Things to do at the museum
Last Update was on 26/6/08

  Take a tram ride or two (or more) on one of our restored trams to the St. Kilda adventure playground and return

Admission to the Museum covers unlimited tram rides on the day

Our tram line is almost 2 kilometres long.  A return journey takes about 25 minutes

Stay at the playground for a while or explore the St. Kilda beach and mangroves and catch another tram back

Skip a tram ride at the Museum end and explore our extensive museum displays

Normally we run 4 or 5 different trams on an operating day – big ones, small ones, red ones, green ones

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  The tram museum has over 20 preserved electric trams. Many of these trams are on display in our two tram display buildings, or are in use on the museum tramway. Most trams on display can be accessed (excepting the driver’s compartments).

Adelaide trams which may be displayed include:

• Combination tram No. 1 – Adelaide’s first electric tram which opened the service in 1909.
• Open Crossbench (Toastrack) tram 42 of 1909.
• Bogie Saloon tram 111 (rebuilt in 1936 from the Bogie Open Combination style of 1910).
• Bogie Closed Combination tram 192 of 1912.
• Desert Gold Combination tram of 1918-19.
• Dropcentre trams 264 and 282 – the most common trams on the streets of Adelaide between the 1920s and 1958.
• Birney Safety tram 303 – a one man car from the isolated Port Adelaide system.
• Glenelg trams 360, 362 and 364 built specifically for the Glenelg interurban line in 1929.
• Prototype tram 381, the only tram built from a projected order of new trams in 1952, the order was cancelled in favour of diesel buses.
• Restaurant tram 378 – a Glenelg tram converted for an ill-feted restaurant service in the 1990s.

There are also trams from Ballarat, Melbourne and Sydney which may be displayed.
Many of the trams are displayed in our purpose built Electric Tram Depot which has been specifically designed with wide aisles to view the trams and associated interpretive displays.  Kids will love to put their foot down hard on the tram gong and play with the controls of the demonstration driver cabin.

Electric trams are also displayed in our Horse Tram Depot which also has a wide aisle for easy viewing.

In addition to the trams you can see our associated tramway street furniture which includes a waiting shelter, a signal cabin, a time clock and a safety beacon.
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  Adelaide had an extensive trolley bus system (rubber tyred trams) from 1937 to 1963. Our trolley bus depot displays four trolley buses and one diesel bus.

On display is Australia’s first trolley bus – The Green Goddess, which ran on an experimental line between 1932 and 1934.

There is also a double deck trolley bus from 1937, a trolley bus built on a chassis which was originally meant for China and diverted to Adelaide during the Second World War and a 1950s trolley bus.

Diesel bus 623 is also displayed as it represents the type of vehicle that replaced Adelaide’s trams in the 1950s.

There are also a number of interesting interpretive displays on Adelaide’s trolley buses and early fuel buses.
  Adelaide had an extensive horse tram system which commenced in 1878 before being replaced by the electric trams from 1909.

The Museum has two horse trams on display – Adelaide & Suburban tram 18 of 1878 and Adelaide, Unley & Mitcham horse tram 15 of the 1880s.  They provide an interesting ‘before and after’ display as car 18 has been restored whereas car 15 is ‘as received’.

There is an excellent interpretive display depicting the horse tram era.

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One of our happy visitors:

On 23 January a young girl named Georgia visited the Museum with her mum and grandmother. She had such a good time she sent us a drawing and some photos.

More to do in St. KildaLast Update was on 26/6/08

  The historic seaside town of St Kilda has been a popular destination since the days of the first settlers, when local families would spend the day crabbing, paddling and enjoying the sea air.

St Kilda is a place where the natural elements are still very much intact.  Home to more than 100 species of birds, St Kilda boasts the largest mangrove estuary and most significant nursery for recreational and commercial fish species in Gulf St Vincent.

St Kilda combines the quaintness of a remote fishing village with the sophistication of a marina and boat club, and if that is not enough, add an award winning free Adventure Playground that keeps children and adults coming back for more.

For more information on St Kilda go to the City of Salisbury web site and click on the Community navigation tab.


  St. Kilda Playfround
  This award-winning playground is like no other. Offering a range of unusual, specially designed play equipment, the St Kilda playground is full of excitement for all ages.

For the adventurous, a flying fox, spiral slide, giant wave slide, monorail and maze are sure to keep you entertained.

And if you still want more, why not cross the drawbridge to explore the castle or jump aboard to captain the ship.

Entry to the playground is free and the availability of toilet, barbecue and picnic facilities in addition to ample parking space means that the whole family can enjoy an afternoon of adventure!


  At the southern end of Fooks Terrace, the St Kilda Mangrove Trail comprises a 2km boardwalk that meanders through the mysterious mangrove forest of the Barker Inlet Aquatic Reserve, allowing visitors to explore this fascinating ecosystem.

The Trail is also complemented by an award-winning interpretive visitor centre which enhances the educational role of the facility by helping visitors discover the beauty and significance of this coastal wetland system and its inhabitants.

The Trail is open from 10am, seven days a week for self-guided walks.  Extended opening times are available upon request, simply phone the resident rangers for an early morning bird-watching expedition, an inspiring sunset or the experience of a high-tide walk.

For admission fees and more information, go to the City of Salisbury web site and click on the Community navigation tab, or phone the St Kilda Mangrove Trail and Interpretive Centre on 08 8280 8172.

School and group packages are available.


  Situated on the shores of the beautiful Barker Inlet, the St Kilda Boat Club is one of Adelaide’s best kept secrets.

Featuring a boat ramp and boat channel, the St Kilda Boat Club Marina reinforces the importance of St Kilda as a boating destination and fishing haven.


  St. Kilda Hotel
  Some people may like to start or end their visit to St Kilda with a drink and a meal at the St Kilda Hotel, a small village type hotel.

For meals, it would pay to phone the hotel first on 08 8280 6874.



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