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Event Recap: Adelaide Weekend Away 2023

A club tradition is the Annual Motafrenz Interstate Weekend Away. This time to Adelaide, South Australia – on Friday 3rd of November. 

The weather leaving Victoria was sunny with the odd patch of cloud here and there. Our first stop was at Horsham for a drinks break and to stretch the legs before swiftly returning to our chosen chariot to embark on the rest of the eight or so hour journey across the border. We then stopped in at Coonalpyn which contains the home of one of the first of the painted grain silos that you quite often find at small country towns. Motafrenz Member and good friend Andrew Fiddian also resides here so we decided to drop in and say hi.


We used this opportunity to have some lunch, at the bakery (which became a bit of a weekend thing – bakeries), and that also doubled as the post office and general store. I was bemused by the locals dropping in to collect their mail, and grab a cheeky meat pie on the way through, covered in grain dust and husks – as typical of this is the time of year, harvest is on for a number of our primary growers. 

Around five o’clock or so local time, we checked into the hotel in West Lakes Adelaide, after having navigated an hour or so of peak hour traffic in Adelaide. (There are limited freeways and expressways in Adelaide). The hotel was a five storey complex that overlooked the West Lakes precinct, it came with access to the hotels pool and spa, which was made use of extensively throughout our stay. Breakfast was included in our accommodation price and most of us made use of the cooked breakfast each day. 

Dinner was a short walk to a fusion Italian restaurant just down the road that overlooked the lake. I didn’t rate the lasagne but others who attended thought their meal was satisfactory. 

Saturday we travelled down to Gawler and boarded the Cockle train which is about a 30 minute ride to Victor Harbour. We went for a walk around Victor Harbour and again chose a bakery for lunch. After lunch we went for a walk out to Granite Island and observed the horse drawn tram pass us a number of times. 

We returned to the hotel and spent some time cooling down in the pool and spa. A short drive south down along the coastline we found a nice Thai restaurant for dinner. 

Sunday morning we ventured north to the Barossa and dropped in on the monthly Barossa Cars and Coffee event. A good broad mix of vehicles was on display, and a short drive up the road was the Barossa All-GM day which had a number of good examples of General Motors built vehicles, mostly Holdens. Driving south though the Adelaide Hills we stopped off at the Mount Pleasant Bakery and yours truly sampled the Chicken Keiv Pie. We then dropped into the National Motor Museum at Birdwood. Due to the semi-recent closure of the Holden Factory a number of factory items were on display. The museum covers most facets of the automotive industry and is well worth the $20 or so to get in. Also on display was the Mini’s at the Mill – a large display of everything Mini on the lawn outside the museum.


We then travelled to the Melba Chocolate Factory and sampled probably a little too much chocolate, and then onto the big rocking horse and accompanying toy factory.

Dinner was organised with some of the local Car Gays from South Australia at The Lord Lyndoch – a pub which put on a fantastic meal, and also had a good well stocked bar of local wines. 

Monday we travelled down to Glenelg Beach and foreshore for a morning coffee and stroll. We then headed for Hahndorf, the German town located in the south eastern hills. The lunch tradition was broken and we hit up the German Arms for a more traditional German feed – consisting mostly of sausage! 

Monday evening we made use of the hotel restaurant and invited some of the local car enthusiasts to join us, overlooking the lake precinct. 

Tuesday we returned back to Victoria, and was rather uneventful. 

It was great that although the Motafrenz contingent was small, we were able to network with The Car Gays of South Australian and had a few of them join us for some of the activities. 

The Annual Interstate Weekend Away for 2024 is actually ten days – in Tasmania! Keep an eye open for the write-up in a future edition of Cruise Control. These interstate trips are always fantastic and thoroughly enjoyable. If you would like to suggest an interstate trip for 2025 – or if you would like to run an interstate trip yourself – please contact our Events Team at events@motafrenz.org.au.

Words and pictures by Chris Quirke.

Paul Hollingworth

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