Regional Tours

From time to time the Society has conducted regional tours.

Past Regional Tours

For much fuller details of these trips see the reports in the appropriate Newsletters.

No new tours are currently being planned and due to Covid restrictions events are using your own cars to enable social distancing.

1. Fri 7 Sep to Sun 9 Sep 2018

On the Margins of the Good Earth

This was a three day tour to the margins of the good earth, the farming country in and around the southern Flinders Ranges. It was a visiting American scholar, the geographer Donald Meinig, who described the agricultural settlement of this country as akin to living on the margins of the good earth and his 1962 […]

2. Sat 10 Sep to Sun 11 Sep 2016

Rain Shadow Country – Life on the Edge

Join your friends from the Society in an informative and enjoyable weekend tour to the rain shadow country on the eastern margins of the Mt Lofty Ranges. Although the Ranges are low and almost insignificant on a global scale, they have a profound impact on rainfall. The higher parts of the Ranges enjoy an average […]

3. Sat 18 Oct to Sun 19 Oct 2014

The Coorong

Join your friends from the Society in an informative and enjoyable weekend tour to the Coorong with overnight (motel) accommodation at Kingston. Previous regional tours organised by the BHS have travelled through the Coorong, but only in transit. There has been no detailed look at the history and natural history of this fascinating area and […]

4. Fri 10 Sep to Sun 12 Sep 2010

Upper Spencer Gulf Regional Tour

We left Adelaide on Friday morning and travelled to Port Wakefield where we had morning tea. At Crystal Book we had a tour of the heritage sites and visited Bowman Park. After lunch we moved on to Port Pirie for a town tour, learning about the maritime and industrial heritage, the history and visiting heritage […]

5. Sat 6 Oct to Sun 7 Oct 2007

Yorke Peninsula Regional Tour

We left Adelaide on Saturday morning and stopped for tea break at Port Wakefield which had been important during the early days of copper mining. Whilst learning more about the flat limestone country we went on to see the ruins of the lime kiln at Wool Bay. Then to the railway settlement town Bute and […]

6. Sat 26 Aug to Sun 27 Aug 2006

Bullockies, Farmers and Railway People

We travelled via Virginia to join the old Copper Road that had been used by the bullock drays taking copper from Burra to Port Wakefield for export to Port Adelaide and overseas. At Mintaro we saw the extent of the old buildings that had developed at the overnight stop over points along the road. At […]

7. Fri 19 Aug to Sun 21 Aug 2005

Murray Meander

We left on Friday to the Murray Mallee via the central Mt Lofty Ranges. We had a short coach tour of Mt Torrens township, and morning tea at Mt Pleasant. Cooke’s Hill, provided an expansive view east over the Murray Flats towards the Murray Mallee and was used to introduce members to the physical character […]

8. Sat 11 Sep to Sun 12 Sep 2004

The Northern Safari

We left on a Friday and had morning tea at Auburn. Then on to see the exterior of the Gladstone Goal followed by lunch which was organised by Burnside Historical Society members John and Elizabeth Rogers at Remarkable View Winery where we also sampled their wine courtesy of the owners Karen and Malcolm Orrock. Our […]

9. Sat 13 Sep to Sun 14 Sep 2003

The South-East

Lunch was at Keith and we then went on to Naracoorte Caves where we were met by Peter Rymill and Margaret Muller. We had tours of Blanche Cave and Wonnabi Fossil Centre. Afternoon tea was at Bent Wing Café. We then visited Rymill Winery and were given a brief history of Coonawarra District by Peter […]

10. Sat 31 Aug to Sun 1 Sep 2002

Murray Meander – The Riverland

Up to the Riverland via Gawler (where we had a breakdown), Truro, and Blanchetown to Banrock Station winery for lunch and education about the revival of the wetlands being done by the winery. Then to Olive Wood, the Chaffey brother’s home in Renmark and to the Barmera Country Club for the night. After dinner Garth […]

11. Sat 13 Oct to Sun 14 Oct 2001

Broken Hill

Left Adelaide at 7.45 on Friday and drove to Kapunda for a morning tea stop and a walk around the main streets whilst a mechanical problem on the bus was repaired. Then on to Yunta for lunch and to Broken Hill for three nights at the Mine Host Hotel. On Saturday we had a heritage […]

12. Sat 13 May to Sun 14 May 2000

The Tatiara District

The first stop on the way down was at Keith for morning tea and a tour of the town led by a National Trust member to see some of the conditions experienced by pioneers. Then lunch at the Willalooka Tavern followed by a drive along the gold escort route visiting Buckingham, Cannawigra Station and Poocher’s […]

13. Sat 9 Oct to Sun 10 Oct 1999

The Barossa

Left Adelaide 8.30 Saturday and travelled via One Tree Hill to the short lived Barossa goldfields. Then to the whispering wall of the Barossa reservoir and to Springton where the Herbig family started life in a hollow tree. A tour and lunch at Collingrove homestead, and then to the English settlement of Angaston and the […]

14. Sat 10 Oct to Sun 11 Oct 1998

The Mid North

Left Adelaide 8.30 Saturday and travelled to Riverton for morning coffee stop at the old railway station and a brief opportunity to inspect it. Then to Mintaro for a bus tour of the town led by John Hawke, followed by a visit to Martindale Hall. Lunch at John Smith’s café in Mintaro. Then to Terowie […]

15. Sat 11 Oct to Sun 12 Oct 1997

The Yorke Peninsula

Left Adelaide 8.00 Saturday and travelled to Port Wakefield for coffee stop at Wendy’s Gallery and opportunity to inspect old quayside. Then to Ardrossan to see the old Smith (stump jump plough) factory, the jetties and the bulk grain handling. Lunch picnic at Port Vincent. Then straight through to Innes National Park for tour led […]

16. Sat 12 Oct to Sun 13 Oct 1996

Penola and Naracoorte

Left Adelaide 5.30 Friday night to arrive at Naracoorte at about 1015 and stay two nights at the William MacIntock Motel . Some people had to spend the first night at The Country Roads Motel. Saturday morning walking tour of Penola led by Claire Larkin followed by talk on Mary McKillop and visit to Mary […]

17. Sat 16 Sep to Sun 17 Sep 1995

Kangaroo Island

Left Glenelg 8.00 am Saturday taking Super Flyte to arrive at Kingscote at 10.30. Saturday night at the Ozone Hotel. Sunday night (most but not all trippers) at Ellsons Seaview Motel and Island Resort Motel. Saturday and Sunday visiting east end of island. Monday visiting the west end. Saturday included Seal Bay, Emu Ridge Eucalyptus […]

18. Sat 17 Sep to Sun 18 Sep 1994


Left Adelaide on Friday night to arrive at Quorn at about 10.15 staying two nights at The Old Mill. Saturday morning, visit to Kanyaka Station led by Mayor of Quorn. Afternoon trip on Pichi Richi Railway. Sunday morning walking tour of Quorn led by President Quorn Historical Society., followed by option visit to Pichi Richi […]

19. Sat 11 Sep to Sun 12 Sep 1993

Clare and Bungaree

Saturday visits to Auburn, Watervale, Sevenhill and other places, hosted by Mt Horrocks Historical Society. Sunday morning bus tour of Clare and visits to museum and Wolta Wolta under guidance of Clare National Trust. Lunch and visit to Bungaree led by Sally Hawker. return home via Blyth. Two nights at Clare Valley Motel. Organised and […]

20. Sat 19 Sep to Sun 20 Sep 1992

The Riverland – Renmark, Berri and Barmera

Left Adelaide on Friday night to arrive at Berri at 9.30 and stay two nights at the Berri Hotel. Saturday morning, visit to the National Trust property Olivewood followed by local tour under guidance of Renmark National Trust. 3 hour trip on the Murray from Renmark on P.S. Industry with barbecue lunch. Visit to Wilabalangaloo. […]

21. Sat 14 Sep to Sun 15 Sep 1991


Left Adelaide on Friday evening to arrive at Robe at 9.30, and stay two nights at the Robe Hotel. Saturday morning a walking tour of Robe. Saturday afternoon a bus tour of areas further afield. Sunday morning free. Sunday afternoon return to Adelaide with short stop at the Chinamens’ Well along the Coorong. Organised by […]

22. Sat 8 Sep to Sun 9 Sep 1990

The Copper Triangle – Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta

Saturday morning at Kadina. Saturday afternoon at Wallaroo, staying overnight at the Sonburn Lodge Guesthouse. Sunday all day in Moonta. Organised and led by Mr Greg Drew from the Dept of Mines and Energy.

23. Sat 16 Sep to Sun 17 Sep 1989

Kapunda and Burra

Saturday morning at Kapunda, and the rest of the weekend at Burra, staying overnight in the Paxton Square Cottages. Organised and led by Mr Greg Drew from the Dept of Mines and Energy.