Strathalbyn Things to Do
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...more
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...more
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...more
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!more
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...more
ST ANDREW’S UNITING CHURCH, STRATHALBYNMost 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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Strathalbyn Off The Beaten Path
Visit Lake Alexandrina
The small township of Milang is located 20kms from Strathalbyn on the shores of Lake Alexandrina. The lake is large, and shallow, you have to be careful if out on it, because the wind can come up very quickly, and cause close waves, lives have been lost on this lake. Between the years of 1860 -1880, Milang was a thriving port. Cargo was unloaded onto Bullock drays, they travelled a distance of about 9ks a day heading to Adelaide. It also was a ship building centre, with quite a few Paddlesteamers being launched from here. Now, its a quiet holiday destination, with lots of shacks, a caravan park on the waters front, and a Motel. The Pier Hotel does reasonably priced meals. You can fish, dig for freshwater mussels, or swim in the lake. Theres a long Jetty here.
Take a drive around the edge of the lake by the wetlands, here you should see a variety of water birds and others. This is an ideal place for birdwatching.
On the Australia day weekend (January 26th) the Milang Freshwater Classic is held, yachts (about 400 of them) sail from Milang to Goolwa, quite a sight to see.Related to:
- Road Trip
Strathalbyn Sports & Outdoors
STRATHALBYN PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL
Strathalbyn can get very hot in Summer.
A good way to cool off, is to head to the swimming pool, cool in summer and heated in winter. It is a nice big pool located next to Memorial Park.
THE POOL IS OPEN... mid October to mid April.
Monday - Friday: 11am - 7.00pm
Weekends & Public Holidays: 11am - 7.00pm
The pool will remain open to 8pm on days above 30°C at 5.30pm.
ADMISSION....Adult...$5.00...Student (under 18)...$4.50
Child (under 5)....$2.00... Family (2 adults + 2 students)...$18.00
Spectators (non-swimmers).....$2.00Related to:
- Family Travel
- School Holidays