The 6/80 & MO Oxford & Cowley Club

Members are invited to attend the Club's Australian National Rally

at Wallaroo, South Australia, from Thursday 24th October till Tuesday 29th October

The following is a brief outline of the activities we have planned. Please note there are some venues we need numbers for and would appreciate members who are attending letting Derek or myself know ASAP.

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Thursday 24th October

Arrive in the seaside town of Wallaroo at your leisure and settle in to your accommodation. A rally pack will be provided on your arrival with brochures and maps of the area.

Meet at Rally HQ (Office Beach/Beachside Tourist Park) at 6pm for a meet and greet BYO BBQ.

Friday 25th October

Meet at Rally HQ at 9.00am for a 9.15am start.

Travel to the outskirts of Kadina for a tour of the Farm Shed Museum & Tourism Centre (they are expecting us for a 9.45am start - we need numbers for this venue) for a look at over a century of dry land farming developments and rural life. Apart from farming exhibits there are some old cars, fire engine, fashion display and a building set up as a rural school classroom, models and lots more. The tour takes about 1.5 hours. Cost: Adult $10.00 (no concessions), school age child $3.00 and family $25.00.

From there we make our way back into Kadina and park around Victoria Square for a Walking Tour of the heritage buildings and lunch, either BYO in Victoria Square, takeaway, or at a Cafe. Kadina is the business centre for the Copper Coast.

After lunch return to Wallaroo for a visit to the Wallaroo Museum (they are expecting us from 2pm onwards - don't need numbers). Although only looking small from the outside there are plenty of things to see inside.

Evening meal will be at the Prince Edward Hotel (we are booked in at 6pm - we need numbers for this venue).

Saturday 26th October

Meet at Rally HQ at 9.00am for a 9.15am start.

Depart Wallaroo for a long drive exploring some of the towns and scenery of the Yorke Peninsula. Drive through North Yelta and Moonta to Maitland and park around Pioneer Park. This is the morning tea stop, either BYO or purchase from Nanna Jaynes Cafe where you can indulge in home style food. At 11.00am drive to Ardrossan for sightseeing and lunch. Visit the Lookout for a great view of the area and then visit the Ardrossan Museum (numbers not needed) before having lunch on the Foreshore, or at a Cafe such as Meraki Sole'.

Depart Ardrossan at 2.00pm and then head to Arthurton. Just north of the town visit the Sunnyhill Distillery (they are expecting us after 2.00pm - numbers not needed unless we require a tour) where vodka and gin tastings are available (for passengers?). This is a brand new distillery that grows all of its own grains on site as it is also a working farm. Tastings cost: $6.00 (15ml Vodka, 15ml Gin). By the time of our visit the Pink Gin may be available and if so tastings will cost $10.00 and include 15ml of Pink Gin. Distillery tours are available (cost $15.00) but they need two weeks notice.

Evening meal is a BYO at Rally HQ. Meet at the camp kitchen at 6pm.

Sunday 27tth October

Meet at Rally HQ at 9.00am for a 9.15am start.

Drive through the historic mining town of Moonta and then head just out of town to visit the Coffee Barn Gelateria (they are expecting us from 9.30am and are opening early just for us) for morning tea. They serve award winning gelati. We then drive back to Moonta Mines to ride the Moonta Mines Tourist Train (they are putting on an extra train just for us - it departs 11.30am - we do need numbers as there is a limit to the capacity of one train). This is a great experience and you go through a tunnel under the tailing heaps and there is one stop during the journey. Cost: Adult $12.00 (no concessions), school age child $5.00.

Afterwards BYO lunch, visit the Mining Museum (which is right next door to the mine train station and is well worth a visit), sample the delights of the Old Sweet Shop (a must visit for all sweet tooths where you can buy English manufactured sweets, and it is across the road from the train and mining museum). Then check out the remains of the many engine houses, pump stations and cottages from the 1800's. There is a great view of the district from the top of the Richmans Engine House tailings heap. Also explore the Railway Station and Miner's Cottage at your leisure.

Leaving the Mines district we drive back to Wallaroo for an evening meal of fish and chips by the beach (weather permitting), or around the camp kitchen. Takeway is available from Hooked on Fish 2 or the cafe in the main street.

After dinner there is time for a spot of fishing from the jetty, and socialising. Don't forget to bring your fishing tackle.

Monday 28tth October

Meet at Rally HQ at 9.00am for a 9.15am start.

Leave Wallaroo for a shorter drive to Port Broughton where you can have lunch on the foreshore of this beautiful seaside town. Lunch is either BYO or at one of the three cafes. Baker Bears Cafe is right on the foreshore. Return to Wallaroo at your leisure.

The rest of the afternoon is free to explore, rest up or prepare for the drive home.

Evening meal will be held at the Weerona Hotel (we are booked in at 6pm - we need numbers for this venue).

Tuesday 29ttth October

Meet at Rally HQ from 9am.

After an informal breakfast to say goodbye to each other, depart Wallaroo and make your own way home.

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