What to do & see on Adelaide PT!

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Re: What to do & see on Adelaide PT!

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otto5013 wrote:Best Adelaide Hills bus circuit.

I did a great, two and a half hour Hills circuit on Thursday - around two of our best known parks and through some of the best, historic (old buildings) parts of the Tiers country.

The city 822 bus at 2.30 takes you all the way to Stirling, heading up precipitous Greenhill Rd before turning south at Carey Gully - 15km's short of Lobethal.

The 822 is the only bus to Piccadilly and to the main entrance to Lofty Botanic Gardens. Even at the end of summer a lot of these areas, the gullies and back ways are lush and green with ivy and surviving European trees. One day there'll be a weekend service.

In Stirling there's a 15 minute transfer to the 894 that runs around the higher, eastern and southern sides and deeper valleys of Belair NP. The obelisk on Lofty can be seen for a while from near the Upper Sturt shops.

At the Blackwood Station terminus, there's a 10-15 minute wait for the City train, 35 minutes down to Adelaide..

As a Hills PT tour option this route is one of the best.
And Stirling offers a quicker 864 city return down the freeway or onward trips to Hahndorf, Lobethal or Strathalbyn.
This is a great Hills circuit and a real shame that there are no 822 or 894 services run on the weekend (hint, hint DPTI) as I'm sure they would be very popular.

Another Monday - Friday option is to get an 864F to either Verdun or all the way to Mt Barker where you can connect with an 835 to Lobethal. They do only run about every couple of hours but it's a beautiful trip through Balhannah, Woodside and up to Lobethal, and during the day most services will return from Lobethal to either Verdun (834) or right through to Mt Barker on the 835 Route. The bus drivers that I have had on this run are usually friendly and will often have a chat at the Lobethal layover zone, and they are quite often locals who can share a lot of history about the areas.

A shorter but still nice hills loop is the 837 from Mt Barker up to Nairne. There are peak AM services from Nairne to City and from City in the PM, and Saturday the 837 runs about every two hours, but worth doing. Connections can be made at Mt Barker with 864/T840/T843 services
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Re: What to do & see on Adelaide PT!

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I guess we're going to have a lean run for awhile till things are a little more back in the black. Weekend options for the Gardens would be good.

People already enter at the upper entrance using PT. The Hills are an under appreciated gem but some would say just as well.

The route chosen for the 822 is so good. I know these areas well from Heysen Trail walking since 1982.
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A good bus company for the hills and surrounds to use is Link SA. Services I have used to link with Metro and Non-Metro services are the 801 from TTP to Lobethal to connect with an 834/835. Also there is a service that runs on school days from Strathalbyn to Murray Bridge (am) and Murray Bridge to Strathalbyn (pm), These services do not have kids on them (as they service the schools in Strathalbyn). I have caught the Murray Bridge to Strath bus once or twice, then had a few hours in Strath before getting the last 852 back to Mt Barker.

Its a costly day using the Link SA services to and from Murray Bridge but it is well worth it.
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Re: What to do & see on Adelaide PT!

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bigrobbo wrote: Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:24 am A good bus company for the hills and surrounds to use is Link SA. Services I have used to link with Metro and Non-Metro services are the 801 from TTP to Lobethal to connect with an 834/835. Also there is a service that runs on school days from Strathalbyn to Murray Bridge (am) and Murray Bridge to Strathalbyn (pm), These services do not have kids on them (as they service the schools in Strathalbyn). I have caught the Murray Bridge to Strath bus once or twice, then had a few hours in Strath before getting the last 852 back to Mt Barker.

Its a costly day using the Link SA services to and from Murray Bridge but it is well worth it.
Also a plethora of routes in the Mt Pleasant/Barossa area that travel one way as a normal route with no school kids on board, though admittedly they're harder to connect to than the routes you mention Bigrobbo. The 1120 is the non-School Bus version of the 1121 from Nuriootpa to Mt Pleasant - I think that's manageable through using the 800 service from TTP and then the 810 service to get back to Gawler from Nuriootpa or vice versa.

I highly recommend a day trip on the 800/801/802 bus services from TTP - return adult fare isn't too bad (about $13 return TTP to Gumeracha - concessions are 50% of this). Great scenic trip either on Gorge Rd or via Chain of Ponds and the Reservoirs. The big windows on the Scania K270 they use in the afternoons or on the smaller BusTech bus make for great viewing!
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Re: What to do & see on Adelaide PT!

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if you like walking, take the Seaford train to Hallett Cove Railway Station, checkout the new visitor information boards which I requested, thanks to City of Marion, call into the 'Your Local Coffee Shop', head down to the coast to the Boardwalk to Heron Reserve, call into the Beach House Cafe, (last toilet stop) then head south along the coast, up the hill, then onto the new path, arriving behind the desal plant, continue around the path on the interpretive trail to main road, follow the road north to the roundabout, turn left to the 683 terminus catch the bus back to Hallett Coach Beach Railway Station ( most likely will be the new Hino bus, or you can got to the Field River Reserve circular walk where they found the prehistoric Wombat, then back to the station, or transfer to the 681, 682 or even transfer to the 740 at Hallett Cove Shops
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Re: What to do & see on Adelaide PT!

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flaneur wrote: Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:03 pm...or even transfer to the 740 at Hallett Cove Shops
You mean the 720. The 740 (withdrawn) service used to run between Colonnades and Seaford.
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flaneur wrote: Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:03 pm if you like walking, take the Seaford train to Hallett Cove Railway Station, checkout the new visitor information boards which I requested, thanks to City of Marion, call into the 'Your Local Coffee Shop', head down to the coast to the Boardwalk to Heron Reserve, call into the Beach House Cafe, (last toilet stop) then head south along the coast, up the hill, then onto the new path, arriving behind the desal plant, continue around the path on the interpretive trail to main road, follow the road north to the roundabout, turn left to the 683 terminus catch the bus back to Hallett Coach Beach Railway Station ( most likely will be the new Hino bus, or you can got to the Field River Reserve circular walk where they found the prehistoric Wombat, then back to the station, or transfer to the 681, 682 or even transfer to the 740 at Hallett Cove Shops
Brilliant idea. Just got to be careful of the 2 hour services on the 683 and that the last service is after 6pm back to Hallett Cove Beach!!

Friend of mine has just moved to Hallett Cove South and I use the 683 quite often now. It's not always guaranteed to be a Poncho, as a few 683's then become a 681. The 683 is a great route to start after a meal break or head to a meal break or change of shift.I was on the 6:25pm 683 to Hallett Cove Beach last night and it was a standard rigid as it was going to do a service in and out of town later in the shift.
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