Frequently Asked Questions

What date is Bay to Birdwood this year?

The Bay to Birdwood will be held on Sunday 22 October 2023.

Awards Judging will be conducted on Saturday  in the morning of Saturday 21 October 2023 in the Courtyard Precinct of the Migration Museum, State Library of South Australia, and South Australian Museum. 

How do I enter my vehicle into Bay to Birdwood 2023?

Entries for Bay to Birdwood have closed for 2023.

What year of vehicle is eligible to enter the Bay to Birdwood?

Since the Bay to Birdwood celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2020 the event has changed to include all years of vehicles from the early 1900s through to 30 years prior to the event. In 2023 we welcome any vehicle that has not been substantially modified and manufactured prior to 31 December 1993.

I have entered the Bay to Birdwood, what happens next?

Once your entry is received and passed by the scrutineer team you will receive a letter of confirmation that your vehicle has been accepted to enter the event. If you have not received this email, please contact the event office on 08 8151 3280 or at

Entrant Packs containing route map, start and finish details and a windscreen sticker will be posted to you mid-September. If you have changed your postal address since entering or you will be traveling prior to the event and need your pack sent to a different address, please contact the event office 08 8151 3280 or at

What happens at the National Motor Museum on the day of Bay to Birdwood?

The National Motor Museum is the traditional finish site for the 1500 + Bay to Birdwood vehicles. After an early morning start at Barrett Reserve, West Beach entrants travel the 67km trip to Birdwood and enter the museum grounds via Church Street where they are parked. Soak up the wonderful atmosphere and be entertained with music played on vinyl! Admire hundreds of rarely seen historic vehicles and talk to the owners. Enjoy quality regional produce, Adelaide Hills craft beer, wines and spirits plus delicious gourmet food served by local food trucks.

Attendees are encouraged to wear vintage clothing and enter the Fashions on the Field competition for best period-dress.

Do I need to pre-purchase tickets for the Finish Festival? 

Tickets for the Finish Festival the Finish Festival are available online or at the gate. Reduce your wait time by pre-purchasing your ticket. Purchase your ticket here.

How much are tickets to the Finish Festival?

Adult: $31.50

Concession: $24.50

Child: $8.50

Child under 5: Free

Family (2A+3C): $71.00

Family Concession (2+3C): $52.50

What time can I see vehicles at the start (Barratt Reserve, West Beach)? 

Gates will open at Barratt Reserve, West Beach at 6:30 am with vehicles set to depart at 7:45 am. 

What time can I see vehicles at the Alternative Start, the Civic Centre Carpark Modbury? 

Gates will open at our Alternative Start, Civic Park, Modbury, at 7:00 am for 8:30 am departure. 

When will vehicles start to arrive at the National Motor Museum? 

Vehicles will begin to arrive at the National Motor Museum from 9:30 am for the Finish Festival which begins at 10:00 am. 

Parking is available off Shannon Street. Please drive carefully when taking the Bay to Birdwood route. 

What roads are closed due to the Bay to Birdwood? 

There are no road closures during the Bay to Birdwood, however there may be changed traffic conditions along the route.

West Beach Road, West Beach between Military Road and Tapleys Hill Road between 7.00 am and 11.00 am

North East Road, Modbury for 100 metres either side of the Civic Park car park (western carriageway left lane only).

North East Road, Tea Tree Gully between Perseverance Road and Lower North East Road. (Westbound Carriageway Only) between 7.00 am and 1.00 pm

Church Street, Birdwood from Warren Road to the National Motor Museum closed to west bound traffic between 7.00 am and 3.30 pm.

Wegener Road, Birdwood from Church Street to Shannon Street, closed to north bound traffic between 7.00 am and 3.30 pm.

What parking is available for ticket holders? 

Street parking is available in the area surrounding the National Motor Museum. 

Can members of the public drive the route? 

The official Bay to Birdwood route (available online at utilises public roads from Barratt Reserve, West Beach to the National Motor Museum, Birdwood. The route contains changed traffic conditions throughout, including reduced speed limits, some lane closures, and the high likelihood of increased traffic flow. Vehicles not displaying the official Bay to Birdwood entrant sticker will not be permitted to access either start site at West Beach or Modbury, or the Bay to Birdwood Finish Festival at the National Motor Museum.