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The Festival of Vintage at Port Adelaide, Full of Fun for Kids


The Festival Of Vintage Boats, Planes and Trains is returning to historic Port Adelaide for another fabulous weekend of fun things to do on October 15-16. It will be two days of fun for all the family, with vintage markets, free entry to both National Railway Museum and the Aviation Museum, and plenty of activities for kids.

There are actually so many things happening that it's hard to know where to start. After coming to Port Adelaide you can park free near either the National Railway Museum or the Aviation Museum. At the Railway Museum stroll around the awesome exhibits of South Australian Railways history, then rest your feet having a ride on Bluebird Kestrel or diesel locomotive Ken.

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Ride Plucky Peronne Steam Engine to the National Railway Museum


When it's time to move on, let steam engine Peronne do the hard work of taking you to the South Australian Aviation Museum where more exciting things to do await. Watch aero engines run, sit in the cockpit of a F111 fighter bomber, or take a helicopter sightseeing tour of Port Adelaide. Now is the time to do it as the historical landscape is changing dramatically with a huge and ugly white elephant now blocking the Port River views, and more planned to be built.

A tiger moth flyover is also planned for the Festival of Vintage, but organisers haven't replied to requests for information about when this will happen - I guess you will see it if you're there!

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Fun for Kids and Families at SA Aviation Museum


Apparently the fun things to do will include everything from classic vehicles and military displays, through to traditional building demonstrations such as wood turning, and boat building. Check the festival website for more about these as no information was available at time of writing from the Council events coordinator.

An old double decker trolley bus from the St Kilda Tram Museum can take you free of charge to the South Australian Maritime Museum which is joining in the Festival of Vintage excitment with more fun things to do. A discounted price of just $5 (normally $12.50) gives you entry to the maritime museum and its latest exhibition The Art of Science: Baudin's Voyagers 1800 -1804. While you're at the museum don't miss their fascinating displays of the maritime history of Port Adelaide.

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See Tall Ship Tenacious at Port Adelaide Wharf


Take a trip to the top of the Lighthouse if you dare, or wander over to see the spectacular tall ship Tenacious. It's a beautiful sailing ship with a crew of 40, half of whom live with a disability. Tenacious is the largest operative wooden ship in the world and will bring back memories of the Dutch Tall Ships Visit to Port Adelaide in 2013.

Stroll along the waterfront to Hart's Mill playground, taking a photo as you pass the 1952 cargo shed housing Fishermen's Wharf markets which the owner wants to demolish. You'll find the thriving Wild at Hart Market stalls nearby on Sunday, with great food and a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables.

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Classics at Hart Event Poster


On both days of the weekend you'll find Classics at Hart in the Flour Shed near Harts Mill, an exhibition of historic motorcycles spanning each decade of the last century (gold coin donation). All of us superannuated bikies are going to love this. There's also free parking here at Harts Mill, with free connecting double decker buses to other areas of the Festival Of Vintage Boats, Planes and Trains.

After going to the Festival of Vintage in 2014 I'm sure there will be many more exciting free things to do. Unfortunately more information was not available at time of writing from Port Adelaide Enfield Council but if you check the Facebook event page the most recent information seems to be there. Head on down for one or both days - there will be plenty of fun things to do for everyone.

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A Weekend of Exciting Things to Do at Historic Port Adelaide

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Where: Port Adelaide
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