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It was a day of history and learning for the Golden Girls – a northern suburbs group of ladies who enjoy each others company, and every so often go on a day tour.

We first went to the Hyde Park home of Glen Woodward, a retired teacher with a keen interest paintings and in the history of SA – a great speaker on the subject he is reported to be. We drove slowly past the homes of some of SA’s most rich and famous, learnt about the origins of  the eastern suburbs of Unley Park and Mitcham, the swampy marsh that this area was in the 1840s, having Brownhill Creek and other streams feeding into it when it was still undrained farmlands, Mitcham being the first village settled outside of Adelaide.

We also visited the magnificent home of the philanthropic and entrepeneurial early settler, Peter Waite, it now being part of the Waite Institute and Adelaide University. A fabulous lunch was enjoyed for just $8.50 at the Waite cafeteria, and then several more of the beautiful buildings and homes of the area were visited, including Carrick Hill.

A great day out the girls had. “We love the days tours we do with Vin’s and our driver and tour leader were fabulous”

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freeling girls,,The Freeling Netball Club is over 50 years old and we have been having end of season trips for over 15 years, venturing to various parts of the state for 1 or 2 nights. We pride ourselves on having a very organised trip with a few fun activities for the girls along the way! This year we had a workman/ building theme, hence the stop and slow sign which the girls put to good use. After a spluttering start at the Freeling Hotel, we had a pitstop at Blanchtown Hotel on the way to Waikerie on Friday night, finding the locals very friendly. The caravan park at Waikerie was very good and the girls put the pool to good use on Saturday. Sunday saw us stop at Stockwell hotel for lunch on way home.

Overall a fun trip!!freeling netball (2)

Many thanks to Vins and driver Noel for your great service!!

Vin’s Buses has expanded from just a few minibuses a few years ago, to that of a thriving South Australian business, serving the community with a fleet of 30 vehicles, including large coaches.  “Whilst seniors and retiree day tours have been a core part of our charter activity, we can now do it in a bigger and better way, now that we have three Mercedes coaches in the fleet which can carry up to 50 passengers” said managing director Vin Pistola.

More than 20 new day tour itineraries have been developed and costed, so that seniors clubs, retirement villages, respite groups and PROBUS clubs, can receive a range of them to choose from with just a phone call or e-mail request. “Each have been carefully planned so that the morning starts are not too early, the day is relaxing , fun and often educational , and we get the groups safely home in time for dinner” said Vin.  Tours can range from a Victor Harbour & South Coast day, to a fabulous cruise on the Coorong, through to a day at Monarto Zoo, with a stopover at Hahndorf.  Gawler and the Barossa Valley are popular, as are trips to Mintaro/Clare and even Banrock Station on the Murray. Vins offers a day of entertainment by The Pryers at Mt Compass, a day in the hills including some time at the National Motor Museum, and a day at Old Tailem Town. Then groups can elect to take a Dolphin Cruise from  Port Adelaide, with a stopover at the amazing Fort Glanville, or choose a wonderful new tour we have set up of the unique Eamonn Vereker glassblowing studio.

“We have tried to make them very economical, but also high in quality, with most lunch options including both a budget and a higher level menu” he added. Importantly, the Vins day tours are transparently costed, with the client groups able to access the supplementary tours, such as boat cruises, and lunches at coach company rates, payable direct to the providers.

All day tours come with a free morning tea when it can be packed, all part of the great value of Vin’s day tours.  This is normally at a shelter en-route to the main destination, and is a much appreciated part of the day.

Vin’s tour leader/drivers are specially selected and are skilled in this type of work. They have been trained in the needs of the infirm, and all vehicles carry an emergency kit of first aid and spare clothing. “We have a real empathy for senior’s clubs and understand the needs of the older age groups ” said Vin.

Call Vins on 82520627 to request a copy of the brochure and day tours summary. Or e-mail us at   Bon voyage!

Ms Valmorbida and her interstate friends love the art world and short holidays with art as the theme. They also love wine. So a trip to the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale too their fancy. They visited Carrick Hill, the famous Hans Heysen Studio at Hahndorf, a number of wineries in McLaren Vale …they particularly liked Woodtsock Winery where they enjoyed lunch.

Vins/Adelaide Minibus were given great credit for the wonderful tour……. “Great service, easy to do business with, high quality vehicle and a fabulous driver with strong knowledge of the wine region”



Laura W celebrated her birthday in style recently, having chartered  a superb Vin’s coach to take her friends and family group to the Barossa Valley. She is of Irish background too, and as it was St Patrick’s day, celebration was the mood of the day. Visits were made to Seppeltsfield, Maggie Beers and a long lunch was enjoyed at Kellermeister Wines. Laura specially sent an email after the day, stating how wonderful  their driver for the day, Andy, had been. “We will definitely be using Vin’s again in the future” she said. 

The people at The Vines retirement village love to take day trips. Keith and Pat arranged this trip to Goolwa as they knew they could combine it with a visit to the local weekend farmers market.  We stopped off at McClaren Vale where we enjoyed the morning tea provided by your company. Then on to Goolwa where we spent time at the market before lunch at the Corio Hotel. Then on to Hindmarsh Island and the Goolwa Barrage. The trip was finished off with a stop at the Currency Creek Winery.


The driver, Rick, was excellent, everyone agreed he was so patient with us oldies, and especially appreciative of the way he took care of our resident who is confined to a wheelchair.


We will definitely be using the Vins Buses group again.

One of the truly great events of the Barossa is its Vintage Festival, and many if its attractions are free.

Beginning on Easter Saturday 30th March and culminating with the world famous festival parade on Sat 6th April. Thousands of people from around the world, line the road between Nuri and Tanunda to see the quirky floats and the classic aussie humour.

Vin’s Buses can pick you up and take you to one of the towns, and pick you up later in the day, or we can wait, or we can help you incorporate a tour of the cellar doors. Just keep an hour and a half to watch the floats parade which starts at 10am and ends at Tanunda at 2pm.

Choose from 13 seat and 21/24 seat minibuses, through to large luxury coaches. Ask us for a quote today.




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March 11th sees the Fringe Festival in Adelaide take in the Future Music Festival, at Bonython Park, featuring a huge lineup of artists.

Dont drink and drive. Avoid the public transport bustle. Get a quote for a minibus or coach from us. We can pick you and your group up anywhere within 100km of the city, multiple pick-up stops if you like, and we will get you home again safely.

Easter will soon be upon us, and its one of the most heavily booked weekends for our people-moving business. Get in early, ask us for a quote. We can supply vehicles and drivers for up to 50 people in a coach, and we have a large number of 13 seat buses available.

Located in the Adelaide Hills, Oakbank Racecourse is home to steeplechase  racing in South Australia, and over easter combines with flat racing to a big event for SA since 1876, it attracts more than 100,000 visitors annually and qualifies as the world’s biggest picnic race meeting.

Dont drink and drive. And avoid the parking headaches. Ask us for a quote today.