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Get out and be adventurous this month
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Broaden Your Horizons With These Awesome Adventures in South Australia


Some people think that South Australia's History Festival is mainly for older people. But they're wrong. Dig down into the festival program guide and you will find some awesome adventures for people of all ages who are keen to see the best of South Australia. Here's a quick guide to some of those exciting things to do. Book early when required, or miss out.

Take a Trip and Get Ruined
Few people have ever heard of the World War 2 Woolenook Bend Internment Camp. It closed 75 years ago and is normally inaccessible - but you can sail the River Murray in the historic paddle steamer PS Industry to explore the ruins for one day only during the history festival. What an adventure!

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Fun Things to Do: Sail the PS Industry on the River Murray to the Ruins of a POW Camp (Image Supplied)


I Love a Good Ghost Town
Beltana is a semi-ghost town 540 kilometres north of Adelaide, but our destination on this adventure is Beltana Station. Spend an afternoon experiencing life on a working sheep and cattle station and browsing the museum, before enjoying a delicious two-course dinner of the finest saltbush lamb, black Angus beef and wild goat in several different dishes (followed by to-die-for desserts).

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Experience Beltana Station in Outback Flinders Ranges (Image Supplied)


The evening's entertainment is the Black Hats band, filling the undercover shed with great dancing music. (Proceeds to Royal Flying Doctor Service).
Event details and bookings here.

I would stay for another day to check out one of the fab photography and station tours in this spectacular Flinders Ranges location. It's a rare opportunity to experience an outback tour with an experienced guide. On the way home, pop in to see another ghost town at Terowie.

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Like Beltana, Terowie is Almost a Ghost Town


Talk to a Brick Wall
Take a free guided tour of a State heritage listed derelict brickworks at Beverley, and imagine the hard labour making bricks there a hundred years ago.

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Ride in the Adelaide Hills in SteamRanger Heritage Railcars


Get Steamed Up in the Adelaide Hills
SteamRanger Heritage Railways at Mount Barker are having an Open Day, where you can ride a heritage railcar or a section car, take guided tours of the depot workshops, and find lots of other fun things to do for all the family.

Go Shanks Pony
North Adelaide Community Centre are offering three Choose Your Own Adventure tours by shanks pony. Thee walking tours are all free and bookings aren't required, but BYO "pony".

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Water Your Shanks Pony Opposite the North Adelaide Community Centre


The Good Old Days - Were They Really?
In the nineteenth century Adelaide Hills farmers and market gardeners had to walk to Adelaide to sell produce at market. Follow the same walking trail that pioneering families took, with the option of taking shorter walks - but still adventures to be proud of. Bookings are essential for bus transport.

Get On the Sheep's Back
Take guided tours to lift the wool from your eyes at Bungaree Station in Clare. You'll see the woolshed, store, church, stableyard and homestead gardens. Family friendly fun things to do will ensure that your visit is an adventure and fun for kids too.

While you're in Clare, try to visit Martindale Hall, it's just down the road. The National Trust have plans to turn it into a major heritage tourism attraction, and are waiting for the government to respond.

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Take a Heritage Pub Tour From the Franklin Hotel (Image: State Library SA B2449)


Hit a Heritage Pub Trail
Adelaide was never really known as the City of Churches, but there's a strong argument to call it the City of Pubs. Until the last couple of decades there were enough pubs to satisfy a determined dipsomaniac. Take this pub crawl from colonial Adelaide before we lose any more of our heritage hotels. Getting home may be an adventure though.

Bound for South Australia
Our early European settlers sailed for months to reach South Australia, and then pass through the Torrens Island Quarantine Station. Your journey on the former tug Yelta will take less than an hour before you dock on Torrens Island - and see the historic quarantine station and its morgue. You had better book early for this one.

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See the Century Old Morgue at Torrens Island Quarantine Station


We Are Sailing
Sail over to Kangaroo Island with some friends for a self-drive guided tour of scenic Kangaroo Island from Christmas Cove to Willoughby's Cape. Awesome adventures overseas don't usually come this cheap.

Missed the Train?
The River Murray was an enormously important trade route once and the Murray Bridge transport hub - is now heritage listed. But many people don't realise that trains, boats and horses all met at Milang too. Take this guided bus tour for not much more than the cost of a carrot for the horse.

Awesome Adventures for Kids of All Ages
Urrbrae House and the Waite Precinct are full of free things to do. This free photo scavenger hunt at Urrbrae House is the latest in a long list of activities for kids.

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Fun for Kids: Free Photo Scavenger Hunt in Urrbrae House Gardens


Lock Me Up
I've heard stories of people being locked in at Glenside Hospital's Z Ward, and now the City of Mitcham is getting in on the act. Make sure you have someone to bail you before you're charged and put under lock and key.

Take Selfies of Your Awesome Adventures
The South Australian Archaeological Society wants to see your best heritage inspired photographs from around Australia, so get busy snapping your awesome adventures. The prize is $250 - enough to buy a new camera or phone.
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Cost: Some free events - see links
Your Comment
Arrgh! So much to see and just not enough time to do it all! Thanks for all the tips Dave!
by Paula McManus (score: 3|2446) 27 days ago
I don't think people realise just how rich in history SA is.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|5676) 14 days ago
What a silly thing to say,
"Adelaide was never really known as the City of Churches", Just do a Google search. Dave
by tdt37 (score: 1|39) 26 days ago
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