SA Stories - August 2015
Great Walks of Australia
Two new South Australian walking itineraries have been developed by Great Walks of Australia, featuring the Arkaba Walk in the Flinders Ranges. The 10 day ‘Delights of SA’ or 7 day ‘SA’s Capital, Outback and Wine’ itineraries feature Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Clare, Barossa, and the Flinders Ranges. Just one element of the larger itineraries, the Arkaba Walk is an inspiring journey and a quintessential Australian walk. Paired with touring the sights of Adelaide and surrounding regions, these itineraries will transform a memorable walking holiday into an unforgettable experience.
Australian Air Holidays
Australian Air Holidays has unveiled a new flight-seeing tour, where passengers visit iconic areas of Australia on board a private plane. The eight-day ‘2016 Icons of Australia’ tour departs Melbourne and visits the Twelve Apostles, Kangaroo Island, Coober Pedy, Uluru, Alice Springs, Birdsville, Longreach, Airlie Beach and finishes in Cairns. Whilst in Kangaroo Island participants visit the incredible natural wonders of the island, before flying to Coober Pedy, where guests will explore the unique opal capital of the world. The tour includes all accommodation and meals and is a must for anyone wanting to experience true Australia.
Adventure Rooms Adelaide
Adelaide Adventure Rooms
Located in Adelaide’s Rundle Mall, Adventure Rooms Adelaide is the escape room experience that challenges you to work efficiently and effectively as a team. Originally the creation of a physics master in Switzerland, Adventure Rooms is popular with tourists and locals throughout the world. With only objects as clues and 60 minutes to escape, Adventure Rooms if a fun and challenging experience suitable for tourists to corporate offices and everyone in between and is the first attraction of its kind in Adelaide.
As Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia for five years, Nick Mitzevich has a strong passion for the arts industry of South Australia, Australia and the rest of the world. From an early age, Nick was always captivated by art and the way artists saw the world. “I wanted to be as close to art as I possibly could,” Nick says. “Being the director of an art gallery is the closest you can get.”
As director, Nick is the custodian of 42,000 works of art valued at over $700 million, manages 90 staff and 310 volunteers, liaises with 660 patrons and benefactors, provides educational experiences for 90,000 children throughout the year and creates memorable experiences for the Gallery’s 780,000 yearly visitors. “There is no such thing as a normal day,” Nick says. “From 9am I could be meeting with sponsors, dealing with conflicts between artists, staff and contractors, meeting with government officials and board members, doing some strategic planning, and I might event get to look at some of the art!”
The Art Gallery of South Australia attracted 779,670 visitors in the last financial year, the highest attendance ever and up 12 percent on the previous year. “The most important part of my job is to connect people, keep the flow of activity moving ahead in a positive way and build relationships to advance the gallery and its effect on the local community, the city and South Australia,” Nick said.
The upcoming inaugural Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, TARNANTHI, is just one example of how Nick and his team are bringing innovative exhibitions to the gallery. TARNANTHI will open on October 8 and will include a series of exhibitions presented in partnership with key cultural institutions across South Australia. “The festival will cast a new light on the art of Australia’s rich and diverse Indigenous cultures, and we are very excited that an estimated 300 artists will display new work across more than 20 venues,” Nick says. TARNANTHI will run from October 8-18, 2015 with exhibitions continuing at the Art Gallery of South Australia until January 2016.
EcoCaddy is a new South Australian company providing eco-friendly passenger transportation service within the Adelaide CBD. ‘For the trip too far to walk and too short to cab’ is EcoCaddy’s motto as they aim to provide a convenient, cheap and great service. For a flat fee of $5 per person if travelling within the CBD and $10 per person if travelling to or from North Adelaide, EcoCaddy will provide an efficient service from A to B. With a fleet of bamboo-bodied Treecycles (hybrid-electric passenger tricycles), EcoCaddy is able to use bicycle lanes on the roads of Adelaide and go where most other forms of public transport cannot access, including the Adelaide foot-bridge and parklands. With a new app on the way, EcoCaddy is set to take over the city.
Coonawarra 125 years old
Friday 31 July 2015 marked exactly 125 years since John Riddoch sold off the first blocks of his vast pastoral landholding that would eventually grow to become the Coonawarra wine region as we know it today. John Riddoch’s legacy can be seen across many parts of Coonawarra 125 years after the first Coonawarra Fruit Colony blocks of land were sold in 1890. In 2015, some wineries in the Coonawarra region are still nurturing small pockets of those original vineyards, producing sought- after premium wine. Cheers to many more milestones for the Coonawarra region.
Women of the River Country Exhibition
The Mannum Dock Museum volunteers and staff have produced and launched a national exhibition profiling 19 remarkable river women from across the Murray Darling Basin, starting from Goolwa to the Snowy Mountains. The exhibition tells intriguing and remarkable stories of successful women who grew up on the banks of the Murray River. The Women of the River Country Exhibition will remain at the Mannum Dock Museum until the end of January 2016, before it commences its river tour.
Replica Paddle Steamer
Stage 1 of the Morgan Riverfront Precinct Project has begun construction aimed at bringing a great piece of riverfront to life. The project will include a giant paddle steamer replica play structure, recreational barbeque hubs and a pathway from Railway Terrace to the newly renovated Station Master’s House and the River and Rail Adventure Playground. The paddle steamer replica will be the main attraction, measuring with five metres tall, 21 metres long and 7.2 metres wide. The paddle steamer will not just be a play structure for kids but a tourist attraction in itself on the Morgan Riverfront.
The ibis Adelaide is the first Adelaide CBD hotel to team up with Spinway providing guests a 24/7 bike hire service. The tech-savvy ibis Adelaide is located in the heart of the CBD and makes a perfect location for the solar-powered, credit card-enabled swipe and ride bicycles. Guests simply swipe their credit card, select their preferred rental period, and take off to cycle around the sights of the city. Further stations will be set up in the city in the near future allowing locals and tourists alike to explore the city by bike any time of the day, 365 days a year.
City Bagel Guide
The Beigelry located in Topham Mall in Adelaide’s CBD, has filled a hole in the Adelaide market. Serving fresh, traditional, hand-rolled bagels from 8am to 3pm Monday to Friday, The Beigelry offers modern and simple décor. The bakers, Brendan Petty and Hong Pham, use traditional recipes from the 1900s to create exact replicas of the traditional New York City bagel. The eatery offers a variety of toppings to suit everyone’s taste buds and is a must for any bagel lover.
Tell Henry Café
Located in the city fringe suburb of Kent Town, new café Tell Henry is turning heads with its unique points of difference. Tell Henry is the first café to use Melbourne Industry coffee beans and is located in a warehouse that has been stylishly fit out to make the café all about the coffee experience. Owner Brad has also heavily invested himself in the authenticity of the food offering that consists of bagels and pastries. Tell Henry has bought a sense of community to the quiet suburb of Kent Town and offers a unique space for people to meet and enjoy spectacular coffee and food.
National Wine Centre Festival
The National Wine Centre is hosting its annual Winter Food and Wine Festival on Sunday, August 30. The festival is an opportunity for South Australians to indulge in a day of festivities as South Australia’s finest food and wine is showcased. Wineries from across McLaren Vale, Barossa, Clare Valley and the Adelaide Hills will take part in the event as the festival celebrates South Australia’s diverse wine offering. The festival will also showcase local cider and beers as well as South Australia’s best food produce. Guests will be able to enjoy culinary delights along with music from live bands and DJs on the Centre’s terrace overlooking the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.
South Australian Living Arts Festival at Centennial Park
Reflections by Sheree Wright
Artist Ruth Gregor will call the cemetery her creative home this month as part of the South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA). The talented and emerging sculptor from Venus Bay in the Eyre Peninsula will become an Artist in Residence at Centennial Park Cemetery from today (August 10), where members of the public will have the opportunity to see her create a life-sized sculptural piece onsite. The stone sculpture, titled Cycle of Life, will be crafted in Centennial Park’s Weeping Rose memorial garden. The sculpture weighs over five tonnes and stands at 1.8 metres high, symbolising the cycle of life through a series of carvings depicting natural elements such as eucalyptus leaves, flowers, empty gumnuts and a single flame.
Throughout SALA, Centennial Park will also be home to an indoor ceramics, photography and works-on-paper exhibition called Moments. Displayed in the Park’s Jubilee Complex, Moments will feature a range of talented visual artists with a range of Artist Talks scheduled for Wednesday, August 12 and Wednesday, August 19 at 4pm. The Moments display will conclude on Sunday 30 August. Centennial Park is South Australia’s largest provider of burial, cremation, funeral and memorial services set on 40 hectares of parkland. There are more than 50 individually themed memorial gardens at the park.
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August 1-31, state-wide
The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is the largest visual arts festival in Australia. Its extensive state-wide program of visual arts involves more than 3000 artists and 500 venues that celebrate the diverse talents of South Australian artists. Don’t miss your chance to journey through some of this year’s best collections, held in various places and spaces to support the very best of visual art in the state.
Barossa Gourmet Weekend
August 14-16, Barossa
The Barossa is one of the world’s great gastronomic playgrounds, renowned for its wine, fresh seasonal produce, beautiful landscapes and easy-going lifestyle. Gourmet Weekend is a three day celebration of the region’s food and wine culture including long lunches, gourmet dinners, wine master classes, winery days, workshops. This year Gourmet Weekend celebrates its 30th anniversary and guests will be astounded by the offerings of the Barossa wineries and foodies, all wrapped in friendly Barossan hospitality.
Strathalbyn Collectors, Hobbies and Antiques Fair
August 15-16, 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 appraisal, live entertainment and shuttle buses to all venues.
Big Burke and Wills Trek
16-26 August, Flinders Ranges and Outback
This trekking event takes place over 11 days and covers 330kms in north eastern South Australia and south western Queensland. The Big Burke and Wills Trek is a historic expedition, a feat of endurance and an unforgettable journey across some of Australia’s most dramatic and historic outback locations.
Royal Adelaide Show
September 4-12, Adelaide
The Royal Adelaide Show is the longest running and largest community event on South Australia’s calendar. It is an action-packed event for the whole family and includes carnival rides and attractions, as well as handicraft, produce, livestock, animal shows, and much more! The show’s celebrations start with a bang thanks to a nightly fireworks display.
18 Hours of Melrose
September 4-5, Flinders Ranges and Outback
This mountain bike 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. The six hour category returns for the less experienced and the amateurs.
Victor Harbor Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival
September 19-20, Fleurieu Peninsula
Pull out the blue suede shoes and dust off your dancing jacket. Victor Harbor is set to rock to the sounds of the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival. Multiple stages and dance floors, alongside a retro vehicle display set the scene for plenty of fun.
Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run
September 20, Adelaide
Attracting close to 30,000 participants each year, The City - Bay Fun Run sees elite and novice athletes cover the distance from Adelaide to the beachside suburb of Glenelg. The run has different distances and fitness levels to encourage everyone to get involved.
September 23 to October 4, Adelaide
OzAsia runs for a fortnight and features performances, events and exhibitions celebrating the artistic and cultural ties between Australia and Asia. Highlights include the Moon Lantern Festival, which attracts 15,000 people to experience the ambient lighting of the full moon in Adelaide’s Elder Park.
Stirling Laneways – Spring
September 27, Adelaide Hills
Enjoy fashion, food and wine, and street performances in a village style market. The event is held in the laneways and open spaces around Stirling’s picturesque main street, just twenty minutes’ drive from the Adelaide CBD.
Bay to Birdwood Classic
September 27, Adelaide and Adelaide Hills
On the last Sunday in September car enthusiasts join together and travel from the beach to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. The event is the largest most continually staged historic motoring event held anywhere in the world. Share the fun and relive the memories of yesteryear at this popular family event.
The World Solar Challenge
October 18-25, Adelaide
The World Solar Challenge is a biennial solar-powered car race which travels more than 3000km from Darwin to Adelaide. The event seeks to inspire some of the brightest young people on the planet to address the imperatives of sustainable transport. The World Solar Challenge attracts more than 40 entries, mostly from interstate and overseas with many of the teams being fielded by universities. There are three distinct categories, Challenger, Cruiser and Adventure class.
Adelaide Fashion Festival
October 22-25, Adelaide
The 2015 Adelaide Fashion Festival (AFF) will showcase South Australia’s rapidly growing local fashion industry and provide design houses with the opportunity to engage on the international and national stage. Media attention will highlight Adelaide as an innovator and leading contributor to the Australian fashion design industry. The AFF will also provide a platform for Adelaide’s unique inner city and metropolitan venues to be explored while highlighting the State’s impressive food, wine and art culture.