Asian villas spice up Adelaide Hills tourism

08 May 2013

Three new Asian villas constructed at the Sticky Rice Cooking School have created a unique food and accommodation venture in the Adelaide Hills.

The cooking school’s owners Claire and Mark Fuller undertook the project with the support of a $110,000 grant under the Australian Government’s T-QUAL – Tourism Quality Projects program.

The new villas feature striking designs that take inspiration from the traditional architecture of locations such as Bali, Thailand and Japan.

Speaking at the official opening of the villas, Minister Assisting for Tourism, Senator Don Farrell, said the Sticky Rice Cooking School would be a major new asset for South Australian tourism.

“The creation of this new accommodation represents a vital collaboration between industry and government for the benefit of the wider community,” Minister Farrell said.

“The new villas will build on the strong reputation the cooking school has established by hosting some of Australia’s most well-known and highly regarded chefs, as well as winning a gold medal at the South Australian Tourism Awards.

“Innovative and improved tourism offerings like this one at the Sticky Rice Cooking School help to draw in new and repeat visitors, ensuring they spend more time and money in the local area.

“The T-QUAL – Tourism Quality Projects program works to support projects like this, and is an important part of the Australian Government’s long-term tourism strategy, Tourism 2020.”

The South Australian Government provided $50,000 to help get the project off the ground through the South Australian Tourism Commission’s Tourism Development Fund.

South Australian Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the villas are a welcome addition to the state’s tourism industry.

“These luxury villas will not only give the cooking school’s students a reason to take more classes, they will give them a reason to stay longer in the Adelaide Hills,” Minister Bignell said.

“We are sure the villas will encourage more people to explore the many top quality food and wine experiences available in this wonderful part of the world.”

Senator Farrell said the new villas were a great example of what is being achieved across Australia through the T-QUAL competitive grants program and the Tourism 2020 strategy, which aims to double the value of Australia’s overnight visitor expenditure by 2020.

The T-QUAL grants program offers funding of up to $110,000 for projects that lift the quality and variety of Australia's tourism experiences. More information on T-QUAL Grants and the Tourism 2020 strategy is available at

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