National Motor Museum, South Australian Tourism Commission

Population 733

The small town of Birdwood is set picturesquely in the Torrens Valley in the northern part of the popular Adelaide Hills district. The region's beauty would have been a welcome sight for German settlers escaping religious persecution in the 1840s. Like many of the German-settled towns in the area, Birdwood was originally named after a Prussian town, Blumberg. However, anti-German sentiment during World War I created a feeling of unrest and the town's name was changed to Birdwood after the commander of the ANZAC forces in Gallipoli, Sir William Birdwood.

Visitor Information

Shannon St; (08) 8388 1185.

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In Town

National Motor Museum This impressive collection of over 300 vintage cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles is housed in the 1852 flour mill. Read More

Birdwood Wine and Cheese Centre: introduces visitors to boutique wines and cheeses of regional SA with tastings and sales; open Wed and Fri–Sun; Shannon St.

Blumberg Inn: imposing 1865 inn harking back to German-settler days; Main St.


Lobethal The quaint town of Lobethal features historic German-style cottages and an 1842 Lutheran seminary. Fairyland Village takes the visitor into the world of fairytales; open weekends. The National Costume Museum houses a collection of dresses, suits and accessories dating from 1812 (closed Mon). The town lights up each Christmas in the 'Lights of Lobethal' festival. 13 km SW.

The Toy Factory: a family business manufacturing wooden toys from a shop adjacent to an 18 m giant rocking horse; Gumeracha; 7 km W.

Chain of Ponds Wine: boutique winery with tastings, sales, viewing platform, restaurant and B&B (1880s cottage); 9 km W.

Herbig Tree: an extraordinary insight into Friedrich Herbig and the hollow red gum tree where he raised a family in the 1850s. School museum and pioneer cemetery also on-site; Springton; group bookings only (08) 8568 2287; 15km NE.

Malcolm Creek Vineyard: boutique winery with cellar door and friendly deer; open weekends and public holidays; Bonython Rd, Kersbrook; 20 km NW.

Roachdale Reserve: self-guide nature trail with brochure; 23 km NW via Kersbrook.

Torrens Gorge: spectacular cliffs and streams make this a popular spot for picnics; 25 km W.

Samphire Wines and Pottery: a small boutique winery and handmade pottery shop; cnr Watts Gully and Robertson rds; 27 km NW via Kersbrook.

Warren Conservation Park: difficult trails, including part of the long-distance Heysen Trail, lead to spectacular views over countryside and Warren Gorge; adjacent to Samphire Wines and Pottery.

Mt Crawford Forest: walkers, horseriders and cyclists will enjoy the forest tracks of this park, which is scattered in various locations north, west and south-west of Birdwood; visit the information centre on Warren Rd (signposted turn-off between Kersbrook and Williamstown) for a map.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling in the Barossa 33 km

In the Barossa, you can hire bikes from the visitor centre in Tanunda and take the paved 7-kilometre cycle path to Nuriootpa. For a guided, multi-day supported bike tour, sampling the best of the region’s cuisine... Find out more

Adelaide Zoo 34 km

With its catchphrase ‘We exist to save animals from extinction’, this is another of Australia’s excellent zoos. Visit the Giant Panda enclosure to see the Wang Wang and Funi. The sea-lion display... Find out more

Aboriginal gallery, Adelaide 35 km

The Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery at the South Australian Museum holds the largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts in the world. Some 3000 are on display at any one time.... Find out more

Morialta Conservation Park 36 km

One of the most stunning parks in the region and located only 10 kilometres north-east of Adelaide, this has waterfalls and deep gorges, woodlands, koalas, echidnas and southern brown bandicoots. The pick of the walks is... Find out more

Wine-tasting - Nuriootpa and Angaston 39 km

Elderton Wines near Nuriootpa is a carbonneutral winery. Its cellar door is partially solar-powered and the vineyard is using biodynamic methods of production. Yalumba in Angaston has three organic wines and an... Find out more

Swimming with dolphins off Glenelg 45 km

Since 2002, the eco-accredited Temptation Sailing has offered a ‘swim with the dolphins sail’ on a 17-metre catamaran out of Glenelg, in which the bottlenose and common dolphins reputedly come to the vessel... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Kooyonga Golf Club 41 km

Kooyonga is a thinking player’s golf course. One of the game’s greatest strategists, Peter Thomson, gave an insight into what is required to play well at Kooyonga after winning the 1972 Australian Open here.... Find out more

Royal Adelaide Golf Club 42 km

In the city of churches, Royal Adelaide is the golfing equivalent of the Vatican. Every visiting golfer should make a pilgrimage to this Dr Alister MacKenzie-designed layout, one of Australia’s top 10 courses,... Find out more

Glenelg Golf Club 43 km

Glenelg is to Adelaide what Bondi is to Sydney – the city’s most popular beach suburb. The terminus for the City to Bay tram, a Glenelg icon, can be found where Jetty Rd meets the beach, where you will... Find out more

The Grange Golf Club (East Course) 43 km

Vern Morcom was working on the final changes to The Grange’s West course redesign when the club announced plans for a second course. Morcom was asked to design it, on 150 acres of adjoining land, and the East... Find out more

The Grange Golf Club (West Course) 44 km

Melbourne’s sandbelt wasn’t the only region in which golf course construction was booming during the 1920s. Various sites in Adelaide’s western suburbs – Kooyonga in 1922, Glenelg in 1926... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

The Locavore 31 km

The Locavore (‘local eater’) at Stirling in the Adelaide Hills sticks to the ‘100-mile’ philosophy of sourcing food, which in its case includes the Barossa, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and the... Find out more

The Organic Market and Cafe 31 km

This bustling cafe and organic produce outlet in Stirling was the national winner of the best organic retailer award. Something of an institution in the area, it has delicious antipasto platters and great coffee. About... Find out more

Goodlife 45 km

This innovative restaurant and takeaway not only makes carbon-neutral pizzas, but also places an emphasis on sourcing produce that is organic and local. Takeaway pizzas here even come tied up with string.... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Adelaide Hills Craft Brewing 13 km

Located in the former Onkaparinga woollen mill complex at Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills, this brewery/bar is run by Alistair Turnbull and Phil Jones. The pair turned their backs on careers in banking to study brewing in... Find out more

Coopers Brewery 36 km

More than any other Australian brewery, Coopers has grown significant market share over the past two decades on the back of increased demand for alternative beer styles. It was established in 1862 by Yorkshireman Thomas... Find out more

Brewboys 37 km

One of the country’s newest craft beermaking enterprises, Brewboys is a partnership between Stephen Nelsen and Simon Sellick, who also operate the contract brewing company Fresh Cellars. At present they utilise a... Find out more

South Australian Brewing Company 37 km

Established in 1888, the South Australian Brewing Company became the state’s dominant beer-maker by steadily acquiring competitors like the Kent Town Brewery, West End Brewery and the Walkerville Co-operative... Find out more

Campsites around town

Cromer Shed camping area 8 km

This recent addition to the forest’s list of campsites features a large shelter shed among eucalypt woodland on the south-eastern edge of the forest. It’s off Cricks Mill Rd, 7 km west of Mt Pleasant.... Find out more

Mount Crawford camping area (bush camping) 8 km

For self-sufficient walkers there are assorted bush camping options along the Heysen Trail, with walk-in access only, including 2 huts. The information office can provide details. Some have rainwater tanks but bring a... Find out more

Chalks camping area 9 km

This expansive and popular grassed site is set among river gums on Chalks Rd, close to the corner of Warren and Forreston rds, 4 km from the information centre. There’s a short walk from the parking area over... Find out more

Fromms Farm camping area 10 km

This former dairy is now a generous-sized shelter for group camping, with tent spaces close by. It's located on Mount Rd, 2 km from the information centre. You enter via a gate, so you need to book. This camping area... Find out more

Rocky Paddock camping area 11 km

A large open campground set among rocky outcrops on the edge of the forest plantation, this site is 1 km from the information centre off Tower Rd. There is water here but it is not suitable for drinking, so carry in your... Find out more

Centennial Drive camping area 13 km

This long creekside campsite next to Centennial Dr and stands of large radiata pines is on the Heysen Trail. A short – but steep – climb from here leads to Mt Crawford. The sites are 12 km east of... Find out more

The Old School House camping area 15 km

On the Heysen Trail, this historic building in the north of the reserve sleeps 8 and has tent spaces close by. You’ll find it 9 km east of Williamstown, from Springton Rd. Book ahead, as access is via a gate.... Find out more

Bolto Reserve camping area 34 km

On Khartoum Rd, this camping area is south of the ferry on the east side of the river, in the Morgan-to-Mannum stretch of the Murray River. Pay fees to the council.... Find out more

Haythorpe Reserve camping area 35 km

This reserve is in Mannum, on the eastern side of the river on Bowhill Rd, north of the ferry. The site has a boat ramp.... Find out more

Brownhill Creek Recreation Caravan Park 36 km

At this surprising natural nook just a few minutes south from Adelaide, mighty river red gums flank the creek, part of a major valley catchment. There are picnic areas and trails exploring the valley and beyond. To get... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Tanunda Caravan and Tourist Park 32 km

Enjoy the Barossa Valley experience from this popular park; it is a great base for exploring the fabulous wine-producing region. Located 1.5 km from the town centre, with easy access, it offers patrons a good range of... Find out more

Levi Park Caravan Park 32 km

Levi Park is just 5 km from the city and a very good base for exploring central Adelaide. It has shady caravan sites and pleasant grassy tent sites, all located in a magnificent historic garden. The River Torrens flows... Find out more

Gawler Caravan Park 32 km

This is a good quality park close to the town centre and located on the banks of the Gawler River. It is a good base for exploring the nearby Barossa Valley and is easily accessible from the Sturt and Barrier highways.... Find out more

Brown Hill Creek Tourist Park 36 km

This picturesque owner-operated park is set in the Adelaide foothills, 7 km south-east of the city. Its 120-acre bushland setting offers lots of shade and facilities include a tennis court. A minimum-stay period applies... Find out more

Barossa Valley Tourist Park 39 km

This good quality Barossa Valley caravan park has a large number of sites, a choice of accommodation and a range of facilities including tennis courts. It is within walking distance of the town centre and close to... Find out more

Marion Holiday Park 43 km

This tourist park in the southern suburbs is close to the enormous Marion shopping centre. It has very good amenities, shaded areas and good facilities including a recreation room and a tennis court. It makes a good base... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks - Adelaide Beachfront 45 km

With very good amenities and a wide range of facilities, this quality park is close to Port Adelaide, Football Park and the West Lakes shopping complex, as well as only 10 km from the city centre. It is one of... Find out more

Murray Bridge Resort Caravan Park and Marina 47 km

This park is in a great location, away from busy roads and a marina on the shores of the Murray River. The spacious park has good amenities and is pet friendly. It's about 3 km from the town centre. Bookings are... Find out more

Brighton Caravan Park and Holiday Village 48 km

Just 17 km from Adelaide city, this tourist park enjoys absolute beach frontage and has a nice, relaxed feel. It is a popular family park and bookings are essential during busy holiday periods. A 2-night minimum-length... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Chain of Ponds Vineyard Cottage

Set among 60 hectares of vines, this classic 1880s stone cottage enjoys captivating views of the surrounding hills and vales. It’s been restored in handsome style to accommodate up to four couples in self-contained... Find out more

Stoneybank Settlement Cottages

These three snug hideaways represent an authentic slice of our pioneering past. Built in the 1850s from local stone, the farm cottages have been reborn as charming havens in a serene locale. Inside each cottage, the... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Clarion Hotel Soho 35 km

Completed at the end of 2008, this five-star boutique hotel was designed with many hidden environmental features, such as water-recycling systems, sustainable building materials and airflow and passive cooling to reduce... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Moppa Road rest area 40 km

29km NE of Gawler (L) or 3km W of Nuriootpa (R)

Just off the highway behind a few trees.

Truro East Rest Area 48 km

1 km E of Truro (L) or 45 km W of Blanchetown (R)

Small area just off the highway among a few large trees. Good shade.

Jackmans Lookout rest area 48 km

0.5km E of Swanport Bridge (L) or 19km W of Tailem Bend (R)

At the lookout overlooking the river.

What's on around town

Rock and Roll Rendezvous: Apr.

Bay to Birdwood Run: vintage motoring event attracting more than 1600 vehicles; even-numbered years, Sept.

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