SA Stories - February 2015
NEW ACCOMMODATION AND ATTRACTIONS
The view over the Adelaide City
For the most spectacular views over Adelaide, make your way to the eighth level of the former Bank of New South Wales heritage listed building to 2KW - the city’s newest restaurant and bar. Patrons are treated to 180 degree views that span across to the Hills, Adelaide Oval and Henley Beach. After riding on two elevators, step into the 550 square metre venue with five entertainment areas. Heading up the kitchen is executive chef and Adelaide local, Nick Finn, who with 24 hours’ notice will serve up his signature dish, the Crayfish Indulgence.
Camel Beach House
Camel Beach House
Tucked away on a 250 acre heritage listed property is Camel Beach House, a luxury haven on the Eyre Peninsula and just a short drive from Venus Bay. The architecturally designed holiday home overlooks the spectacular Southern Ocean – perfect for the surf and desert environment it sits amongst. Featuring two contemporary decorated queen rooms, modern appliances and entertainment systems, the house is also self-sufficient using only solar power for energy and rainfall for water.
Stansbury Beach House
Stansbury Beach House
Stansbury Beach House is the ideal home-away-from-home for those wanting to experience a genuine Yorke Peninsula beachside family holiday. The recently renovated stone cottage that overlooks Stansbury’s Oyster Bay is spacious enough for two families, features three bedrooms (that can sleep up to ten guests), two lounge rooms, a large outside seating area and enough off-street parking space for the fishing boat. It is also within walking distance to the Stansbury Seaside Markets and just a short drive to the famous Innes National Park at the foot of the Peninsula.
Berri Bed and Breakfast
Berri Bed and Breakfast
Surrounded by lush grand gardens, this 1912 Tudor style home in Berri is ideal for those who want the Murray River’s waters and attractions right at your doorstep. Berri Bed and Breakfast is private accommodation split between a main house and a smaller retreat that can sleep two to six people. In close proximity to the local shopping area, guests are also treated to a spacious outdoor dining area and tennis court. Available as a fully equipped, self-catering bed and breakfast or as a special weekend away with a private chef, you’ll be wanting to visit for more than the minimum two night stay.
New Adelaide food tours
Adelaide Central Market
Two new guided food tours have recently captured Adelaide’s delicious flavours. Both Feast on Foot and Foodi tours relish in some of Adelaide’s favourite foods while discovering the city’s hidden gourmet fare. Feast on Food tours run at 10am every Saturday, with delicious food including Middle Eastern delights, dumplings and decadent chocolate, all making their way onto the itinerary. Foodi offers four different but complimentary tours including a Chocolate Walking Tour, a Cupcake and Dessert Walking Tour, a Wine Bars Walking Tour and the Secret Foodie Tour of Adelaide. Both Feast on Foot and Foodi tours are hosted by experience guides who know and love their food and wine.
Want to become a better photographer? Explore Adelaide with a Photoh tour and learn about the city’s icons from a different perspective – through a lens. Offering two to three hour courses both day or night using a camera or smartphone, participants can learn how to take fantastic portraits, landscapes and action shorts all while using different exposures, angles and perspectives. Hosted by professional photographers, the small class size allows for each participant to have one-on-one tuition with time to practice and explore both the camera and Adelaide.
Take the anxiety out of travelling unaided in the vast outback and take comfort in a well prepared journey with Convoy Tours .The great outdoors is now accessible to beginners and seasoned travellers alike on a guided Red Centre Outback Adventure. The 15 day tour can be done in the comfort of a Convoy Tours vehicle or in your very own car, caravan or motorhome. Tours consist of adventuring to Alice Springs, Coober Pedy, Uluru and back to Adelaide via Clare Valley, Barossa and the Adelaide Hills.
Corey Theatre is a singer songwriter who calls Adelaide home.
This Gunditjmara-Belgian artist’s music forms an important voice on the Australian music scene. Using catchy melodies Corey tells tales of Country, love, political injustices and the merits of taking a laid back approach to life.
His EP Let it Fade is a snippet sized sample of his eclectic style and is currently working on his debut album Ngathuk Ngalina, a collaborative journey of musical expression and language revival.
Drawing on community knowledge and historical documents, Corey uses his music as medium to revive the Gunditjmara language, a tongue that has not been spoken fluently for close to a hundred years. He also plays an active role in aiding in the revival of the local Kaurna language; in 2013 Corey won the first Australia’s Got Language talent competition for the performance of his song Ngathuk Ngalina. He has performed with artists such as Kutcha Edwards and Glen Skuthorpe and his music has featured on NITV music program Fusion and in the short film ‘Mazin Grace.
Corey will perform at the annual Spirit Festival on 11 to 15 March 2015 at the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Tandanya. The Spirit Festival is South Australia’s premier Indigenous festival bringing together dance, music, theatre, visual arts and indigenous culture.
SA launches microsite for World Cup Cricket fans
The South Australian Tourism Commission has developed a new microsite packed with information for visitors coming to Adelaide for the ICC Cricket World Cup. The site which compliments the full southaustralia.com website provides a one-stop-shop for information based on international visitor needs. Adelaide’s premium food and wine is highlighted as well as specific vegetarian and halal restaurants, details on places of worship, transport options in and around Adelaide, plus World Cup match information. The Adelaide Oval will host two World Cup warm-up matches, three pool matches and a Quarter Final – with the much-anticipated clash between India and Pakistan on Sunday February 15 set to bring up to 35,000 cricket fans to Adelaide from interstate and overseas.
Third film launches as part of Indian campaign
The third and final instalment of YouTube films targeted at the Indian market ahead of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup has been released by the South Australian Tourism Commission. The film, titled Adelaide Citylights for Indian Visitors, targets the younger Indian demographic by capturing a couple enjoying Adelaide city by night. The film explores the Riverbank Precinct, Glenelg, our premium food and wine offerings, dessert bars and the drive in cinema. Directed by Indian ad film maker Deepti Chawla and produced by Daydreamer Pictures, it was also set to a specifically composed track by Bollywood music composers, Sangeet and Siddharth Haldipur, with lyrics by Natwar Singh. The film compliments the first two films which showcased key regions in South Australia, including the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island as well as Adelaide City through the eyes of Indian Cricketer Ajay Jadeja.
Adelaide City Lights for Indian Visitors
New Tour to Lake Eyre
Inundated with recent rain from Central Australia, Southern Queensland and the north of South Australia, rivers are now flowing life to Lake Eyre. To celebrate the area’s recent flooding Sacred Earth Safaris have introduced a new tour for this special occasion. The three day, two night tour includes accommodation, meals and 4WD exploration of Lake Eyre with the option to add on a scenic flight to experience this unique opportunity from the sky. The added benefit of the maximum nine passengers per tour means it’s small enough to be personalised.
Long running South Australian tour operator Dallas Coull of Taste the Barossa has expanded and launched a new venture; See Adelaide. The new tours include half and full day itineraries that explore the city, Glenelg, Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula and Barossa. The half day tours with morning departures allow visitors the option to stay on for a leisurely afternoon in the historic township of Hahndorf. Those departing in the afternoon can enjoy a dinner in Glenelg or indulge in a Temptation Sailing Twilight Cruise.
New five-star boutique hotel opens in Adelaide
Adelaide’s highly anticipated Mayfair Hotel opened its doors last month breathing glamour and sophistication in the heart of South Australia’s vibrant capital. The boutique hotel is nestled on the corner of King William and Hindley Streets – accessible to Adelaide’s vibrant Riverbank Precinct, Adelaide Casino, iconic Adelaide Oval and Rundle Mall shopping district. Preserving the heritage-listed Colonial Mutual Life building, the 1930s facade has been complemented by a stunning new jewel-box addition that adds a contemporary twist to a beautiful classic building. Internally, the hotel offers 170 elegant and well-appointed rooms and suites, a breathtaking rooftop terrace and lounge, function rooms, business centre, gym, the Mayflower Restaurant and Bar and Café 55.
Adelaide’s GINnovative new spirit
Adelaide’s first and only all Australian craft spirit bar, Thrift Shop Bar, has launched their private label ‘Quandong Gin’. In partnership with South Australia’s Kangaroo Island Spirits and esteemed distiller Jon Lark, Quandong Gin is a fusion of natural spirit, Australian native Quandong and an array of botanicals including lemon myrtle, juniper and pepper. Officially launched on 3 February 2015, the Quandong Gin is available from the Thrift Shop Bar Wednesday to Saturday 4.30pm to late. Take away and trade sales are also available.
Martindale Hall's grandeur open to the public
Sharon and Mick Morris of Mintaro Maze have taken a year’s tenure as caretakers of Martindale Hall, ensuring the historic building remains open to the public. Val Tilbrook, Clare Valley historian, will be onsite every Monday and Tuesday to impart her knowledge of the building and local area to visitors. While overnight accommodation is no longer available, the Hall is available for private functions including weddings. Martindale Hall is open seven days a week, 11am to 4pm.
Victor Harbor icons offer unlimited access
The Horse Drawn Tram and South Australian Whale Centre have been Victor Harbor icons for decades. Now they have teamed up to launch an annual membership program that provides unlimited access to these popular attractions. Annual membership prices start from $25 for adults for unlimited access to one of the attractions to $50 for a combination membership to both. Membership also includes a number of other benefits from local Victor Harbor businesses, including discount vouchers for Hotel Victor, Girdler Amusements, Nino’s Café, Urimbirra Wildlife Park and the Causeway Kiosk.
Giant Pumpkin competition out to set world record
It’s that time of year when gardeners around South Australia are nurturing their pumpkin plants, eager to grow South Australia’s heaviest pumpkin in readiness for the Murray River Giant Pumpkin Competition. To be held at the Cadell Harvest Festival on Easter Saturday, the giant pumpkin competition is now in its fifth year and the local community have their eyes set on an even bigger prize – a world record. Taking over from the USA in October last year, the current world record 1054.01kg pumpkin grew in the soil of Switzerland. Let’s see if Australia can take the crown this Easter on the banks of the Murray River.
Adelaide – the gateway to Australia’s best wine country
Vineyard in the Limestone Coast
We’re proud to be Australia’s wine capital, spoilt for choice with the numerous regions on our doorstep. There are reds from the Coonawarra on the Limestone Coast and the Barossa, just an hour's drive from Adelaide. Travel another hour north and you'll reach the Clare Valley, which is famous for its Rieslings. The Adelaide Hills has some stunning whites and there’s McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek on the Fleurieu Peninsula - about an hour's drive south of the city. Kangaroo Island might be famous for its pristine beaches, unique wildlife, awesome sunsets but it also makes a great “drop” of wine too. Don’t miss this iconic destination, just two hours’ drive and a short ferry ride south of Adelaide.
South Australia’s a first
Adelaide is proud of its list of “firsts”. Aside from being Australia's first freely settled colony - founded in 1836 by Colonel Light – the city also boasts plenty of other firsts too. South Australia exported Australia’s first wine in 1845. Women were the first to enjoy voting rights in 1894 and the right to stand for parliament. Recently, the Adelaide Festival Centre was the first capital city arts centre in Australia to offer music, theatre, dance and exhibitions from around the world under the one roof. Adelaide was also the first Australian city to host an arts festival in 1960. It’s also home to WOMADelaide - the first and only Australian version, of the world-music event WOMAD; and Santos Tour Down Under – the first race outside of Europe to be awarded UCI World Tour Status in 2008.
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Australian Baseball League Championship Series
6 February – 8 February 2015, Norwood Oval
The Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks is hosting the Australian Baseball League (ABL) Championship Series for the first time since 1980. Games will be held on Friday and Saturday nights with a multitude of ticket options available.
Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival
13 and 15 February, Kangaroo Island
Relax trackside at one of South Australia’s most popular country race meetings. The atmosphere is always festive as visitors and locals alike place their bets and enjoy the action.
2015 ICC Cricket World Cup
15 February – 20 March 2015, Adelaide
Adelaide will host four matches of world-class cricket when the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup comes to town. Tournament highlights include a showdown between fierce rivals India and Pakistan on Sunday 15 February and a Quarter Final on Friday 20 March where fans are likely to see Australia in action.
India v Pakistan
Sunday 15 February, 2015, Adelaide (day/night)
Be there as Adelaide hosts its first game of the Cricket World Cup 2015. There’s sure to be an electric atmosphere as fierce rivals India and Pakistan clash at the Adelaide Oval, with packed stands predicted and up to a billion people around the world expected to watch on television.
England v Bangladesh
Monday 9 March, 2015, Adelaide (day/night)
England and Bangladesh will go head to head in the second Cricket World Cup 2015 game hosted in Adelaide. Enjoy action in the Fanzone before heading into Adelaide Oval to cheer on the teams.
Pakistan v Ireland
Sunday 15 March, 2015, Adelaide (day/night)
The third of Adelaide’s Cricket World Cup games will see Pakistan go up against Ireland. Be there as the two nations clash in front of their passionate fans.
Friday 20 March, 2015, Adelaide (day/night) – teams to be determined
On-field action will get even more exciting as the Cricket World Cup enters its next phase. Australia will play in this match if it qualifies for a quarter final.
13 February – 15 March, Adelaide
Australia’s largest arts event takes over Adelaide each year. The open-access Fringe boasts 900 events in venues ranging from parks and laneways to hotels and halls. Everyone’s invited to share the spontaneity and fun.
27 February – 15 March 2015, Adelaide
The Adelaide Festival is a multi-arts event with extraordinary richness, diversity and a strong tradition of innovation. With a program including opera, theatre, dance, music, cabaret, visual art, Adelaide Writers’ Week plus much more this is an event not to be missed.
South Australian Wooden Boat Festival
21-22 February 2015, Fleurieu Peninsula
The festival held within the Goolwa Wharf Precinct provides a weekend filled with on water and on land action, loads of entertainment and the opportunity to get up close and personal with wooden river vessels, from elegant yachts to sleek classic speedboats.
6-9 March 2015, Adelaide
WOMADelaide was launched back in 1992 and has grown to become one of the nation’s favourite outdoor festivals. Its four days feature performances from renowned musicians, dancers and DJs, along with insightful talks, workshops and array of global cuisine.
Coober Pedy Centenary Celebrations
2-5 April 2015, Flinders Ranges & Outback
Coober Pedy will celebrate 100 years with a range of events throughout 2015. They include three in early April: the 100 Year Ball, Coober Pedy Opal Festival and Welcome Back to Coober Pedy, a reunion lunch for past residents.
Fleurieu Peninsula Golf Championships
7-11 April 2015, Fleurieu Peninsula
Golfers can play at four courses on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula over four days, with a range of tour options and accommodation packages across the region also available.
Barossa Vintage Festival
15-19 April 2015, Barossa
Come along to Australia’s largest and longest wine festival. The Barossa Vintage Festival blends together the Barossa’s wine, food, people and their stories to create a memorable experience with a program consisting of music, literature, art and of course food and wine.