SA Stories - December 2014

NEW ACCOMMODATION AND ATTRACTIONS

North Adelaide Boutique Stayz Accommodation

North Adelaide Boutique Stayz Accommodation North Adelaide Boutique Stayz Accommodation

Located in picturesque Gover Street, North Adelaide Boutique Stayz Accommodation offers a range of contemporary, four-star studio apartments and hotel rooms. The boutique, yet affordable accommodation, is ideally located in the heart of historic North Adelaide and in close proximity to the city, Adelaide Oval and O’Connell Street fashion and restaurant precinct. Rooms include five star pillow top queen beds, 40” LCD TV’s, Foxtel, Nespresso pod coffee machine, mini bar, kitchenette facilities and complimentary WIFI, car parking and bike hire.

The Farm Willunga

The Farm Willunga The Farm Willunga

Developed to promote Fleurieu Peninsula’s premium food, wine and art, The Farm Willunga is a new six hectare organic olive grove and vineyard that includes a licenced café and two self-contained apartments. A home away from home, accommodation is all about the ‘wow-factor’ that includes sweeping views across the vineyards to the coast of Gulf St Vincent and modern, bright open-plan living areas. Food and wine is also high on the agenda during your stay - a short walk from the Willunga Farmers markets, guests can stock up on local produce or visit the many restaurants and wineries. They even have their very own helipad if you’re one to arrive in style.

Crossroads Ecomotel

Crossroads Ecomotel Crossroads Ecomotel

Set in the perfect location for exploring the Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula and Outback, Crossroads Ecomotel is Port Augusta's newest accommodation venue. Opened in August, the family-owned and operated eco-motel offers quality accommodation at affordable prices. All buildings are energy efficient with natural and environmentally friendly products used throughout including rammed earth walls, double-glazed windows, solar panels and rainwater collection. Inside, visitors can take advantage of the contemporary bathrooms, free WiFi, flat screen TVs or relax on the deck or al-fresco BBQ area. They’re also pet friendly so you don’t have to worry about leaving your pooch home alone.

Mount Lofty House

The Stables Day Spa The Stables Day Spa

Once used to store hay bales, the original stables built in 1852 at Mount Lofty House have been restored and converted into The Stables Day Spa. Visitors can relax and rejuvenate while indulging in an array of exclusive therapies and packages including massage, facials, manicures, pedicures and treatments. Soothe the mind and body and head for the Adelaide Hills where you can experience health and wellbeing alongside boutique luxury accommodation and fine dining. Open seven days a week - there’s no excuse not to get pampered.

NEW TOURS

Adventure Bay Charters

Aqua Submarine Aqua Submarine

Want to tick Shark Cage Diving off your bucket list but want to avoid climbing into a cage? Adventure Bay Charters, Australia’s first advanced eco-certified shark cage diving experience have launched the world’s first Shark Aqua Sub as part of their new vessel, MV Shark Warrior. The brand new state-of-the-art ‘sub’ provides participants with 360 degree views underwater all while staying completely dry! The six seater area also allows people to enjoy food and wine as they watch Great White Sharks in their natural habitat as well as the thrill-seekers in the cage!

Wine by Cycle at Kilikanoon

Wine by Cycle Wine by Cycle

Ride through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Clare Valley as part of Kilikanoon’s new Wine by Cycle. The innovative tour removes the hassle of navigating your own way around the region, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the ride. The hard work is already done before you start, simply arrive at Kilikanoon to collect your bike (and mid-morning snack) and you are ready to go. They provide you with directions and lock in all of your wine tastings before you even hit the pedal to the metal. They also book in a lunch reservation and organise for all cellar door purchases to be delivered back to their winery for collection at the end of the day.

Night Walks at Cleland Wildlife Park

Night Walks Night Walks

See who comes out to play after the sun goes down on a new Night Walks guided tour at Cleland Wildlife Park. Learn more about Australia’s nocturnal creatures and what really happens once the wildlife park closes. You’ll get up close to potoroos, bettongs and bandicoots as they forage for food. Hear the haunting cry of owls and the Bush Stone Curlew, and see what kangaroos and wallabies get up to when night falls. The tour also coincides with feeding times for the Tasmanian Devils. There’s no need to be scared of the dark either – experienced guides will lead you on an adventure with torches and lanterns provided. 

Sunset Tour on the Coorong

Sunset Tour on the Coorong Sunset Tour on the Coorong

Experience a spectacular Australian sunset while paddling along the Murray Mouth as part of Canoe the Coorong’s new three hour Sunset Tour. Departing three times per week, the guided-kayaking adventure also includes a leisurely walk across sand dunes; a picnic of local cheeses, seasonal fruit and beverages; and an afternoon filled with exploring the Coorong in a whole new light. With stunning views guaranteed, this is one tour not to be missed.

SA FACE

Damian Hough

Damian Hough Damian Hough

With a long-held passion for working with turf, it’s no surprise that Damian Hough is the Head Curator at Adelaide Oval - South Australia’s exciting new redeveloped sporting and events stadium. Having worked in his role for more than 18 years, Damian has experienced the highs and lows of sport, including the new era of changes since the oval’s incredible transformation. 

“You only have to come to a major sporting event and realise the impact the redeveloped Adelaide Oval has had on the city. The CBD is alive on game day and is a real credit to everyone involved”, Damian says. “I still love the century-old scoreboard and the northern mound but every time I’m out in the middle of the ground I can’t help but admire how magnificent the Riverbank Stand is.” 

Working in horticulture since 1994 and as a groundsman at Adelaide Oval since 1996, Damian knows a thing or two about how to maintain the jewel in the crown of South Australian sport. 

“The most important aspect of my role is to manage the playing surface to ensure we have a multi-purpose venue with a playing field that is at a world-class level. This includes cutting the outfields of the oval, pitch preparation, setting up for cricket games, marking the ground for different sporting codes and setting up for events.” 

Since the redevelopment, the new oval offers a unique blend of new and old, integrating heritage features with state-of-the-art engineering and design. In a move that is uncommon in stadiums of its size, developers revamped the northern mound to include 2100 square metres of grass and almost 900 square metres of timber decking that weaves through the Moreton Bay fig trees. 

And what is a highlight for Damian - the first showdown at the new oval or the world’s biggest rock band, The Rolling Stones, bringing down the house? “It’s just a pleasure working with an outstanding group of people who strive to produce a surface we’re all proud of”.

NEWS

The beauty of Kangaroo Island captured in Hyperlapse

Adelaide-based photographer Gab Rivera has collaborated with the South Australian Tourism Commission to create a spectacular new film that captures the natural, rugged beauty of Kangaroo Island. The three-minute film, released as part of the State Government’s Through Local Eyes campaign, uses the Hyperlapse technique to piece together more than 7,300 still photos to create a breathtaking film. Iconic Kangaroo Island locations such as Seal Bay, Remarkable Rocks and Cape du Couedic feature in the film.

Kangaroo Island Hyperlapse - "Home of the Soul"

Brought to you by southaustralia.com as part of the Through Local Eyes project

Second film launches as part of India campaign

The second of three YouTube films targeted at the Indian market ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup has been released by the South Australian Tourism Commission. Like the first film, the latest captures Adelaide through the eyes of Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja to showcase Adelaide Oval, Riverbank Precinct, Adelaide Central markets, Cleland Wildlife Park and Glenelg among other highlights.

Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja explores South Australia

Ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup, where India will compete against Pakistan at Adelaide Oval, Indian cricket superstar Ajay Jadeja visited South Australia for a short holiday.

Australia’s first unpasteurised cheese

Udder Delights have launched their new King Saul Raw Blue cheese, Australia’s first living raw (unpasteurized) cow's milk blue cheese, approved by the Dairy Authority of South Australia. This premium product is produced in limited batches each year after spending three months in cheese maturation. The first vintage released in November was just 250 half-kilogram wheels presented in handcrafted wooden boxes. Udder Delights are also heating things up with their new Swiss-inspired ‘Fondue for Two”. If you’re a lover of dipping all-things delicious into cheese (local kabana, baby gherkins, fresh baked baguettes) – then this is for you.

Christmas in the City

Follow the festive spirit and catch a glimpse of Santa and his reindeer getting ready for Christmas at different CBD locations. To participate, simply download the free 'Christmas in the City' app via App Store or Google Play, find the big red dots in the city and then hold your smartphone or tablet over it to see Santa and his crew appear before your very eyes! Details and the full list of locations are available from the Adelaide City Council.

Become a VIP at Clare Country Club

Make the most of the rolling countryside and gourmet food scene with the help of Clare Country Club, the premier AAA 4 star accredited resort. Having recently completed a major refurbishment to all bathroom and kitchenette suites, Clare Country Club are celebrating by offering all guests the option to upgrade their stay to the Summer VIP Experience for just $10 per person. The special offer includes the chance to meet local winemakers, participate in personalised tastings, gifts, discount offers and complimentary wine, beer and chocolates. The VIP offer is valid for travel until 28 February 2015.

2015 Fringe Festival tickets now selling

The 2015 Fringe Festival program has been released so make sure you don’t miss out on securing some of the hottest tickets in town. The month of frivolities will kick-off on 13 February 2015 with over 1,058 events across cabaret, comedy, dance, music, theatre and more!

A taste of South Africa in Adelaide

Africola, Duncan Welgemoed’s (Bistro Dom) newest venture, has taken Adelaide’s food scene by storm. Drawing inspiration from his South African heritage, the menu is an abundance of exotic flavours and specialties that creates a most memorable dining experience.  Immerse yourself in the colourful surrounds, enjoy a glass of the restaurant’s own brand of beer (Mafuta) or sample a hearty South African dish that has been slow cooked over ash and coal in the custom built hearth.

THRILLER LIVE returns to Adelaide

December will see Festival Theatre belting out crowd favourites from the world’s greatest entertainer, Michael Jackson, when THRILLER LIVE returns to Adelaide. Whether you’re a pop, rock or classics fan, the two-hour show will have you up on your feet for a performance that pays homage to a legendary career that spans 45 impressive years. InterContinental Adelaide are offering a THRILLER LIVE Package in celebration of the show’s return, which includes luxurious overnight accommodation, two A reserve tickets and full buffet breakfast for two.

Austin & Austin to open in December

Adelaide’s small bar scene is upping the ante with the newest edition about open on the corner of Austin Street (just off North Terrace). Austin & Austin isn’t just limited to craft beer and cocktails – with Adelaide Uni just a stone’s throw away, business hours are from 8am to late, opening for coffee and snacks during the day. George Lagos and Simon Hill are the masterminds behind the bar/childhood revival so expect to see a gaming area, decked-out lounge space, cartoons and pops of colour. Austin & Austin is scheduled to open mid-December 2014.

Waymouth Place welcomes new small bar

Step back in time into a world filled with treasures, trinkets and vintage tunes at a charming new watering hole on Waymouth Place. Thrift Shop Bar is Adelaide’s very first venue to offer an all-Australian craft spirit and cocktail list. They also cleverly rotate their South Australian wine and beer list regularly to provide an amazing variety….and keep you coming back for more.

New Cellar Doors in Hahndorf

It may not be a tasting bar, but every patron is invited to settle in and take advantage of the ‘wine lounge’ at the new Scott & La Prova Wines Cellar Door. Their philosophy is food and wine so guests have the option to choose a structured wine flight (a selection of five wines accompanied by Udder Delights Cheese and savoury biscuits) or a charcuterie platter (those after something more substantial). At Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy guests can sample wines made from premium fruit from the family’s South Australian vineyards at their sit-down, self-paced tastings. This brand new cellar door features some of Australia’s widest ranges of new and emerging varieties from Nero d'Avola to Montepulciano.

Whistler Wines awarded Best Cellar Door

Whistler Wines were named this year’s Best Barossa Cellar Door at the Regional Cellar Circle Awards in November. Every year, wineries of the Barossa are judged by peers and customers from outside the region. The process runs over three months and is aimed at providing feedback to cellar doors as well as acknowledging outstanding staff and employees. Whistler Wines Cellar Door is open daily between 10.30am to 5pm.

Jacobs Creek wins at International Wine Competition

The 2013 vintage of Jacob’s Creek Reserve Adelaide Hills Chardonnay has been awarded Top 100 Blue-Gold status at this year’s International Wine Competition in Sydney. This unique competition judges wine with food, and is the only one of its kind in Australia to be included in the World Association of Wine Writers & Journalists list of wine shows that it reviews for its world ranking of wine. This is the ninth year in a row that Jacob’s Creek has achieved a Top 100 result.

SA Stories

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STORY IDEAS

Christmas entertainment

Christmas Twilight Races Christmas Twilight Races

Tis the season to be jolly so don’t hit December 25 without attending one of South Australia’s popular Christmas events or festivals. Here are a handful of ideas on where to find Christmas cheer this month.

Head down to Westminster School’s Annual Christmas Lights Display (15 – 22 December) to see the grounds transformed into a wonderland of twinkling lights or sing-along to classic Christmas carols in the Chapel. Get the pulse racing on a balmy summer night and into party-mode at the Christmas Twilight Races at Morphettville (19 December). An iconic family tradition, the West End Brewery Riverbank Christmas Light display (1 December – 2 January) has transformed its gardens along the banks of the River Torrens into a mesmerising Christmas display for its 55th year. Every year thousands of people make the trek to Lobethal to see more than 800 homes decorated in lights that illuminate the entire town as part of Lights of Lobethal Festival (14 –  30 December).

UPCOMING EVENTS

Santos Tour Down Under
World Tennis Challenge

Australian All Schools Championships
5-7 December, Adelaide
The national All Schools Track and Field Championship is open tosecondary school-aged track and field athletes and features individual andteams components. All state and territories around Australia will also becompeting, with the overall winner to claim the All Schools Cup.

Bay Sheffield
27-28 December, Adelaide
The Bay Sheffield is a unique two-day athletic carnival held at ColleyReserve in the popular seaside suburb of Glenelg. Since its beginning thefootrace has grown with many well-known athletes involved each year.
www.saal.org.au

World Tennis Challenge
13-15 January 2015, Adelaide
A mix of current champions and past heroes of the game will competeover three action-packed nights at Memorial Drive. Previous events havefeatured tennis legends such as Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe,Martina Hingis, Yannick Noah, Mats Wilander, Pat Cash, and Henri Leconte.
www.worldtennischallenge.com

Sounds by the River
17 January 2015, Murray River, Lakes & Coorong
Settle in on the banks of the mighty Murray at Mannum and enjoy musicfrom some of Australia’s most celebrated artists. Relax with a meal as yousit beneath towering gums and watch the evening unfold.
www.soundsbytheriver.com.au

Santos Tour Down Under
17-25 January 2015, Adelaide and regions
Feel the rush as the world’s best cyclists do battle on the streets of SouthAustralia. UCI WorldTour points are on the line and there’s always a greatatmosphere as this festival of cycling unfolds across the state. The SantosTour Down Under is the largest cycling event in the southern hemisphereand continues to welcome stars of the sport.
www.tourdownunder.com.au

Tunarama Festival
23-26 January 2015, Eyre Peninsula
Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula hosts this much-loved family event,which celebrates the local tuna fishing industry. Enjoy a street procession,fireworks, delicious meals and the famous tuna toss.
www.woodenboatfestival.com.au

Crush
23-25 Jan 2015, Adelaide Hills
Wine and so much more are on offer at this summer festival. Join partiesof every imaginable kind and celebrate all the best things about life in theAdelaide Hills.
www.crushfestival.com.au

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