Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula Regional Public Transport Study

Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula Regional Public Transport Study


Regional Development Australia - Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island has started a public transport study across the following council areas:

  • Adelaide Hills Council 
  • Mount Barker District Council
  • District Council of Yankalilla 
  • Alexandrina Council
  • City of Victor Harbor
  • City of Onkaparinga (McLaren Vale Preservation District)

Study Area for the Adelaide Hills/Fleurieu Regional Public Transport Study 

The two key components of the project are:

  1. Determining future demand and needs for public transport in the region
  2. Developing ideas for public transport solutions to address the future public transport needs in the region

An online public survey resulted in 1,384 responses from both residents (93%) and visitors to the region (7%). The top three townships survey respondents lived were Mount Barker, Victor Harbor and Strathalbyn but all sub-regions within the study area were well represented. As shown in the graphic below, there was also a good distribution of age groups that contributed. 


When asked to rate eight aspects of public transport on a scale from very poor to very good, respondents clearly believe public transport is average across the board. The worst aspects are around frequency of service, hours of service, routes and connections. The best aspect was vehicle comfort although this is likely variable across the region. 



The public survey also sought solutions and ideas for improving public transport. These were added to during a stakeholders workshop held in Strathalbyn on the 21st of November. The public survey elicited comments such as:

"More feeder services using smaller buses to run more frequently between towns and on weekends"

"More bus stops closer to residents, particularly where new estates are being developed"

"Train service to Mount Barker"

"Cheaper fare and being able to use my MetroCard"

All solutions and ideas will be prioritised for each public transport sub-region. As shown below, the feedback received from the public survey showed a large proportion of ideas centred on Bus Services, but also Bus Route and Rail Networks.


Consultations with stakeholders will occur through the remainder of 2018.

Thank you to everyone that completed our public survey. We received over 1,300 submissions and the $500 voucher which can be used on either Spirit of the Coorong (departing Goolwa Wharf) or The Big Duck Boat Tours (departing Victor Harbor) will be drawn soon. 

The top locations for survey respondents were Mount Barker, Victor Harbor and Strathalbyn but we also had good contributions from visitors to the region. Importantly, a large proportion of people contributed additional written feedback on 802 issues and 919 ideas to improve public transport, which will be highly valuable to the study.

On Wednesday 21st November, 32 stakeholder representatives attended a "issues and opportunities" workshop in Strathalbyn. Stakeholders represented included Councils, State Government, the bus industry and other interest groups. The workshop reviewed the background to the study, public survey findings and case study examples from other states. The group collaboratively contributed to the definition of issues as well as opportunities for improvement of public transport in the region across six themes: Routes & Services, Infrastructure, Fares & Ticketing, Governance & Contracting, Information & Promotion, Other. This resulted in an additional 128 issues and 99 potential solutions.

The key findings from the public survey and workshop is that there is a lack of routes and services to cater for the diverse public transport needs of the region.

Periodic project updates will be made on this page. If you require further information, please contact our office. 

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