SA Stories - July 2015


Tasting Eyre

Tasting Eyre Eyre Peninsula Coast

Nullarbor Traveller has created a new day tour in the Eyre Peninsula called Tasting Eyre. The Tasting Eyre tour gives an insight into the wonders of the town of Port Lincoln. Highlights include spectacular scenery and rugged coastal rock formations in Port Lincoln National Park and Whaler’s Way, interaction with wildlife in Glen Forest Tourist Park, a visit to Mikkira Station, and delicious Eyre Peninsula seafood. The tour will give you an insight into Australia’s seafood frontier and its breathtaking natural beauty.

Rivergum Cruises

Murray River Murray River

Get up close and personal and explore the Murray River with Rivergum Cruises. Take one of the many tours on offer of the Murray River on Rivergum Cruises’ new boat, Qatar, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Riverland. Choose between the Yarra Cliffs, Ramco Redgum, Rivergum or Lunch at the Lock tours where you will be taken on an unforgettable journey meeting local wildlife and cruising past majestic 100 foot limestone cliffs. The boat carries up to 10 passengers and bookings are essential.


Inneston Heritage Accommodation

Bedroom Post Office Lodge Bedroom

The Mallee Lodge and Post Office join an established group of five heritage properties located in the once thriving mining town of Inneston within Inness National Park. Dotted among the ruins of the mining town are a number of self-contained miners’ lodges that have been restored to their original charm where visitors can stay the night. The Mallee Lodge and Post Office offer fresh and modern facilities and furnishings housed in beautiful heritage exteriors. These heritage accommodation options offer a perfect base to explore the wonders of Inness National Park on the Yorke Peninsula.


Joseph Mitchell Joseph Mitchell

Joseph Mitchell has been in the arts industry for nearly 10 years and with extensive study and experience it comes as no surprise that he is the Festival Director of the 2015 OzAsia Festival. In 2004 Joseph completed a post-graduate degree in Theatre Directing at the Victorian College of the Arts and began working as an assistant director in theatre, film and TV. By 2006, Joseph was appointed as the Youth and Education Manager and then later as the Resident Director at the Queensland Theatre Company. Joseph began to take a liking to arts festivals and moved to the Brisbane Festival as Executive Producer for three years before moving to Canada for a year working at Canada’s major international festivals. Now Joseph has moved to Adelaide to start his journey with OzAsia Festival.

“I was looking for an arts festival that had a unique point of difference and OzAsia Festival is Australia’s only international arts festival exclusively dedicated to showcasing contemporary arts from across Asia, so was the perfect fit,” says Joseph. As Festival Director, Joseph is responsible for the festival’s artistic program which includes selecting a dynamic mix of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, films, talks and outdoor events.
When Joseph isn’t in the office going through emails and attending meetings, he is overseas scouting for the best performances to be involved in the festival. “Staying at the forefront of the best contemporary arts practice throughout Asia and building relationships with different artists and partners here in Adelaide, throughout Australia and internationally is the most important part of my job,” Joseph says.

This year’s program for the OzAsia Festival is out today (July 7). Joseph says punters will find “an entire generation of young, vibrant, risk-taking artists from across Asia who draw on so many modern influences; fast-paced lifestyles in neon-lined megacities, rapidly changing technology and social engagement via digital immersion. OzAsia Festival is where people can get a sense of that here in Australia.

“Adelaide is known as the festival capital of Australia, and therefore it is imperative that in the mix of annual festivals, some, such as OzAsia Festival, are unlike any other festival in Australia,” Joseph says. The Australian premier of Miss Revolutionary Idol Berseker from Japan will leave people breathless and the Adelaide Night Noodle Markets located at the Riverbank Precinct is a feast for the senses with food, performances and installations to explore. The 2015 OzAsia Festival will run from September 24 to October 4. The newly-released program can be found here.

New Through Local Eyes Film: Pleasure in Pain

The cycling inspired film Pleasure in Pain, is now live in the lead up to the launch of the 2016 Santos Tour Down Under. This is the 33rd film produced as part of the Through Local Eyes project, a digital film campaign. Pleasure in Pain is narrated by the international voices of cycling Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, featuring footage shot at this year’s Santos Tour Down Under including training vision of the Ettix-Quick Step professional team. This film builds on the momentum created by the Santos Tour Down Under and South Australia’s reputation for not only staging cycling events but also being a great place to cycle with iconic trails and hill climbs such as the legendary Willunga Hill and Corkscrew Road. The Through Local Eyes project has attracted 1.6 million views since it was launched almost two years ago. Local film makers are commissioned to showcase what they love about SA. This latest film is expecting to attract more than 100,000 views during the next six months.

Pleasure in Pain - A Cycling Movie filmed in South Australia

Tour Down Under Race Routes

The race routes for the 2016 Santos Tour Down Under have been announced marking the countdown to next year’s event. The race routes include a return of some old favourites and the inclusion of Norton Summit Road, an iconic South Australian climb. The routes for the stages are as follows:

  • Down Under Classic (Adelaide) – 51km – Sunday, January 17
  • Stage 1 – Prospect to Lyndoch – 130.8km – Tuesday, January 19
  • Stage 2 – Unley to Stirling – 132km – Wednesday, January 20
  • Stage 3 – Glenelg to Campbelltown – 139km – Thursday, January 21
  • Bupa Stage 4 – Norwood to Victor Harbor – 138km – Friday, January 22
  • Bike Exchange Stage 5 – McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill – 151.5km – Saturday, January 23
  • Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6 – Adelaide – 90km – Sunday, January 24

The routes, developed by Race Director Mike Turtur, consider both the cyclist and spectator promising an exciting 2016 race. The race will travel 781.3kilometres across the six stages, including 72.7 kilometres of new roads. 

PLONK hits free-to-air TV

South Australia’s wine regions will “PLONK” into every home and TV screen in Adelaide this month. The second series of PLONK, a satirical comedy show filmed exclusively in South Australia, will screen on Channel Nine Adelaide after The Voice from July 7. The six-part series, supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission, premiered on TV and movie streaming service STAN last month. It is now making its debut on free-to-air television. South Australia’s wine regions and more than 90 winemakers, local personalities and business owners are brought to life in half-hour episodes on the small screen, telling entertaining and pertinent stories about our state. PLONK stars Chris Taylor of The Chaser’s War on Everything, Barossa born writer/actor Joshua Tyler and creator Nathan Earl. Watch the trailer here. The second series of PLONK will screen on Channel Nine from July 7 at 9pm.

South Australian Tourism Commission and South Australian Motor Sport Board Integration

We welcome the South Australian Motor Sport Board (SAMSB) into the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC). In July 2014, the Premier announced a large scale reform of the Government’s 429 boards and committees and the SAMSB was identified as a Board to be abolished and its functions were to be transitioned into the SATC. The Bill for this has now been proclaimed by the Governor, with the amendments effective July 1, 2015. The SAMSB team members will form the valued Motor Sport Group within the SATC. Mr. Mark Warren will be the Director, Motor Sport Group and lead The Motor Sport Group within the SATC. Mr. Warren will be a valuable member of the SATC executive team and report directly to the SATC Chief Executive, Rodney Harrex. The SAMSB Chair, Mr. Andy Ford, has also been appointed as a SATC Board Director. The Clipsal 500 Adelaide has always complimented other key South Australian events managed and supported by Events South Australia, such as the Santos Tour Down Under, Tasting Australia and the Christmas Pageant. Planning is well underway for another exciting Clipsal 500 Adelaide in 2016, continuing the event’s reputation for innovative motorsport, action-packed entertainment and awesome concert line-up. For more information visit the SATC Corporate website.

Aloft Adelaide

Starwood Hotels and Resorts have announced that a new hotel will be opening in Adelaide’s CBD as part of the new multi-level development Mayfield located on Sturt Street. The debut Starwood Hotel in South Australia, Aloft Adelaide, will feature 200 guestrooms, an indoor glass bottom rooftop pool, 24-hour fitness centre and a rooftop running track. There will also be 500 square metres of meeting and entertainment space, as well as a rooftop bar and lounge overlooking the city. As well as being home to the new Aloft, the Mayfield Project will transform the area into one of Adelaide’s most desirable CBD residential precincts and will re-define apartment living. The Mayfield Project has advised that as many as 1200 jobs could be created during construction with 130 permanent jobs upon completion. For more information please visit

Explore the Nullarbor with a new digital guide

The Nullarbor Plain is one of Australia’s last frontiers stretching across the border between South Australia and Western Australia. A new interactive digital guide and tourism app have been developed and released by Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula in a cross border partnership with Australia’s Golden Outback, South Australian Tourism Commission and the Outback Communities Authority. The digital guide and app are aimed at the self-drive tourism market. Content on the app and website include a map of the drive from Perth to Adelaide, features on the towns of both Western Australia and South Australia and much more. The interactive map can be viewed online at or downloaded via the Apple App store or Google Play store.

Sage Adelaide

The former Grand Chifley Hotel located on South Terrace in Adelaide has been given a new name as SilverNeedle Hospitality launches its new 4-star brand Sage Hotels. Guests of the Sage Hotel Adelaide will enjoy stylish accommodation, complimentary Wi-Fi in their rooms, full conference facilities and laundry services. The hotel overlooks the tranquil South Parklands and is just a free tram ride away from the city centre.

Funding Package for Tourism - 2015-16 State Budget

The 2015-16 State Budget includes a major funding package of almost $50 million over four years to drive the economy and jobs creation in two growth industries – tourism and international education. At the heart of the package is $35 million over two years to promote South Australia to domestic and key international markets, secure new major events and conferences and create thousands of tourism-related jobs. 

These initiatives include:
  • $14 million on growing tourism marketing opportunities in China, India and South East Asia as well as traditional markets of the United Kingdom, Europe, United States and New Zealand.
  • $6 million on marketing campaigns to promote Adelaide and regional tourism experiences to the Australian market.
  • $15 million for the State Government’s bid fund, with $5 million allocated to secure conventions and $10 million to secure new events.
In addition to the $35 million, the budget includes $6 million over four years to further promote and grow the Santos Tour Down Under. A further $2 million will be given to the Adelaide Fashion Festival to establish the event in the CBD with a renewed focus on Asian markets.

Jock Zonfrillo to host Channel 7 Restaurant Revolution

South Australia’s very own Jock Zonfrillo has been announced as the host of Channel 7’s brand new show Restaurant Revolution. In the reality show, five teams from around Australia will be given the chance to live their dream and open their own restaurant. Series host Jock Zonfrillo knows exactly what the Restaurant Revolution teams are about to go through – he did it just two years ago when he opened his first solo restaurant ventures in Adelaide, Orana and Street-ADL. Viewers of Restaurant Revolution will be able to dine in the restaurants, sampling the food, service and atmosphere before contributing their own feedback. The pop-up location in Adelaide is in the heart of the city at Victoria Square.

Lady Burra Brewhouse

Located in the ever-evolving Topham Mall is Lady Burra Brewhouse, the first microbrewery to open in Adelaide’s CBD. The functional brewery will offer fresh-made beers as well as a full service cocktail bar and breakfast, lunch and dinner. Head brewer, Taylor Cox, is starting out with a roster of four regular beers – a pale ale, Irish red ale, dark beer and pilsener, and will also be making one-off beers. Everything is built around the fact that Lady Burra is a brewery with the cocktail list inspired by beer; even the sangria has beer in it. The menu is influenced by the Portuguese heritage of the owners with wood ovens used to make bread, slow roast meats and pizzas. Other food on the menu includes more traditional Portuguese fare, like petiscos (similar to tapas).

Abbots and Kinney

Located on Pirie Street, the once temporary stall offering delicious pastries at Leigh Street and the Adelaide Farmers Market has moved into a permanent space. Abbots and Kinney offers a modern and stylish space where you can get freshly baked pastries with unique combinations of flavours created by owner, Jonny Pisanelli. Abbots and Kinney is the perfect place to pair great coffee with great food as you dine in a space with a great atmosphere.

Feast on Dumplings

Adelaide’s first dumpling tour will be held on July 18 at 2.30pm hosted by walking food tours company Feast on Foot. The tour takes participants to some of Adelaide’s quirky and delicious secret dumpling spots and will be held weekly. The all-inclusive tour costs $49 per person and will take roughly two and a half hours to complete. Departing from Gouger St Chinese Gates, participants can relax and enjoy the heavenly flavours of Adelaide’s best dumplings and learn some new and quirky facts about Adelaide.



Tarnanthi Exhibition Piece Tjanpi basket and hand painted beads, Mimili Maku Arts, Mimili, South Australia Photograph John Montesi, 2015

More than 300 artists from across Australia will feature in Tarnanthi, the inaugural Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art. Tarnanthi is coming to the Art Gallery of South Australia from October 8-16,with exhibitions continuing across the state until 17 January 2016. Tarnanthi, pronounced tar-nan-dee, is a Kaurna word from the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains and means to come forth or appear. The enormous program will cast new light on Australia’s rich and diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander art and culture.

The Tarnanthi Art Fair will be a major highlight in the Festival’s line up. The Art Fair will be located at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute and will provide an opportunity for people to purchase art directly from more than 40 art centres from across the country. Priced from $50 to $10,000 the Art Fair will appeal to those buying their first work of art as well as dedicated collectors.

The Festival’s artistic vision encourages new beginnings by providing artists with opportunities to create significant new work. Tarnanthi will include a series of exhibitions, presented in partnership with key cultural institutions across South Australia, which will showcase the extraordinary, the significant and the unique, and will challenge existing notations of Aboriginal art. As part of the Festival the Art Gallery of South Australia will be showcasing its most ambitious exhibitions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in its 134 year history.



Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers
1-31 July, Limestone Coast
Coonawarra vineyards open their cellar doors and bring out some of their treasures, giving visitors a rare chance to taste and buy aged wine. Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers is a wonderful way to spend some time away from the city and escape to the relaxing surroundings of the Limestone Coast.

Southern University Games
5-9 July, Adelaide
More than 1,500 university and TAFE students from Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia will head to Adelaide to compete in the Southern University Games. Athletes are invited to explore the city’s renowned small bars and restaurants during their time off the field.

Liverpool vs Adelaide United
20 July, Adelaide
One of the world’s most famous sporting teams Liverpool Football Club will play an exhibition match against Adelaide United, as part of the club’s 2015 pre-season tour. LFC is England’s most successful club with 41 major honours, 18 times champions of England and 5 times champions of Europe.

Winter Reds Cellar Door Weekend
25-26 July, Adelaide Hills
The Winter Reds Cellar Door Weekend has something for everyone, making it the perfect weekend for wine connoisseurs to enjoy hearty food, a warm atmosphere and the stunning reds produced in the region. Some of South Australia’s best photography talent is also on show.

Willunga Almond Blossom Festival
25-26 July, Fleurieu Peninsula
The Willunga Almond Blossom Festival is Willunga’s major annual fundraiser for its recreation park facilities. Bring the family and join in the weekend of celebrations full of food, wine, acts, crafts, and fireworks.

SALA Festival
1-31 August, state-wide
The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is the largest visual arts festival in Australia. Its extensive state-wide program of visual arts involves more than 3000 artists and 500 venues that celebrate the diverse talents of South Australian artists. Don’t miss your chance to journey through some of this year’s best collections, held in various places and spaces to support the very best of visual art in the state.

Barossa Gourmet Weekend
14-16 August, Barossa
The Barossa is one of the world’s great gastronomic playgrounds, renowned for its wine, fresh seasonal produce, beautiful landscapes and easy-going lifestyle. Gourmet Weekend is a three day celebration of the region’s food and wine culture including long lunches, gourmet dinners, wine masterclasses, winery days, workshops. This year Gourmet Weekend celebrates its 30th anniversary and guests will be astounded by the offerings of the Barossa wineries and foodies, all wrapped in friendly Barossan hospitality.

Strathalbyn Collectors, Hobbies and Antiques Fair
15-16 August, Fleurieu Peninsula
This annual event is among Australia’s best antique and collectors fairs. It involves sales, displays and collections across a number of venues with the inclusion of antique appraisal, live entertainment and shuttle buses to all venues.

Big Burke and Wills Trek
16-26 August, Flinders Ranges and Outback
This trekking event takes place over 11 days and covers 330kms in south western Queensland and north eastern South Australia. The Big Burke and Wills Trek is a historic expedition, a feat of endurance and an unforgettable journey across some of Australia’s most dramatic and historic outback locations.

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