State Library of South Australia - Melbourne Express [B 56432]

BAG History Group / History Festival May Program

South Australia's History Festival is an annual statewide event exploring South Australia's history through hundreds of events ranging from talks to tours, walks to workshops, exhibitions to special events and just about everything in between. BAG has participated in the history festival for many years and is pleased to present our 2022 tours.

For bookings, please contact: Anne Hazell -

Travel back in time... by train

Catch the train at Blackwood Railway Station to the Eden and Belair Stations. At each stop you will learn about the development and challenges faced by the early railway network and its value to the local districts and the state. Tour ends with Devonshire Tea. Limited Numbers.


WHEN: Sunday 15 and 22 May, 9:45AM to 12:30PM

WHERE: Meet at Blackwood Railway Station, Station Road Blackwood

COST: $5 plus train ticket if applicable

Type: Train Tour





Image Credit - State Library of South Australia, Painting of 'Willa Willa' a residence in Belair [B 61278]

Belair - Heritage Along the Ridge

Belair’s history and its important links to the development of SA will be shared and grand summer residences highlighted as we walk along Sheoak Road. Refreshments served at heritage listed Belair station.


WHEN: Friday 6 May, 1:30PM to 3:30PM

WHERE: Meet corner Sheoak Road and Francis Street, Belair

COST: $5 

Type: Guided Walk




Belair National Park - Off the Beaten Track

Tour Australia’s second oldest national park in a minibus with a guide, to sites of historic significance, some off-road that you may not have seen before. Visit Old Government House and walk in the bush to learn about native flora and Indigenous people’s use of the land.

NB this activity involves short distance walks on rough tracks.


WHEN: Sunday 1 May, 9:30AM to 1:30PM

WHERE: Meet at the Volunteers’ Centre, Long Gully oval, Belair National Park

COST: $30 includes morning tea & a light lunch + Park Entrance fee. 


Type: Bus Tour



Essential. Contact: Anne Hazell -

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From Corner Store to Café - Self Guided

Displays at Bracegirdles, Cafe 1923 and Sheoak Café will explore the buildings as they progressed from corner store to café.


WHEN: From Monday, May 2

WHERE: Bracegirdles and Sheoak Cafe


From Corner Store to Café - Introductory Talk

WHEN: Monday 2 May, 10AM to 11:30AM

WHERE: Blackwood Railway Station, Station Road, Blackwood

COST: $5  - Includes refreshments


Type: Walking



Essential. Contact: Anne Hazell -