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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 2023 tours.

For bookings, please contact: Anne Hazell -

Travel back in time... by train

Catch the train at Belair railway station to Eden Hills and Blackwood stations. Learn about the development and challenges faced by the early railway network, first built 140 years ago, and its value to local districts and the state. Devonshire tea will be served at Blackwood station.


WHEN: Sunday 7 May or 4 June, 8:30AM to 12:30PM

WHERE: Meet at the Belair Railway Station

COST: $5 plus train ticket if applicable

Type: Train Tour




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. Learn about native flora, Indigenous & colonial history and visit unusual memorials. Visit Old Government House, a former Vice-regal summer residence. NB this activity involves some short distance walks on rough tracks.


WHEN: Saturday 13 May 11:50AM - 5PM or

Sunday 14 May 8:45AM - 2PM

WHERE: Will be provided during booking.

COST: $35 Bus Tour Cost: (includes a.m /p.m. refreshments, includes all entry fees)

Participants to bring a cut lunch and drink.

Type: Bus Tour + Guided Walks



Belair - Heritage Along the Ridge

Belair’s history and its links to the development of the state will be shared and grand summer residences highlighted as we walk along Sheoak Road. Refreshments will be served at heritage listed Belair Railway Station, opened in 1883, a popular stop for picknickers visiting Belair National Park.


WHEN: Friday 26 or Saturday 27 May, 1:30PM to 3:30PM

WHERE: Meet corner Sheoak Road and Francis Street, Belair

COST: $5 

Type: Guided Walk




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

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