Day Trips

39th Anniversary Lunch 24th June 2018. (Pictures)

34 Members and guests enjoyed a 3-course meal at the Club Marion to celebrate our 39th Anniversary. A warm welcome was given to Jenny Thompson who was awarded her “Honorary Membership.” Jenny who has lived in Quorn for many years was accompanied by her family members John and Elizabeth.

Theatre Night 11th May 2018

Nissan Patrol Club members enjoyed an evening of fun & frolicking with a show at the Arts Theatre "High Societry"  This was followed by coffee and cake at Caffe Bocelli Ristorante.

Every family should have an "Uncle Willie"

Goolwa Beach Run 7th January 2018 (See the pictures)

6 vehicles and 19 members and friends travelled to Goolwa to then drive along the beach to the Murray mouth.  There were a number of grandchildren along, and all enjoyed swimming, making sand castles and eating lunch.  They also enjoyed digging up cockles on the way back.  It was a good day enjoyed by all, especially as it was perfect weather.

Breakfast in the Park 17th December 2017 (See Pictures)

Over 30 members of the club held their 29th annual "Breakfast at the park" in a new location at the east end of Rymill Park.  Spirits were high as everyone participated in lots of yummy nibbles accompanied by glasses of Christmas cheer.  Our final outing before the end of another successful year for the club.

Christmas Family Picnic 26 November 2017 (Pictures here)

The weather was a perfect 24 degrees for the first Family Picnic held at Challa Gardens Primary School.  This was a fun day where adults and children enjoyed time together getting ready for the festive season.

In attendance were 41 members and family adults plus 11 excited children. There were games an  activities for both the children and adults.
These included pass the parcel, tug of war, Captain Nemo’s Submarine Hunt, an appearance of Santa and a "real hit" Piñata.

Visit to Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) 18 October 2017 (Pictures here)

41 members of the Nissan Patrol Club and Mitsubishi 4WD Club SA met at the new Adelaide RFDS base located at West Beach. We were welcomed by Anthea and Kristin, two RFDS fundraising employees, who gave us an insight into the 24 hour, 7 days a week operations of the base.The service was founded by Reverend John Flynn on 15 May 1928 and will therefore celebrate the 90 year anniversary in 2018 with special promotions around the state.
Polaris 4 blade prop planes are used by the Central/NT base. There are 69 RFDS planes Australia wide.
For more details see the December "Patrolling" magazine.

Theatre Night 13th October 2017 "Bye bye Birdie"

Over 30 members and family of the Nissan Patrol Club SA enjoyed an evening at the Arts Theatre to see the production of "Bye Bye Birdie."
Coffee and cake finished of a fantastic nigh

Mid Year Lunch 26th June 2017 (Pictures here)

Theatre Night 19th May 2017  "9 To 5"

Slot Car Night 18th February 2017 (Pictures)

On Saturday, the 18th February, 24 members of the Nissan Patrol Club SA enjoyed a BBQ and an entertaining evening of slot car racing at the Fulham Park Raceway. John gave us an insight on the different types of cars, when racing nights were held, and invited anybody interested to come.

All the events involved qualifying to set a time the calculation of handicaps.

Corner Marshalling which involved replacing cars that dislodged from the guide slots during racing was used and as each driver’s heat was completed that driver then helped with marshalling.

Everyone who participated enjoyed the night immensely.

Winners tonight received a prize of either wine or chocolates & the children received a small gift each.

Many thanks to John and Sue for your hospitality, for John, Bert and Georgia for assisting John to making this night so successful.

Great tracks, great cars, great company and overall an entertaining night was had by all.

Christmas in the Park 18th December 2016 (Pictures)

What a perfect 27-degree day was had at Hazelwood Park for 40+ Nissan Patrol Club members to enjoy the festivities of our annual “Breakfast in the Park” 2016. Breakfasts ranged from chicken salad, salmon rolls to bacon & eggs. Fresh fruit was shared amongst the members as well as homemade Christmas treats while toasting the Festival Season with champagne and coffee. This event always has a great attendance with the chance to wish everybody a Wonderful Christmas and A Happy New Year for 2017.

Family Christmas Picnic 27th November 2016 (Pictures here)

The Nissan Patrol Club held a very successful Family Christmas Picnic at Hazelwood Park. With 43 members and children enjoying a sunny 28-degree day of fun and activities. We had eskies with caned drinks and fruit boxes and bubbly for the adults. Everyone bought their own picnic lunch and we had a beautiful site with lots of shady trees.

We all enjoyed our picnic lunch which was followed by Father Christmas making an entrance with the children singing "Jingle Bells". With his Ho! Ho! Ho! and helper Trish all the presents and lollies were distributed to all the children. Santa was a busy man so he had to say goodbye to everyone and head off to another Christmas Party.

Some families packed up and left for home, other sat around and enjoyed the weather and companionship of other members and families.

Many thanks to the Committee for all their help in setting up & packing up, assisting with all the tasks required and different jobs that were needed to make this day happen.

Theatre Night 14th October "The King and I"

The Nissan Patrol Club members, family & friends were treated to a night of entertainment with the Rodgers & Hammerstein’s "The King & I". The costumes, actors made this production a real hit. Truly a show for all the family. It is a classic, funny, tragic and highly entertaining show.

A really ultimately uplifting story set in the Eastern country of Siam. An English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son Louis arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, employed by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives including heir Prince Chululongkorn. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by the Western countries. He summons Anna’s assistance in changing his image and ways. With both trying to retain their respective cultural traditions and values, they gradually grow to understand and respect one another, in a truly unique love story.

A Visit to SAPOL Air Command 9th March 2016 (Pictures here)

A great night was spent at SAPOL Air Command. About 40 members attended and were treated to information on the daily running of the helicopter wing and were able to have a very close look at various helicopters, including a look inside the SAPOL helicopter. There was also a Special Operations Landcruiser equipped for STAR Force and the uses of various pieces of equipment was explained. It was a very interesting and informative evening for all.

A Day at Goolwa, Murray Mouth 28th February 2016 (Pictures)

On a perfect Sunday morning 8 cars met in the Goolwa beach car park and aired down the tyres for a drive along the beach to the mouth. At the mouth a few threw out lines but unfortunately there were no fish, only a few crabs were caught. The children enjoyed playing in the sand and paddling in the water. A treat was the sight of a seal playing in the mouth. A picnic lunch was enjoyed by all before heading back to the carpark.


Breakfast in the Park 20th December 2015 (Pictures)

Over 30+ members enjoyed our 27th annual” Breakfast in the Park” 2015. The weather was inclement, with umbrellas being erected & car awnings to protect us from the rain. This year our choir of female members sang a rendition of the “Deck the Tracks’ which was very successful. Our voices are improving with age.

Some of our members had breakfast before arriving due to the weather, while some of us enjoyed a mixed breakfast of salmon rolls, bacon & eggs, croissants as well as all those Christmas treats freshly baked and made. Rumballs, cheese balls, apricot balls, cakes, slices………Oh don’t we love this time of the year.

This event is always popular with our club.  It’s our final chance to wish everybody a Wonderful Christmas and A Happy New Year for 2016.

Family Christmas Picnic 22nd November 2015 (See here for pictures)

The weather was a perfect 24 degrees when 47 members and family met in Hazelwood Park for this important event on the club calendar. There was a game of cricket, tug-of-war, "Simon Says" and "Pin the 2 Jacks on the Nissan" enjoyed by all. A Father Christmas "Pinata" was a real hit with the 17 children present. Father Christmas arrived ringing his bell and distributed presents and bags of lollies to the children. A great family picnic day heralded the approach of yet another Christmas season.

Visit to Redarc Lonsdale - June 17th 2015

At 7:00pm on June 17th, 18 members assembled at the premises of Redarc for a tour through their manufacturing facilities. Redarc research, design, develop and manufacture a large range of high quality items for the automotive industry, and of particular interest to us the 4WD market.  The evening began with a short talk from Ben Marsh, National Sales & Marketing Manager, after which we were split into three groups for the tour.  First though we had to attach antistatic strips to our shoes, as static charge is the enemy of all electronics.

The tour itself was really interesting, with the focal point on the SMT (surface mount technology) area.  This is where all the tiny components are added automatically by machines to the circuit boards of the various products, at the rate of six per second!

The evening concluded with a short question session, and the drawing of a lucky chair prize of a new TowPro brake controller which was won by a very pleased Phil S.

Murray Mouth Day Trip - 22nd March 2015 (Pictures here)

A group of 22 members, friends and a grand-son enjoyed a day trip along the sand from Goolwa Beach to the mouth of the Murray River. The weather was absolutely perfect, and after some shell collecting and taking of photos, the group split up with one group continuing the weekend with other friends, and the remainder going back to Goolwa for lunch and a celebratory cake for Craig's birthday

It was a great day with friends and family!

Family Picnic 23rd November 2014 (Pictures here)

Saunders Gorge SA 2014 (Pictures)

Breakfast in the Park 22nd December 2013 (Pictures here)

On Sunday morning 22 December, 2013 45 to 50 members gathered in Hazelwood Park to celebrate our 25th Christmas Breakfast in the Park. The weather was cool and overcast when we arrived but cleared to be a beautiful morning. Strong winds a few days earlier had resulted in a number of limbs and branches falling from the gum trees and littering the park. In our usual corner the debris was gathered into a pile out of the way.

We all enjoyed our breakfast. Some cooked bacon and eggs on site while others brought a home cooked hamper. A number of lovely home-made tasty treats and fruit platters were shared around during the morning as well as glasses of bubbly.

This was again a wonderful opportunity to relax and enjoy the company of club friends for a few hours prior to Christmas.

Christmas Family Picnic November 24th 2013 (Pictures here)

It was a beautiful 24 degree day at Hazelwood Park for the family picnic.  There was a good roll up of 40 adults, accompanied by 12 children viz. Taylah, Sharni, Kari, Summer, Riley, Aliya, Piper, Ajax, Axel, Indyanna, Summer, and Jaxon, who entertained themselves playing games (cricket, Tug 'O War, Pin the Spare Wheel on the Nissan, and demolishing a Christmas Pinata). There was also lots of friendly chatter amongst the adults. Each family provided their own lunch, with ice creams, soft drinks and juices, and bubbly for the adults was supplied by the club.  There were plenty of lollies and balloons for the children too.

Judging by the smiles on everyone's faces the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and many thanks go to the willing members who helped organise the day.

Milang Day Trip September 8th 2013 (See Pictures here)

Mid year Lunch 2013 (Pictures here)

Breakfast in The Park 2012 (Pictures)

Around 34 hardy members braved the hot temperatures to join in the celebration of the twenty fourth Christmas in the Park.  Despite temperatures heading towards 40 degrees, a good time was had by all as they shared breakfast among the shady trees of Hazelwood Park.  The ladies all broke into song at one point with a rendition of A Ute Christmas Carol, much to the bemusement of their male partners. It was a fitting end to what has been an outstanding year for the club, and we all look forward to 2013 to be bigger and better with more members, more trips, and above all, more fun!

Christmas Family Picnic 25 November 2012 (Pictures)

The weather was perfect for this important event on the club calendar. Mild temperatures, few clouds and a slight breeze.  Members and friends numbered 33 and there were 17 excited children also in attendance. This year there were a number of activities for the children - cricket, tug-o-war, pinatas, and pin the wheel on the Nissan.  An enjoyable lunch was had by all and afterwards the children played pass-the-parcel which concluded when Father Christmas arrived around 2:00pm.  Each of the children received a present and a bag of lollies, and everyone enjoyed ice-cream and cool drinks.  It was another great family picnic day and heralded the approach of yet another Christmas season.

Mid Year Lunch 24 June 2012 (Pictures)

42 members enjoyed our Mid Year Lunch at the Kaesler restaurant which is situated in the Barossa Valley. Our entree consisted of bread to share, Homemade Sliced Wedges with Sour cream & Sweet Chilli Sauce & Homemade Chicken & Smoked Bacon Pate. A variety of main courses were on offer; Kangaroo, Chicken fillet oven baked, Ocean Trout pan seared and homemade Fettuccini . All meals were accompanied  by sauces  and fresh hot vegetables. The piece de resistance was the Sticky Date Pudding served with Caramel sauce and a lashing of cream. This was all washed down by wines from the Kaesler Vineyards.  Again another successful Nissan Function - Great Day - Great company - Great food!


Food & Wine Trail 2nd June 2012 (Pictures)

At about 10:00am, twenty-three members and visitors arrived at the Willunga Farmers’ Market and immersed themselves into the wonderland of goods, which were available. These included organically grown fruit and vegetables, bread, fresh milk, honey ice cream, Coorong Mullet, potted herbs and flowers.

Next most of the group wandered up High Street to the Glenn Howlett Glass Studio. There they saw many items of blown glass and lead light, and also a lead light practical class in action.

At 11:15 am it was time to move on to Magpie Springs, which combines cellar door sales with a working studio and gallery.

The Wirra Wirra Vineyard Winery visit was scheduled for 1:00pm where the group enjoyed a guided tour followed by wine tasting and a cheese platter.

Then followed a visit to the Chocolate Box in McLaren Vale, and coffee and cake at Bracegirdles, to round off a great day.

For a more details see Patrolling, August 2012 edition.

 Pictures Caravan and Camping Show Feb 2012 (Pictures)

It just keeps getting bigger and bigger each year!

Past & Present Members Picnic January 11, 2011 (Pictures)

The first event of the year was the Present & Past members Picnic which was held at Hazelwood Park. The weather was fine with 48past and present members attending. Everyone who attended would agree it was wonderful to catch up again and reminisce times of years gone by as well as present happenings. A perfect day for a picnic lunch with wonderful company made this a very successful event.

Christmas in the Park December 18, 2011 (Pictures)

Children 's Christmas Picnic 2011 (Pictures)

On a lovely sunny day some 26 or so members and family joined in a great day at Hazelwood Park for the annual children's Christmas picnic.  The children all enjoyed themselves playing on the swings, or just running around exploring the area.  The adults present also enjoyed themselves, although at a more sedate pace, just happy to enjoy each others company.  Father Christmas arrived around 2:00pm and distributed presents and lollies to the children, and the older children (ladies) all managed to sit on his knee and also got some lollies.  It was a great day all around.

Normanville November 6, 2011 (Pictures)

This was a day trip to Normanville, Second Valley & Rapid Bay. John Fisher from the Lions Club Yankalilla lead the tour and Peter was our Tail end Charlie. There were 12 cars involving 24 members & friends who attended  the day outing. Visited some great places, had a BBQ lunch, and enjoyed a small walk to a waterfall.  Beautiful scenery of the coastal areas as well as countryside. Cameras were happily clicking.

Steam Ranger October 2011 (Pictures)

A dozen members enjoyed a day trip on SteamRanger's Southern Encounter 621 “The Duke of Edinburgh” starting at Mount Barker, going to Goolwa, then on to Victor Harbor and return back to Mount Barker. Everyone enjoyed the trip, the scenery, the food, and the weather was perfect as well.  Read the full account here.

Mid year Dinner 2011 (Pictures)

Our Mid Year Lunch was held at the Pretoria Hotel at Mannum, situated by the riverbanks of the Murray River. 14 of our members made a weekend of it and stayed at the Mannum Caravan Park. The remainder of us made it a day trip up there. A total of 54 people attended and enjoyed a 3 course meal. It was noted by Colin our Vice President that it was the best attended Mid Year Lunch to date. As with most of our functions, it’s a great way for catching up with friends, especially members who have been on extended trips. One thing we can say about our club, we have plenty to talk about as well as enjoying each others company. So with Food, Fun and Great Company this made our lunch a great success. Many thanks to Jess & her staff for their friendliness and good old country service.

Slot Car Racing June 2011 (Pictures)

Caravan and Camping Show Feb 2011 (Pictures)

Breakfast in the Park 2010 (Pictures)

Sunday the 20th Dec 34 Nissan patrollers and family attended “Breakfast in the Park” . It was a morning of eating, drinking and enjoying the company of others before the Xmas season gets too busy. This year the weather was about as good as it gets with sunshine and blue skies. Champagne, fruit cake, quiches, bacon and eggs, and lots of Xmas nibbles

Deep Creek Conservation Park 2010 (Pictures)

Sunday 7th November a group of members and visitors met at the top of Main South Road and headed for the markets at Myponga where some had scones with jam and cream while others looked around the markets. Then a trip across the Myponga dam and onto Yankalilla for a stop at the bakery. After lunch it was onto the waterfalls where we walked down to the falls and spent some time looking around before a nice drive down to Deep Creek Conservation Park to check out the camp grounds and the scenery and wild life before heading back home. A great day out with good company and a fantastic sunny day.

Mid Year Dinner 2010 (Pictures)

The club held its Mid Year Dinner on  the 4th of July with a cruise on the Dolphin Explorer. We had 45 members attend a two course lunch and cruise on the Port River. Weather was sunny and allowed us to enjoy the decks for a view of the dolphins and the Port. We would like to thank Alison, Director of Adelaide Cruises, Elaine our waitress and Martin our bartender for outstanding service and a day to remember.

Slot Car Night- 8th  May 2010 (Pictures)

John and Sue had kindly invited the Nissan Patrol Club and the Jeep club for a fun night of slot car racing.  It was obvious that John had put a lot of effort into his hobby.  He had started to build the track approximately 3 years ago and had used computer programs to design it.  He viewed tracks from all around the world.  Just trying to keep the cars at a racing pace and still stay on the track was quite a challenge. The Jeep club won a trophy for overall wins and the Patrol club won fastest lap trophy. A good turn out by both clubs and a great night had by all.