SA Stories - August 2012
NEW ACCOMMODATION AND TOURS
Goin’ Off Safaris Flying Outback Pub Crawl
Goin’ Off Safaris has launched a new outback safari with a bit of a twist. The Flying Outback Pub Crawl is a chance to see some fantastic parts of South Australia, while enjoying a few cold beers and some hearty meals along the way. Guests will see and visit some of the most remote outback areas of South Australia and meet true blue local Aussies at their local watering holes, while soaking up the unique history and character of this stunning landscape. Stops in the fun, jam-packed three-day itinerary include the Flinders Ranges, Marree, Innamincka, Coongie Lakes, Birdsville, Goyder’s Lagoon, Lake Eyre, William Creek and Glendambo. So far, five departure dates for the new tour have been announced. Check the Goin’ Off Safaris website for more details.
CBD Hostel and Backpackers
CBD Hostel and Backpackers is located in the heart of Adelaide and is owned and operated by an experienced traveller so guests can be secure they’re in safe hands and have access to all the local knowledge they’ll need. A variety of comfortable, modern rooms are available, from four-bed same sex dorms to private rooms, all with ensuite, Wi-Fi and a light continental breakfast included in the rate. The hostel is located within easy walking distance of transport and shops, and it offers discounts in association with partners including Thrifty Car Rental, Wilson Parking, a range of restaurants and Adelaide takeaways.
Heading Bush Outback Adventures’ Southern Yorke Tour
This is the three-day tour that has it all. Guests will meet local Aboriginal elders and be introduced to their culture, swim in clear lagoons, try surfing and fishing, enjoy the world’s best seafood and even visit a winery. Southern Yorke Peninsula is South Australia’s coastal wilderness playground, with foot-print-free, sandy beaches visitors can make their own. The region’s Innes National Park and surrounding area has some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world, plus an abundance of Australian native wildlife. This tour is a small group eco-tour with a maximum of 16 passengers travelling in a comfortable off road vehicle.
The Cottage at Ramco
This turn-of-the-century cottage has been beautifully restored and updated to create an atmosphere for guests that feels something like home – only better. Set just half a kilometre from the majestic Murray River, it’s the perfect holiday spot for fishermen, boaties or city-dwellers who just want to get away and relax. The cottage has two bedrooms, every mod-con you could think of, plus an outdoor entertainment area and campfire area in your very own private courtyard.
Tickle Belly Hill
Gulf Getaways, a local family business servicing the Spencer Gulf and Flinders Ranges, now has a very special function venue available for groups looking for an event that can include anything from cultural experiences and informative geological talks to bush barbecues with local foods and entertainment. Tickle Belly Hill is a purpose built function centre situated in the picturesque and secluded Pichi Richi Pass between Port Augusta and Quorn.
NEW FOOD, WINE AND LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS
Kangaroo Island Farm Gate and Cellar Door Trail
Visitors to Kangaroo Island can now explore a new trail featuring the finest in local food and wine. The Kangaroo Island Farm Gate and Cellar Door Trail lists a range of producers, cellar doors and events, allowing visitors to this iconic South Australian destination to easily find and sample its best fare, plus call in at its welcoming cellar doors. The trail brochure, which is available in hard-copy and online, includes three suggested itineraries developed for visitors with varying amounts of time on the island, each featuring a mix of art, scenery and natural delights. Kangaroo Island is renowned for products such as free-range eggs, olive oil, native berry jams, seafood, regional yoghurts and cheeses, honey, breads and biscuits. The island’s 200 hectares of vines are tended by 30 growers, who together produce wine for 18 labels. Ciders and spirits are also made locally.
By Blackbird is Adelaide’s newest coffee and dessert cafe, and lists the secret ingredients of its pastries as love and passion. Located in Goodwood, at 100 King William Road, the inspiration behind the restaurant’s name comes from a Beatles’ song. Meanwhile,the brains behind the divine desserts belong to Chakey, an experienced pastry chef who has known since she was a child that her road in life would eventually lead to making all things freshly baked. As well as a range of croissants, tea cakes quiches and crepes, By Blackbird’s menu currently includes such delights as Winter Warmer (70 per cent Belgian dark chocolate with rum tart) and Rum Baba (brioche soaked in rum filled with cream and dried fruits, also soaked in rum). Foodies can wash it all down with a mouth-watering range of coffees, hot chocolates and French Mariages Frères teas.
AAH Port Lincoln Seafood Lovers’ Weekend
Shucking an oyster
Lovers of gourmet seafood have the chance to join exciting new journeys to the Eyre Peninsula – Australia’s seafood frontier. Australian Air Holidays will offer two three-day weekend escapes in November, with visitors to travel on board private charter 46-passenger aircraft. Guests will spend two nights at the award-winning Port Lincoln Hotel and enjoy fresh seafood at eateries including The Oysterbeds, Sarins Restaurant and Boston Bay Winery. The action-packed weekend also features a Pure Coffin Bay Oysters tour and the opportunity to swim with and hand-feed tuna. Plus, as part of the three-day trip guests will take part in a two-hour masterclass with renowned Port Lincoln chefs.
Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre will be showcasing the best of the region at the 2012 NAB Barossa Gourmet Weekend, August 18-19. Off the back of her recent Telstra Road to Discovery Songwriter win, local songstress Kelly Menhennett will entertain the Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre crowd over the weekend with her gritty-edged blues to rootsy, melodic folk and smoky, sultry jazz. Although away on the road a lot, Kelly is passionate about the place she calls home: “The Barossa oozes charm and character which hits you fair in the face (in a good way) as soon as you drive into the area. I am a big foodie and wine lover so constantly wear a grin when I visit - I love the farmer's market, Maggie's Farm, the charming towns and cellar door such as the Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre.... and best of all its only a short drive from the city!” Kelly says her songs are inspired by her life experience and “my surrounds here in SA or from my travels” and, although she’s pretty experienced as a performer now, she still suffers “a few butterflies” before she goes on stage. It’s worth it though: “As soon as I hit those guitar strings and break out into song I'm in my element. I love the connection, interaction and gratification I have as a performer,” she says. While she doesn’t get much time off from her musical career, she has a lot of favourite South Australian holiday destinations. "Lazing on our beautiful beaches, camping on the banks of the Murray or in the Flinders Ranges or escaping to a B&B in one of our stunning wine regions are my favourite things to do... sorry I really can't pick one!”
SALA Festival 3 – 26 August, Statewide
South Australia Living Artists Festival is Australia’s largest visual arts festival. It offers an immense program of visual arts around the state involving more than 3,000 artists and 500 venues. Don’t miss your chance to view and purchase some of SA’s brilliant artwork.
Strathalbyn Bands Festival 5 – 12 August, Fleurieu Peninsula
The Strathalbyn Bands Festival is an annual two day celebration of community bands in South Australia.
Adelaide International Guitar Festival 9 – 12 August, Adelaide
Come see this intensive four day festival celebrating the world's most popular instrument, the guitar.
Langhorne Creek Cellar Treasures Weekend 11 – 12 August, Fleurieu Peninsula
Take this rare opportunity to discover back vintages and museum wines of Langhorne Creek wine producers at charming cellar doors including Bremerton Wines, Bleasedale Wines, Cleggett Wines,
Lake Breeze Wines, Rusticana and Angas Plains Wines.
NAB Barossa Gourmet Weekend 18 – 19 August, Barossa
The leading winery cellar doors of the region pull out all the stops to showcase Barossa hospitality, a range of outstanding wines matched with delicious food and musical entertainment.
Supaloc Targa Adelaide 22 – 26 August, Adelaide & Regions
Join the excitement and get behind South Australia’s newest motor sport event. This classic’s only car rally will hit the streets of South Australia, forming part of the Australian Targa Championship.
Strathalbyn Collectors, Hobbies and Antiques Fair 18 – 19 August, Fleurieu Peninsula
Some would say Australia’s best antique and collectors fair.
Departure 24 August, Adelaide
Enjoy exclusive after-hours access, curator talks, food and wine, as you’re entertained by street performers, nail-biting acrobatics and the sounds of Adelaide’s hottest DJ’s.
Royal Adelaide Show 7 – 15 September, AdelaideCarnival rides, attractions, handicraft, produce, cookery, livestock, animal shows, show bags and more!
OzAsia Festival 14 – 30 September, Adelaide
Celebrating the artistic and cultural ties between Australia and Asia.
Toop and Toop Rock n Roll Festival 15 – 16 September, Fleurieu Peninsula
Pull out the blue suede shoes and dust off you dancing jacket. Victor Harbor is set to rock to the sounds of the Toop & Toop Rock n Roll Festival 2012. With two stages, two large dance floors and heaps of vehicles on display.
Sunday Mail City to Bay Fun Run 16 September, Adelaide
Celebrating its 40th year anniversary in 2012, the City to Bay Fun Run is a popular, annual fun run from Adelaide to the beachside suburb of Glenelg.
Xavier Rudd at Mt Gambier Gaol 21 September, Mt Gambier
Xavier Rudd’s only South Australian regional show will be held in the atmospheric Mt Gambier Gaol.
Australian University Games 23 – 28 September, Adelaide
South Australia will experience an influx of more than 5,000 students from Australian universities and tertiary institutions, to compete across more than 30 sports.
Australian Inline Hockey Championships 28 September – 6 October, Adelaide
Come and watch this sporting phenomenon which is reputedly the fastest growing team sport.
Kangaroo Island Art Feast 28 September – 7 October, Kangaroo Island
An annual celebration of the Island’s art, food and wine, held at venues island-wide.
Bay to Birdwood 30 September, Adelaide and Adelaide Hills
This year is the Classic Rally, where you can watch gorgeous classic vehicles manufactured between 1956 and 1977 travel from the beach to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood.
Goolwa Alive 30 September, Fleurieu Peninsula
Each year the Goolwa Traders close the main street in Historic Goolwa for a street festival showcasing local produce and businesses.
Beltana Centenary Celebrations 6 – 7 October, Flinders and Outback
Beltana will hold special celebrations to mark the centenary of the formation of the Australian Inland Mission.
Copper Cove Marina Festival 6 – 7 October, Yorke Peninsula
Experience the local seafood, wine, boating, fishing and coastal lifestyle.
Redheads Gourmet BBQ Festival 6 – 7 October, Adelaide
A unique celebration that combines that latest international food trends with an iconic Australian tradition.
2012 FINA World Junior Diving Championships 8 – 13 October, Adelaide
Over 10 days, thousands of spectators will witness more than 200 of the world’s best young divers, representing more than 40 countries. Held at the State Aquatics Centre at Marion.
Jamestown Fly-In and Air Spectacular 13 – 14 October, Flinders and Outback
A Fly-In and Air Spectacular held at the Jamestown Air Strip in northern South Australia.
Holden Netball Test Series 14 October, Adelaide
Come and see the International Quad-series where Australia will take on England and New Zealand will take on South Africa in one day.
Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations 19 – 21 October, Limestone Coast
The Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations is an annual four day event held in October which showcases and celebrates Coonawarra’s Flagship wine – Cabernet Sauvignon.
Riverland Wine and Food Festival 18 – 21 October, Riverland
The Riverland Wine and Food Festival is held on the third Saturday in October every year and is the single biggest platform for local wine and food producers to showcase their product.
Departure 19 October, Adelaide
Enjoy exclusive after-hours access, curator talks, food and wine, as you’re entertained by street performers, nail-biting acrobatics and the sounds of Adelaide’s hottest DJ’s.
Adelaide Fashion Festival 19 – 27 October, Adelaide
South Australia’s largest festival supporting the local fashion industry and local fashion businesses.
Renmark Rose Festival 19 – 28 October, Riverland
Rose and garden lovers will thoroughly enjoy a visit to Renmark in October for their annual Rose Festival. The festival is full of activities, displays and demonstrations that will enthuse and delight those who appreciate nature's beauty.
Fleurieu Folk Festival 26 – 28 October, Fleurieu Peninsula
Set in the beautiful historic town of Willunga on South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula, alongside the McLaren Vale wine growing district, the festival presents a weekend of music concerts and sessions, dance, workshops, poetry, special youth program, children's entertainment and stalls.
SA wins at Food Awards
South Australian producers were well represented at the delicious. Produce Awards 2012. Joe Grilli, of McLaren Vale’s Primo Estate, took home the Maggie Beer Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Food. Meanwhile, Barossa’s SchuAm Berkshire Pork was named Producer of the Year as well as the winner of the From the Paddock category. South Australia was represented in the From the Sea category by Cleanseas Aquaculture and Kinkawooka Shellfish, who were both named Primary Medallists. Woodside Cheese Wrights was an Artisan Medallist in the From the Dairy category for its Woodside Monet cheese, while Saskia Beer’s Barossa Farm Produce was a Primary Medallist in the From the Paddock category for her Barossa Chickens. Mayura Station’s Wagyu Beef joined Saskia Beer as a From the Paddock Primary Medallist. Rustico also won an Artisan Medal in the From the Earth category for its Pane di segale.
James Halliday Names Clare Valley Winery Best of the Year
The James Halliday Australian Wine Companion has awarded Kilikaloon Winery its coveted five stars, and named it 2013 Winery of the Year. According to the guide, Kilikanoon has travelled in the fast lane since its establishment in 1997 ... yet this year it surpassed its prior history with 12 of its wines receiving 94 points or above.
The Highway named SA’s Best Hotel
The Highway Hotel at Plympton has taken out the industry’s highest accolade at the Australian Hotels Association SA’s Hotel Industry Awards for Excellence 2012. The Highway, owned by the Palmer Hotel Group, was crowned in the categories of: Best Bar Presentation & Service – Metropolitan; Best Outdoor or non-enclosed Facility; and Best Marketed Hotel – General Division. Four other hotels were recognized with multiple honours at the awards: the Sebel Playford Adelaide, Lion Hotel, Stirling Hotel and Port Lincoln Hotel. All winners from the AHA SA Awards will now go on to compete in the National AHA Awards held in Tasmania on 5 September.
Southern Ocean Lodge Among World’s Best
Readers of the prestigious US Travel + Leisure magazine have voted Southern Ocean Lodge the third best hotel in the world, with a score of 97.87 out of 100. The magazine calls the lodge Australia’s “wilderness luxury retreat”, and raves about the way in which the resort’s planning, design and sustainability policy underscore the owners’ appreciation of the Kangaroo Island’s natural beauty.
New Accor Hotel for Adelaide
Accor will launch its pioneering economy hotel brand, Ibis, in Adelaide, following the signing of an agreement with hotel developer and investor, Hines Property, which will develop a new hotel in the heart of the Adelaide CBD. The $65 million, 17-level hotel development, which received planning approval in March this year, will be located in a prime location on Grenfell Street. Construction is planned to commence later this year with a scheduled opening early in 2014. With 307 guest rooms, Ibis Adelaide will be the largest Ibis Hotel in Australia.
Source Website Online
The new website for The Kangaroo Island Source is now live. Check it out for up and coming events and functions, menus and prices lists. Kangaroo Island Source specialises in gourmet food production and catering, but offers much more, including cooking classes.
Pageant Royalty Revealed
This year’s Credit Union Christmas Pageant Queen and King have been announced. Twnety-six-year-old Rabiah Salah from Police Credit Union was crowned Pageant Queen and 29-year-old Matt Jenkins for Community CPS Australia was crowned Pageant King for 2012. The winners of the credit unions’ Young Pageant Time competition have also been crowned: Junior Princess Isabelle Despoja, 10, was crowned for her ballet dancing skills and Junior Prince Riley Zubrinich, five, was crowned for his amazing puppet show. Junior Princess Isabella and Junior Prince Riley will join this year’s Royals on the Royal float on Pageant Day, November 10, as the Pageant celebrates 80 years.
Luxury Photographic Retreat
There is still time for photography lovers to book a luxury photographic retreat with Lonely Planet's Richard I'Anson. Arkaba Station is hosting the five day retreat from 20-24 September, 2012. The experience will combine an exclusive wilderness experience with exceptional food, supremely comfortable camping and classic homestead hospitality and a remote and beautiful location to fully capture the Flinders Ranges.
Penfolds: Only the Best
Penfolds has produced an exceptional artwork and wine in one product – with an expected $168,000 price tag. To celebrate the provenance of the 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon Penfoldsis breaking new ground by releasing a limited edition glass ampoule, containing the rare wine in a truly distinctive format - essentially a hand-blown glass ampoule that provides an ideal wine environment and a bespoke glass plumb-bob that suspends the ampoule within a wooden Jarrah cabinet. With only twelve handmade vessels in existence, the Penfolds Ampoule is testament to the respect that Penfolds has not only for fine wine, but for its South Australian heritage and the skills of the region’s finest artists and craftsmen, who have crafted a beautiful, thoughtful, unique objet d’art, designed to store wine in an ideal environment.
Learn about Glenelg Online
The beautiful, bustling beachside suburb of Glenelg is one of Adelaide’s favourite tourist attractions. Its local council, the City of Holdfast Bay, has launched a new website offering an exciting new section dedicated to visitors, providing information about experiences in Glenelg and surrounds, titled ‘DISCOVER’. The site includes a ‘Hidden Treasures’ section, brochure ebooks and downloads, fun cinemagraphs, maps and much more.
1) There’s a reason South Australia producers did so well at the delicious. Produce Awards 2012. Taste why for yourself at a plethora of tasty regional farmers’ markets.
2) The weather is still chilly, but it’s never too early to start thinking about summer. Why not get a head start with a day of pampering at one of South Australia’s many excellent day spas?
3) It might be cold outside, but it’s cosy indoors, and there are a heap of food and wine events happening around South Australia this winter to warm you from the inside.
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