SA Stories - January 2016


Adelaide Zoo – Nature’s Playground

Adelaide Zoo Adelaide Zoo

Nature’s Playground, a new multi-purpose space, is now the place to be at the Adelaide Zoo. Featuring play equipment built on nature play principles the playground includes an aerial walkway, climbing structures, water play features and a natural creek bed. Suitable for visitors of all ages, the Nature’s Playground provides the perfect space to start or end your day at the Adelaide Zoo.


Walk the Yorke

Walk the Yorke Walk the Yorke

500km trail, Walk the Yorke, has been constructed to link existing coastal walking trails to create one walking experience around the entire coast of Yorke Peninsula. With rugged cliffs, pristine beaches, secluded coves, rocky reefs, historic lighthouses and a peek into some of Australia’s most productive farming land and Indigenous scrublands, the trail showcases the Yorke Peninsula in all its’ glory. A variety of different short walks are available along the trail offering something for everyone to enjoy.


Gawler Farmer’s Market

Gawler Farmer's Market Gawler Farmer's Market

A new farmers’ market is set to open on 30 January in Gawler to bring together some of the best locally grown and made produce. Located in the regional town of Gawler, the farmers’ markets will feature more than 30 stallholders providing fresh, seasonal South Australian produce, sold directly from farmers and producers to the local community. There will be a diverse mix of meats, fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts, jams and chutney, breads and smallgoods available. Cooking demonstrations and children’s activities will also be on offer at the markets.


Top Note Cellar Door

Top Note Top Note

Premium Adelaide Hills winery, Top Note, has expanded to open a cellar door to the public. The cellar door, located in a cottage on the Top Note property at Kuitpo, offers four wines on tasting including a new vintage Chardonnay, a 2015 Merlot and 2013 Pinot Noir. The humble cellar door will be closed in June and July but open for the rest of the year. There is no place better to be than this new cellar door to treat yourself to quality cool climate wines.



Mike Turtur

Mike Turtur Mike Turtur

Champion cyclist Mike Turtur has experienced nerves before. Yet winning gold for track team pursuit at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games barely compares to the first race of the first Santos Tour Down Under 17 years ago. “I couldn’t believe how many spectators were there, it was unbelievable,” he said. Mike has been the race director of the Tour since its inception in 1999, and in nurturing its growth has lived first-hand all the highlights of the event. His personal favourites include Australian legend Cadel Evans riding in the 2010 Tour in the World Champion’s rainbow jersey, Michael Rogers’ courageous actions finding a replacement bike from the crowd after a nasty fall on Menglers Hill near Tanunda and his idol Eddy Merckx attending the race in 2012.

“In terms of what has impacted the race, though, it’s undeniable that achieving ProTour status in 2008 was a real coup as it cemented our place in the international cycling calendar,” Mike said. “Lance Armstrong’s attendance at event in 2009, 2010 and 2011 was also a game-changer; his profile and influence is undeniable and cycling fans from the world over wanted to see Lance race.” However, it is also the development of the event overall that makes Mike proud. “The creation of the festival is one of our greatest achievements and now we have a full nine-day program. “The participation side of the Santos Tour Down Under just continues to explode every year, and we always say that the event would not be possible without the support of host councils and event sponsors.” The 18th Santos Tour Down Under is currently being held and finishes on Sunday 24 January.


Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre

Recent rainfall in the state’s north has begun to fill Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre, breathing new life into the Outback. With water beginning to fill the lake, Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre is turning green with saltbush and vegetation starting to grow and changing the harsh landscape rapidly. This rare opportunity offers tourists a vastly different experience and is a unique opportunity not to be missed.

Adelaide recognised as Australia’s City of Music

UNESCO recently announced Australia’s premier city for live music is Adelaide. Adelaide is the first Australian city to be recognised and joins 19 other cities on the exclusive list. The listing is a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on Adelaide’s thriving live music scene that continues to grow. This announcement further concretes Adelaide’s reputation as a vibrant city and with Adelaide’s fantastic musical culture this listing is a great honour.

Coffee Barn Gelateria, Moonta Mines, SA – Number 6 on TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Ice Cream Spots in Australia list

To coincide with Australia’s hot summer months, the world’s largest travel site TripAdvisor has released a list of Australia’s top 10 ice creameries. The list is based on the quality and quantity of reviews and opinions from millions of TripAdvisor travellers. Coffee Barn Gelateria in Moonta Mines was the only South Australian ice creamery to make the top 10 coming in at number six. “Delightful owners, exceptional Gelato made from the best ingredients, and pancakes that are out of this world,” said a TripAdvisor reviewer.

Nonna and I Restaurant

Old-school Italian food has arrived in Adelaide’s eastern suburb Norwood with the opening of restaurant Nonna and I. Located on Margaret Street, Nonna and I is owned and operated by Khalil Rashwan who moved to Adelaide after owning restaurants in America and Malaysia. Nonna and I serves an array of simple, traditional Italian salads, pastas, meats and pizzas, and the extensive menu means there is something for everyone. Open seven days a week for dinner and from Wednesday to Sunday for lunch, Nonna and I brings traditional Italian cuisine to life in Adelaide’s east.

Adelaide Shores Pool Now Open

A new resort style lagoon pool has opened at BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park. Designed to offer guests a large and modern swimming area equipped with a surfaced deck BBQ area, the new pool is the ultimate place to be this summer. A perfect city escape, Adelaide Shores offers a variety of activities the whole family will enjoy and the new resort-style pool is the perfect place to cool off this summer, all within close proximity to Adelaide’s pristine beaches and vibrant CBD.

GHOST The Musical in Adelaide

Based on the award-wining film of the same name, GHOST premiered in Australia at the Adelaide Festival Centre on Saturday 9 January. This spectacular musical features Rob Mills and Jemma Rix as the leads who are accompanied by an array of talented cast and crew. The leading international creative team have produced a stunning production showcasing illusions and breathtaking special effects. GHOST is only in Adelaide for a short time and is a must see. To secure your tickets visit

Hermanos Cubanos

This bright and vibrant café is the newest addition to Henley Square serving Cuban inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings. A variety of sandwiches, hot dogs, fries and sides are on offer to eat in the café or takeaway. The café itself is bright and quirky and a very welcomed addition to the renovated Henley Square. Hermanos Cubanos is open Monday – Sunday from 9am to 9pm.


Get golfing in South Australia

Golf at Victor Harbor Golf at Victor Harbor

Golfing enthusiasts and amateurs can play on world-class courses in South Australia, trialling the fairways and greens that will host the world’s best female players over the next three years. World number one, Lydia Ko of New Zealand, will compete at the 2016 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at Grange Golf Course from February 18-21. She will play against Australia’s top-ranked players, LPGA Tour winner Minjee Lee and five-time national champion Karrie Webb. Over the following years the Open will be held at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club (2017) and Kooyonga Golf Club (2018).

Grange and Kooyonga are international-standard courses, located just 15 minutes outside of Adelaide’s centre, allowing players the luxury of inner city living and a scenic setting for a hit of 18 holes.

For golfers who enjoy regional courses, Fleurieu Peninsula clubs Victor Harbor, Fleurieu, McCracken and Links Lady Bay present an exciting proposition for a few days away. The area is abundant with food and wine experiences, sea views and is the gateway to Kangaroo Island. The four golf courses will also host the 2016 Fleurieu Peninsula Golf Championship amateur event in April.


Adelaide Fringe

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.

Tunarama Festival
22-26 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 versus 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.

Brighton Jetty Classic
1 February, Adelaide
The largest ocean swimming event in South Australia celebrated with a day of events and activities for the whole family.

Adelaide Fringe Festival
12 February – 14 March, Adelaide
Australia’s largest open-access arts event takes over Adelaide each year. The 2016 Fringe will feature a record number of events, held across 376 venues ranging from purpose-built big-top tents and laneways to hotels and halls. Everyone’s invited to share the spontaneity and experience something new.

Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival
18-20 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 enjoy the local produce on offer and revel in the action of Kangaroo Island’s largest event.

ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open
18-21 February, Adelaide
Adelaide is the proud host city for the 2016 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. The Grange Golf Club is the perfect setting to watch world-class players including world Number One Lydia Ko (New Zealand) and other top ranked contenders battle for the title.

Adelaide Festival
26 February – 14 March, Adelaide
One of the world’s greatest art events, the Adelaide Festival provides its audience with an extraordinary mix of international theatre productions, eclectic world-class musicians, outstanding dance pieces and breathtaking art displays. Included in the festival is Writer’s Week which offers a full program for those with a literary bent.

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