SA Stories - June 2012


Barristers Block Vigneron Villa

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Head for the hills this winter for a cosy and sumptuous retreat at Barristers Block Vigneron Villa at Woodside. Ideal for couples seeking a country getaway or a small group of friends, the three-bedroom villa is set amongst beautiful gardens with vineyard views. Start the day with a hearty breakfast consisting of local produce while being amused by the resident deer outside. Guests can make the most of the free bike hire and discover the little laneways of the hills.

Lost Adelaide GPS Walking Tour

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Go back in time with the State Library of South Australia’s Lost Adelaide GPS Walking Tour. Using their Smartphone, visitors can self-guide themselves and uncover historical aspects of the city. The Smartphone application uses locative technology to provide snapshots of buildings as they were in the past, allowing visitors to compare the architecture of past buildings to those present today.

Tumby Villas

Tumby Villas Tumby Villas

New on the accommodation scene on the Eyre Peninsula is Tumby Villas at Tumby Bay. Furnished in a contemporary style and with all the modern conveniences, these two bedroom self-contained villas can be rented out as one room or two rooms. Only a five minute walk from the beach and the main shopping centre, Tumby Villas offer a convenient location for a coastal holiday.

Deckadence Beach House

Deckadence Beach House Deckadence Beach House

For a summer holiday to remember, head to Deckadence Beach House at Stansbury on the Yorke Peninsula. With two large decks, an outdoor area, fish cleaning facilities and the beach just down the road, guests will be able to enjoy long summer days. If a wild, winter getaway is in order, Deckadence Beach House’s outdoor chiminea will keep the cold away. Sleeping up to seven people and with dogs negotiable, Deckadence Beach House will be a home away from home for the whole family.

Clare Cottage on Wendouree

Clare Cottage on Wendouree Clare Cottage on Wendouree

With the Riesling Trail on its doorstep, Clare Cottage on Wendouree is a beautiful renovated cottage with immediate access to one of the region’s most popular attractions. Ideal for a group of friends who want to explore the gastronomic delights of the Riesling Trail, the cottage sleeps up to six people and is also located within walking distance of two restaurants and three cellar doors. With a brand new bathroom and sweeping views of the vines, Clare Cottage on Wendouree is a great base to explore the Clare Valley.


Adelaide Sightseeing Barossa tour

Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre

Enjoy a day of eating and drinking in the Barossa on Adelaide Sightseeing’s new Barossa tour. This tour also visits the historic German town of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills where guests will be able to explore at their leisure. In the Barossa, visitors will visit the internationally renowned Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre and also be able to take in the view of the region from atop Mengler’s Hill.


Tjatu Gallery

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Tjatu Gallery is an Anangu owned and directed gallery that sells art created by the local traditional owners of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. Located on the Stuart Highway, visitors can stop and stretch their legs while admiring the bold art made by people from the nearby Mimili and Iwantja Communities. The Maku Wapar (witchetty grub songline) and Owl Wapar (owl songline) are significant stories to this area and feature prominently in many of the artworks. Visitors have the opportunity to purchase their own piece of work to take home too.

Premium Wine Tours by Scott Ninnis

Scott Ninnis Scott Ninnis

A high-end wine tasting experience awaits visitors who join Premium Wine Tours by Scott Ninnis, former professional basketballer and wine specialist. With exclusive tasting lists tailored to the tour group and a choice of either visiting the Adelaide Hills, Barossa or McLaren Vale, this tour allows guests to travel in luxury and learn from the experts. These private tours cater for two to four people and larger groups on consultation. Premium and super premium packages are available, making for an extra memorable wine experience in South Australia’s beautiful and accessible wine regions.

Gulf Brewery

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What do Harvest Moon Organic, Pilot’s Light, Madam Rouge and Cabin Boy Halfwit all have in common? They’re all creatively-named beers available at the new Gulf Brewery in Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. From organic beer to fruit-flavoured beer and a chocolate stout, the Gulf Brewery has an extensive range of different beers to try. Want to try them all? Tasting paddles are the answer, providing six tastes of six different beers for $6.


Andy ‘the Crooner’ Seymour

Andy Seymour Andy Seymour

Having grown up in a loud and energetic Gospel music environment, Andy Seymour is no stranger to the limelight. He will again take to the stage this month when he performs for Hoot – the Adelaide Hills Jazz Festival, comprising 60 acts in 30 venues over four days. “Hoot! is fresh and exciting and I’m chuffed to be part of not only a great SA event, but specifically an Adelaide Hill’s event in my own community,” Andy said. Grateful for the talent he’s been blessed with, Andy’s life has been dedicated to music and performing, which has taken him all over the world. “I enjoy making great music with fine musicians and when it all comes together on stage, it’s something pretty special.” Speaking of special, Andy’s performance at Hoot! takes place in the chapel at Carr and Kleeman Funerals in Mt Barker and is a tribute to past musicians. Asked how jazz inspires its audience, Andy’s answer reflects his respect for jazz. “Jazz takes everyone on a different journey and creates moods and colours. Jazz doesn’t have to try and keep up with trends; it evolves, but remains true to itself. Jazz music is played from the heart, it’s pure and audiences recognise that.” Having lived overseas and travelled all around the world, Andy has a good idea of what makes a nice place to live and SA comes out on top. “Our beautiful state has it all – mountain ranges, open plains, vineyards, sandy beaches, orchards and pine forests and I love it all! I have a deep appreciation for the solace of the bush and there’s something very special about riding through the Flinders Ranges. If you don’t find appreciation for our state, try living elsewhere for a spell and you’ll soon see what I mean,” Andy said.


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South Australian Country Music Festival and Awards 1 – 11 June, Riverland
Barmera comes alive with country music with 10 days of new talent, old favourites, workshops, tributes, awards, dinners, breakfasts – you name it!

League Engineering Truck and Ute Show 10 June, Mannum
Mannum’s inaugural truck and ute show will show off 70 trucks at this free family event.

HOOT! Adelaide Hills Jazz Festival 8 – 11 June, Adelaide Hills
Come and enjoy the festival that has it all, including an opening ceremony, funky jazz of all genres, roving performers, street stalls, local wines and food. Three outstanding international jazz superstars, 60 acts and 30 venues all packed into four days.

Melrose Fat Tyre Festival 8 – 11 June, Flinders & Outback
Celebrate the long weekend with a single track mountain bike riding festival in the Southern Flinders Ranges.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 8 – 23 June, Adelaide
Experience a musical delight with a line up of international stars and performances covering all cabaret genres.

Meet the Artisans: Annual Cellar Door Day and Long Table Lunch 14 – 15 July, Barossa
The chance to taste more than 50 wines poured by the winemakers and grape growers themselves.

Willunga Almond Blossom Festival 29 July – 6 August, Fleurieu Peninsula
Food, wine, arts, crafts, festivities and fireworks in beautiful Willunga.

SALA Festival 3 – 26 August, Statewide
South Australia Living Artists Festival is Australia’s largest visual arts festival. An immense program of visual arts around the state involving more than 3,000 artists and 500 venues. Don’t miss your chance to view and purchase some of SA’s brilliant artwork.

NAB Barossa Gourmet Weekend 18 – 19 August, Barossa
The leading winery cellar doors of the region pull out all the stops to showcase Barossa hospitality, a range of outstanding wines matched with delicious food and musical entertainment.

Supaloc Classic Targa Adelaide 22 – 26 August, Adelaide & Regions
Join the excitement and get behind South Australia’s newest motor sport event. This classic’s only car rally will hit the streets of South Australia, forming part of the Australian Targa Championship.

Xavier Rudd at Mt Gambier Gaol 21 September, Mt Gambier
Xavier Rudd’s only South Australian regional show will be held in the atmospheric Mt Gambier Gaol.

Australian University Games 23 – 28 September, Adelaide
South Australia will experience an influx of more than 5,000 students from Australian universities and tertiary institutions, to compete across more than 30 sports.

 Australian Inline Hockey Championships28 September – 6 October, Adelaide
Come and watch this sporting phenomenon which is reputedly the fastest growing team sport.

Bay to Birdwood Run 2012 30 September, Adelaide and Adelaide Hills
This year is the Classic Rally, where you can watch gorgeous classic vehicles manufactured between 1956 and 1977 travel from the beach to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood.


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New head chef for Palate to Palette
Diners at Palate to Palette on the Yorke Peninsula are experiencing a new menu created by Chef Arlo Aird who has recently signed on as the new head chef. While continuing its popular steak and seafood, Arlo is introducing a new range of pizza, slow cooked meals, chicken and pasta dishes. More information: Palate to Palette, 8635 2552

Adelaide rated in Best Walking Towns list
Adelaide has come in at number five in Prevention Australia’s Top Ten Walking Towns list in Australia. According to the magazine, Adelaide’s leafy tree-lined streets and gentle slopes made it a unique and desired destination for walking. More information: contact Rochelle Griggs

Grant for Emaroo Cottages
Emaroo Cottages in South Australia’s Riverland has won a $650,000 government grant from the Riverland Sustainable Futures Fund. The money will allow the owners to expand the property and build three new five-star self contained units in Paringa, the Riverland. More information about Emaroo Cottages.

Helicopter operator for KI
Heli Experiences is Kangaroo Island’s first permanent helicopter touring operator and will be giving visitors a birds’ eye view of the island from September this year. The South Australian Tourism Commission has been working with Heli Experiences to help develop this experience that will show off some of the state’s best assets. More information: Alex Weaver, or

SA represents in ACF
Chef of the Year awards Six strong chefs represented South Australia at the recent Australian Culinary Federation Chef of the Year awards. Chefs from Hentley Farm, Celcius Restaurant, Cole Thomas Catering Solutions, Ylp, the Gilbert Street Hotel and Urban Bistro all won medals in the heats. More information: Deb Foreman,

Food SA heads up awards
The South Australian Food Industry Awards, now hosted by Food SA, were launched last week with applications now open. Changes to the awards now mean there are categories for both small and large businesses and all applicants receive two hours of free mentoring and coaching in an area of their choice. More information:

Oxford Landing Estates and Maggie Beer partnership
Oxford Landing Estates is teaming up with Maggie Beer for the Good Food and Wine Shows in 2012. The winery will host the main restaurant and their own flavour work shops where Maggie Beer will bring her own signature food alive in dishes matched with each wine in the restaurant. More information: Mel Routledge,

McLaren Vale stars in winning video
The McLaren Vale grape growing region features in a recent video that won best Wine Tourism Feature at the Born Digital Awards in London. Presented by Nick Stock and featuring McLaren Vale identities, the video highlights the importance of protecting McLaren Vale for future generations. More information:

Bracegirdle’s tastes sweet success
Bracegirdle’s House of Fine Chocolate has swept up 18 awards at the recent inaugural Queensland Food and Wine Show Chocolate Show competition. The South Australian food producer came home with four Gold, eight Silver and four Bronze awards plus two Champion Chocolate categories. More information:

Award for Crowne Plaza Adelaide
The Crowne Plaza Adelaide has been awarded the nation’s best tourism and leisure development at the 2012 Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards and was the only South Australian development to receive an award. More information: Kieran Hall,

Drunken Goat claims gold
Woodside Cheese Wrights’ The Drunken Goat cheese was awarded one of the four gold medals taken home by the Adelaide Hills company following the 2012 Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show. Recognised for its innovative style and clean flavour, the Drunken Goat cheese incorporates the terroir of two regions. More information: Kris Loyd,


Coastal area Coastal area

- More and more dessert bars are cropping up around town – taste for yourself and discover what’s fuelling this latest trend.

- Lake Eyre in flood is a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity that we’ve now had four years in a row – how long will this natural spectacle continue?

- Head for the coast and explore some rugged winter walks – you’ll soon find out why the beach isn’t just a summer destination.


Lake Eyre Lake Eyre

Lake Eyre is filling again for the fourth year in a row and there’s never been a better time to see it. With a variety of touring options available, visitors can choose different length trips and either go by road from Adelaide or fly. Deemed a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity, SA has been lucky enough to enjoy water in Lake Eyre for four years now with visitors flocking to the natural attraction. Be inspired by our Lake Eyre gallery!

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