The 2019 Bay to Birdwood Classic is almost upon us and it is time to plan where you will watch the passing parade of motoring history.
While the early morning at West Beach and Modbury are great places to get up close to the vehicles and chat with their owners, the place to be for the best Bay to Birdwood experience is the finishing line at the National Motor Museum where all the vehicles gather in one place, linger for up to six hours and where the live music, fashions, awards, local food and drinks, free children’s entertainment and the museum collection, exhibitions and displays area all available for you to take-in at your leisure.
Online tickets for the Finish event can be purchased in advance – avoid the queue – and are available here
Here are some of our other top spectator spots along the route!
The main starting point for this year’s event is Barratt Reserve, where up to 1650 classic vehicles will gather from 6 am and leave at 8.30 am. There are breakfast options available from local food vendors.
The vehicles will drive by the Harbour Town shopping centre car park from 8.40 am, then head towards Glenelg and onto Anzac Highway.
Glenelg to the Adelaide CBD:
One of the best places to view the passing vehicles is along Anzac Highway, prop up a chair along the side of the road.
Located on the left-hand side of Anzac Highway as you’re heading towards Adelaide CBD.
Where do you begin? So much to choose along the southern parklands. You’d be hard pressed to find a bad spot along any of the wonderful parkland spots available to view the passing parade.
Budney’s Paddoc / Tidlangga, (Park 9) Dequetteville Terrace
Lots of businesses and cafes will be open early in and around North east Road in Modbury, take your pick!
At the alternate start for this year’s Bay to Birdwood, there will be up to 100 classics on display. Visit from 7 am until 11 am for a day of family fun. Entrant vehicles will depart for Birdwood at 9.00 am.
The Atlantic Street Band will be playing live from 8 am to 10 am. We haven’t forgotten the little ones either with face painting and a jumping castle and other free children’s entertainment all the way through to 11.30 am. The Tea Tree Gully Men’s Shed team will also be on hand, cooking up a storm with egg and bacon sandwiches and snags.
The historic Inglewood Inn has been a favourite spot to watch the passing parade for decades.
The town of Gumeracha hums and hops on Bay to Birdwood day – best spot is anywhere in and around the town.
Talunga Estate is a small boutique winery, dining and function centre located on the outskirts of the town of Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills.
The Big Rocking Horse is one of Australia’s famous ‘big’ attractions; located in Gumeracha. Designed by David McIntosh, the rocking horse stands at over 18 metres tall. It is part of a larger complex that includes a wooden toy factory, wildlife park and café.
A lovely spot to sit with the kids and enjoy the historical vehicles, there is even a playground.
National Motor Museum in Birdwood:
The last stop and far from the least is the National Motor Museum where you can see ALL the vehicles up close and personally. Enjoy an afternoon in the Adelaide Hills, with live music entertainment, Fashions in the Field competition and local food and wine.