SA Stories - November 2012


P&O cruise comes to South Australia

P&O Cruises

P & O Cruises has launched a new six-night cruise of South Australia, departing from Melbourne. Travelling on the Pacific Pearl, passengers will have the chance to experience the beauty of the South Australian coastline. The cruise stops at Port Lincoln, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and for the first time ever, the Limestone Coast. Visitors can take day trips ashore and experience the wildlife of Kangaroo Island, the pristine beaches of Robe and journey to the wineries in the Barossa region. At the end of the day, passengers can return to the vessel which offers a range of broadway style entertainment.

The Port Lincoln YHA

Port Lincoln YHA Port Lincoln YHA

The Port Lincoln YHA is now fully open for business. Stage two of renovations is complete and the backpackers’ hostel looks fit for a king. There are a range of rooms available from private with en suite to eight sleeper share dorms. Features include air-conditioning, a large self-catering kitchen, separate TV and reading room, cool common room and a themed bar fondly called “scubar”. Port Lincoln's only backpackers’ hostel in the city’s beachside precinct is located minutes from the beach and offers easy access for people who want to try marine experiences such as cage diving with sharks.

Australian Air Holidays Port Lincoln getaway

Seafood lovers Seafood lovers

Australian Air Holidays is now offering a Seafood Lovers getaway visiting Australia’s premier seafood destination Port Lincoln. Travellers fly by chartered plane and upon arrival at Port Lincoln visitors are welcomed to their accommodation at the four-star Port Lincoln Hotel. The tour boasts plenty of fishy experiences like visiting a tuna farm with the option to swim with the fish. There is also an exclusive seafood cooking masterclass with a renowned chef. Packed full of highlights, the tour gives travellers the opportunity to experience some of the delicious produce found in SA.


The OzHarvest Cookbook

Maggie Beer Maggie Beer

Oz Harvest has released its first ever cookbook just in time for Christmas. The cookbook includes recipes from South Australian chefs: Maggie Beer, and former Masterchef contestants Poh Ling Yeow, Adam Liaw and Andre Ursini. For every book purchased, 60 meals will be provided for those in need. The 320-page hardcover cookbook is a collection of recipes dedicated to converting leftovers and out of date produce into yummy meals. OzHarvest Adelaide has delivered more than 520,000 meals to 50 Adelaide charities since it launched here in 2011.

Astonish Patisserie

Astonish Patisserie Astonish Patisserie

Astonish Patisserie is a new dessert café feeding the sweet tooth of South Australia. Located on King William Street the café is decorated in a modern style with a vintage twist. The owners, Amber Cheng and Ian Zeng, have also recently successfully opened From Orient restaurant on Pirie Street. Graduates from Le Cordon Bleu, the duo are passionate about dessert and fine pastries whether it’s a crème brûlée or a delicately put together macaroon; Astonish aims to deliver a high quality dessert experience.

Cafe Troppo

Cafe Troppo Cafe Troppo

Café Troppo is a culinary destination for people enthusiastic about organic and sustainable eating. The family run café offers a menu that changes daily depending on what local produce is available. As well as the delicious treats, the café is also pleasing to the eye. Designed by architect Phil Morris, the architecture is reminiscent of the Darwin “troppo” style with wooden slats across the windows and a recycled/eco theme. The design gives customers the chance to take in the view of Whitmore Square. Hosting tapas nights on Thursday and Friday, Café Troppo is gaining a long list of regulars.


Luke Pike

Luke Pike Luke Pike

Having lived in Port Lincoln and worked in the commercial fishing industry, Luke Pike knows only too well the danger involved in being an abalone diver. Now viewers across the Asia-Pacific will also get an insight into the risky occupation when new series ‘Abalone Wars’ hits screens in November. Also heavily involved in the TV industry, Luke was compelled to document the ups and downs of abalone fishing. “I started making the documentary because it was a story that had never been told,” Luke said. With Great White Sharks and abalone poachers a very real threat to divers and the industry, Abalone Wars, filmed on the Eyre Peninsula, will educate, hold viewers’ attention and cause an appreciation for people who risk their lives to help feed the world’s desire for abalone. Faced with many challenges during the filming of the documentary, including a close friend being killed by shark when diving, Luke said it’s the people who make it. “The best part of filming was the great characters. They are very passionate about the sea, their lifestyle and all the adventure. They love their job; they have to love it,” he said.

Kevin May

Kevin May Kevin May

It’s not an easy task to raise thousands of dollars, but this is what Kevin May has done, with the help of others and by harnessing his passion for Muscle Cars. Kevin is the brains behind the inaugural Aussie Muscle Car Run, which runs from 12 – 18 November and raises money for the Leukaemia Foundation. Having had several people close to him be affected by Leukaemia, Kevin was keen to raise funds for the new patient village. “I was president of the Falcon GT club and approached the Leukaemia Foundation with the idea for a Muscle Car run around SA,” Kevin said. “There isn’t a real touring event that caters for these types of vehicles so it provides participants an opportunity to enjoy long driving routes and to explore SA.” The event travels 3,000 kilometres over seven days through SA. “Highlights will include touring along the Coorong, through beautiful wine regions, up to the magnificent Gawler Ranges and through Horrocks Pass. We’ll see the Murray and the west coast and return to Adelaide – what a tour!” After helping organise such a big event, Kevin might need to take some down time in his favourite holiday places, Wallaroo and Coffin Bay. “I think the best thing about the Aussie Muscle Car Run is that it brings a group of people together to raise funds for an important cause and who’ll make friendships along the way,” Kevin said. Not one to rest on his laurels, Kevin’s already thinking about next year’s event.

Alistair Cranney

Alistair Cranney Alistair Cranney

Based in McLaren Vale and surrounded by premium wine, amazing food and beautiful scenery, Alistair Cranney formed an idea. Having wanted to start his own festival for a number of years, Alistair felt the timing was right and his surroundings couldn’t be better and the concept of the Gorgeous Festival was born. The Gorgeous Festival is a boutique food, wine and music festival held in McLaren Vale and has lots to offer. “The festival is a premium experience for every visitor. Premium wine, premium food and the best music from around Australia all in a beautiful location,” festival director Alistair said. While Alistair is lucky enough to call McLaren Vale home, when he gets away he loves to visit the coast – Port Lincoln, Yorke Peninsula or the south east. Having travelled all over the world, Alistair finds himself coming back to SA. “I love that we have four seasons, world class wines, food, beaches and festivals,” he says. Gorgeous Festival is a combination of many great things and in Alistair’s words – ‘a great way to start summer!'


Events Events

Barossa Rose and Flower Show 3 – 4 November, Barossa
A show of stunning displays of roses and other flora offering visitors to the Barossa a different thrill for the senses.

Berri Resort Hotel Murray Man 3 – 4 November, Riverland
South Australia’s only long course triathlon, plus the South Australian state long course championships and an official ITU world championships qualifier event.

Moonta Antiques & Collectables Fair 3 – 4 November, Yorke Peninsula
Come visit the historic mining town of Moonta for the 16th annual Antiques and Collectables Fair. There will be dealers from South Australia and interstate exhibiting in two undercover venues with refreshments and light meals available.

Rescue 2012, Life Saving World Championships 7 – 18 November, Adelaide and Fleurieu Peninsula
More than 4000 people from 40 countries will compete across nine surf lifesaving disciplines. Events will be held at Glenelg, Christies Beach and the State Aquatic Centre at Marion.

Credit Union Christmas Pageant 10 November, Adelaide
A magical Christmas parade through the streets of Adelaide. Look for more than 200 clowns and 1000 characters as this iconic event celebrates 80 years.

National Championships Over 60s Cricket 10 – 15 November, Adelaide
Get ready for National Championships Over 60s Cricket. In 2012, Adelaide will host teams from around Australia and the world including England, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore and Malta.

Riverstock Rockfest 9 – 11 November, Riverland
Riverstock showcases three days of music on the beautiful banks of the Murray River.

Feast Festival 10 – 25 November, Adelaide
Australia’s leading festival of queer arts and culture, including an extensive program of events ranging from theatre, cabaret, film, forums, literature, visual arts, radio, sporting and community events.

Hahndorf Lantern Festival 11 November, Adelaide Hills
The Hahndorf Lantern Festival embraces the community and visitors alike for a spectacular street procession that culminates a centuries-old German tradition.

Australian International 3 Day Event 22 – 25 November, Adelaide
The city parklands host the only four-star equestrian competition in the Southern Hemisphere. Categories include dressage, show jumping and cross country.

World Bowls Championships 24 November – 9 December, Adelaide
Attracting more than 5000 participants from all over the world, the 12th World Bowls Championships are the ultimate international bowling event, combining both men’s and women’s events.

Air New Zealand Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival 25 November – 2 December, Adelaide
Hundreds of amateur cricketers from all over the world will converge on South Australia for a week of “fun, friendship and fraternity”.

Gorgeous Festival 24 November, Fleurieu Peninsula
An annual music, food and wine festival held in picturesque McLaren Vale.

Loxton Lights Festival 24 November – 31 December, Riverland
A celebration of the magic of Christmas featuring numerous inter-related events.

Franklin Island Triathlons and Fun Run-Walk 25 November, Fleurieu Peninsula
A four-event sporting festival catering for the whole family participating with no barriers to fitness at South Australia’s premier tourism destination, Victor Harbor.

Christmas Cup Race Day 2 December, Murraylands
This popular event is one of the best family social race days on the Murray Bridge Racing Club calendar.

Ceduna Christmas Race Day 15 December, Eyre Peninsula
Gather a group and enjoy the fun, fashion and glamour that a day at the races provides.

Lights of Lobethal 9 – 31 December, Adelaide Hills
For over 60 years the town of Lobethal has lit up the night sky with its Christmas spirit. This is the largest community Christmas lights display in the Southern Hemisphere.

Paspaley Polo in the City 14 December, Adelaide
Paspaley Polo in the City returns to Victoria Park with a new ‘Twilight Polo’ format to replace Victoria Park’s once popular ‘Twilight Racing’.

Carols by Candlelight 16 December, Adelaide
This Christmas concert provides entertainment for the whole family, headlined by outstanding Australian acts. A special appearance by Father Christmas and a spectacular fireworks finale make for a festive and fun night for all.

World Tennis Challenge Adelaide 8 - 10 January 2013, Adelaide
Four teams comprising of current champions and past heroes of the game, representing the Americas, Australasia, Europe and the Internationals, will compete over three action-packed nights.


STDU 2012 STDU 2012

World Detours Down Under
A new guide aimed at promoting South Australia’s regions and locations at each stage of the Santos Tour Down Under has been released in time for visitors to plan their time around the race. Minister for Tourism Gail Gago announced World Detours Down Under, a fresh concept to promote the race and tourism offerings of South Australia. “Detours gives race fans – and those simply keen to embrace all South Australia has to offer during this international event– the chance to explore diverse attractions around each stage route,” Minister Gago said. Learn more about Detours

First exclusively South Australian superliner cruise
P&O Cruises’ Pacific Pearl is set to become the first superliner to offer an entirely South Australian cruise, during which passengers will visit Kangaroo Island, Eyre Peninsula, the Limestone Coast and Adelaide. Minister for Tourism, Gail Gago said the six-night cruise shows the SATC’s commitment to growing the state as an international cruise destination is paying dividends. “This is great news for our state, especially for regional South Australia, since the cruise, which will take place in April 2014, will include visits to Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln and Robe,” Ms Gago said. Read more about the Pacific Pearl cruise

Best Backyard phase two launched
The latest phase of the South Australian Tourism Commission’s (SATC) popular Best Backyard campaign has been launched with a renewed focus on why South Australians should holiday at home. For the first time the SATC is marketing each of the individual regions within one campaign, highlighting to South Australians what is truly special about each destination, including the unique experiences on offer. The new campaign builds upon the highly successful first phase of Best Backyard, launched last year, which at the height of the campaign resulted in a 25 per cent point increase in South Australians recommending a holiday in SA to interstate friends and relatives, and has driven a significant increase in state pride. See the latest Eyre Peninsula television commercial

Certification scheme for SA farmers’ markets
A new certification scheme to guarantee the authenticity of produce sold at farmers’ markets has been launched. Minister for Food Gail Gago said the scheme will verify that the person selling the food at the farmers’ market grew or made the product from mainly South Australian produce. “I congratulate the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market on developing this initiative – one that is so important to the South Australian community,” Ms Gago said. For more information, email Sylvia Rapo at

Beerenberg strawberries ripe for the picking
Beerenberg has heralded the start of its strawberry season which will run through to May next year. Since 1975, thousands of visitors from South Australia and abroad have picked their own strawberries from Beerenberg’s strawberry patch. Beerenberg marketing manager Sally Paech says strawberry picking is a great activity for people of all ages. “Strawberry picking at Beerenberg is a great day out for the whole family because it’s a little bit different and something everyone can get involved,” she said. Learn more about picking your own strawberries at Beerenberg

Australia’s most awarded chocolate company
Adelaide’s Bracegirdle’s House of Fine Chocolate has been enjoying recent sweet success winning 21 gold medals and 15 silver medals at the 2012 South Australian Dairy Awards. This follows a very successful year with the local company also taking top honours at the Sydney Show, Queensland Food and Wine Show and the Melbourne Show. Visit Bracegirdle's House of Fine Chocolate


Swimming with the sea lions Swimming with the sea lions

) Explore all there is to see and do on the Limestone Coast as Robe is visited for the first time by a superliner cruise ship.

2) Port Lincoln keeps evolving and now has its first youth hostel. Find out what keeps attracting young people to the wild, wild west.

3) Adelaide has seen an unprecedented rise in dessert bars over the last few months – explore the trend and find out why.



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