Strathalbyn Things to Do

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    STRATHALBYN HERITAGE WALK

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    ALBYN STREET (Picnic at Hanging Rock)
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    The best idea is to head to the visitor information centre in the Railway station, 20 South Street, Strathalbyn.
    Here, they will be able to give you a map on the Heritage Walk. There are lot of lovely old buildings here, approx 30 listed, most built in the 1800"s.
    If you saw the Australian film "Picnic at Hanging Rock" then you will recognize Albyn terrace as being in the film.

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    STRATHALBYN NATIONAL TRUST MUSEUM

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    National Trust Museum
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    This is located in the Old courthouse, built in 1867 and the adjoining Old Police station, built in 1858.
    There is indoors and outdoors, with the latter containing an extensive collection of farm machinery from the past, including a furphy, a blacksmith's shop, horse drawn vehicles and other exhibits

    Inside, the rooms are set out in the style of the Victorian era. Outside, the courtyard is surrounded
    by very high stone walls. It is from here, we could access the three jail cells.

    OPEN... Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays & School Holidays
    1.30pm - 4.00pm

    ADMISSION IN 2012.....
    Adult $6.00, Concession $4.00 ...Student 16 & over $4.00 ...Children 6-15 $2.00
    Children 5 & under free

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    HOBBIES & ANTIQUE FAIR

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    This fair is held annually on the 3rd weekend of August every year.
    A free shuttle will take you around the town, so you don't have to walk. Usually, Antique apprasials are given for a small fee.
    If you are interested in antiques, collectables or crafts, then you should visit this fair. There are also displays of different crafts, and a trash and treasure market.

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    HERITAGE CHURCHES IN STRATHALBYN

    by balhannah Updated Aug 6, 2012

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    Church of the Good Shepherd
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    St. Andrew's Church is the most photographed in Strathalbyn, however, on a drive around town, I found a couple of others that were very nice.
    The "Church of the Good Shepherd," is a Roman Catholic Church worth seeing. It has a grotto/shrine in the front. The Church was built in 1913, and is located in Chapel street, Strathalbyn.

    Across the road, is another Church built out of stone.

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    Old Railway station/tourist information centre

    by aberacadabra Written Sep 8, 2008

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    Railway station

    This old railway station is now the town's tourist information centre. Once a month or so, the steam train from Victor Harbour would stop here to pick up passengers, but it's more for tourists really. A friendly couple runs this place.

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    VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

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    Railway station info centre
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    The Information Centre is located in the historic railway station building on South Terrace.
    There is plenty of free car parking, nice lawned area with children's playground, bbq's and Toilets. There were half beer barrels full of seedlings with a standard Rose in the centre.
    Inside, the staff are helpful and friendly, and there are heaps of FREE brochures, maps, etc.
    Souvenirs are available from here, as is use of the internet.
    OPEN....Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm.... Sat, Sun, public holidays 10am - 4pm.... Closed Christmas Day

    Also located at the Old Railway Station, is the Station Masters Art Gallery. If you like Art, pick up the art trail brochure from the info centre, then start your walk from the gallery. The gallery holds continual art exhibitions, featuring local and regional artists.
    OPEN.... Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm

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    SOLDIERS MEMORIAL PARK

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    Many a picnic I have enjoyed at the Soldier's Memorial Park located right in the heart of Strathalbyn. This park is always beautifully maintained, has plenty of lawned area, the River Angus running through the centre, and a weir.
    There is a good playground for the children.
    A Bakery and shops are nearby, so it's easy to buy food then have it in the park. We have a BBQ usually, and then feed the Ducks with the left over bread. Children love it here!
    The pretty bridge over the River Angus is the "Children's Bridge" and was built in 1919.

    In November each year, the Strathalbyn Rotary Club holds its annual corporate duck race. Proceeds raised go to community projects.

    The Park is the address of many events, including where the Xmas Pageant ends.

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    ST. ANDREW'S UNITING CHURCH

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    St. Andrew's church
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    ST ANDREW’S UNITING CHURCH, STRATHALBYN

    Most of the first European settlers who arrived in Strathalbyn in 1840 were very staunch Scottish Presbyterians. For quite a while, they had to worship in private homes. Eventually, in 1844, the first church-school, claimed to be the second Presbyterian place of worship built in the colony of South Australia, was built on the site of the present building. This served several denominations for over 3 years.

    By 1848 the original church was too small, and the new one built, the one I saw today. The Church bell was cast in Sheffield, England, and weighed 1 tonne. When it arrived in Strathalbyn, church officials realized at once that it was too heavy for the spire, so they had to build a Bell Tower.

    Then, in 1895, it was suggested the tower needed a clock! The clock faces came from England and the clock was installed by Wendt’s, a prominent Jeweller of Adelaide.

    St Andrew’s, is on the National Trust Heritage List.

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    MEMORIAL PARK TOILET BLOCK

    by balhannah Written Aug 6, 2012
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    A tip about Toilets!
    This one at the Soldier's Memorial Park has been painted beautifully, and made to look like the painted tree is part of the dead tree on the other side of the block. The scene is of the local area, and to give it a 3D effect, ceramics have been used too!
    It looks great, and the Toilets are FREE!

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    HISTORIC HOTELS

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    Victoria Hotel
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    There is no shortage in Strathalbyn, of finding a Pub to enjoy a nice cold Beer and a meal!

    A Hotel was much more important than a Church!

    The first Hotel, was the Strathalbyn Hotel, built in 1840, and was the 1st building in Strathalbyn. The Terminus Hotel now stands here, which was the site of a feast in honour of Prince Alfred, the When a tramway was constructed between Goolwa and Strathalbyn, the tramway terminus was at the Terminus Hotel where refreshments were provided for passengers.
    It is located in Rankine Street, Strathalbyn

    Strathalbyn's second pub was the Robin Hood Hotel, which opened in 1855 and is still standing today.

    The Victoria Hotel, is built out of bluestone, and was established in 1865, as was the Commercial Hotel in High street, Strathalbyn.

    All are quite different and on the National heritage list.

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    UNUSUAL BUILDINGS IN STRATHALBYN

    by balhannah Written Aug 6, 2012
    Bank of S.A.
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    As we drove around Strathalbyn, we came across some very different buildings.
    One of them, was the style and stone the Bank of South Australia was built in. It was built in 1848, and is one of the nicest buildings you will see in Strathalbyn.
    The School is another, built in the style of many South Australian School's around this era.
    The Cottages were delightful too! Many shapes and sizes, and quite a few have been done up and now are B&B's, so you can stay in a heritage listed building.
    I saw a huge double story house, which is now a shop, with only windows at the front. One side had no windows, and the other, only one, how dark and dreary it must have been living here without electricity!

    As I walked, I found historic buildings everywhere, no wonder Strathalbyn, the town itself, is classified as a heritage town!

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    ANTIQUE SHOPS

    by balhannah Updated Aug 6, 2012

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    STRATHALBYN IS THE ANTIQUE CAPITAL OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA.


    There are lots of shops, most of them in the one street, the shops are "Antique" as well.
    Most of them are located in High street.

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    The Park

    by aberacadabra Written Sep 8, 2008

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    Parkland
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    We've had quite a bit of rain in the last few months and since it's spring, the prak was quite pretty with blooming flowers and a healthy lake.

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