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.
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!
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).
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.