Spectator Spots

Posted by Michelle Toft | September 25, 2018

The 2018 Bay to Birdwood Run is almost upon us and it is time to plan where you will watch the passing parade of motoring history.

While West Beach, Modbury and the finishing line at the National Motor Museum are terrific spots to see a hive of activity, watching the action drive by on a deck chair with a picnic is a great experience.

Here are some of our top spectator spots along the route!

West Beach:

Barratt Reserve

One of the 2018 starting points is Barratt Reserve, hundreds of vintage and early classic vehicles will gather from 7am and leave at 8.30am. There are breakfast options available from local food vendors.

Harbour Town shopping centre

The vehicles will drive by the Harbour Town shopping centre car park from 8.40am, then head towards Glenelg and onto Anzac Highway.

Glenelg to the Adelaide CBD:

Anzac Highway

One of the best places to view the passing vehicles is along Anzac Highway, prop up a chair along the side of the road.

Novar Gardens:

Camden Oval

Located on the left-hand side of Anzac Highway as you’re heading towards Adelaide CBD.

Adelaide CBD:

West Terrace Playground

A great spot for the whole family to watch the vehicles drive by, there is also a playground to keep the kids occupied.

Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga

Victoria Square is one of the best spots to see the vehicles as they pass through the city centre. There will also be a display of Ferrari’s put together by the National Motor Museum in conjunction with the Ferrari Club of Australia – South Australia. Victoria Square is easy to access via the Tram and there are many free parking spots nearby. The vehicles will pass through the Square from approximately 9am.

Park Spots:

King Rodney Park / Ityamai-Itpina (Park 15),

Victoria Park/ Pakapakanthi, (Wakefield Road)

Botanic Park

Budney’s Paddoc / Tidlangga, (Park 9) Dequetteville Terrace

Bennett Memorial Reserve, North East Road


Civic Park, Modbury, North East Road

As the second start for this year’s Bay to Birdwood, there will be vehicle displays from the National Military Vehicle Museum and The South Australian Police Historical Society. Visit from 7 am until 11 am for a day of family fun. Entrant vehicles will depart for Birdwood at 8.30am.

The Atlantic Street Band will be playing live from 7am with their mix of traditional Dixieland jazz (from the early 1900s) and New Orleans inspired covers. We haven’t forgotten the little ones either with face painting and a jumping castle.

Bake and Brew and The Pickled Duck are great options for a coffee or sit down meal. The Tea Tree Gully Men’s Shed team will also be on hand, cooking up a storm with egg and bacon sandwiches and snags.


Inglewood Inn

The historic Inglewood Inn has been a favourite since 1857. Book a table for their Bottomless Brunch, sit on their beautiful deck while you watch hundreds of historic vehicles pass by. The Bottomless Brunch includes drinks and a brunch style grazing table for just $50 per person, starting at 9.30 till 11.30am; make sure you get your tickets for a great morning out.


Talunga Cellars, Gumeracha

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 Rocking Horse, Gumeracha

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.

Federation Park, Gumeracha (Albert St, Gumeracha)

A lovely spot to sit with the kids and enjoy the historical vehicles, there is even a playground.


The last stop and far from the least is the National Motor Museum where you can see 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.