SA Stories - December 2015
Seppeltsfield new tours
Seppeltsfield’s Centenary Tour is now complemented by a new Years of World War I and Moments in History tour. Not only can guests taste wine from their birth year as well as 100 year old Para Tawny, guests now have the opportunity to taste wines made in the years such as the Moon Landing (1969), the beginning of World War I (1914) as well as the sinking of the Titanic (1912). This is a unique opportunity to step back in time and immerse yourself in world history and the history of Seppeltsfield.
West End Brewery Tours
West End Brewery
Take a walk through the doors of the West End Brewery and explore a true South Australian icon. Learn about the history of the Brewery and also what goes into making the famous West End Draught and many more. The tour takes approximately 90 minutes and concludes with a beer tasting session with your tour guide.
New private Jet Tours with Captain’s Choice
Desert Cave Hotel
Luxury travel operator Captain’s Choice has introduced two new private jet tours, both include a stopover in South Australia. The 14 day Outback Top End and the Kimberley tour visits Coober Pedy with guests staying at the Desert Cave hotel and exploring the quirky town. The other tour is the 11 day gourmet exploration of the Southern Islands that takes guests through the town of Mt Gambier and the Coonawarra wine region as well as a visit and stay on Kangaroo Island. The tours will run in August and October 2016, respectively.
Mega Adventure Aerial Park
Mega Adventure Aerial Park
Australia’s first Mega Adventure aerial park has opened its doors in Adelaide. Guests can climb the 26 metre high SkyMate structure and tackle the 50 crossings which are graded like ski slopes. The state of the art structure is four stories high and individual activities that consist of scramble nets, rope bridges, beams, swings, log steps, aerial surfboards and even Adelaide wine barrel steps.
One Paddock Currency Creek
One Paddock Private Villa
Recently renovated villas now offer high quality, self-contained luxury accommodation in Currency Creek. One Paddock private villas are suitable for couples wanting to get away from everyday life and escape to pure serenity. There are 6 guest villas to choose from all with gourmet kitchenettes, a private courtyard and veranda all next door to a state of the art cellar door and restaurant.
Beresford Tasting Pavilion
Beresford Tasting Pavilion
Beresford has opened a new tasting pavilion on their estate located on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The tasting pavilion offers a tasting experience that includes the option of three tiers of wine, with each tier matched with seasonal and local produce. The tasting pavilion also allows for guests to relax with a glass of wine inside by the fire or outside on the deck overlooking the estate. The tasting pavilion also makes for the perfect private function venue to enjoy a long lunch or educational master class.
Rick and Cathy Edmonds
Rick and Cathy Edmonds
Rick and Cathy Edmonds have been working in the accommodation business for 11 years, setting up award-winning self-catering properties in three states. Both originally from the Riverland, Rick and Cathy decided to move back home and open their first South Australian accommodation property, The Frames. “Research showed that the Riverland was overdue for something of The Frames’ calibre so we set out to produce a luxurious retreat along the River Murray with award-winning architect Paul Pruszinski,” said Cathy.
Initial concepts for The Frames were tabled in 2011 and building commenced in November 2012. By February 2014 guests were enjoying the offerings at The Frames. “You name it, we do it,” said Cathy when asked about their job entails. From answering enquiries, managing social media and marketing, attending training and other meetings to managing guest’s requests, no two days are the same for Rick and Cathy.
“Providing guests with the best possible product and service at The Frames so they will go away with an experience they will never forget” is what Rick and Cathy deem important about their job. “We are very passionate and love the area and want to share it with as many people as we can,” said Cathy. “As our favourite spot in South Australia, we particularly love the backwaters and creeks of the Murray River as well as the wildlife and birdlife”. The Frames offers peace and tranquillity to guests and was recently named in the Top 7 Romantic Getaways around Australia by Qantas Travel Insider.
The height of city chic and elegance, HENNESSY is the new rooftop bar at Adelaide’s Mayfair Hotel. Named after the building’s original architects HENNESSY will be available to both hotel guests and visitors and boasts beautifully appointed and stylish interior that leads to an open-air deck with stunning views of Adelaide. HENNESSY will offer premium champagne and house cocktails as well as a menu of classical bar snacks.
Adelaide Oval Roof Climb
Adelaide Oval invite visitor to take on the icon with the launch of the Roof Climb, coming to Adelaide in March 2016. It will be an exhilarating adventure across the Oval’s unique roofline. With a wide range of climb possibilities, an unforgettable experience awaits with twilight views, sparkling city lights or blue sky in every direction.
Pink Moon Saloon
Pink Moon Saloon is the perfect new addition to Adelaide’s buzzing small-bar scene. Located on Leigh Street, Pink Moon Saloon has a very unique fell as well as a tightly-curated bar list and strong dining menu. Housed in a former laneway that is just 4m wide, Pink Moon Saloon has used a lot of creativity to make the site suitable for a bar. Serving all day from 11.30am, the kitchen will offer slow cooked meats and vegetables as well as pickled and small goods.
The famous American city, New Orleans, comes to life in NOLA a new bar located in Adelaide’s East End. NOLA is a craft beer and whiskey venue that is housed in the historic ‘Stables’ off of Rundle Street. Serving traditional Creole and Cajun cuisine, NOLA will use the best local ingredients to truly express the flavours of the south. An extensive list of craft beer is available with NOLA aiming to support as many small independent brewers as they can. With rotating stock and 16 beer taps backed up with a solid bottled beer list, NOLA is a craft beer lover’s dream.
The world’s largest inflatable waterslide, Trippo, is coming to Victor Harbor for the summer. The waterslide is 54 metres long and 20 metres wide and stands over three stories high, making it the ultimate thrill seeker’s attraction this summer season. With three slide chutes to choose from and an hour of unlimited slides, Trippo is fun for the whole family. Trippo will open at Bridge Terrace in Victor Harbor on December 19 and will run until January 31.
Raw is an organisation that provides independent artists within the first 10 years of their creative career with the opportunities to be able to be seen, heard and loved. An upcoming show will take place on December 11 where artists in the visual art, fashion, music, film, hair, makeup, photography, performance art and accessories spaces will showcase their work to the community. The exhibit will take place at The Producers in Adelaide at 7pm.
The newest edition to Adelaide’s west end is Peter Rabbit, a café and bar complete with real rabbits, plentiful lawn and a great atmosphere. Occupying space that was formerly a concrete-heavy carpark, Peter Rabbit is an inviting space where patrons can relax and unwind with friends. Housed in a shipping container is the kitchen which serves simple but delicious breakfast and lunch dishes. Drinks on the menu include Big Shed Brewing beers and Adelaide Hills wines.
Boutique Adelaide Company Wins Travel ‘Oscar’ In Morocco
Adelaide-based travel company, The Tailor has taken home a prestigious PURE Life Experiences Award at the recent ceremony held in Marrakech. Considered the Oscars of the luxury travel market the PURE Life Experiences awards ceremony attracts the world’s leading tour companies, guides and other specialist operators in the field of experiential travel. This award is recognition of the exceptional work The Tailor does creating hand-crafted Australian journeys.
Kangaroo Island Adventure Tours Best in South Australia
Kangaroo Island Adventure Tours has won the Best
Tour/Activity in South Australia at the annual TNT Golden Backpack Awards. The
awards are decided by the consumer, with backpackers voting for their favourite
hostel, tour and tour/activity in every state and territory in Australia and
across the Tasman. All nominations were also judged by a secret shopper review.
Christmas in Adelaide
Christmas Tree in Victoria Square
Tis the season to be jolly, and what a jolly season it will be in South Australia! With Christmas fast approaching now is the time to get out and about and attend one of South Australia’s many Christmas events and festivals that are suitable for the whole family.
The iconic West End Brewery Riverbank Christmas Light display has transformed the Riverbank into a Christmas wonderland and can be enjoyed both throughout the day and night. Lights are turned on at dusk and there are also a variety of stalls and activities to enjoy. The Adelaide CBD will be lit up this Christmas season with both the Giant Christmas Tree in Victoria Square and the Adelaide Town Hall on King William Street creating a light spectacle each night from sunset.
The 2015 Credit Union Christmas Pageant is now available to purchase on DVD for the whole family to relive the magic of the pageant. The DVD features the entire Channel 9 telecast and celebrates its 2015 theme of Everybody’s a Star. Copies of the DVD can be purchased from any People’s Choice Credit Union, Beyond Bank Australia, Credit Union SA or Police Credit Union branch. It can also be purchased online at www.cupageant.com.au.
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Australian Deaf Games 2016
9-16 January 2016, Adelaide
The Australian Deaf Games is the pinnacle of deaf sporting events in Australia. Competitors come from all over Australia and New Zealand to take part in 18 sports. While the event centres on sports, the Games provide a major social and cultural festival for the whole deaf community.
World Tennis Challenge
12-14 January, Adelaide
A mix of current champions and past heroes of the game will compete over three action-packed nights at Memorial Drive including Gordon Ivanisevic (CRO), Arantxa Sanchez – Vicario (ESP) and Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS). Of the nine great players, eight of them are top 10 ranked and six of them Grand Slam champions with a combined 26 Grand Slam major and 233 ATP/WTA titles – the 2016 World Tennis Challenge player line-up is not to be missed.
Sounds by the River
16 January, Murray River, Lakes and Coorong
Settle in on the banks of the mighty Murray at Mannum and enjoy music from some of Australia’s most celebrated artists. Relax with a meal as you sit beneath towering gums and watch the evening unfold.
Santos Tour Down Under 2016
16-24 January, Adelaide and regions
Feel the rush as the world’s best cyclists battle on the streets of South Australia. UCI World Tour points are on the line and there’s always a great atmosphere as this festival of cycling unfolds across the state. The Santos Tour Down Under is the largest cycling event in the southern hemisphere and continues to welcome stars of the sport.
Goolwa Regatta Week
16-24 January, Fleurieu Peninsula
Everyone is welcome to enjoy events on and off the water, as Goolwa Regatta Week brings yacht racers, casual sailors, families, friends and visitors together to enjoy a week in this beautiful part of the world. Don’t miss the Milang to Goolwa Freshwater Classic for a thrilling conclusion to the annual event.
Mount Gambier Autofest
20-24 January, Limestone Coast
Mount Gambier invites you to come and join in the celebrations of the annual Autofest and Limestone Coast 38th Show N Shine. Enjoy and admire the best cars in the country with family and friends in an alcohol free environment.
22-24 January, Adelaide Hills
Play it cool while enjoying local wine, food, art, live entertainment and so much more at this summer festival. Join parties of every kind imaginable and celebrate some of the best things about life in the Adelaide Hills.
22-24 January, 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, a delicious seafood long-table lunch and the world famous tuna toss.
KFC T20 INTL Series – Australia V India
26 January, Adelaide
The KFC T20 INTL Series will be an entertainment spectacular! Attendees can expect action packed blockbuster cricket as the biggest names in Aussie and Indian cricket battle it out – every ball is an event! Big atmosphere, big energy, with music and dancing as well as the fastest game around.