Seniors day tours

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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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!

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.