SA Stories - December 2012


River Shack

Cowirra Cowirra

Overlooking the spectacular Murray River and the Mannum Township, this Murray Terrace shack is located on the riverbank, with lots of grass for the kids to play on and its own jetty. This is the perfect holiday house for families; it sleeps up to eight people and has two living areas - giving parents space away from the kids.


Onyx Dessert Lounge

Onyx Onyx

The newly opened dessert lounge on O’Connell Street is set to tantalise the taste buds of South Australians. With a European feeling, the Onyx Dessert Lounge is designed for people to come and graze in the evening, with both savoury and sweet menu items accompanied by cocktails or wines. Onyx is the brainchild of Anup Raghavan and Rajiv Mittal, who have come together for the first time. Through its contemporary fit-out and carefully thought out menu, Onyx aims to offer an experience like no other to entice all food lovers.

The Lobethal Markets

Market Market

Local Ben Germein and his wife Jacci Parsons have worked to bring back the much-loved Lobethal Markets, with a new twist. The markets, which closed two years ago, are being held every weekend, on Saturday and Sunday. Aside from the central marketplace, which features art, craft and bric-a-brac stalls, there is an Adelaide Hills Providore, which offers food sourced within 20 kilometres of the market, and wine tasting from local wineries with an emphasis on those without cellar doors. A gallery, coffee shop and display of old machinery from Onkaparinga Woolen Mill factory, are also among the markets attractions.


Brenton Carle

Brenton Carle Brenton Carle

Canoe the Coorong was born out of Brenton Carle’s desire to share the beauty of the area with tourists. Brenton first fell in love with the Coorong when researching the area as part of a third year Eco Tourism project at Flinders University.

“The Coorong is such a beautiful part of South Australia, untouched and pristine,” Brenton said. “I really enjoy seeing people appreciate and fall in love with the unique environment that I have fallen in love with.” 

Brenton has been running Canoe the Coorong since 2010 and now offers a variety of tours to suit all ages and experience levels. 

“Canoe the Coorong offers a relaxing, slow paced tour, allowing people to really soak up the beauty of the Coorong and the underlying theme is education – so people leave relaxed but a little more educated about the area they have just enjoyed.”

Canoe the Coorong has also recently started up a New Zealand Fur Seal Tour which offers a unique opportunity for people to get up close and personal with the playful resident Fur Seals of Goolwa.

When he is not taking people kayaking down the Coorong, Brenton loves driving down to Cape Jervis and camping at Deep Creek, or snorkeling and fishing at Rapid Bay and Second Valley.


Lights of Lobethal Lights of Lobethal

Burke and Wills Recovery Expedition Re-enactment 8-9 December, Clare Valley

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the retrieval of Burke and Wills’ remains by Mr Howitt and his party there will be a reenactment of the retrieval with camels and horses to be held in Clare and Gilbert Valleys. For further information please contact Sue Wurst on 8842 2798 or email

Lights of Lobethal 9-31 December, Adelaide Hills

Lobethal is celebrating 60 years of bringing Christmas spirit to the town with the largest community Christmas lights display in the Southern Hemisphere.

Adelaide Youth Strings Community Concert 9 December, Parkside, Adelaide

A one hour concert of classical, world and popular string music performed by Adelaide's leading primary school string orchestra.

Paspaley Polo in the City 14 December, Adelaide

Paspaley Polo in the City returns to Victoria Park with a new ‘Twilight Polo’ format to replace Victoria Park’s once popular ‘Twilight Racing’.

Carols by Candlelight 16 December, Elder Park, Adelaide

Father Christmas will arrive early at this year’s Carols by Candlelight – Adelaide’s favourite Christmas tradition.

The 2012 NBL All-Stars 22 December, Adelaide Arena, Adelaide

The best of the best from around the National Basketball League will put on a show of world-class hoops with the highly anticipated return of the NBL All-Star Game!

Twilight Tastings @ Shottesbrooke Vineyards 26 – 30 December, McLaren Flat

Enjoy a day of food and wine when Shottesbrooke Vineyards opens its cellar doors from 1pm to 7pm. Shottesbrooke’s entire range of wine will be available for tasting, or sold by the glass, and regional platters available by The Currant Shed.

Bay Sheffield 27-28 December, Adelaide

A unique two-day athletics carnival held in Colley Reserve, in Adelaide popular seaside suburb of Glenelg.

World Tennis Challenge 8-10 January, Memorial Drive, Adelaide

Teams comprising current champions and past heroes of the game, including Martina Hingis and Martina Navratilova, will represent the Americas, Australasia, Europe and the Internationals, over three action-packed nights.

Bike Art 13 January – 24 February, Adelaide

This month long festival expresses, explores and celebrates everything bike-related. Art work will feature alongside the Santos Tour Down Under, at Adelaide Airport and around the city of Adelaide.

Goolwa Regatta 19-27 January, Fleurieu Peninsula

Australia’s premier freshwater Regatta of 2013 comprising a 9-day festival of sailing and social events offering a high spectator profile.

Schutzenfest 2013 18-19 January, Adelaide

Adelaide’s favourite German festival will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with entertainment, rifle shooting and lots of beer.

Santos Tour Down Under 20-27 January, Adelaide and the regions

The Santos Tour Down Under is the first step in the UCI World Tour cycling calendar. Catch some of the world’s best riders on the streets of South Australia. Register for the Bupa Challenge Tour, where you can ride a stage of the world tour race!


Santos Tour Down Under Santos Tour Down Under

Two tennis legends headed for Adelaide

Former Grand Slam winners Martina Hingis and Martina Navratilova will take part in the World Tennis Challenge in Adelaide in January. This is the first year the tournament will include women, with spectators being given the opportunity to watch Navratilova and Hingis play on court each night. The 2013 World Tennis Championships will take place at Memorial Drive Tennis Centre from January 8-10. Find more information about the World Tennis Challenge.

Andy Schlek to contest Santos Tour Down Under

International cycling champion Andy Schleck will launch his 2013 season at the Santos Tour Down Under. Minister for Tourism Gail Gago announced Schleck would compete in next year’s event as part of the RadioShack Nissan team. Luxemourg-born Schleck has delivered several years of exceptional cycling performances, including victory at the 2010 Tour de France.He is the first confirmed rider for the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under, which takes place across South Australia from January 20-27.

Global appeal for Santos Tour Down Under

Package tours to the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under are being sold by an Asian travel specialist for the first time. Hong Kong-based Elite Sports is among 11 international companies offering package tours for next year’s event. Santos Tour Down Under event specialists offer a range of holiday packages to suit keen amateur cyclists through to avid spectators. Visit the Santos Tour Down Under website for more information.

South Australia’s best recognised at Tourism Awards

The 2012 Tourism Awards were recently held at the Convention Centre and commended a number of South Australia’s major operators. A record of six of South Australia’s finest tourism experiences were inducted into the State’s Tourism Hall of Fame, for winning a category three years in a row. Those inducted to the Tourism Hall of Fame were:

  • Aboriginal Culture Tours – Adjahdura Land, Yorke Peninsula
  • Adventure Bay Charters
  • Adelaide Convention Bureau – ‘Destination SA’
  • Jacob’s Restaurant, Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre
  • BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park
  • Sinclair’s Gully There were 29 award categories, ranging from Major Tourist Attraction to Outstanding Contribution of an Individual.

For a list of all the winners, visit

SA Home to two of the best

Two South Australian properties have been recognized in the prestigious 2012 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards, with just two other Australian hotels making the list. Kingsford Homestead, in the Barossa, and Southern Ocean Lodge, on Kangaroo Island, were included on the list, which commends hotels on excellent service, high style and for providing guests with a one-of-a-kind stay. Both properties received funding from the South Australian Tourism Commission’s (SATC) Tourism Development Fund to assist making them as unique and world-class as they are. Southern Ocean Lodge was listed under the ‘trip of a lifetime’ category and specifically noted for its restaurant, spa, eco-friendly design and romantic appeal. Kingsford Homestead was listed under the ‘best all-inclusive’ category and the ‘New and Noteworthy category and particularly noted for its romantic appeal and restaurant.

SPLASH Adelaide in full swing

The Adelaide City Council’s Splash Adelaide program is bringing streets and laneways to life with a series of urban projects. Night time markets, relaxing urban retreats, live music and cultural experiences are among the projects which will make the city vibrant from now through to March 2013. Kids art workshops, a Gilles Street Grand Bazaar, Yoga in the Square, an Adelaide Garden Market and street food vendors are among the event coming up in December. For more information and a complete guide to what’s on visit

Imbala Jarjum introduces new art workshops and performances

Visitors to the Adelaide Hills will now be able to experience local indigenous culture, with the introduction of new indigenous workshops and performances by Imbala Jarjum in Hahndorf. Imbala Jarjum, a representative of the Peramangk people, also own and operate Ancient Earth Indigenous Art Gallery in Hahndorf which attracts 300,000 tourists to the Adelaide Hills each year. Its new performances, Imbala Jarjum Live and Tonight We Dance, run weekly on Thursdays and Saturdays and involve indigenous music combined with dancers who interpret stories from Australia’s diverse Aboriginal culture. The two workshops, on Mondays and Fridays, allow visitors to create their own piece of art using traditional symbols and techniques with coloured sand, as well as the opportunity to hand paint their own boomerang. For more information visit

Bundaleer Festival announces its 2013 line-up

The Bundaleer Festival has announced its line-up for its 2013 event. Acclaimed soprano Greta Bradman, world-class tenor Rosario la Spina and award-winning jazz singer Emma Pask are among the artists to perform at next year’s Jamestown festival, from 22-24 March. The 2013 event, now part of the Adelaide Fringe program, will encompass a wide range of musical styles, from opera, jazz and musical theatre, to African percussion, contemporary rock and barbershop quartet. The weekend will also celebrate  art, food and wine.For more information and tickets visit

Dates announced for 2012 Fleurieu Art Prize

The world’s richest landscape painting prize, the Fleurieu Art Prize, will be held in South Australia from 26 October to 25 November. Artists Australia-wide and internationally are invited to submit their paintings in February next year. The last Fleurieu Art Prize, awarded in 2011, was valued at $50,000 – the equivalent prize money to that awarded for the 2011 Archibald Prize. Unlike many art prizes, the biennial Fleurieu prize is also non-acquisitive, meaning winning artists get to keep or sell their own work. Last year saw more than a thousand art entries, with approximately 16,000 people visiting the event. More information is available at

SATC redesigns its corporate website

SATC’s corporate website has been redesigned to make it more accessible for our key stakeholders in industry and the media. Visit to see its new layout and available information.


Cycling family Cycling family

1) The school summer holidays are not far away. Find out what new activities and adventures are available to entertain the whole family. Check out some of South Australia’s newest attractions, like Canoe the Coorong, for possible suggestions.

2) With the Santos Tour Down Under only a couple of months away, many people are turning to riding as a way of getting fit in summer. Feature some of South Australia’s most popular and scenic bike tracks, from the 25 kilometre Waterfall Gully ride in the Adelaide Hills to the Barossa Trail which links Angaston, Nurioopta and Tanunda.

3) Days are getting hotter so why not escape to the charming Adelaide Hills where  the temperature is usually a little cooler. Explore the Hills and discover what food the locals are producing.


Remarkable Rocks Remarkable Rocks

With the weather warming up, it’s the perfect time for a weekend away or a day trip to one of South Australia’s spectacular regions. For some inspiration, take a look at our newest images of Kangaroo Island, Clare Valley and the Fleurieu Peninsula. Register with Media Gallery to gain access to these and hundreds of other amazing South Australian images. Follow the links to view the newest images of the Clare Valley, Kangaroo Island and Fleurieu Peninsula.

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