SA Stories - March 2015


McLaren Vale Backpackers

McLaren Vale Backpackers McLaren Vale Backpackers Dorm

McLaren Vale’s first hostel, McLaren Vale Backpackers, has opened in the heart of the world-class wine region. Conveniently located to bus routes, shops, restaurants, and wineries; the new budget accommodation offers a range of rooms for seasonal employees, backpackers and families. It is also in perfect proximity to exploring the local attractions, beaches and nearby communities of Willunga, Port Noarlunga and Victor Harbor. Rooms range from private to ten person dorms, with facilities that include a communal kitchen, outdoor barbecue area, laundry and tour desk.

Electra House Restaurant

Electra House Olea Restaurant

Heritage listed Electra House on King William Street is now home to a new three level precinct that includes a bar and beer garden, a modern Greek restaurant called Olea and two event spaces. International chef Alfonso Ales has been appointed executive chef and is responsible for the food across all three restaurants. Drawing on his passion for local seasonal produce, Alfonso creates ‘street food’ flavour for the bar and beer garden and Greek and Mediterranean sharing food in Olea. The design element has not been overlooked and with a towering plant installation, a charcoal pit and New York City loft like event spaces that are guaranteed not to disappoint!

1802 Oyster Bar & Bistro

1802 Oyster Bar and Bistro Bar at 1802 Oyster Bar and Bistro

Coffin Bay on the shores of one of the most scenic estuaries in Australia has welcomed 1802 Oyster Bar & Bistro – a new restaurant where the focus is on fresh seafood, particularly the oysters. The vast menu is about showcasing what you can do with the popular delicacy – chilled, grilled, fried and even oyster shooters; there’s something to appeal to all tastes. Guests can also dine on the very best of Eyre Peninsula’s seafood including octopus, king prawns and tuna. It’s not just the food that’s a treat; the restaurant’s outdoor deck provides patrons with spectacular views across the bay.


Kirkhope Aviation Air Charter Tours

Kirkhope Aviation Flying Over Lake Eyre

Experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of seeing Lake Eyre filled with water on a Kirkhope Aviation tour. Falls of up to 200mm have recently flooded the lake, which has transformed the outback area into a remarkable oasis filled with wildlife and new vegetation. Visitors have the opportunity to witness this rare spectacle from the comfort of a charter plane, a walking tour, or both. Tours take off from Melbourne and will take advantage of the water level to provide a truly unique experience that is exceptionally uncommon for the harsh outback landscape.

Cruise the Coorong

Cruise the Coorong Cruise the Coorong Tour Boat

A three hour tour has been launched by Cruise the Coorong, a new addition to the six and a half hour voyage they currently operate. The new three hour Murray Mouth and Coorong Cruise travels through Goolwa Lock, into the Coorong National Park and past the Murray Mouth before travelling to Barkers Knoll. Native scenery and picturesque landscapes will frame the entire journey, which also includes a special guided bush-tucker walk to the Southern Ocean Beach. The intimate three hour cruise (maximum 16 passengers) will operate every Friday until May 2015.

Down to Earth Tours

Down to Earth Tours East End Escapade Tour

Just touched-down in Adelaide? Why not uncover the city’s history on a walking tour of back-street thoroughfares and tree-lined boulevards. Down to Earth Tours offers 90-minute, easy-paced walking expeditions that bring to life the stories of Adelaide’s past, heritage and culture. There are six tours to choose from which include Around the Square, East End Escapade, Cultural Caper, Stately Swagger, Grand Mansions & Sub-divisions, and Hills, Squares & Parklands. Whether you’re interested in history or architecture, each tour provides inside knowledge of the local area.


Robert Reason Robert Reason

As a child, Robert Reason loved art - even before reaching his teenage years he was captured by how it could tell a story about the world we live in. His love and passion grew to studying art in high school, attending auctions and collecting antique pieces, followed by further university studies that landed him his dream job.

As the Art Gallery of South Australia’s Curator of European and Australian Decorative Arts, Robert is an expert when it comes to preserving and collecting new pieces for the Gallery.

“Being in the position to acquire some incredible works is such a tremendous responsibility and a great honour,” he says. “The best part of my job is creating exhibitions and seeing the response from visitors. In the world that we currently inhabit, it is a positive if I can engage and encourage people to enjoy art”.

Having worked in the role for nearly thirteen years, Robert is accustomed to developing and adapting the gallery’s collections in order to appeal to the thousands of visitors that walk through its doors.

“The role can vary enormously, which is perhaps the reason why many curators tend to stay in the same job for so long! One day I might be researching, writing and lecturing and the next I’ll be maintaining relationships with donors as well as artists,” he says.

The Art Gallery of South Australia was founded in 1881 and is currently home to 38,000 pieces of art from countries around the world. As the recent home to the exclusive international exhibition Fashion Icons: Masterpieces from the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (to which Robert was the coordinating curator), the Gallery continually evolves to be South Australia’s hub for world-class displays.

Robert says apart from the gallery’s comprehensive collections of Australian and International pieces, art is about humanity – our past, present and future. “It tells us about the world we live in,” he adds. “And of course our Gallery gives you a tangible experience through art being in South Australia.


BlenheimFest back for Easter

Thousands of music-enthusiasts will trek to the Clare Valley for good tunes, good times and good vibes as part of the annual Blenheim Music and Camping Festival on 2 April 2015. Since it first began six years ago when it was nothing more than 150 friends partying in the backyard of a friend’s farm – the festival’s relaxed vineyard setting now attracts local, national and international musicians and around 1,500 punters. All wine, beer and cider are donated by local vineyards and breweries and the Trumpet Lane Marketplace will return as bigger and better as ever with South Australian vendors all coming to peddle their wares. Families are welcome with activities to keep the little (and big) kids entertained.

Hains & Co Bar

A new laneway bar has opened in the Adelaide CBD giving new life to Gilbert Place and dropping an anchor into Adelaide’s small bar scene. Located in the Hindley Street precinct, the bar is fittingly named Hains & Co after the owner’s grandfather, who owned the Hains Hunkin furniture store on Hindley Street. The nautical theme of the bar is inspired by his love of gin and rum (offering 25 different varieties), with the interior made from remnants of the old Largs Bay Jetty. Inside, you’ll find an abundance of salvaged maritime items including a 1250kg anchor and brass portholes. Hains & Co is open Tuesday through Sunday from 4pm.

Prancing Pony moves to Totness, Adelaide Hills

Prancing Pony Brewery has relocated from Mt Barker to Totness to open a brand new purpose-built Brewshed. The new site offers a bigger tasting room and beer garden where beverages can be matched with Southern German cuisine. The new Brewshed on 42 Mt Barker Road is open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm and is just over four kilometres from the centre of Hahndorf. Bookings are recommended.

Adelaide Hills Wine Centre

Hahndorf Inn owners, brothers Andrew and Ben Holmes, have converted the empty stable next to their historic hotel into the premium wine cellar and tasting room that represents the quality wines that the region produces. A one stop shop for wine lovers, the Adelaide Hills Wine Centre showcases boutique wine from local winemakers who don’t have a cellar door and whose bottles cannot be found in mainstream bottle shops. The wine centre is perfect for those after a range of hard-to-find local wines that are ripe for the drinking.

Waywood wines – new cellar door

Waywood wines have opened a new cellar door and kitchen in McLaren Vale that offers an intimate, food and wine tasting experience in a picturesque location. Located amongst pristine bushland that overlooks some of the oldest vineyards in McLaren Vale, visitors are treated to Waywood wines partnered with gourmet produce that expresses their Mediterranean heritage. This is an ideal opportunity to sample quality food in a cellar door setting that opens the gates to gourmet variety.

Coober Pedy rich in history

Amidst the 100th year celebrations of South Australia’s unique and quirky community of Coober Pedy - a rare, 75 year old, stamped envelope has been returned to the town. From 1920 to 1947, Coober Pedy’s post office was known as the world’s only underground post office and became popular with stamp collectors around the world. This envelope is thought to have been sent to the USA during that time and was bought from eBay recently and returned to Coober Pedy in time for its’ 100th anniversary. The envelope, dated 23 November 1940, is on display at the Old Timers Mine. In the yearlong celebration of 100 years of Coober Pedy, now is the time to visit the town and witness this unique piece of history for yourself.

Spirit Festival

South Australia’s premier Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural event is back celebrating its 10th year of enlightening Adelaide with spirit. The festival will feature popular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers as well as hands-on workshops for festival goers. These workshops will allow participants to express themselves through dot painting, language lessons, storytelling and more. The Spirit Festival will be held from 11 to 15 March at the Rymill Park extension and at the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute’s Tandanya building.

Pacific Estate Oysters tour

The Yorke Peninsula is home to some of the world’s most delicious oysters and now visitors can experience them first hand. The Stansbury based team at Pacific Estate Oysters now operate regular tours that take groups of up to 8 out on the waters of Oyster Bay. Visitors will learn about the production cycle of farming oysters on board a working boat on the waters of a working farm. They will also have the chance to sample oysters and other shellfish straight from the water and spot resident sea lions and dolphins. If you love the sea and seafood this unique and rare to find tour is an experience like no other.

Yorkes Uncorked

‘Uncorking experiences, dining and locations on the Yorke Peninsula in style’ is the motto of Yorkes Uncorked, a new mid-high end food experience based on the Yorke Peninsula. Yorkes Uncorked provides personalised dining experiences that are individually tailored through extensive consultations with clients. Top quality food is paired with top quality service, with optioning services that include creating a theme for the event, organising tours and transport as well as set-up and set-down of the event. Yorkes Uncorked is fresh and new, bringing an exciting and unique concept to life in the region. Locals and tourists alike are invited to get some Yorkes on their fork.

Cruise the Fleurieu in a Kombi Cruise

A unique, fun and stylish new mode of transport is now on offer in and around the Fleurieu Peninsula. Kombi Cruise has restored two Kombi vans that are ideal for private transfers to weddings, special events and functions. The blue and white iconic van is the perfect quirky service to accompany you to any special event and makes for a picture-perfect prop when taking those all-important photographs. Add a touch of nostalgia to your next event and remember it for a lifetime.

Health food cafes inundate Yorke Peninsula

Vitality and well-being is flourishing on the Yorke Peninsula with four new health food cafes popping up across the region in just two months. RawEleven, Nook & Nourish, Meraki Sole and Joost 4 Health all aim to provide their respective communities with healthy food that regenerates and cleanses the soul. Items on the menus vary from smoothies to raw cheesecakes and all that’s in between, that provides locals and tourists with an array of options for a healthy bite to eat. The cafes are organic in food and style and make for the perfect location for a healthy catch up between family and friends.

Quorn Café undergoes refurb

The Quorn Café has recently undergone a redevelopment turning the once tiny café into a larger, bustling premise that sells food, coffee and products in between. Eat local is the main ethos of the café with owners choosing local products to create their delicious dishes. With a focus on healthy eating, the aim is to use organic products, when practical, including the jams and chutneys that are available for purchase. Catering for all tastes, the varied menu includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options; transforming the café into a one stop destination when visiting the small town at the gateway to the Flinders Ranges.

Oaks Embassy launches new conference spaces

Oaks Hotels and Resorts have launched two new meeting and event spaces at their Adelaide CBD hotel, Oaks Embassy. The spaces combine stylish interiors and state of the art technology to offer intimate meetings and conferences as well as private functions and seminars. The opening of the new spaces signifies the Oaks Hotels and Resorts debut in the Adelaide conference market. The new spaces are a part of Oaks Embassy’s comprehensive refurbishment program that includes a new-look pool, gymnasium and lobby.


Adelaide’s cultural boulevard

North Terrace South Australian Museum

Adelaide’s melting pot of cultures is all within a few minutes’ walk along North Terrace and Adelaide’s Riverbank Precinct. Catch a glimpse of the State Library’s ‘hidden treasures’ – a display that showcases our history or gaze at the Victorian-era built Mortlock Chamber in the ‘secret’ part of the library. Visit the ever-changing exhibitions at the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery that features more than 3,000 Aboriginal artefacts. Take a look at Colonel William Light’s original plan of Adelaide at the Migration Museum, and discover where it all began at the South Australian Museum.


Tandanya is Australia’s oldest Aboriginal-owned and managed multi-arts centre. Founded in 1989, it is a visionary and vibrant place for all to experience contemporary and traditional Indigenous cultural expressions though both visual and performing arts. Three new important art exhibitions have recently opened in Tandanya displaying over 40 works of art; 14 Queensland Nations by Queensland based Archie Moore, Kinship by Victoria based Jandamarra Cadd and Nganampa Tjukurpa by a variety of South Australian based artists. Through Nganampa Tjukurpa Tandanya is proud to be able to showcase the work that has come from their Urban Arts Studio program where local artists are able to come and connect with each other through art. Tandanya is a unique cultural experience that balances traditional art with contemporary and showcases Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists’ work in a respectful and creative way.


Barossa Vintage Festival
Oakbank Easter Racing

ICC Cricket world Cup
The ICC Cricket World Cup is the flagship event of the international cricket calendar and takes place every four years, with matches contested in a 50-over format. The tournament is one of the world’s largest sporting events and will be the biggest sporting event in the world in 2015. The ICC Cricket World Cup will see Australia and New Zealand host 49 matches, in 14 venues across 44 days in February and March 2015.

Sunday 15 March – Pakistan vs Ireland
Ireland will be hoping St Patricks Day comes two days early when it takes on Pakistan on March 15. After being stunned by Ireland in the ICC CWC 2007 tournament, Pakistan will be seeking revenge in this must win clash. This is the final pool match and so is sure to be an exciting showdown.

Friday 20 March – Quarter final
Australia will play in the Quarter Final on 20 March providing they progress through the pool round.

Bompas of Beachport Triathlon
15 March, Limestone Coast
The Beachport Triathlon is an event not to be missed. This action-packed
triathlon starts and finishes on the Beachport foreshore where spectators
can enjoy both the race and the views. The triathlon provides courses to
suit all ages and fitness levels.

Head of the River
21 March, Adelaide
Adelaide’s best secondary school rowers gather at West Lakes each year
for the prestigious Head of the River regatta. Competition takes place
across a range of age categories, with spectators lining the course to cheer
the athletes on.

Swan Reach Country Music Festival
27-29 March, Murray River, Lakes and Coorong
The Swan Reach Country Music Festival returns with fun for the entire
family. Come for the day, or stay for three, with entertainment including a
ute muster, talent quest and more. Camping, caravan and swag sites are
available to give you a taste of authenticity.

Barossa Airshow
12 April, Barossa
The biennial Barossa Airshow first took to the skies in 1998 and has grown
to become a nationally recognised event. This family fun day is packed with
aircraft displays, helicopter rides, an assortment of sideshows, food and of
course, a selection of Barossa’s renowned wines.

Coober Pedy Centenary Celebrations
2-5 April, Flinders Ranges and Outback
The “Opal Capital of the World” Coober Pedy will celebrate its centenary
with a range of events throughout 2015. A long-weekend of events will
invite previous Coober Pedy residents to come home for the Welcome
Back to Coober Pedy event, as well as the 100 Year Ball and the annual
Opal Festival.

Oakbank Racing Easter Carnival
4-6 April, Adelaide Hills
The Oakbank Racing Carnival is like no other and has become the biggest
picnic race meeting in the world. The event offers an extensive list of
facilities to ensure the carnival is enjoyable for everyone. Set in the
picturesque Adelaide Hills, this is an event for locals and visitors alike.

Cadell Harvest Festival
4 April, Riverland
Visitors travel far and wide for the infamous giant pumpkin growing
competition held in the riverside town of Cadell. With everything from
cockroach racing to carp tossing, or something more conventional like the
fresh produce stalls, displays and entertainment, experience the country
charm that is Cadell.

Fleurieu Peninsula Golf Championships
7-11 April, Fleurieu Peninsula
The state’s premier amateur golf tournament allows golfers and their
partners an opportunity to experience the diversity of the Fleurieu
Peninsula by playing at four notable golf courses across four days of
competition. Get friendly with the resident kangaroos at Victor Harbor golf
course and enjoy the luxury views from Links Lady Bay Resort as you putt,
blast and ace your way through the scenic region.

Coonawarra After Dark Weekend
10-11 April, Limestone Coast
Experience all the thrills, excitement and the lights of vintage as
Coonawarra wineries open their doors to visitors at the peak of the grape
harvest. In the company of friends and family come along to tour a working
winery, join the annual grape stomp, meet the wine makers and watch
harvesting in action. There will be plenty of opportunity to sample local
produce, enjoy fantastic dining experiences, and to wear-out those
dancing shoes!

Nippy’s Silver Sands Multisport Festival
11-12 April, Fleurieu Peninsula
Following on from the very successful inaugural Nippy’s Silver Sands
Multisport Festival, the 2015 festival will once again be the premiere
multisport festival in South Australia, featuring open water swimming,
beach and natural scrub running, and cycling on one of the most
picturesque Esplanades in the country.

Rock ’n’ Roll Rendezvous
12 April, Adelaide Hills
The Rock ’n’ Roll Rendezvous is the largest single day rock ‘n’ roll motoring
event in Australia. The rendezvous gives visitors the chance to take a trip
back in time with classic cars and classic looks. There is entertainment for
all ages plus the Fashions in the Field competition.

Barossa Vintage Festival
15-19 April, Barossa
Come along to Australia’s largest and longest running 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 the region’s renowned
local food and wine.

Stirling Laneways – Autumn
26 April, Adelaide Hills
Enjoy fashion, food, wine, and street performances in a village style
market. The event is held in the laneways and open spaces around Stirling’s
picturesque main street. Stirling is just twenty minutes’ drive from the
Adelaide CBD.

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    Cape Jaffa Wines
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    The South Australian Media Gallery provides a range of photographs, video footage and maps for use by the media and travel industry to promote South Australia as a destination.

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  • Celebrate the end of vintage this April

    The South Australian Media Gallery provides a range of photographs, video footage and maps for use by the media and travel industry to promote South Australia as a destination.

    Find out more
  • Celebrate the end of vintage this April

    The South Australian Media Gallery provides a range of photographs, video footage and maps for use by the media and travel industry to promote South Australia as a destination.

    Find out more
  • Celebrate the end of vintage this April

    The South Australian Media Gallery provides a range of photographs, video footage and maps for use by the media and travel industry to promote South Australia as a destination.

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