, 2018 at 01:42
Greetings,

You can find some ideas here:

Things to do in/around Adelaide
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Reply By: Member - wicket - Friday, Mar 16, 2018 at 16:32

Friday, Mar 16, 2018 at 16:32
If you want to do something really interesting then take a free tour of parliament house, most days at 10.30am i think, you will be very surprised at some of things you find out !
Strangely most locals haven’t a clue this exists ,your mates will enjoy it.
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