SA Stories - February 2013
NEW ACCOMMODATION AND TOURS
Air Wilpena Photography Tours
Air Wilpena photography tours
Air Wilpena, the charter flight for Wilpena Pound Resort, is hosting a five-night, six-day, aerial and landscape photography tour of the spectacular Flinders Ranges and Lake Eyre regions of South Australia. The airline and resort have partnered with the renowned Australian photographer Peter Elfes to host the two tours, scheduled for 4-9 of June and 22-27 October. For more information and booking details visit the Air Wilpena website.
Kangaroo Island Backpackers Hostel
Kangaroo Island Backpackers
The former Penneshaw Youth Hostel has been refurnished, completely reopened under new management and renamed Kangaroo Island Backpackers. The hostel was semi-closed for eight months until November when Greg and Liza Reynolds took over. The new owners have been working to attract guests through creating a clean and friendly hostel. The hostel is located less than 100 metres from the ferry terminal at Penneshaw and has a large recreation area, with pool table, lounge and television area and offers budget accommodation.
Fleurieu Adventure Activities
Hot Air Balllooning
Middleton’s Adventures Beyond and Surf & Sun are launching the brand new Fleurieu Adventure Activities, offering a range of adventure products in the region which can be booked individually or in packages. Adventure activities include surf lessons, kayak tours, boat tours, sky diving, sailing, war bird flights, hot air ballooning, bike riding and more. For more information visit the Surf & Sun website.
NEW FOOD, WINE AND LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS
The Producers' Table
McLaren Vale has a new lunch spot, with the Producers Table providing farmhouse lunches among the vines, and spectacular views of Willunga Hills. The Producers Table celebrates farm and regional produce, with the menu reflecting the year round regional harvest. The fruit, vegetables and herbs outside the kitchen door provide Chef Sarah Whetstone with inspiration for creating simply delicious farmhouse dishes.
Six McLaren Vale businesses have come together to offer a premium food and wine experience for visitors. Sabella, Red Poles, Wirra Wirra, Hugh Hamilton, Primo Estate and the McLaren Vale Beer Company make up the Extra Mile tour, which encourages people to explore cellar doors, restaurants and galleries at their leisure with a McMurtrie Mile passport card, self drive tour or hosted tour.
Growing up on Kangaroo Island as a child, Nick Hannaford discovered the island’s secluded and hidden locations. He is now sharing these hidden gems by offering unique food experiences at the Kangaroo Island Feastival. Following last year’s successful Kangaroo Island Seafood Feastival, Nick has decided to expand the event beyond seafood, instead showcasing everything the island has to offer. Nick said the event would involve three types of events; main events with celebrity chefs, pop-up events across the island and table surfing events hosted at the homes of locals. “It’s about showcasing the fantastic locations around the island that don’t usually offer dining experiences,” Nick said. Maggie Beer and George Calombaris are among the celebrity chefs to host dining experiences. “We really want to make sure that there is something for the locals to do but not so parochial that it won’t attract interstate and international events, hence the big ticket events.” Nick, who is based in Mount Gambier, spends his time travelling to Adelaide and Kangaroo Island. He said he loves to holiday at Kangaroo Island with his two young boys. “It is always a favourite to go to Stokes Bay because there is a protected swimming area for the kids, which means we can relax, and there is also a great fish and chip shop to enjoy afterwards,” Nick said. “The South Coast, around Seal Bay, is also great for walks with friends.”
Adelaide Botanic Garden Tomato Festival 23 – 24 February, Adelaide
Head to the Adelaide Botanic Garden for a weekend full of tomatoes, including the famous Tomato Sauce Challenge. There will be a guided tour of the Botanic Garden, a family fun day, craft activities and The Great Tomato Debate.
Adelaide Festival 1 – 17, March, Adelaide
This large-scale multi-arts event has extraordinary richness, diversity and a strong tradition of innovation. The festival program includes opera, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, cabaret, new media events, Adelaide Writers’ Week and much more.
WOMADelaide 8–11 March, Adelaide
Adelaide’s beautiful Botanic Park is the venue for WOMADelaide - a true celebration of world music. For four magical days and nights the park will host some of the planet’s most extraordinary musicians, dancers and singers.
ASICS Victor Harbor Triathlon 10 March, Fleurieu Peninsula
A 4-event sporting festival showcasing the Fleurieu Peninsula to the whole of Australia.
Adelaide Casino Adelaide Cup 11 March, Adelaide
Come and enjoy the premier day on Adelaide's racing calendar! More than just a horse race, the Adelaide Casino Adelaide Cup is a day to remember with a carnival atmosphere and something for everyone!
Bundaleer Festival 22-24 March, Clare Valley
Bundaleer Festival will be a magical music experience in a natural amphitheatre featuring nationally acclaimed singers and musicians.
Coober Pedy Opal Festival 30 March, Flinders Ranges & Outback
Celebrating opal mining with art, craft, rides, entertainment and fireworks.
Oakbank Racing Easter Carnival 30 March–1 April, Adelaide Hills
Located in the stunning Adelaide Hills, Oakbank Racecourse is home to jumps racing in South Australia, which combines with flat racing to make two days of thrilling racing over Easter each year.
Barossa Vintage Festival 30 March-7 April, Barossa
Celebrating fabulous Barossa Vintage with heritage events, food and wine, auctions, town days, parades, markets, awards and the Festival Ball.
New CEO for SATC
Rodney Harrex has been appointed as the new CEO of the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) by the Governer in Executive Council and will be joining the team on 8 April. Australian born Mr Harrex comes to the SATC from Tourism Australia as the Head of UK and Northern European Operations, based in London. His career in tourism has spanned more than 20 years and he has a thorough understanding of the industry, along with in depth knowledge of our key international markets. Jane Jeffreys will continue as interim Chief Executive until Mr Harrex commences his position in April, at which time Jane will remain as Chair of the Board.
New Tourism Minister
The Hon Leon Bignell has been sworn in as the new Tourism Minister under the recent cabinet reshuffle. Minister Bignell, who has been the MP for the seat of Mawson for the past six years, has also picked up the Sports and Recreation portfolio. Over the next few weeks the SATC will be working with Minister Bignell's office to brief him on all tourism matters. Outgoing Tourism Minister Gail Gago will now be responsible for the following portfolios; Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Forests, Regional Development, Status of Women and State/Local Government Relations.
Fresh new direction for Tasting Australia
Tasting Australia 2014 will be shaped by a bold new creative team who are passionate about South Australian produce and growing this premier event. Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell this week announced renowned local chef Simon Bryant and Adelaide-based wine expert Paul Henry would drive Tasting Australia’s creative direction, with food icon Maggie Beer joining as Patron of the event. Tasting Australia will be held in Autumn 2014, with final dates to be confirmed. For more information visit the Tasting Australia website.
Emirates flights commence daily
South Australia’s tourism industry will receive another boost, with Emirates flights from Dubai to Adelaide increasing to daily. The increased volume of flights comes just three months after Emirates commenced its four-weekly service to Adelaide. It will see an additional 1,062 seats operate in and out of the state each way per week, carrying an expected 100,000 passengers into Adelaide each year. The daily flights are expected to generate about $40 million in direct expenditure and over 200 jobs per annum over the next two years.
15th Santos Tour Down Under a resounding success
It was a big year for the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under, with more than 750,000 spectators attending the six-stage event, live broadcasts across all stages in Australia and internationally for the first time, and a 15th birthday party which attracted thousands to Victoria Square. The tour was won by 23-year-old Dutch cyclist Tom-Jelte Slagter who celebrated his first World Tour victory, riding with team Blanco. This year also saw more than 6500 people take part in the Bupa Challenge Tour community ride, while nearly 300 young people rode in the Bupa mini tour for kids. For all your Santos Tour Down Under information, visit the website.
Daly Head names a National Surfing Reserve
Daly Head, on the Yorke Peninsula, has recently been named South Australia’s first National Surfing Reserve. It joins 15 National Surfing Reserves across Australia, and is the first to be named along the country’s southern coastline. The Formby Bay Environmental Action Group and the local surfing community were instrumental in gaining National Surfing reserve status for Daly Head; all are volunteers with a passion for seeing Daly Head preserved for future generations. Achieving National Surfing Reserve (NSR) status now ensures that Daly Head has recognition as an iconic world class surfing location. The Formby Bay Environmental Action Group has revegetated the coastline, put in stairs for beach access and established clearly defined paths to keep people from trampling native vegetation. They will continue to help with restoration of sand dunes and facilities in the area.
Adelaide loyalty card plan to embrace council services and city businesses
A loyalty card system is set to be trialed in the city, aiming to bring more people into the city by offering more convenience to shoppers and city businesses. Adelaide City Council announced the plans last month for the card which could include instant payment for council services such as parking and on-street ticket machines, as well as for small businesses, Central Market stalls, Rundle Mall retailers and city hotels. The loyalty card is modeled on a trial underway in NSW and will replace the existing Adelaide Rewards card covering council-operated services.
Adelaide City Council will work with the Rundle Mall Management to get city retailers on board, with aims to commence the trial in the 2013/14 financial year.
Air Wilpena launches photography contest to showcase Australian landscapes
Air Wilpena, the charter airline for Wilpena Pound Resort, it inviting amateur photographers to submit their best Australian landscapes to a photography competition designed to showcase the diversity of outback. The competition will be hosted by renowned Australian photographer Peter Elfes, who documented Lake Eyre and the central and eastern desert regions of Australia for four years. The winner of the Air Wilpena contest will travel with Elfes when he re-visits Lake Eyre in 2013, for a six day photography tour of the area. The competition is open until Tuesday 30 April. Follow the link to submit your entry.
UK series to feature Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions
Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions, based on the Eyre Peninsula, will be featured in a major new BBC 2 series Wonders of Life which started to air on January 27th. The series is presented by UK’s Dr Brian Cox and covers how physics governs animals’ development. Filming of the shark expeditions and also the bats in the Naracoorte Caves will be aired on Sunday 17 February, as part of the Australia episode. Check out the trailer of the series.
1) Easter is early this year, with the four day weekend coming at the end of March. Explore South Australia’s event calendar which is jam-packed full of things to do for the long weekend, including the Oakbank races, the world’s biggest picnic race meeting.
2) Encourage the kids to get outdoors to enjoy the warm summer months. Fleurieu Adventure Activities will help parents find surf lesions, kayak tours, boat tours, bike riding and more for themselves and their children.
3) Photography tours are a new way to explore South Australia. Discover the many tours, including the new aerial and landscape photography tour of the Flinders Ranges and Lake Eyre region through Air Wilpena.
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