Tour Description

Mid-North Meander

(South Coast Departure)
Three Days: 27th — 29th October 2020

Twin Share: $875 per person. Sole Use: $979 per person.

Included in the tour:

  • Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
  • Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
  • All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
  • Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.

 

Join us as we head to one of our state’s lesser known spots—the delightful Mid-North! There is so much history to uncover and beautiful scenery to admire, with the spectacular Flinders Ranges as its backdrop. Basing ourselves in the railway heritage town of Peterborough, we discover the diversity of this area, and its neighbouring towns. Highlights include historic Burra, Magnetic Hill, and the superb Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre with its amazing sound and light show. Let us surprise you as we unveil the secrets of the Mid-North!

 

Day One – TUESDAY 27 OCTOBER 2020

(includes light lunch and two course dinner)

We depart this morning after completing home pick-ups (limited areas*), heading up through the Fleurieu Peninsula. We pause for a comfort stop before travelling through the suburbs of Adelaide and onto the Northern Expressway. We pass Gawler and quickly arrive in Roseworthy where we take a break for morning tea.

Making our way north we pass through Tarlee before continuing on past the towns of Riverton, Saddleworth, Manoora and Hanson. We reach the historic town of Burra in time for our lunch.

Following refreshments we are joined by a local guide, who will take us for an insightful tour around the town. With so much of the town’s heritage being so well preserved, Burra has developed a ‘passport’ which gives us entry into various historic locations that would otherwise be closed. This means we are able to discover some truly wonderful locations and develop a better understanding of Burra’s importance in the history of South Australia.

After our tour we leave Burra to continue along the Barrier Highway, travelling through small regional towns such as Mount Bryan before stopping at Terowie to stretch our legs.

Later this afternoon we reach Peterborough, where we check into our accommodation for two nights at the Roundhouse Motel (Ph. 08 8651 2078). We have some free time to relax and unpack before coming together and getting to know our fellow passengers over a two course dinner.

Day Two – WEDNESDAY 28 OCTOBER 2020

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

Peterborough, known as Petersburgh until 1918, was settled to service the agricultural and pastoral endeavours of the 1870s. There is much to see in and around Peterborough, so where better to begin our time here, than with a guided tour with a local expert!

At the conclusion of the tour we visit The Burg, a 20 panel mural which depicts the history of the town from its early beginnings to the current day. It took local artist Des Parker 12 months to complete, using a mixture of pastels and paint. Complementing the mural are both static and film displays of the town, local area, attractions and a history room.

After morning tea we make our way to the Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre for a visit and guided tour. Trains and railways are a big part of Peterborough’s heritage and here we can relive, explore and learn about the great steam era that has been preserved. The centre includes a heritage listed roundhouse with 23 bays, some of the original remaining railway workshops and the only three-gauge turntable left in the world.  We will be able to see first hand how the passengers in the 1920s experienced rail transportation, including the way they were entertained—this was the most elegant way to travel back then!

Following lunch in town we pop in to see the Meldonfield Miniatures. This unique collection of handcrafted scale miniatures reflects the true pioneers of the bush and includes a miniature Horse-Drawn Tram, Cobb & Co coaches and wheelwright builders. A highlight of the collection is a 1:12 scale replica of the original Peterborough Railway Station.

Heading west out of Peterborough we drive to Ororoo. There are some interesting landmarks and attractions in this area including lookouts, the Giant Gum Tree, the Walloway Train Memorial and some Aboriginal carvings, thought to include directions to food and water supplies for tribes travelling through the area. We then travel to the famous Magnetic Hill, so named because it has the amazing ability to make vehicles roll uphill! Will it be strong enough to pull a bus load of passengers up the hill?!

We return to Peterborough with a little time to relax before dinner.  After dinner this evening we will embark on one of the highlights of our tour—South Australia’s first Sound and Light Show. This amazing spectacle tells the story of Peterborough’s Steamtown, a vast rail operation where over 100 steam locomotives passed through each day before journeying to all corners of Australia. We hear about railways in South Australia, the creation of Peterborough and the history and personal stories behind it.  We watch the show from an historic Transcontinental carriage, now transformed into a viewing car and placed on the 85 foot turntable.

After this amazing experience, we head back to our accommodation for a good night’s sleep.

Day Three – THURSDAY 29 OCTOBER 2020

(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)

This morning we farewell our hosts in Peterborough to begin the journey home. However, we start by travelling somewhat in the wrong direction, but for good reason! We travel west and onto the back roads to pass by the Hornsdale Power Reserve. This is the official name of what we know colloquially as the Tesla Big Battery. The first of its kind in Australia, this complex includes a large bank of batteries that are charged by the surrounding wind farm. The battery then feeds power into the grid whenever required.

We next turn south and pass through Jamestown on our way to Spalding, where we stop for morning tea. We continue through Burra, and then travel just east of the range. We see Robertstown and Eudunda as we make our way to the Barossa Valley, stopping in Angaston for a hearty two course lunch.

Continuing homeward, we avoid Adelaide by travelling through the Adelaide Hills. After arriving back on the Fleurieu Peninsula we are returned home* with memories of the beautiful countryside and the fascinating history of the Mid-North.