SA Stories - August 2013
Adelaide to host cricket blockbuster
Adelaide will host the biggest game in limited overs cricket as part of its schedule of warm-up matches, three pool games and a quarter final for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. The draw, announced on July 30, has India playing its opening match in the tournament in Adelaide against their traditional rivals Pakistan on Sunday, February 15, 2015. The last time these two sides played against each other during the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June, the game drew an estimated international viewing audience of one billion people. Tickets to the match were sold out in under three hours. The schedule also guarantees that Adelaide will host a quarter final of the tournament featuring Australia, should they make the knockout stage. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be held from February 14 – March 28, 2015. Adelaide a big winner
New budget airline comes to SA
Air Asia X
AirAsia X will join South Australia’s airline market as the only low-cost, long-haul carrier after announcing a direct Kuala Lumpur to Adelaide route to start in October this year. The airline’s arrival is an important boost for the state’s tourism industry, connecting Adelaide to about 80 cities and 20 countries across Asia, making it an affordable destination for Asian holidaymakers. The introduction of AirAsia X means South Australia will exceed its 2020 target for international airline seats into Adelaide. The state will welcome more than 12,200 international airlines seats each week, well above the 11,500 target. The first flight will arrive in Adelaide from Kuala Lumpur on October 31. SA opens up to booming Asian tourist market
International TV rights to screen TDU secured
Santos Tour Down Under
Images showcasing South Australia will be broadcast to thousands of cycling fans around the world over the next three years. Tourism Minister Leon Bignell has announced a new, three-year agreement with Amaury Sports Organisation for the Santos Tour Down Under international TV distribution rights. Amaury distributes TV coverage for the Tour de France and has held TDU rights for the past two years. It means international broadcasts of the Santos Tour Down Under will showcase the state’s beaches, wine regions and towns to television and radio audiences around the world. The 2013 event was broadcast on TV networks in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Canada, France, Japan, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, South America, UK and the USA. The next Santos Tour Down Under will be held in Adelaide and regional South Australia from January 19 – 26, 2014. Deal done for 2014
Barossa brings back classical music
Barossa Chateau is bringing the sound of music to this year’s Barossa Gourmet Weekend with a series of classical concerts. Set amongst the arts and antiques in the grand ballroom, the delightful tunes of Australia’s finest violinist, Niki Vasilakis, and pianist, Caroline Almonte, will be a highlight of this weekend event. The classics series is the collaboration between Barossa Chateau operators Mark and Mandy Creed and renowned curator Niki Vasilakis. The concerts have been designed to deliver a unique Barossa experience, uniting mouth-watering food, luscious wines and delightful music to captivate the senses. This weekend of indulgence is a wonderful antidote to a cold winter.
New additions to the Word Adelaide line-up
Seventies superstar Leo Sayer and Taasha Coates from The Audreys are the latest additions to South Australia’s new festival, Word Adelaide. Words Without Music brings leading international songwriters together to chat about how and why they selected the words to the music you know and love. Join Leo, Taasha, Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet) and Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd, Robert Palmer, Icehouse) for a backstage conversation into how lyrics work and the stories behind them. Words Without Music will be held at Her Majesty’s Theatre on Sunday, August 18. Word Adelaide – a festival exploring the power of words – will also feature Matt Lucas (Little Britain) in his only Australian appearance, alongside comedian Kitty Flanagan and Professor Roly Sussex. Word Adelaide will be held at various venues across Adelaide from August 15-18. For more information or to buy tickets visit the Word Adelaide website.
South Australia’s regions spring to life with festivals and events
South Australia will come alive over the coming months with a range of festivals and events. Tourism Minister Leon Bignell recently announced the successful applicants of the 2013/14 Regional Events and Festival Program. Grants been awarded to 24 events and go towards promotion, media and marketing activities to help ensure the events are successful. Each region has something special to offer South Australians and interstate visitors, with events and festivals a great way to celebrate the state’s art, food, wine and culture. Find the full list of successful applicants here.
New gangway project to assist the booming cruise ship industry
More tourists will start and finish their cruises in Adelaide and spend more time in the city, with the construction of a second gangway at the Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal at Outer Harbor. The South Australian Tourism Commission has provided $170,000 for the construction of the new gangway to cater for the state’s booming cruise ship industry. It will give large ships better capacity to use Outer Harbor as their ‘home port’, allowing them to run cruises to and from Adelaide and disembark more passengers more quickly. The new gangway means the P&O Pacific Pearl and Pacific Jewel will be able to use Adelaide as their home port from 2014, offering visits to the regional ports of Robe, Port Lincoln and Kangaroo Island. It will be the first time large ships – those with capacity to carry more than 1000 people – have used Adelaide to home port. The development will be finished just in time for the 2013/2014 cruise ship season. For more information on South Australian Cruises please click here.
Top travel agents to explore SA
South Australia will be on show to up to 150 travel agents when the state hosts the 2013 Global Achievers Gala Awards in September. Co-sponsored by the South Australian Tourism Commission, Qantas Holidays and Viva! Holidays, the Global Achievers program will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. The awards recognise the top-selling travel agents for Qantas Holidays, Viva! Holidays and their associated brands. Travel agents will experience some of the best tourism experiences South Australia has to offer, with trips to the Kangaroo Island, Clare Valley, Flinders Ranges, Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula, Port Lincoln and the Eyre Peninsula before and after the awards night. The awards will be held in Adelaide on September 13-15.
NEW ACCOMMODATION AND TOURS
This stunning addition to the McLaren Vale accommodation offering is a window to the visual magnificence of the region. The McLaren Eye, once a beautiful 1899 cottage has been restored into a stunning architecturally designed beauty that captures panoramic views from its perch on a hill in Kangarilla. Located 13km from the town of McLaren Vale this is a retreat in seclusion adding to its standing of the best views on the Fleurieu. Set in a renowned South Australian food and wine region there will be many activities to indulge in whilst basking in this luxurious retreat. Add McLaren Eye to your journey to experience the essence of this wildly fascinating region.
William Hunt’s Retreat
William Hunt’s Retreat
William Hunt’s Retreat lies in the heritage listed town of Mintaro. This luxury accommodation listing was once a stone barn for carpenter William Hunt but its transformation has seen it blossom into two self-contained dwellings, combining modern flavours with the charm of the original building. This retreat is provides a stunning weekend getaway with an atmosphere of romance and rustic appeal echoing throughout the location. Mintaro is a well-preserved mid-nineteenth century village with little development to ensure its early-Victorian character remains. William Hunt’s Retreat is the perfect base from which to explore this rare South Australian town of Mintaro and its surroundings.
NEW FOOD, WINE AND LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS
United Latino Cocina
United Latino Cocina
To ensure your Latin and Mexican cravings are attended to United Latino Cocina opened its doors mid-June in the city. United Latino Cocina is the new project for the chef of the beloved Lucky Lupitas. This Latin-Mexican treat features a breakfast and lunch menu to spoil those tastebuds by combining traditional and modern favourites into the menu. United Latino Cocina is at Shop G20 77 Rundle Mall, Adelaide.
In early July Norwood welcomed its newest addition to its burger culture, Nordburger. With a team headed by former MasterChef contestant, Michael Weldon, this delightful burger bar caters for all your dietary desires. Serving up a range of gourmet American favourites on silver platters, there is something for everyone at this new diner. Enjoy a classic crisp-bottomed beef burger, seven-inch wiener, specialty pretzel shakes or crinkle cut chipotle chips. Nordburger is at 168 The Parade, Norwood.
When a fourth-generation farmer born and bred on the Eyre Peninsula decided to make a career change, becoming a tour operator was the logical decision. David Doudle, who has more than 30 years of knowledge and experience exploring the local area, started Goin Off Safaris as a hobby in 2006. He hung up his farming boots a month ago to dedicate all his time to showcasing the Eyre Peninsula. “It’s the best place in the world and I know it like the back of my hand,” David says. “There is so much to do, see and explore on the Eyre Peninsula – everyone should be coming here.”
David – better known to his friends as “Lunch” but don’t bother asking how he got the nickname until you book one of his tours – customises his tours to suit people’s budgets, time and interests. Visitors not only get to witness the Eyre Peninsula’s stunning landscapes, they also get to experience many of the activities David and his family grew up doing – from fishing, diving and sand boarding to catching and cooking their own seafood. Goin Off Safaris is also introducing two new one-day tours from Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay for those short on time.
“It’s the raw, rugged and untouched landscapes that make it special,” the former grain farmer says. “It’s all about the local people, the best seafood in the world and the most beautiful beaches. There’s so many world-class activities people should try – shark cage diving, swimming with dolphins and sealions or fishing – there is something for everyone.”
With three decades in the hotel industry under his belt, no one knows South Australia better than Ric Angelett. As Crowne Plaza Adelaide’s guest experience manager, no request handed to him is too big or too small. His uncanny ability to track down requests is a testament to his passion for guests’ satisfaction. The personal connection he enjoys with guests has helped him earn several awards, including SA Tourism Employee of the Year in 1996, SA Great Performer of the Year in 1990 and even the keys to the city, presented by the Lord Mayor of Adelaide in the same year. His Crowne Plaza colleagues describe him as a proud South Australian ambassador who shares the state’s secret with every guest he encounters.
SALA Festival, 2 – 25 August, Statewide
The South Australian Living Artists Festival is one of Australia’s largest visual arts festivals. It features an immense program of visual arts around the state, with more than 3000 artists and 500 venues. Don’t miss your chance to view and purchase some of SA’s brilliant artwork.
Word Adelaide, 15-18 August, Adelaide
Adelaide’s newest festival explores the power of words. The event includes a series of free and ticketed events, including panel discussions with well-known comedians, a freestyle MC competition and Words Without Music, where musicians discuss the lyrics to their world-famous songs.
Targa Adelaide, 21 -25 August, Adelaide & Regions
The first round of the Australian Targa Championship kicks off in Adelaide, with a thrilling and genuine motorsport competition. Join the excitement as drivers get behind the wheels of their sports cars and GTs and tackle some of South Australia’s most challenging roads.
XPD Adventure Race, 2-14 September, Flinders Ranges & Outback
The XPD Adventure Race is part of the Adventure Racing World Series, an international circuit of 10 high-profile races. Competitors will trek, mountain bike, kayak and complete roping sessions across a spectacular 700-km Flinders Ranges course.
Flinders Ranges – A Brush with Art, 7 September – 7 October, Flinders Ranges & Outback
This colourful event is a spectacular art showcase featuring 15 exhibitions spanning more than 1000km. Visit the Flinders to meet the talent behind the art and the stunning scenery which inspired them.
2013 Netball Test Match, 4 October, Adelaide
Watch Australia compete against New Zealand at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in a game sure to be a thriller.
Fleurieu Art Prize, 25 October – 25 November, Fleurieu Peninsula
Enjoy a unique blend of art, culture, food, wine and landscapes. The Fleurieu Art Prize is among the world’s richest landscape painting competitions, with a main prize of $60,000.
Camel trekking through South Australia is an absolute must when planning your dream adventure holiday. Camels are the perfect travelling companion for any outback escape, giving you the chance to explore the country and visit places rarely seen by others. Several South Australian tour operators take camel treks through the Riverland, Flinders Ranges, Great Victoria Desert and the Oodnadatta Track. Leisurely travel through the state’s stunning landscapes, discovering local birds, plants, signs of ancient life and remnants of the past. Truly get to know the state on a camel’s back.
Farmers markets are popping up across the state, giving everyone the chance to take gourmet produce home with them. The Wayville Showgrounds transform into the Adelaide Farmers Market every Sunday morning, offering the best in fresh local produce. Just outside the city, visit the Adelaide Hills Farmers Market at Mount Barker. Less than an hour’s drive from Adelaide you can stop at Hahndorf for some German fare, pick strawberries or collect premium jams from Beerenberg Farm. If you are heading to the Barossa for the weekend, be sure to check out the Barossa Farmers Market at Angaston to discover the real stories behind the region’s traditional delicacies.
South Australia’s environment is one of the most diverse and specialised on earth and one of the best ways to discover its delicacy is on foot. Lace up those boots and take to one of the state’s many walking trails. Whether you enjoy bushwalking independently or as part of a tour, let your feet take you on an adventure through the South Australian wilderness. Hike along the Heysen Trail or push yourself to the highest peak in the Flinders Ranges. Whichever route you choose, South Australia has a bushwalking experience for everyone.
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