The Salford Retirement Village social group recently asked Vin’s to take their 40 members on a day tour of Goolway and the Coorong. Some of the members were infirm, requiring help with walkers and boarding the coach.

Pick-up time was at 10am and a complimentary, packed morning tea was enjoyed at McLaren Vale en-route.

The Vin’s team partnered with the great people from Spirit of the Coorong Cruises, to provide a 4 hour cruise to the Murray Mouth and to the last navigatable Coorong stopover, The Snake Pit (the old well is frequented by a variety of reptiles including tigersnakes, but none were seen on the day).

A large family of fur seals have colonised the barrage, enabling a close-up view of them sleeping on the timber rails as the cruise boat exited the lock that separates the sea water from the fresh water of the Murray.  

A fabulous lunch was provided on board along with tea/coffee and the crew took pride in what they were doing, intimately knowing the history of Goolwa and the Coorong. 

The group arrived back home at exactly 5pm as planned.

Salford organisor, Ross, said that their social club enjoyed the day immensely, the coach was airconditioned and very comfortable, the driver helped with the oldies and infirm, the Vins admin team had planned the day outstandingly, and the cost was less than $100 per person including the boat cruise and lunch. “We will definitely be using Vin’s again” he said…..” a fabulous day and truly great value”

On 7th February, Vin’s Buses and Coaches were requested by Uniting Care Wesley Bowden to take a group of carers on a day trip to Victor Harbor. They all care for family members with mental health challenges which are often very exhausting and time consuming for a carer to manage.

Michelle, who has two young children with Aspergers Syndrome, said “Today has been great for me. I have been able to relax and mix with the others. It’s great to sit back and enjoy the scenery, in a quiet and calm bus ride, and not have to run off after my young ones is wonderful. The morning tea (an unexpected surprise at Mclaren Vale on route to Victor) lunch and the bus ride has been fantastic. Being on a carer’s pension and having a mortgage, leaves no money for entertainment.  I feel very refreshed, happy and revived… a really great day.”

A tasty lunch was enjoyed at the Middleton Tavern, and after, most were happy to look around the surprisingly diverse Victor Harbor shopping precinct. Others took a walk over the causeway to Granite Island.

Many of the 35 participants talked of their ordeals and experiences of being carers. Some had given up careers in business and professions to be able to care for their loved ones, at great cost to themselves, particularly in lifestyle. One man in his thirties was caring for his wife with a physical disability, requiring her to be in a wheelchair much of the time. Both of their children have disabilities as well, one born with Down’s Syndrome and the other had developed severe autism. He said it is a 6am to 10pm job, every day of the year. Then there was Elizabeth, a grandmother who’s daughter had not recovered from post natal depression after childbirth, made worse by her and her husband’s divorce and resulting in long term mental health problems. Elizabeth now has her daughter and  child living with her.  Then her premature born grandson was diagnosed with autism. She spoke of the workload she had taken on and how tiring it can be.  “Life can change in an instant, just when everything appears to be going smoothly” she said, adding that the aging process and lesser energy means she sometimes gets overwhelmed and isolated by the demands of caring. Respite, provided by Uniting Care Wesley Bowden, along with support from carers groups…. and short breaks-such as the day out in and around Victor, are all vital to assist carers in their roles, she concluded.

Wayne, a member of the Vin’s Bus and Coach management team, travelled with the group, and acknowledged there must be large numbers of unsung carer heroes in our community. “It was great that these people got to have a break, and I was privileged to have been involved in helping organise the day trip with the team at Uniting Care Wesley Bowden.”

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 buses@vins.net.au   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.

 

 

 

For the program see http://barossavintagefestival.com.au/ (allow a minute for it to load)

 

 

 

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.