5 day trips from Adelaide you can do by public transport

Brand SA News journalist Vanessa Keys has recently returned to South Australia after more than a decade living interstate and overseas. Since being back on home soil, Vanessa has revisited some of the state’s best attractions, beaches, parks and boardwalks, all by public transport! She shares her top five SA day trips below.

One of the biggest misconceptions about Adelaide is that you need a car to see all the good stuff. This is absolutely not true – and I speak with confidence, having recently moved back to Adelaide after a 12 year hiatus, sans car. I haven’t driven in a decade and my London-born partner is yet to learn, but this hasn’t been a barrier to falling in love with South Australia. In the last four months, we’ve picked strawberries at Beerenberg Farm, hiked through Morialta Falls, picnicked at Port Willunga, swam at Moana, walked along towering cliff tops in Hallett Cove, and more.

Here’s five car-free ideas for getting out of the city:

1. Moana Beach and Port Willunga
It’s only 35km south of the city, but Moana’s stretch of golden sand, sloping dunes and gentle surf gives it a bona fide holiday vibe. After you’ve spent a few hours soaking up the sun, catch a bus through vineyards and paddocks to picturesque Port Willunga. This beach is a real beauty: long expanses of white sand and cliffs that shield swimmers from the wind. When hunger strikes, order from the kiosk at The Star of Greece – you can get grilled Kangaroo Island whiting for a fraction of the price that you’d pay inside at the restaurant. They have an epic wine list, too.

Getting there: Take the Seaford (SEAFRD) line from Adelaide Railway Station until the last stop, Seaford. Walk south along Griffiths Drive for 20 minutes until you reach Moana Beach. To continue to Port Willunga, leave the beach and walk eight minutes to Commercial Road. Take the 750 bus from stop 89 until you reach stop 109 at The Esplanade. To return, catch the 750 outside The Star of Greece to Seaford, and catch the train to Adelaide Railway Station.

Whiting, chips and salad from The Star of Greece kiosk.

2. Morialta Conservation Park
Lace up your walking shoes, grab a hat and pack a picnic: Adelaide’s best bushwalking spot is a speedy 30-minute bus ride from the centre of the city. Morialta Conservation Park is set around a narrow gorge, framed by three waterfalls and bound by steep ridges and cliffs. There’s trails for every age and ability, from families with strollers to experienced hikers. And don’t forget to look up – we spotted eight koalas and a kookaburra on our last visit.

Getting there: Catch the H30 bus from stop I1 on North Terrace, and get off at stop 26 on Morialta Road. Take the path past the playground until you reach the First Falls car park – all the hikes start from there.

A furry friend spotted in the treetops at Morialta Conservation Park.

3. Port Adelaide
Once an industrial harbour, Port Adelaide’s colonial buildings are now home to an eclectic mix of theatres, artist spaces, bars and restaurants. From the train station, it’s an easy 15-minute walk to the wharf, where you can admire the heritage-listed buildings (historic Hart’s Mill is a highlight) and enjoy a coffee at Folklore Cafe, where every table has a view of the water.

Seafarers can climb aboard the Dolphin Explorer, a cruise that travels along the Port River through the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary, while landlubbers might prefer to discover the Port’s history at the Maritime Museum, the National Railway Museum or the Aviation Museum. Hungry? Make a beeline for the renovated Port Admiral Hotel. Order a pint of their house lager – The Port Local – and the crumbed mac and cheese croquettes. Trust me on this one.

Getting there: Take the Outer Harbour (OUTHA) line from Adelaide Railway Station to Port Adelaide.

Explore the Port’s history along with the collection of funky street art, cafés, pubs and artistic spaces scattered throughout.

4. Hallett Cove boardwalk
Suspended above spectacular cliffs, the Hallett Cove boardwalk is a signposted walk that follows the coast between Marino Rocks and Hallett Cove. You can begin the walk at either end, but if it’s hot and you fancy finishing with a swim, I recommend starting at Hallett Cove (check out the glacial pavements along the northern cliff tops) and walk south past Marino until you get to Seacliff or Brighton beach – after that long walk, the water feels so good.

Getting there: Take the Seaford (SEAFRD) line from Adelaide railway station and alight at either Marino Rocks or Hallett Cove beach.

Take in impressive views along the Hallett Cove boardwalk.

5. Hahndorf and Beerenberg
The quaint German village of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills has everything a day trip requires: a hearty breakfast (try the homemade crumpets at Udder Delights), wineries (Landhaus do generous tastings for $5 a head), bakeries (Otto’s is legendary) and more German bratwurst and pretzels than you can shake a stick at. After you’ve finished perusing Main Street, walk 450m south until you reach Beerenberg Farm. Here, it costs $4 a head (12 years and under go free) to pick berries until your heart’s content. Cap off the day with a gin flight and produce plate at Ambleside Distillery – and don’t worry, the bus stop is within stumbling distance.

Getting there: Catch the 864 along various stops in the CBD, including Currie Street and Pulteney Street, continuing your trip through Stirling, Aldgate, Bridgewater and Verdun, until you reach Hahndorf. Visit Adelaide Metro to plan your journey.

Pick your own strawberries at Beerenberg Farm.

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Pirate Life’s Port Adelaide brewery open for business

Popular craft brewer Pirate Life will celebrate the completion of its $15 million new Port Adelaide brewery and canning facility this month, coinciding with the business’s fourth birthday.

The new brewery will allow Pirate Life to brew eight million litres of beer at the Port to keep up with national demand, compared to the three million litres at its current Hindmarsh facility.

The original site at Hindmarsh will still operate, dedicated to creating new and innovative beers, while the Port Adelaide brewery will take on the big sellers lager, pale ale, and IPA.

Pirate Life co-founder Michael Cameron says the brewery intends to brew between 40 and 45 new beers this year.

It’s been a big couple of months for Pirate Life, which was bought in November 2018 by Carlton and United Breweries, a subsidiary of Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Pirate Life’s new facility in Port Adelaide will allow for a significant boost in production volumes.

“We’ve been working on Pirate Life at the Port for more than 12 months and we’ve come so far,” says Pirate Life co-founder Michael Cameron.

“While our original Hindmarsh brewery, bar and shop will remain open for business, the Port brewery represents a vital injection of cultural at an exciting time benefitting the area’s resurgence.

“Our new brewhouse in the expansive, proud old 1938 Dalgety Wool Store really is a sight to behold. From the brewery to the bar, the food offerings and our ongoing events schedule, we reckon you’ll love being there as much as we do. We’re just four years old but we’ve got a lot to celebrate.”

Pirate Life will celebrate the completed expansion at a free public event on Saturday, March 9, unveiling the new tap house with a 22-yard main bar, the size of a cricket pitch.

A line of eight new limited release birthday beers will be revealed, complementing old favourites and newer creations.

Pirate Life founders Michael Cameron, left, Jared Proudfoot and Jack Cameron.

Pirate Life was founded four years ago after its three founders Jack Cameron, Jared Proudfoot and Michael Cameron said goodbye to their lives in WA, driving across the Nullarbor to make a new home SA and launch their new venture. All three had built established careers in craft breweries and in the beer market.

Pirate Life CEO John Phinney says SA beer lovers have shown the company a “great deal of respect and support” since its establishment.

“On top of that, we’ve had incredible backing from the State Government, our colleagues at Carlton and United Breweries, and our new neighbours at the Port Adelaide Council, and we’re very appreciative of that,” he says.

“Now it’s time for us to share the love … and we encourage everyone to drop in and stay a while.”

The Pirate Life’s fourth birthday celebrations are on Saturday, March 9, 2–5pm. Grammy nominated brass band Hot 8 Brass Band will perform, touring all the way from New Orleans.

Free buses will depart from the Port Adelaide Train Station, Gilbert Street Hotel and Adelaide Train Station to the brewery. For more details on the event click here.

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International mural artists set to bring Port Adelaide streets alive

International artists will descend upon Port Adelaide late next month to transform more of the Port’s blank walls into vibrant works of art.

Three-day festival Wonderwalls Port Adelaide, in conjunction with The Big Picture Fest, will attract world class street artists to transform bland walls throughout the town centre into striking art installations, to be celebrated publicly from March 29–31.

Wonderwalls Port Adelaide, which has been held biennially since 2015, transforming key sites such as the Marine and Harbors building on St Vincent Street, and Harts Mill into colourful attractions. More than 70 artists have taken part in past festivals.

Four visiting international artists Sat One (Rafael Gerlach) of Germany, Peeta (Manuel Di Rita) of Italy, Akue 1 of Russia and husband and wife duo Diva and Phat 1 (Charles and Janine Williams) of New Zealand, will begin painting their creations a few days before the festival on March 25 before finishing a week later on March 31.

If this mural by New Zealand artists Diva and Phat 1 is anything to go by, the 2019 Port Adelaide creation is set to be stunning.

South Australia’s finest street and mural artists Sarah Boese, 10TKL and Dave Court will represent the local creative space.

Organisers say the 2017 event drew more than 20,000 visitors across one weekend.

Fellow SA mural artist Joel Van Moore, better known as Vans the Omega, is Wonderwalls’ creative director and says the festival grows from strength to strength each year, with 2019 shaping up to be more impressive than ever.

“Wonderwalls brings together some of the world’s most highly acclaimed street artists to work alongside Adelaide’s finest and encourages local creatives to exceed in their endeavours,” he says.

A number of events will unfold throughout the festival, including welcome parties, art walks, and photographic tours and workshops. Pirate Life Brewery will also celebrate with music festival, A Day on the Cans, on Saturday March 30.

Onlookers watch artist Smug complete his wall during the 2015 Wonderwalls Festival.

Former Art Gallery of SA director Nick Mitzevich, who now heads up the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, is fond of Wonderwalls and says it has transformed Port Adelaide into a museum without walls.

“Bringing mural artists from around the world to the Port demonstrates that art is no longer about the edifice,” he says.

“Art can be everywhere. This is not a new point to make, in fact, in many ways it’s a reminder of the essential role that art has played for most of history.”

Wonderwalls is run in conjunction with The Big Picture Fest, an independent mural festival run by Joel Van Moore and mainly focused on small-scale festivals and the growing hunger for mural work in regional towns and cities.

The four international artists painting at Wonderwalls will also tour The Big Picture Fest in Franklin, Victoria, from March 22–24. The Big Picture Fest came to Adelaide during the SA Living Artists (SALA) festival last year, as well as Port Pirie on SA’s Yorke Peninsula.

Grand projects boosting fortunes of Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide is officially hip as its colonial buildings and rich maritime history attracts a surge in investment to reinvigorate its unique riverfront streets.

More than 20 new businesses opened their doors last year alone with Australian Tax Office figures showing the region recorded the most start-ups in the state.

New hotels, on-trend eateries, fashion stores, craft brewers and pubs have opened their doors, with some of the state’s heaviest hitters turning their attention to its grand collection of State Heritage-listed colonial buildings.

Among them, the team behind popular city spots Clever Little Tailor and Pink Moon Saloon have helped reopen Port Adelaide’s oldest existing building after it stood empty for 10 years.

The Port Admiral Hotel was reopened and rejuvenated after being empty for a decade. Photo: City of Port Adelaide Enfield.

Now the Port Admiral Hotel – built in 1849 on Black Diamond Corner – is bustling and is even brewing its own beer called Port Local, with director Crispian Fielke saying it was a project too good to ignore.

“It’s a magical time for Port Adelaide, there’s no opportunity like this left in South Australia, there’s the promise and the possibilities that are really exciting, the opportunity is incredible,” he says.

Port Adelaide Enfield Mayor Claire Boan says resident and visitor numbers are flourishing as grand projects boost the fortunes of the once bustling harbor that was a gateway for thousands of migrants keen to settle in the promising new colony of SA.

Nearby Techport at Osborne is benefiting from an $89 billion national submarine and ship build announced for the Royal Australian Navy with new work expected to create some 6000 local jobs.

Port Adelaide Enfield Mayor Claire Boan says more people are choosing to live in Port Adelaide as big projects boost the fortunes of the area. Photo: City of Port Adelaide Enfield.

“Over the next six years, the site will be developed in Osborne by Lend Lease for the building of the frigates, at a cost of $1.6 billion,” Claire says.

“A shed, 10 storeys high and big enough to fit in Adelaide Oval, will be built that will eventually house the two completed frigates built by BAE, side by side, all securely undercover.”

Meanwhile, two major new housing developments are also happening in the port, as the council sees a 3.1% increase in its gross regional product.

Starfish Developments intends to build 750 new homes on the waterfront at Dock One while Cedar Woods has plans for 500 homes in a $160 million development at Fletcher’s Slip.

“In the next five years I can see Port Adelaide going forward in leaps and bounds as there are more people living in the Port and working in the area,” Claire says.

The SA Maritime Museum in Port Adelaide. Photo: City of Port Adelaide Enfield.

Government is also taking the rejuvenation seriously, moving 400 city jobs to Port Adelaide this year and planning for the train line to be extended to bring passengers all the way to Dock One in the near future.

Claire says increasing numbers of tourists including more passengers from cruise ships are docking at Outer Harbor, choosing to climb aboard a new local hop on, hop off tourist bus service.

Local council is playing its part, with work well under way to highlight the port’s history in a new way finding project.

Pirate Life craft beer brewery is sharing the commitment to heritage as its founders create a new production line plus a 300-seat venue with a beer garden and 23m long bar in an historic woolshed in Barlow Street.

Pirate Life’s new brewery is under construction. Photo: Pirate Life.

Joint founder Michael Cameron (a.k.a MC) and his partners, son Jack and Jared Proudfoot, are originally from Western Australia where Jack worked at much-loved Little Creatures brewery in Fremantle.

“We wanted to open here because we have faith in the future of the Port,” MC says.

Further along St Vincent Street the owners of the Port Mall are spending $45 million and creating 300 new jobs as they expand and rejuvenate the shopping centre into the Port Adelaide Plaza. And marine biologists Daniella Guevara and Kor-jent Van Dijk have joined forces to share their love of authentic Mexican food at another new venue, La Popular Taqueria.

They transformed an old computer repair shop in historic St Vincent Street using 100-year-old salvaged timber from the nearby historic Port Admiral Hotel for their counter and tabletops.

Large scale murals can be found in Port Adelaide, painted as part of the Wonderwalls street art festivals. Photo: City of Port Adelaide Enfield.

“More people are coming to the Port, we can already see the difference in the year we have been opened,” Daniella says.

After successfully reinvigorating the likes of Leigh Street and Peel Street in the city, the Ginos Group is also taking a punt on Port Adelaide, buying three old wool stores near the Dock One development.

While on a bend in the Port River, one of the area’s earlier transformations continues to inspire local creativity.

Once home to an iconic flour company, Hart’s Mill is an architecture award-winning cultural hub hosting live music, markets and an outdoor cinema. It’s been central to Port Adelaide’s 2015 and 2017 Wonderwalls street art festivals where street artists created striking pieces on buildings.

“We’re like the heritage capital of SA really and we’re trying to use that as a basis to a lot of what we’re doing here,” Mayor Claire Boan adds.

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