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Regular Events in Willunga...

Events below are weekly, fortnightly or monthly and are listed alphabetically... Come and experience a taste of country...

Current details in "Willunga News... In-a-Nutshell" PDF.




Willunga Library...

Cnrs of St Peters Tce, High St & Main Rd, Willunga.  Entrance at rear.

Open... Mon Tues Wed Fri - 8.30am-5pm; Thurs - 8.30am-6pm; Sun - 2-5pm

Baby Time for 0-2 years... 3rd Thursday of each month at 10:00 am.

Weekly Story-time for under 5's... 10.30 am Wednesdays (excludes January school holidays)

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Willunga Courthouse Museum…  Weekends, Tuesdays & Public Holidays, 1-4pm.

61 High St, Willunga...

Venture out with your family or friends on a day of discovery.

Set in a picturesque reserve, the heritage-listed Courthouse complex gives visitors an authentic nineteenth-century court-room experience, with prisoner's box, jury box and witness box, plus cells, exercise yard and stables. Past deeds and misdeeds are brought to life with stories of the heroism of the Mounted Constables stationed here from 1839, the discovery of Willunga slate, and records the family and community Life of the district.

The Museum archives are popular with family researchers and local history enthusiasts. Informal courtroom re-enactments are available for groups. A walking trail takes visitors across the creek, through the woodland where police horses once grazed, to the site of the early Government Hut. Township tours and walks available. Picnic facilities and public toilets on site.

The Courthouse Nature Reserve, a pocket of grassy woodland in the foothills of Willunga...

This tiny 1.8 hectare reserve represents the natural, pre-European landscape of Willa-ungga (Meaning is uncertain… it may mean place of green trees) no doubt well known to the Kaurna people who are today acknowledged as the traditional owners. It is part of a larger Government Reserve on which a survey depot was set up in 1839, followed by police and postal huts and, subsequently, the heritage-listed Courthouse and Police Station buildings (from 1855). The property is leased and maintained by the Willunga Branch of the National Trust of South Australia, with the support of the present owner The City of Onkaparinga.  See Willunga Nature Trail below.

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Peruse the old wares and articles as you wander through this lovely old stone courthouse.  Imagine the bygone era.  Be careful your friends don't lock you in a cell for the night!

The Courthouse Museum and highly regarded Slate Museum are open from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and public holidays unless the temperature is over 35 degrees Celsius. The Bassett Boys Schoolroom is open by arrangement for school groups - students sit on benches in a one-roomed school house for tuition - old style!

Inquiries to 8556 2195 or email willunganationtrust@gmail.com.

Groups, outdoor weddings and other times by arrangement. Phone 08 8556 2195.

Contact: Julie Taylor on 08 8556 2255 or Faye Lush on 08 8323 7513

Contact: Court House Warden on 8556 2195.


Willunga Nature Trail...

61 High St, Willunga...

The Nature Reserve Trail can be enjoyed by crossing the bridge below the Courthouse and following the circular walking trail through the woodland to the top of the hill and back. The walk of approximately 30 minutes is best enjoyed in late spring or early summer. Plan to also visit the Slate Museum and Courthouse Museum (1pm to 4pm on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and public holidays.).

Points of Interest (shown by numbered posts)

1. Approaching the creek you see a variety of eucalypt and sheoak trees planted in the late 1960s by Edwin Vickery, head teacher at Willunga Primary School from 1961 until 1970 and an early advocate of planting Australian native trees and shrubs.

Take care as you walk down to the creek. It can be slippery. The permanent spring-fed creek enters the sea at Maslin Beach. Water quality is monitored by school children participating in the Waterwatch Programme.

2. The Reserve is a significant remnant of grassy woodland which escaped clearance, possibly because it was the Government Reserve on which police horses were grazed. Over the last 10 years, weedy shrubs such as broom and olive have been removed by National Trust volunteers.

3. Photographs are taken regularly from this marker to monitor the conditions of the reserve and note any regeneration that occurs after weed removal.

4. This magnificent South Australian blue gum (Eucalyptus leucoxylon) is hundreds of years old and provides food and shelter for many animals, birds and small creatures, including rosellas, honeyeaters and possums.

5. Here you overlook the early Government Quarry (1840-1903), which provided stone for many local buildings, including the Courthouse and Police Station.

6. These spiky black-anther flax-lilies (Dianella revolute) have small blue flowers in spring. Honeyeaters and lizards eat the ripe fruits.

7. In spring you will see scattered violet flowers of the dainty vanilla lily (Arthropodium stictum) which once covered the entire hillside. Now it survives among clumps of native spear-grass (Austrostipa species) aptly named because the seeds penetrate soil or animal fur with a spear-like action. Native lilies and grasses regenerate quickly once weeds are removed.

8. Another fine old South Australian blue gum (Eucalyptus leucoxylon) - take time to appreciate it, and think of how many creatures may depend on it.

9. Here you pass through an area of broad-left raspwort (Gonocarpus mezianus) an ankle-high native herb which dies back in summer. Notice also the golden wattle trees (Acacia pycnantha) with naturally dark trunks, and on the right a large area of spear-grass (Austrostipa species).

10. The large gum trees with dark bark are grey box trees (Eucalyptus macrocarpa). Grey box grassy woodland is uncommon in the Mount Lofty Ranges and is listed as a threatened vegetation type to be conserved and protected. Small grey box saplings have come up naturally following the removal of weeds. Fallen branches are left on the ground to provide homes for lizards, skinks and other small creatures that are part of the biodiversity of the reserve.

11. Site of a wooden Government Hut, built in 1840 to provide accommodation for officials visiting Willunga or passing through to Encounter Bay. More information is available in the Courthouse Museum. On the left of the path is an area of native wallaby-grass (Austrodanthonia species) commonly grazed by kangaroos and wallabies before crops and pasture grasses were introduced.

12. This large dead eucalyptus trees has not been identified, nor do we know the cause of its death. Was it struck by lightning or did it die of old age? Nearby is a clump of native tussock-grass (Poa species).

13. From the nearby seat take time to appreciate the grey box woodland and the outlook to Port Willunga and St. Vincent’s Gulf.

14. Enjoy this grove of drooping sheoak trees (Allocasuarina verticillata). Their seed cones are popular with parrots, galahs and cockatoos.

15. Turning left, in the distance is the former home of John Atkinson whose family settled in Willunga from 1839 and established a brickyard, the first Old Bush Inn, and Atkinson’s General Store and Bakery in the High Street. From here the trail completes its loop and returns to the bridge.

(Material is not to be removed from this conservation reserve.)

So experience the Nature Reserve Trail and/or Museum for yourself and get the word out, so it’s no longer a secret!

Contact: Julie Taylor on 08 8556 2255 or Faye Lush on 08 8323 7513

Contact: Court House Warden on 8556 2195


Willunga Peleton... Sunday, 8am

Leaves Car Park outside Slate Hill Cafe, Hill St, Willunga for a steady ride down the Linear Park to Seaford and return...

Fun cycling for fitness - no racing -minimum Lycra!

Coffee or brekkie stop included.

Contact: Gerald  0418 812 013  or  David  0409 816 328  or just turn up.


Willunga Returned Servicemen's League open...  Fridays, 5.00-8.00pm

RSL Clubrooms, Willunga Recreation Park, Main Rd, Willunga.

The RSL welcomes you on Friday nights.  Bar facilities are open.

Contact: Moss Hancock, 08 8556 2732.


Willunga Tweeters Walking Group... Monday  Wednesday  Friday

Meet at the Car Park outside Office and Image, Hill St, Willunga...

Monday, Wednesday and Friday... 7.30am summer, 8am winter... prompt start

Walk to keep fit! Come and join the Willunga Tweeters Walking Group, jointly sponsored by the Rotary Clubs, National Heart Foundation and the City of Onkaparinga. We walk 3 mornings a week. Walk at your own pace. We are a friendly group and would love to have you join us and at the same time keep fit.

Contact: Jean  08 8556 4593.


Markets, Auctions, Teas'n'Craft...


Willunga Artisans Market...  2nd Saturday, 9am-1pm.

Old Show Hall, Recreation Park, Main Rd, Willunga.

The Willunga Artisans Market arose from the necessity to find a display and sales outlet for quality original art and craft.

The first markets have been very successful, and the feedback from locals and visitors has been positive and encouraging. The rapid growth of the artisan community in the area and the excellent market location combine to promise a vibrant future.

There are some 20 stall holders who sell a variety of high quality and unique hand made products such as ceramics wood art, photographic art, jewellery, glass art, textile and fibre art, printmaking, acrylic and watercolour arts, paper craft and sculpture. These artisans are all based in the Onkaparinga and Fleurieu regions, in accordance with the market's aim to support and promote the development of local art.

Entry is free of charge and visitors are welcome to meet the makers in a friendly atmosphere.

Contacts: Cher McGrath - 08 8386 0132 (9am - 7pm only) cmcgrath@adam.com.au
               Douglas Bell - 08 8386 0309 (9am - 7pm only) campanile@chariot.net.au


Willunga and Districts Lions Auction... Last Saturday (except December), 8.30am to around midday

Lions Saleyard, Binney Rd (cnr Strout Rd), between McLaren Vale and Willunga.  Gates Open 6am... 

Admission is FREE…

Experience the excitement and romance of real country bidding on thousands of items... farm, garden, household, computers, books, furniture, automotive, animals, and poultry.  If its ever been made or if someone ever thought of it, it just could be there waiting for you.

Get your number and join in if you've never tried before.  Buy a hot snag, cool drink and an ice-cream.  It's an experience you'll always treasure. 

What is special about the Willunga Lions Auction...?  Its big, it's country, it's different, its fun...

Contacts: Saleyards Organiser:  Dean Hunt  0414 564 389  

                Pick-ups:  Wolf Hirsch  08 8557 7519


Willunga and Districts Lions Car Boot Sale/Market...  Second Sunday, 8.30am (Sellers set-up from 7.30am)

Lions Park, Cnr Binney Rd & Strout Rd, Willunga.

All stalls are FREE and entry is FREE. NO BOOKINGS REQUIRED. New stall holders wanted.

A sausage sizzle, drinks and tea and coffee are available. Large stall sites. The Lions shed is open and furniture and bric a brac is for sale. Plants, toys, clothes, jewellery are some of the stalls at the sale.
Enquiries: Anne Binns 08 8556 2489 

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Willunga Country Women's Association Teas, Cake & Craft...  2nd Saturday, 9am-12.30pm.

CWA Clubrooms, Recreation Park, Main Rd, Willunga.


Willunga Farmers Market...  Every Saturday (except Tour Down Under race day), 8am to 12.30pm

Willunga Town Square, bounded by Hill St, Main Rd & St Peters Tce, Willunga (opposite Willunga Recreation Park Main Gates)...

Admission is FREE...

At the top end of the Fleurieu Peninsula, the first farmers' market in South Australia, Willunga Farmers Market is recognised as one of Australia's best farmers' markets.  More than fifty stalls inhabit a cosy site in Hill and Kell St, close to the centre of historic Willunga. 

Hot Cooked Breakfast... Come early to get the pick of the market then enjoy a hot breakfast cooked on site...

Finish off with a choice of dainty treats. 

Choose your week's fresh local vegetables, fruit, fish, poultry ,eggs, delicious breads, spice, milk & yoghurt.  Enjoy tasting samples of and indulging yourself with prepared foods from locally grown olives, almonds, fruits and vegetables.  A variety of local wines and cheeses and a delicious coffee stall and fresh organic juices made to order, adds to the flavour of your visit.

The market encourages local produce, primary produce and sustainable production methods.

What is so special about Willunga Farmers Market…?  Fresh produce, relaxed country market atmosphere and a place to meet and make friends… Meet the grower, taste the region!

Looking for something interesting and fun to do in the community?

The popular Willunga Farmers Market is always interested in people willing to volunteer on a Saturday at the market. The market is set up at 7am every Saturday morning in the Town Square, Willunga; and packed up at 12.30pm.

Tents and tables, chairs and umbrellas for the breakfast area are put out as well as signage and traffic controls.  Packing up is the reverse of above and rubbish sorting is an important part of being environmentally aware. 

The work is fun for people who enjoy doing physical work, being part of a team and helping a community venture.
See Graham at the market or call if you want to take part.

Contact: Graham Boyd  08 8556 4297

Fax: 08 8556 4293

See www.WillungaFarmersMarket.com


Willunga Quarry Market... 2nd Saturday, 9am to 1pm

Willunga Recreation Park Grounds, south side of oval, between CFS & Willunga Hardware, Aldinga Road, Willunga...

Enter the Market from Main and Aldinga Roads or Railway Terrace.

Admission is FREE...

Willunga Quarry Market is known throughout the Fleurieu Peninsula, McLaren Vale Wine District, Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills for its great variety of quality crafts and other items. 

Purchase quality leather work, hand spun and knitted natural wool jumpers, scarves and hats and a wide range of socks.  Hand turned wooden bowls, wood carvings, utensils and gifts, marble creations and a wide range of handmade jewellery and craft will provide you with an enjoyable time whether you purchase or just "window shop".

Hand made soaps and candles and home made produce is also here for you.  You can buy fresh fruit and vegetables.

You can choose from a wide range of beautiful pot plants and vegetable seedlings.  Second hand books, clothes, crockery and tools are also a regular feature.

Enjoy refreshments... beneath the enormous red gums while listening to specially employed performers.

Enjoy the easy pace of stress free country shopping for produce, plants craft or quality second hand treasures.  Linger on and savour a bacon and egg sandwich and a good cup of coffee.

See InaNutshell for details

Contact: Pamela Jensen, President, Ph/Fax: 08 8556 2502

See www.WillungaQuarryMarket.com

*  Some details from the Willunga Quarry Market website.


Music & Dance...


Live Acoustic Music at the Old Bush Inn...

The Old Bush Inn ('Top Pub'), 51 High St, Willunga...  at the top of the main street...

Thursdays, 8-12 midnight...  Acoustic Music

Fridays...  5-6pm - Acoustic Music Happy Hour...  9-10pm Happy Hour and FREE Juke Box 9pm 'til close...

Saturday Nights...  Live Music...

Contact: 08 8556 2032.   Email luke@oldbushinn.com

See www.oldbushinn.com


Live Folk Music at the Willunga Hotel...

Willunga Hotel (Middle Pub), High St, Willunga.

Last Sunday Folk Session… 2-5pm

Come and join in the fun and music on the last Sunday of every month in the dining room at the Willunga Hotel. 

Special drink prices from 2pm to 5pm. 

Children are welcome.

See www.fleurieufolkfestival.com.au


Live Music at The Alma... various weekends

Alma Hotel ('Bottom Pub'), 11 Hill St, (opposite Willunga Recreation Park Main Gates and Festival Stadium), Willunga...

Live music every second Friday night from 9pm... plus more...

Gig Guide...

See InaNutshell for details

Extra Activities...

Every Sunday 4-7 pm...  FREE 8-ball.

Alma Newsletter...

Join the monthly Alma Email Club on melindatatalmahotel@hotmail.com  and keep up to date with specials, events and bookings at the Alma Hotel.

Contact: Melinda  08 8556 2027

See www.almahotel.com.au


The Acoustic Peacock... 2nd Friday, 8pm

Willunga Peacock Farm, Lot 80 Norman Rd, Willunga.

Guest performers, open mic, original music. Seated meals and bar.  Share YOUR music & poetry.

Contact: Dave Greenslade 0405 130 910  www.acousticpeacock.com.au



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