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National Motor Museum

Discover the icons of Australian motoring at this museum, research facility and collection of vintage cars and futuristic vehicles in the Adelaide Hills. 

Admire over 300 pristinely preserved vintage models in this expansive museum in the Adelaide Hills. The National Motor Museum gives an insight into an integral part of Australia’s heritage and modern culture. Australia is a nation of motorsports enthusiasts and when it comes to motor vehicles per capita, it ranks in the top 10 in the world. The National Motor Museum acts as a time capsule, a way to celebrate Down Under’s unique road transport history.

Since its humble beginnings in 1964, the National Motor Museum has expanded to encompass three full pavilions. Take a self-guided tour or consult the museum’s volunteers when you need it.

A good start is the Sunburnt Country: Icons of Australian Motoring exhibition, a permanent fixture and magnificent archive of motoring breakthroughs and achievements. Admire a horseless carriage from 1899 and the legendary 1948 Holden. Also don’t miss the 1908 Talbot, the first car to traverse the vast, deserted continent.

Move on to the 1920s Garage exhibit in a recreated mechanical workshop. You can also find distinctive 1950s cars, an expansive collection of toy and model cars and a Ford Model T chassis.

Visit the museum in April for the Rock and Roll Rendezvous, a fun-filled event showcasing classic 1950s vehicles, fashion and music. Hit the road with hundreds of vintage models and motoring enthusiasts in the Bay to Birdwood community event, held annually on the last Sunday of September.

Getting to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood is part of the experience. Enjoy the scenic 60-minute drive through the rolling hills of the wine region northeast of Adelaide. Parking is available on-site for free. Local buses and taxis also service the area. The museum is open daily, except Christmas Day. Concession tickets and family packages for cheaper entry are available. 

Take advantage of the museum’s free re-entry ticket and have a picnic by the River Torrens or visit a café in downtown Birdwood. Before you leave, browse the museum’s gift shop, aptly situated inside a 1920s gas station.


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Birdwood Motel NT$2,909
Birdwood Motel

Birdwood Motel

17 Shannon Street, Birdwood, SA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Talunga, this motel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from National Motor Museum and within 12 mi (20 km) of Big Rocking Horse and Barrister Block. Whispering Wall is 17.1 mi (27.6 km) away.

    Beauchamp House
    Beauchamp House

    Beauchamp House

    52 White's Boundary Rd, Cromer, SA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Cromer, this guesthouse is 8.3 mi (13.3 km) from National Motor Museum and 11.9 mi (19.1 km) from Big Rocking Horse. Whispering Wall and Eden Valley Lookout are also within 16 mi (25 km).

      1860 Wine Country Cottages
      1860 Wine Country Cottages

      1860 Wine Country Cottages

      R. Dewells Rd & Laubes Rd, Entry off Laubes Rd., Springton, SA
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Jutland, this cottage is 9 mi (14.4 km) from Eden Valley Lookout and 11.5 mi (18.6 km) from National Motor Museum. Big Rocking Horse and Henschke Cellars are also within 20 mi (32 km).

        Barristers Block Vigneron Villa
        Barristers Block Vigneron Villa

        Barristers Block Vigneron Villa

        141 Onkaparinga Valley Road, Woodside, SA
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in a rural location, this villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Barrister Block and within 12 mi (20 km) of Platform 1 Heritage Farm Railway and Big Rocking Horse. National Motor Museum is 11.3 mi (18.1 km) away.

          Wings Barossa Bird & Bush Retreat
          Wings Barossa Bird & Bush Retreat

          Wings Barossa Bird & Bush Retreat

          238 High Eden Rd, Mount Crawford, SA
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Jutland, this vacation home is within 16 mi (25 km) of Eden Valley Lookout, Whispering Wall, and Bethany Wines. National Motor Museum and Barossa Visitor Centre are also within 20 mi (32 km).

            Queen's Cottage Bed and Breakfast Barossa Valley
            Queen's Cottage Bed and Breakfast Barossa Valley

            Queen's Cottage Bed and Breakfast Barossa Valley

            41 Queen Steet, Williamstown, SA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Williamstown, this bed & breakfast is within 9 mi (15 km) of Whispering Wall, Barossa Chateau, and Chateau Yaldara. Tanunda Pines Golf Club and Jacob's Creek Vineyards are also within 12 mi (20 km).

              AL RU Farm
              AL RU Farm

              AL RU Farm

              1016 One Tree Hill Rd, Sampson Flat, SA
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Sampson Flat, this bed & breakfast is 10.6 mi (17 km) from Tea Tree Plaza and 11.7 mi (18.9 km) from Whispering Wall. Big Rocking Horse and Thorndon Park are also within 16 mi (25 km).

                Cobb's Hill Estate Homestead NT$4,805
                Cobb's Hill Estate Homestead

                Cobb's Hill Estate Homestead

                382 Swamp Rd, Oakbank, SA
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Oakbank, this vacation home is 6 mi (9.7 km) from Barrister Block and within 12 mi (20 km) of Platform 1 Heritage Farm Railway and Cleland Conservation Park. Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is 10.1 mi (16.3 km) away.