SA Stories - August 2014


ibis Adelaide

ibis Adelaide ibis Adelaide's LED staircase

Featuring an LED lit multi-coloured staircase, commissioned street art and the latest Samsung technology in every room, the new ibis Adelaide is the hotel of the future. The $65 million hotel has opened its doors and is the largest ibis hotel in Australia. Its futuristic aesthetics is tied together by commissioned artwork from street graffiti artist Ghostpatrol. The 311-room hotel features a chill out zone, where guests can use the free Wi-Fi or just simply relax. A communal bar overlooks Grenfell St, a restaurant, two boardrooms an indoor/outdoor gym and a guest laundry are just some of the features of this brand new Grenfell St hotel. A bed and breakfast package for two, starts at $122 per night.

Quest King William South

Quest King Williamm South Quest King William South

Adelaide’s newest Quest Serviced Apartments has opened. Located on the southern fringe of the Adelaide CBD, Quest King William South features 105 brand new studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments. Quest already has a strong presence in South Australia and the opening of another Quest property demonstrates the demand Adelaide has for accommodation. The property has conference facilities, a gym and a rooftop barbecue terrace. Specialised Quest services are also included such as pantry shopping, dry cleaning, restaurant charge back, baby-sitting and business administration.


Centennial Park Sculptures

Centennial Park sculpture SALA festival sculpture

Centennial Park will come alive as it plays host to some of the state’s most talented visual artists as they showcase their work throughout August. In a South Australian cemetery first, the sculpture exhibition will be held in Centennial Park’s memorial garden and Jubilee Complex as part of the SALA festival – the world’s largest community arts festival. The memorial garden includes 7200 rose bushes, native plants, 20 fountains, two creeks, an island and nine kilometres of tree-lined avenues including eucalypts, plane trees and Chinese elms. Organisers believe it is the perfect backdrop to the sculpture exhibition, which explores the notion of life as a journey.

Port Pirie Historic Town Tour

Port Pirie smelter The smelter at Port Pirie

Learn about the history of Port Pirie in a tour that showcases unique buildings, key locations and uncovers historical significance. Visitors will learn about Port Pirie's lead smelter and refinery – the largest in the southern hemisphere – and learn about how it shaped the region’s identity. There are some fascinating stories to be told as you experience how the area has changed and what exciting chapters lie ahead. Contact the Port Pirie Regional Tourism & Arts Centre on 1800 000 424.

Personalised tours of Kangaroo Island

Remarkabale Rocks Sunset at Remarkabale Rocks

Kangaroo Island SeaLink has taken the hassle out of holiday and organised all the details for you. Marvel at the natural wonders of Remarkable Rocks and Vivonne Bay, be consumed by local KI cheeses at the Island Pure Sheep Dairy or enjoy the curious colony of sea lions. The four day/three night tours are fully escorted by renowned tour host Shirley Tamm and include all transfers from Adelaide, meals, accommodation and entry fees.


Dan Irvine from The Big Duck Boat Dan Irvine from The Big Duck Boat

Dan Irvine

A love of the ocean and an adventurous spirit compelled this Victor Harbor local to travel the world. Dan Irvine spent 15 years working in the tourism industry in the US, Cairns and Sydney before returning home to Victor Harbor to be closer to family and to set up The Big Duck Boat Tours.
“Living away, it makes you appreciate all the great things we have right here at home,” Dan says. “You get dolphins and whales literally just 100m off the coast which is just spectacular.”

Dan and his wife Katie – also a Victor Harbor local who has a PhD in biology – returned to the Fleurieu to combine their experiences and passion. So in 2010, Big Duck Boat Tours was born.

Dan skippers all the tours aboard a rigid inflatable boat with excursions consisting of 30 minute Seal Island tours, 75 minute wildlife tours and 75 minute whale watching tours. Last year’s bumper whale season saw 25 whales in one day.
“We wanted to do short trips where you still got to see a lot of activity. We liked this particular type of boat because they’re open, and you get the thrill of going fast and feeling the waves, as well as seeing a variety of wildlife up close – it combines a bit of everything.”

The success of the business and the increased demand for tours, Dan says, is fuelled by tourists’ desire for quick trips.
“Our 35 minute cruise is popular with the international market and families from Adelaide because they can get out on the boat and see something within five minutes, rather than sitting on a big chugging boat for hours on end before you see anything.”

Dan says he has noticed a marked increase in international tourists, particularly since the increase of flights from south east Asia.
“We’ve had a lot of great publicity and support from the South Australian Tourism Commission which has resulted in real returns for us. For example 24 of the 28 whale watching passengers on last week were from Malaysia. There really is an interest in Adelaide and the Fleurieu particularly from the international market.”

Despite being out on the ocean sometimes four times a day, Dan says there is always something new.
“Seeing tourists’ faces and the excitement they get from seeing dolphins or whales is just thrilling because you know you’re providing them with an experience they won’t forget. It’s the reason we’re still excited to get out there every day.”


Hentley Farm named best winery in Australia

Prestigious wine writer and critic James Halliday has named Hentley Farm as best winery in Australia at the 2015 Australian Wine Companion Awards. It follows a stellar few years for Hentley Farm which was also voted Best Restaurant of the Year and Best Regional Restaurant in the Advertiser 2013 Food Awards. The boutique winery was founded in the 90s by Keith and Alison Hentschke and released its first vintage in 2002. It is the third year in a row that a South Australian winery has won the title. Past winners were Penfolds in 2014 and Kilikanoon in the Clare Valley in 2013.

100-year-old perfect score

The Seppeltsfield 1914, 100-year-old Para Tawny has been given a perfect rating of 100/100 in the 2015 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion. It is the eighth vintage in a row the Tawny has been awarded perfect honours and the only Australian wine to be awarded the faultless rating. It topped more than 10,000 wines which were reviewed by the wine writer and critic, and was also crowned Fortified Wine of the Year. Seppeltsfield Managing Director, Warren Randall, said the estate had been fortunate to reveal some of its fortified treasures. “Over the last couple of years, we have unveiled some of the estate’s hidden master pieces,” Mr Randall said. “Whilst limitations in quantity will ultimately determine prices and ongoing availability, they should be shared with the world”, he added. The wine is Australia’s most expensive by volume at $1500 for 375ml.

Barossa accolades keep rolling in

Barossa was named Outstanding Region in Australia for new restaurants and wineries at the 2014 ABC Delicious Produce Awards in Sydney last month. The awards, in its ninth year, recognise outstanding produce and artisans from across the country. Awards patron Maggie Beer said every year she is “blown away” by the produce presented for judging. “When you see the quality and variety of ingredients we now have at our fingertips, it’s no surprise that Australia is home to some of the best chefs and restaurants in the world,” she said. Barossa Food Inc chair Michael Wohlstadt said people are taking notice of the Barossa because of the hard work gone into helping build its brand. “Investment by the Barossa’s lead industry organisations, particularly on the style and direction of the internationally successful Be Consumed campaign was a key factor,” Mr Wohlstadt said. “Emphasis given to flavours and capturing the essence of food, wine and the Barossa experience has provided a beacon for existing and new operators.”

China delegation

The South Australian Tourism Commission is looking to send a delegation of South Australian tourism operators to the key markets of China and Hong Kong in October. In order to establish and strengthen travel trade, the trip provides an opportunity to give operators a better understanding of the Chinese market. Potential participants should consider how their products are aligned to the Chinese market. A prospectus is available by emailing Michael Seeliger, Senior Manager Eastern Hemisphere. Applications close August 22.

Explore more of SA on the Ghan

Guests on the Ghan journey from Darwin to Adelaide will get a chance to explore more of SA following the announcement of a new stop in Coober Pedy. From 2015, visitors will have a full day to explore the underground wonders of Coober Pedy – the opal mining capital of the world.
The 2015/16 schedule will also introduce the option to take part in an exclusive tour of the Barossa Valley on the Sydney-Perth Indian Pacific journey as well as an off-board dining experience in Adelaide.

Southern Flinders Ranges re-brand

The Southern Flinders Ranges has a new brand and logo. ‘Naturally Unexpected’ was launched last month and will feature on the new website, newsletters and all other communication. Southern Flinders tourism businesses are encouraged to use the new logo on all marketing activities including Facebook, email signatures, websites, brochures and signage. A copy of the branding manual is available by emailing Carly Archer.

Social Media Tourism Symposium

The Barossa hosted the 2014 Social Media Tourism Symposium last month, with more than 130 national and international delegates descending on Chateau Tanunda. Following a fierce social media campaign earlier this year, the Barossa won the right to host the world's premier social media conference after it pipped Geelong to the post. The conference, which included presentations from brand and social media experts, received extensive media and social media coverage. It was the number one trending item on Twitter for both conference days.

Fleurieu Arts & Culture Guide

More than 90 artists, studios and galleries in the Fleurieu have come together to produce the Fleurieu Arts & Culture Guide to help celebrate and promote the art culture in the region. The brochure will be launched on Thursday August 28. For more information please contact Miranda Lang.

Arkaba Homestead opens up bookings

Couples, singles and small groups can also now stay at the historic Arkaba Homestead with visitors now able to book individual rooms. Previously, guests were required to book all five rooms to maintain its exclusivity policy. The decision to open up the homestead, which dates back to 1851, will allow more travellers to experience the unique outback experience set against the backdrop of the spectacular Elder Range. “Arkaba offers an unforgettable, exclusive and authentic Australian outback experience, which we want more and more travellers to enjoy,” said Wildbush Luxury CEO, Charles Carlow. The iconic property features five rooms, a welcoming library with deep leather armchairs, a large stone fireplace, a private open terrace and breathtaking views.

Adelaide Fringe Briefing Session – The Barossa

Representatives from the Adelaide Fringe will head to the Barossa this month as planning begins for next year’s Fringe Festival. The Barossa hosted more than 30 events during this year’s Fringe and they are looking to replicate its success again next year. Artists or venues interested in taking part are invited to attend a briefing session on Thursday, August 14 at 4.30pm at the Barossa Valley Brewing, Murray St, Tanunda.


Be Consumed: Creative Collaborations from the Barossa

Be Consumed: Creative Collaborations from the Barossa mono design at Jam Factory

Fresh produce, generations of wine and artistic flair all play intrinsic roles in what makes up the Barossa. Designers and artists from the JamFactory have collaborated with producers from the Barossa in a project designed to showcase the rich tapestry of the region. Collaborators working on ‘Be Consumed’ include artists such as Andrew Baldwin, Honor Freeman, Susan Frost, and Jon Goulder, as well as Barossa producers such as Hutton Vale, Appellation at the Louise, Artisans of Barossa and Maggie Beer. The exhibition is on at JamFactory at Seppeltsfield until September 17.

A Brush with Art

A Brush with Art Festival A painting of the Flinders Ranges

The Flinders Ranges’ premier art festival, ‘A Brush with Art’, is on again this September, with more than 16 exhibitions across the region. The festival, now in its tenth year, will feature a range of work including oil paintings, watercolour, woodwork, sculpture and photography. Group and solo exhibitions will take place in locations all over the Flinders Ranges, with artwork also available for purchase. The Flinders Ranges has long inspired artists, filmmakers and musicians travelling through the region with the festival a perfect way to showcase the area’s natural beauty. Brush with Art runs from September 6 – October 6.

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Royal Adelaide Show
Bay to Birdwood

South Australian Living Artists Festival
August 1-24, state wide
The SALA Festival is the largest visual arts festival in Australia. Its extensive program features more than 3000 artists and 500 venues that celebrate and showcase the diverse talents of South Australian artists.

Langhorne Creek Cellar Treasures Weekend
August 9-10, Fleurieu Peninsula
Discover back vintages and museum wines of Langhorne Creek wine producers at charming cellar doors around the region.

Barossa: Be Consumed Gourmet Weekend
August 15-17, Barossa
The Barossa is one of the world’s great gastronomic playgrounds, renowned for its wine, fresh produce and beautiful landscapes. Gourmet Weekend is a three day celebration of the region’s food and wine culture.

Strathalbyn Collectors, Hobbies and Antiques Fair
August 16-17, Fleurieu Peninsula
This annual event is among Australia’s best antique and collectors fairs. It involves sales, displays and collections across a number of venues with the inclusion of antique appraisals, live entertainment and shuttle buses to all venues.

OzAsia Festival
September 3-20, Adelaide
OzAsia is a two-week festival that presents a range of performances, events and exhibitions to celebrate the artistic and cultural ties between Australia and Asia.

6/18 Hours of Melrose
September 5-6, Flinders Ranges and Outback
This bike racing event runs for 18 hours, starting at midnight on Friday and finishing at 6pm on Saturday. The race runs throughout the night as teams compete along 10km loops through the town of Melrose.

Royal Adelaide Show
September 5-14, Adelaide
The Royal Adelaide Show is an action-packed event for the whole family to enjoy. It boasts carnival rides, attractions, handicraft, produce, cookery, livestock, animal shows, show bags and more.

Willunga 175 – Hit the Hill
September 7, Fleurieu Peninsula
Events are being held throughout the year to celebrate the 175th anniversary of its settlement. This event features a bike climb up the impressive Willunga Hill.

Sunday Mail City – Bay Fun Run
September 21, Adelaide
The City to Bay Fun Run is a popular annual fun run that sees participants covering the distance from Adelaide to the beachside suburb of Glenelg. The run has different distance levels to encourage everyone to get involved.

Stirling Laneways – Spring
September 28, Adelaide Hills
Enjoy food, wine, fashion and street performances in a village style market. The event is held in the laneways and open spaces off of Stirling’s picturesque main street, just twenty minutes drive from the Adelaide CBD.

Bay to Birdwood
September 28, Adelaide and Adelaide Hills
On the last Sunday in September car enthusiasts come together to travel from the beach to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. In 2014 all vehicles manufactured until December 1955 are eligible to enter. Share the fun and relive memories of yesteryear.

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