SA Stories - April 2015


Arches of Allendale

Arches of Allendale Arches of Allendale

An 1866 church has been converted into boutique accommodation on the Limestone Coast. The Arches of Allendale boasts a beautifully restored church offering three bedrooms to cater for up to six people. The fully renovated accommodation has easy access to beaches, wineries, golfing and diving and is just a 15 minute drive south from the main town of Mount Gambier. New meets old in this property where gothic arches of the church contrast the modern 21st century features. The Arches is the ultimate, quirky escape on the Limestone Coast.

Hahndorf Resort

Hahndorf Resort Hahndorf Resort

Hahndorf Resort has undergone a major makeover to provide a wide variety of new accommodation options, caravan and camping facilities and event spaces. Nestled on 13 hectares within the picturesque Adelaide Hills, Hahndorf Resort offers uninterrupted views of the Adelaide Hills and is just a twenty minute drive from the Adelaide CBD. Hahndorf Resort is minutes away from the many wineries found in the Adelaide Hills wine region. For your next weekend getaway or work conference, the Hahndorf Resort is the place to be.


Air Adventure’s Ediacaran Expedition

Expedition Ediacaran Expedition

This tour originates in Melbourne as guests take off in the Air Adventure Outback Jet bound for the ancient Flinders Ranges. In just two hours guests will be at The Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary the first stop of the tour. Next, the Western Flinders Ranges including the Ediacaran Hills and Brachina Gorge.This tour will deepen guests’ knowledge of the ancient Flinders Ranges, allowing them to explore the region from a different perspective. Not to be missed, the tour coincides with Professor Mary Droser’s annual research trip.

9 day Eyre Peninsula and Nullarbor Tour

Whalers Way Whalers Way

Sacred Earth Safaris has introduced a new nine day Eyre Peninsula and Nullarbor Tour that runs from Port Lincoln to Perth or vice versa. The tour offers motel-style accommodation and visits Lincoln National Park and Whalers Way before visiting the many attractions of the Eyre Peninsula and moving into the Nullarbor Plains and into Western Australia. Tours carry a maximum of 10 passengers, making for an intimate discovery of the South Australian outback.

Mount and Vine Tourism

Blue Lake Blue Lake

Mount and Vine Tourism offer an array of winery and sightseeing tours in and out of Mount Gambier. The selection of winery tours will visit wineries located in the Limestone Coast region with the sightseeing tour providing guests an experience of lakes and caves situated around Mount Gambier. Tours include pick up from any accommodation in Mount Gambier and can accommodate for up to six people. The small size of the tour will allow for passengers to discover the wonders of the Limestone Coast in an intimate environment.

Andy’s Tours

Andy's Tour Victoria Square

Andy’s Tours offers an Adelaide Walking Tour that travels through the heart of the CBD from Victoria Square through to the River Torrens. Throughout the duration of the tour participants will get a chance to take in the sights, smells and sounds of the iconic Central Market, explore the inner CBD, stroll along the cultural boulevard of North Terrace and finish at the River Torrens taking in the spectacle of the Adelaide Oval. This tour is the perfect start to a stay in Adelaide and will leave you eager to explore more of what the city and state has to offer.


Margaret Anderson Margaret Anderson

As a passionate historian and South Australian, it comes as no surprise Margaret Anderson fills the position of Chief Executive Officer at History SA. Growing up in South Australia and moving to Western Australia to complete postgraduate studies, Margaret has always had a passion for history. In 2000, after working both in South Australian and Western Australian museums Margaret was appointed CEO at History SA. “In several respects being appointed CEO was a homecoming,” Margaret says. “Not only did I return to my home state but I had worked with History SA in the past.”

Prior to being appointed CEO, Margaret was the inaugural Director of the Migration Museum in the 1980s. It was the first museum in the world to base its programs around the history of immigration and immigrant communities. “It was in every sense a trail blazer,” Margaret says. “I count it a great privilege to have been there at the beginning of this much loved South Australian institution.”

In addition to the Migration Museum, History SA runs and manages the South Australian Maritime Museum and the National Motor Museum. The Maritime Museum’s collections date to the 1870s (the oldest collection in the state) and the National Motor Museum is turning 50 years old. The deep history connected to these museums is something that Margaret is proud of. The museums teach tourists and locals alike about the intriguing past of South Australia.

As part of her role, Margaret works closely with the state’s community history movement. Her work is linked to the About Time: South Australia’s History Festival that will occur in May 2015 and is the largest event of its kind in Australia.

“I love my job so much,” Margaret says. “History in museums continues to fascinate me every bit as much as it did years ago.” Her passion for history is evident through her work at the museums and History SA. Margaret and her team continue to encourage the research and public presentation of South Australian history and preserve South Australia’s material heritage for the future.


A Foodie’s Guide to Adelaide’s East End launches as short film

Chefs, business owners and musicians located in Adelaide’s East End are central characters in a new short film aimed at showcasing the city of Adelaide as the food and wine capital of Australia. ‘Dirty Apron’ features some of the city’s food and wine hot spots as high-profile chef and owner of Africola, Duncan Welgemoed, takes viewers on a tour of the restaurants, wine bars and cafes located in and around the East End of the CBD. Dirty Apron is the 32nd film to be produced as part of the Through Local Eyes project, a digital film campaign run by the South Australian Tourism Commission.

Through Local Eyes has attracted 1.6 million views since it was launched almost two years ago. It is an initiative where local filmmakers are commissioned to showcase what they love about South Australia. Local business owners, operators, local identities and musicians are featured in each film. The films aim to promote the State as a premier tourism destination.

A foodies guide to Adelaide's East End - "Dirty Apron"

Santos Tour Down Under Results

The 2015 Santos Tour Down Under has produced record crowd figures and generated $47.9million in economic impact for the State. A record crowd of 786,000 spanned across the nine day event, with 37,000 of those spectators travelling from interstate or overseas. This year 25,360 media items were generated with estimated media coverage worth $194m up a remarkable $27m from last year. The Santos Tour Down Under, which continues to grow each year, is the southern hemisphere’s premier cycling event and first stop on the world cycling calendar. The 2016 Santos Tour Down Under dates have been set for 16 – 24 January.

More time for Indian Pacific Passengers in Adelaide

Passengers aboard the Indian Pacific on the Sydney to Perth route will now have a longer period of time to visit South Australia. Starting in April, the original two and a half hour stopover will be changed to a six hour stopover in Adelaide providing passengers ample time to explore the city. Set excursions to either the Barossa or CBD have been introduced. Visiting the Barossa, passengers will be fully escorted to nominated wineries, Seppeltsfield and the Maggie Beer farm shop in the six hours before they return in their train. In the CBD, passengers will also have the option of escorted tours of the North Terrace cultural noulevard and the National Wine Centre or the Central Markets. This initiave is set to boost South Australia tourism with Great Southern Rail expecting approximately 3000 more tourists to the Barossa each year.

Anzac Day Event

For the first time in 70 years, The Pichi Pichi Railway and Country Women’s Association are joining forces to commemorate the ANZACs. During World War II the community of Quorn, with the support of Australian’s nationwide, supported troops and evacuees as they travelled on the rail line to and from Darwin. This Anzac Day the Troop Trains, their soldiers and the community will be honoured through a variety of activities hosted in Quorn. As part of the Tracks to War event an original Troop Train will be on public display at Quorn Station, The Country Women’s Association will be serving an authentic Troop Train meal, the Pichi Pichi workshop will be open for behind the scenes tours and the Pichi Pichi Explorer Steam Train will provide a two and a half hour return trip. In the evening a free screening of the blockbuster film, filmed in Quorn, ‘The Water Diviner’ will be shown at the Quorn Town Hall.

Taste of New York on Granite Island

A slice of New York has popped up on Victor Harbor’s Granite Island. Two talented Victor Harbor locals have had council approval to create their proposed pop up stall as part of the City of Victor Harbor’s Rediscover Granite Island campaign. Nick Rafanelli and Ben Lewis have combined their skills to present Castaway – the Baker and the Chef in La Pura Vida van. This pop up van will bring iconic New York style gourmet food to Granite Island offering patrons coffee, bagels, home baked sweet treats and more. Local produce is a passion of both Nick and Ben who plan to use Fleurieu beef in their burgers, fruit and vegetables from local suppliers and bread from a local Victor Harbor bakery. Ready for Easter, Castaway will be open from April 2 to members of the public.

Micro Brewery at Pikes Wine

The opening of a new micro brewery at Pikes Wines can be added to the list of tourist attractions in the Clare Valley. The Clare Valley winery has been producing Pikes Beer offsite since 1996 and with help from the State Government’s Regional Development Fund the company has been able to open their own onsite brewery in the Clare Valley. The opening of the brewery adds another element to the already successful Pikes Winery and this new cellar door experience will bring further revenue and contribute to the ever-growing and vibrant region.

New Coober Pedy Hot Spot for Self-Drive Tourists

In 2008 a full renovation and upgrade began on the Shell petrol station in Coober Pedy. Recently, all components of the petrol station have been completed and offer visitors and locals alike a fun and relaxing atmosphere to visit and escape the heat. The renovation included a full new fit out of the petrol station as well as the main attraction, the adjoining Coober Pedy Outback Bar and Grill. The mini-bar and beer garden is inspired by the small bar revolution that has taken over Adelaide and offers modern inside and outside areas perfect for meeting up with friends to be entertained and served great food and drinks. Coober Pedy is featured in outback touring routes that visitors use to self-drive through South Australia. The Coober Pedy Outback Bar and Grill is the perfect place for self-driver’s to fill up the car with petrol and enjoy a nice meal and atmosphere as they arrive and leave the town.

Tandanya Art Exhibition

An exciting new art exhibition is set to open mid-April at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute. Entitled Tjukula Kura Ala – Lily Ulah paints the Seven Sisters Waterholes at Kura Ala, the exhibition is part of a series of exhibitions being held at the same time at Tandanya. Lily Ulah’s canvas’ features abundant layers of paint and create abstract representations that are alive, vibrant, energetic and full of colour. Focusing on waterholes, Ulah’s art is unique and one of a kind. This exhibition will be Lily Ulah’s first show at Tandanya featuring her work from 2012 – 2014 and is not to be missed.

Food Store In Jamestown

Bindlestick – The Store has now opened in Jamestown. Offering fresh fruit and vegetables sourced from local farmers and regional markets, Bindlestick is dedicated to providing customers with fresh, local produce. Supporting South Australian producers the store also stocks a variety of local small goods, cheese, milk, sauces, eggs, oil and much more. Grab and go fresh lunches are also available to customers as well as cold press juices, smoothies, coffee and sweet treats. Bindlestick is a new and exciting addition to Jamestown proving to be a one stop shop for South Australian products.

Possingham and Summers Cellar Door

Possingham and Summers Cellar Door is the newest edition to the Possums Winery located in Blewitt Springs, east of McLaren Vale. The cellar door provides visitors with the opportunity to taste and purchase Estate wines and chat to owner/director Carol Summers about the history of the wine and the winery. Tours of the winery are also available by request excluding in the vintage months of February to April. The cellar door offers visitors picturesque views of the hills of the region and out to the sea and is open by appointment only Monday to Wednesday and from 10am – 4pm Thursday and Friday.

Australian Masters Games

Entries are now open for the 2015 Australian Masters Games that will be held in Adelaide in October this year. The fifteenth edition of the Games will see an expected 10,000 competitors from Australia and other countries compete in 60 sports around Adelaide. The only condition for the Games is that all competitors must be older than the age of 30. The biennial sporting event is regarded as one of the largest participation sporting events on the Australian sporting calendar. The extensive social calendar means that everyone can get involved somehow in the event. Registrations close on 11 September.

Funky Monkey Opens in Renmark

The Riverland’s first indoor playground, Funky Monkey, has opened to the delight of locals and tourists alike. The fully renovated space boasts brand new playground equipment, a new kitchen and restaurant. The Funky Monkey provides playground facilities for both younger and older children and is a perfect place for a family outing or celebration. The jungle theme is carried out throughout the play equipment and the cafe which boasts a well-priced food and beverage menu that suits all tastes. The Funky Monkey is open Wednesday to Monday to people of all ages.

No Fuss Catering Celebrate 40 years

The No Fuss Catering company are celebrating 40 years of service to the South Australian community. Over the years the catering company have catered to many friends, industry colleagues and guests of all socio-demographics, celebrities and royalty. The company specialises in professional event catering for private and corporate functions and offer a range of quality cocktail and buffet style food for all three meals of the day. Their mission statement ‘Purveyors of fine foods to the Discerning’ is a true testament to their services throughout their 40 years in the business.


100th Anniversary of the ANZACs

War Memorial National War Memorial

100 years ago the ANZACs fought at Gallipoli during World War 1 and special commemorations are being held all over the country and the world. In Adelaide a number of events are taking place in order for South Australians to come together on the 100th anniversary. Camp Gallipoli is a once in a lifetime opportunity where families, schools and community groups are invited to camp out under the stars and sleep in swags just how the Diggers would have 100 years ago. Camp Gallipoli will provide entertainment, special guests, movies, documentaries, food options and a dawn service to remember the ANZACs and the birth of the ANZAC spirit.

The Glenelg air raid shelter is open on Anzac Day and showcases two exhibitions – We Will Remember and Memory Cove. The exhibitions are housed in the 1942 air raid shelter that was originally built to house war-time communications systems. The Yankalilla Anzac Day Dawn Service sees service personnel and veterans march to War Memorial Park to begin the dawn service. A gunfire breakfast is available after the service at the RSL Hall in Normanville for a gold coin donation. The Anzac Day parade from the South Australian National War Memorial to the Cross of Sacrifice in Pennington Gardens is expected to bring thousands of South Australians to the city in order to honour and remember the ANZACs.




Fleurieu Peninsula Golf Championships
7-11 April, Fleurieu Peninsula
The state’s premier amateur golf tournament allows golfers and their partners an opportunity to experience the diversity of the Fleurieu Peninsula by playing at four notable golf courses across four days of competition. Get friendly with the resident kangaroos at Victor Harbor golf course and enjoy the luxury views from Links Lady Bay Resort as you putt, blast and ace your way through the scenic region.

Coonawarra After Dark Weekend
10-11 April, Limestone Coast
Experience all the thrills, excitement and the lights of vintage as Coonawarra wineries open their doors to visitors at the peak of the grape harvest. In the company of friends and family come along to tour a working winery, join the annual grape stomp, meet the wine makers and watch harvesting in action. There will be plenty of opportunity to sample local produce, enjoy fantastic dining experiences, and to wear-out those dancing shoes!

Nippy’s Silver Sands Multisport Festival
11-12 April, Fleurieu Peninsula
Following on from the very successful inaugural Nippy’s Silver Sands Multisport Festival, the 2015 festival will once again be the premiere multisport festival in South Australia, featuring open water swimming, beach and natural scrub running, and cycling on one of the most picturesque Esplanades in the country.

Barossa Airshow
12 April, Barossa
The biennial Barossa Airshow first took to the skies in 1998 and has grown to become a nationally recognised event. This family fun day is packed with aircraft displays, helicopter rides, an assortment of sideshows, food and of course, a selection of Barossa’s renowned wines.

Barossa Vintage Festival
15-19 April, Barossa
Come along to Australia’s largest and longest running wine festival. The Barossa Vintage Festival blends together the Barossa’s wine, food, people and their stories to create a memorable experience with a program consisting of music, literature, art and of course the region’s renowned local food and wine.

Sunday Mail Bay-City Fun Run
19 April, Adelaide
The Sunday Mail Bay-City Fun Run sees runners from Adelaide and abroad run, walk or wheel their way from Glenelg Beach to the city centre. It is a great day whether you are a competitive runner, wanting to enjoying the sunshine or out fundraising for a charity of your choice. Competitors have the choice of running or walking the 12 kilometres from Colley Terrace at Glenelg to Adelaide or shorter the distance of 4.5 kilometres. . Join the fun!

Kangaroo Island FEASTival
1-8 May, Kangaroo Island
Experience authentic Kangaroo Island during the annual FEASTival. Take time out to encounter the natural bounty of earth and sea whilst celebrating the rich history, spirit and character of Kangaroo Island. Discover all things delicious through degustations, home cooked meals and pop-up events across the Island.

Floatfest 2015
2-3 May, Mannum
Floatfest 2015 is a two day family event held on the River Murray at Mannum. Come and join in the fun as participants attempt to set a world record for the largest number of floating kayaks/canoes. There’s fun for everyone with “Come and try” canoeing, the PS Marion steaming houseboat, stalls, markets, regional stalls and much more.

True Grit
2-3 May, Riverland
Pit yourself against one of the toughest obstacle courses you will ever encounter, with over 30 obstacles the 10-12km course will test your mental resolve and stamina. The layout is based on a military course utilising unique obstacles tailored around the local vegetation and terrain. The event is held in Cadell on the picturesque Murray River approximately 165km from Adelaide.

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend
15-17 May, Clare Valley
The Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend was the first food and wine event of its kind in Australia and celebrates the end of vintage each year with the region’s award-winning wine and food. The experience is further enhanced with live music and the backdrop of stunning Clare Valley.

Kernewek Lowender
18-24 May, Yorke Peninsula
The Kernewek Lowender is the largest Cornish Festival in the Southern Hemisphere and honours the Cornish heritage of the Copper Coast. Join more than 30,000 people at the cultural festival as it pays tribute to those who have passed through the traditional dressing of the graves, street processions, furry and maypole dancing, and art displays. In 2015 the event will be welcoming international Cornish comedian, Kernow King, and all-time favourite Celtic rock-band, The Borderers.

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