Friday, April 21, 2017

South Australian Weekender #2

A weekly or occasional series of blog posts, promoting events and activities around Adelaide and South Australia. Posts will highlight not just those things taking place on the weekend the post is added, but for the following week or month.

This SA Weekender not only reminds you about the Wonderwalls Festival, but looks at a number of other activities you can participate in while you are in and around Port Adelaide. The best thing about the activities listed below is that they are open and available throughout the year, so if you can't make it this weekend, head down to Port Adelaide and sample the great museums and Port River cruises whenever time allows. You'll be happy you did.

Wonderwalls Festival Kicks off Today
Yes, yes, I know I wrote about this just this past Wednesday, but I’m giving it another plug anyway. As already noted, the hugely popular Wonderwalls street art festival takes place this weekend (April 21-23, 2017). If you are planning to go, make sure you download a PDF copy of the Festival Map…, although printed maps will be available from various locations around the port.

Friday, April 21
Art exhibition, 6pm–11pm

Saturday, April 22
Canon photo tours, 9am–11.30am / 3pm–5.30pm
Artist talks, 3pm–4pm
Art exhibition, 11am–11pm
Street party, 6pm–11pm

Sunday, April 23
Canon photo tours, 9am–11.30am / 3pm–5.30pm
Artist walking tour, 11am–12.30pm
Art exhibition, 11am–5pm

A Whole Weekend Worth of Fun

Dolphins and River Cruises
While you are in Port Adelaide, you can make the most of your visit by embarking on a cruise on the Port River on the Dolphin Explorer. This pleasure craft travels down river as far as the Outer Harbor entrance. Along the way, you will get entertaining commentary from the captain as the cruise boat passes shipping docks, container terminals, the Torrens Island Power Station, Techport Adelaide (Australia’s Naval shipbuilding hub), and the ASC shipyard (builder of Australia’s Collins Class submarines).

Oh, and yes, you may also get to see some of the Bottlenose Dolphins that have made the Port River their home for many, many years. When not out on the high seas, the Adelaide pod of Bottlenose Dolphins are protected by the 120-square-kilometre Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary, which includes the inner Port, Barker Inlet, Outer Harbor, and the North Haven Marina. The sanctuary also extends North up St Vincent Gulf some 30km or so to Port Gawler.

The Dolphin Explorer departs from the quay at Fisherman’s Wharf (look for the old lighthouse).

If You Go
Cruise Only: Adults $8.00; Children $6:00
Cruise & Main Course Meal: Adults $20.00; Children $15.00
Cruise & Full Meal*: Adults $25.00; Children $20.00; Seniors $23.00 
(Full meal includes Main course, dessert, tea and coffee)
Note: Refreshments and snacks are available for purchase on board

Aviation, Railway and Maritime Museums
But wait—there’s more. Much more. As you walk around Port Adelaide checking out the new Wonderwall murals, you are almost certain to pass one of three major museums located in the area, and all are within easy walking distance of each other. In fact they are all located along Lipson Street, Port Adelaide. Let’s take a quick look at them,

Closest to the Port River is the National Maritime Museum at 126, Lipson Street. The South Australian Maritime Museum is a state government museum, part of the History Trust of South Australia. The Museum opened in 1986 in a collection of historic buildings in the heart of Port Adelaide, South Australia’s first heritage precinct. The Museum presents exhibitions in a pair of adjoining stone warehouses, built in the 1850s. It offers visitors the opportunity to climb the Port Adelaide lighthouse that was built in 1869 and originally stood at the entrance to the Port River.

Exhibitions focus on the exploration of the southern coast and the voyages of Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin, the experiences of immigrants coming to Australia in the 1830s, 1910s and 1950s, health and medicine at sea, the colonial navy of South Australia of the 19th century, the world wars of the 20th century, the ketch trades that served southern ports from 19th century to the 1960s, life in port, and the ecology of the Port River dolphins.

If You Go
126, Lipson Street, Port Adelaide
Open Daily: 10:00AM - 5:00PM (closed Christmas Day & Good Friday)
Adults $12.50; Concession Cards $8.00; Children (under 16) $6.00
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) $29.50

Take a journey into railway history at the National Railway Museum, Australia's largest railway museum with over 100 exhibits representing State, Commonwealth and private railway operators on the three major rail gauges used in Australia.

The museum houses its large static collection in two pavilions and the historical goods shed at the site of the original Port Dock railway station. It also has rolling stock from the Silverton Tramway and Victorian Railways. Climb into the cabs of giant steam engines, walk through elegant carriages, enjoy free train rides and interactive and educational displays.

The Museum also operates the Semaphore to Fort Glanville Tourist Railway, which runs from late October to April as well as during school holidays. Mini-steam trains depart between 11am and 4pm, roughly every hour or according to demand.

If You Go
76, Lipson Street, Port Adelaide
Open Daily (except Christmas Day): 10:00AM - 4:30PM
Adults $12.00; Concession Cards $9.00; Children (3-15 yrs) $6.00
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) $32.00

The South Australian Aviation Museum displays aircraft and aircraft engines of relevance to South Australia and Australian aviation in general. Since 1996 the Museum became the home of the heritage rocket collection associated with the Woomera Test Range in the period 1950-1980. The heritage rocket collection is the property of the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation.

The Museum's origins can be traced to 1984 when it was started by a group of enthusiasts interested in aviation history and aircraft restoration. In 1990 it became the official aviation museum for South Australia when it was awarded Provisional Accreditation by the History Trust of South Australia. The following year it became responsible for the State's historical aviation collection.

If You Go
66, Lipson Street, Port Adelaide
Open Daily (except Christmas Day): 10:30AM - 4:30PM
Adults $10.00; Concession Cards $8.00; Children (under 16) $5.00
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) $25.00

Fishermen’s Wharf Market, is a waterfront site near the Lighthouse at Port Adelaide. Generally only open on weekends, the site provides a vibrant mix of stalls, sights, food and sounds for the whole family to enjoy. If you enjoy fossicking around for unique items, the market may be just the place for you.

If You Go
Free entry
Open weekends only

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