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20 Oct 2024

Bay to Birdwood

The iconic Bay to Birdwood is one of the world’s great historic motoring events and has been a standout fixture on the South Australian events calendar since 1980.



20 Oct 2024

Event type

Community, Exhibition, Special Event


Adelaide Hills
Adelaide Metro




History Trust of South Australia
Security House, Level 2, 233 North Terrace.
08 8151 3280

Tens of thousands of spectators line the 67-kilometre route to view the passing parade of historic motoring from West Beach through to the National Motor Museum at Birdwood in the Adelaide Hills. Held annually, the Bay to Birdwood is an historic vehicle event that draws participants from around Australia and the world to celebrate all things vintage motoring.

The event showcases a stunning collection of classic, vintage, and veteran vehicles, providing a unique opportunity to experience motoring history.

At the finish festival visitors are encouraged to soak up the wonderful atmosphere, be entertained with music played on vinyl and admire hundreds of rarely seen historic vehicles and talk to their owners. Visitors to the Finish Festival can also enjoy quality regional produce, Adelaide Hills craft beer, wines and spirits and delicious gourmet street food served by local food trucks.

The Bay to Birdwood attracts a diverse and enthusiastic crowd from all over the country. It fosters a sense of community spirit and a shared appreciation of automotive culture and history.

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  • We should be grateful that Bay to Birdwood celebrates, and preserves, this important slice of Australia's cultural heritage.

    Mark Chipperfield

    Sydney Morning Herald

The local guide


High in the Adelaide Hills, the National Motor Museum’s outstanding collection of automobilia stretches back to the very dawn of the motor age. Antiques and unique one off vehicles sit alongside classic designs that rolled off the production lines around the world (including Holden’s Elizabeth plant), while displays explain how the evolution of auto design and Australia’s social history are irrevocably intertwined.


The Migration Museum is a social history museum that deals with the complex  immigration and settlement history of South Australia, and maintains both permanent and rotating collections of work. As it is just a short walk away from Rundle Mall, Adelaide’s prime shopping district, come in to enjoy the guided tours or bring the kids for the ever popular ‘detective trail’.


Explore the historic, cultural and architectural artefacts of Adelaide along three trails. Learn all about its heritage places, including churches, high streets, and North Adelaide, some of which date to the early 1850s. Enjoy them by foot or bike!