SA Stories -November 2014
NEW ACCOMMODATION AND ATTRACTIONS
The Rogue & Rascal
The Rogue and Rascal
A new coffee and wine bar has opened on the Port Lincoln foreshore, featuring local produce and views over Spencer Gulf. The Rogue and Rascal is housed inside the Nautilus Art Centre, an art deco building also home to the local art gallery and theatre. Growing up in regional South Australia, owners Elouise Dukalskis and Jemma Schilling wanted to promote local produce. They used their experiences living and working in prominent city venues to put a vibrant spin on it in one of their home towns. The menu features Mahalia coffee from Robe, B.D. Paris Creek milk from the Fleurieu Peninsula, quince paste and honey from Port Lincoln and wine, cheese, beer and cider from across the state. The Rogue & Rascal is open until 5pm during the week, until midnight from Thursday to Saturday and until 8pm on Sunday.
Guests at a boutique Adelaide hotel will have the chance to buy art, vases and other furnishings from their room as part of a $1 million upgrade. Miller Apartments has been refurbished to reflect the South Australian landscape, with a bold colour scheme and bespoke designs in the custom-made carpeting, lamps and artwork. If guests like what they see, they can buy items such as art, vases, throw rugs, lamps and robes, with a price list in the rooms. The historical Hindley St building was originally home to a linen drapery business started by a Scottish immigrant under the name J. Miller Anderson Co. in 1839. It went on to become the renowned Miller Anderson Department Store in the late 1950s and became an apartment complex in 2007.
Cruise the Coorong
Cruise the Coorong
Learn about Aboriginal culture, sample bush tucker and meet the local wildlife on a new expedition into the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth. Cruise the Coorong runs six and a half hour tours departing Goolwa Wharf on board a 16-seater passenger boat. Tours circumnavigate Hindmarsh Island and include a bush tucker lunch and guided walks. Dig for cockles, visit a seal colony, walk through sand dunes, visit ancient landscapes, spot prolific birdlife and learn about the history, ecology and Aboriginal Ngarrindjeri culture of the Coorong.
Segway Sensation SA
Segway Sensation SA
Seppeltsfield Wines has teamed up with Segway Sensation SA to introduce new tours to its Barossa estate. Segway tours are offered three times a day on weekends and public holidays, where guests will be guided on a one-hour trail throughout the Seppeltsfield grounds and vineyards. The battery-operated, two-wheeled personal transport vehicles are operated by shifting your weight forward or backward on a platform. The new tours come as Seppeltsfield continues to add new tourist attractions to its estate, ahead of the upcoming opening of FINO restaurant and recent introduction of JamFactory Art & Design Studios. Tours cost $99 or $127 for a package including lunch.
The Pfeiffer family
The Pfeiffer family
Growing grapes for four generations, the Pfeiffer family have the science of viticulture down to a fine art. The secret, they say, is to give the vines a little tender loving care. Albert Pfeiffer, who owned a vineyard in the Riverland in the late 1800s, would spend hours talking to his vines and encourage them to grow before harvest. His son Hubert, better known as Peter, continued his father’s traditions at his Loxton vineyard. He would wander through the vines with his son Martin, talking to the vines and training his young pupil.
More than 80 years after his grandfather before him, Martin bought a block in the Barossa and gently coaxed his vines to grow as his father had done. He and his brother Chris started Whistler Wines in the 1990s. Now, a year after they took over from their retired parents, the fourth generation has taken things to a new level.
Martin’s winemaker son Josh, together with his cousins Matthew Pfeiffer and Melissa Maschio, have introduced organic and biodynamic processes to the vineyard. Instead of talking to the vines, they stuff cow manure and crystal mixtures in cow horns and working according to moon cycles. Josh even asked his dates to handle the manure when he appeared on the reality TV show When Love Comes to Town.
“We joke and say that then we’re going to do a chipmunk dance or put a ‘Stonehenge’ somewhere,” cellar door manager Melissa says. “But we do believe in the serious side of biodynamics, which is about working with the energies of the earth and going back to basics.”
A year after taking over the reins from their parents, Mel, Matt and Josh are putting their stamp on the family business. They are focussing on sustainable practices, minimalistic winemaking and a family-friendly cellar door, featuring build-your-own platters, a playground and a treasure hunt for children. Whistler Wines was named Best Barossa Cellar Door in the regional Cellar Circle Awards earlier this month. “We’re being respectful of the past, while looking to our future,” Melissa says.
Security for shark dive operators
Australia’s shark cage diving industry is set to boom, with the announcement of extended licences for operators at Port Lincoln. The three licenced operators will be offered 10 year licences. Cage diving with Great White Sharks has become a significant tourism drawcard for South Australia, growing by 30 per cent over the past three years. The industry sustains 70 jobs – many from the local community – and last year generated more than $11 million for the state’s economy.
Iconic restaurant opens at Seppeltsfield
A new restaurant and redeveloped cellar door have been open at Seppeltsfield, in a boost to gastronomic tourism in the Barossa. David Swain and Sharon Romeo have opened a Barossa branch of their Willunga restaurant, FINO, at the winery to complement their original and highly awarded venue. It boasts four dining zones and holds 140 people, with a focus on progressive regional cuisine. Dining areas include the outdoor terrace, a glass room with views of the open kitchen and Cellar 1. Wine blending tanks dating back to the 1860s have been hollowed out in the tunnel-like laneway, allowing diners to sit under Seppeltsfield’s famed Centennial Cellar, which holds every barrel of Tawny from 1878 to the present. The 1900 cellar door has also undergone a $3 million redevelopment.
New campaign promotes South Australia to India
The South Australian Tourism Commission is launching three new films in a bid to bring Indians to Adelaide during the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Two films star Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja and encourages Indians to visit South Australia when its hosts the opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup – a blockbuster limited overs cricket match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan on February 15, 2015. The first film shows South Australia through the eyes of Ajay and his son on their recent visit and features key attractions in Adelaide, the Barossa, Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Hills.
Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja explores South Australia
Ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup, where India will compete against Pakistan at Adelaide Oval, Indian cricket superstar Ajay Jadeja visited South Australia for a short holiday.
South Australia showcases food and wine to the world
Hundreds of media and culinary identities from around the globe have been feasting on South Australian produce this month as part of the multi-million dollar Restaurant Australia campaign. More than 60 international media and food and wine experts sampled the state’s best culinary tourism experiences on familiarisation visits across South Australia. November 14 marked the pinnacle of the Tourism Australia campaign, when more than 250 people gathered for the ‘Invite the World to Dinner’ gala event at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania. Guests enjoyed South Australian project and wine at the dinner and at a marketplace event on the Tasmanian wharf earlier in the day.
South Australia’s best named at Tourism Awards
The best of South Australia’s outstanding tourism industry have been recognised for excellence and innovation at the 2014 South Australian Tourism Awards. The November 15 award ceremony featured more than 130 entries across 30 categories, while seven tourism operators were inducted into the Tourism Awards Hall of Fame for winning their category for three consecutive years. These included: Adventure Bay Charters, Hahndorf Farm Barn, Cellar Door Wine Festival, West Terrace Cemetery, Barossa Visitor Centre, Pindarie Cellar Door and Rawnsley Park Station Eco-Villas. The South Australian Tourism Award winners will now go onto represent the state at the Australian Tourism awards in Adelaide in April next year. For a list of all the winners and finalists, go to the South Australian Tourism Industry Council website.
New airport bus services
Double-decker buses have been reintroduced to the streets of Adelaide, offering an express service between Adelaide Airport and the city. It means public transport passengers will be able to ride two-storey buses for the first time in 50 years. Adelaide Metro launched the new service this month, operating hourly between 5-10am and 4-9pm on weekdays, to cater for a growing number of visitors and flights at Adelaide Airport. Meanwhile, Northern Flyer has taken over the City Shuttle service from Skylink, offering door to door service seven days a week.
Show off your KI happy snaps
Australians are being encouraged to share their Kangaroo Island holiday snaps on social media as part of a new Sealink competition. Upload your photos to Twitter or Instagram with the tags @SealinkKI and #mykangarooisland or use the Facebook competition app. Say what you loved most about your Kangaroo Island holiday, share your post with friends and get them to vote for your photo. The entry with the most votes will win a holiday to Kangaroo Island for four people, including return ferry rides and two nights at the Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge, valued at $1548. Entries close December 19.
Adelaide bar takes out design award
An Adelaide bar has taken out Best Bar Design at the 2014 Eat Drink Design Awards in Melbourne this month. Clever Little Tailor was one of six Australian and New Zealand fitouts to win an award from more than 150 entries. The Peel St laneway bar was designed by Adelaide firm Xtra Shiny.
Local artists to play alongside headline acts
Four South Australian musical acts have been chosen to perform at this year’s Gorgeous Festival in McLaren Vale. Local acts Kaurna Cronin, Life in Letters, Ivanhoe and Sasha Marsh & the Dawnhorse will play alongside names such as Xavier Rudd, The Waifs, The Beautiful Girls and Busby Marou. The acts were chosen through the Arts SA Emerging Artists program, which received just under 100 entries. Another local act, Echo and the Empress, was discovered at the 2012 Gorgeous Festival and invited to perform at the renowned Glastonbury Festival in the UK. This year’s Gorgeous Festival program also features visual arts, premium food and wine, children’s entertainment and, on the Friday night, the new Gorgeous Table feast. The event runs from November 28-29 at Serafino Winery in McLaren Vale.
Barossa ad wins world’s most prestigious tourism film award
The multi-award winning Barossa. Be Consumed television ad has won the highest accolade at the world’s most prestigious tourism film festival, the Festival of Festivals in Vienna. As part of the CIFFT (International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals), the awards recognise the industry’s leading tourism films. The ad was last night named ‘The World’s Best Tourism Film of 2014’ for its representation of the Barossa - combining spectacular landscapes and enchanting food and wine with distinctive music from Nick Cave. The ad was created by South Australian advertising agency kwp! for the South Australian Tourism Commission. View the ad on YouTube.
Off to market
Markets are enjoying a surge of popularity in South Australia, with new ones springing up across the city and old favourites finding a new generation of shoppers across the state. Pick up organic treats at the new Wild at Hart at Port Adelaide or the Market Shed on Holland. Shop for new and pre-loved threads at Gilles Street Markets or have brunch at the Flinders Street Markets. Step outside the city and meet producers at farmers markets in Wayville, Willunga and the Barossa or rediscover the Adelaide Central Markets.
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15-30 November, Adelaide
Feast Festival is Australia’s leading queer arts and culture celebration. Its program features theatre, cabaret, film, forums, literature, visual arts, radio,sporting and community events. Diversity is celebrated with international performers and visitors from all over the world. www.feast.org.au
28-29 November, Fleurieu Peninsula
Gorgeous Festival is an annual boutique music, food and wine festivalwhich celebrates the diverse flavours and creative flair of South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. Held in picturesque McLaren Vale, the festival will encompass the region’s abundance of creativity and delight all who attend. www.gorgeousfestival.com.au
Australian All Schools Championships
5-7 December, Adelaide
The national All Schools Track and Field Championships is open to secondary school-aged track and field athletes and features individual and teams components. All state and territories around Australia will also be competing, with the overall winner to claim the All Schools Cup.Bay Sheffield 27-28 December, Adelaide The Bay Sheffield is a two-day athletic carnival held at Colley Reserve in the seaside suburb of Glenelg. Since its beginning, the footrace has grown with many well-known athletes involved each year. www.saal.org.au
World Tennis Challenge
13-15 January 2015, Adelaide
A mix of current champions and past heroes of the game will compete over three action-packed nights at Memorial Drive. Previous events have featured tennis legends such as Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe, Martina Hingis, Yannick Noah, Mats Wilander, Pat Cash and Henri Leconte. www.worldtennischallenge.com
Sounds by the River at Mannum
17 January 2015, River Murray, Lakes and Coorong
This year’s Sounds by the River concert features a line-up of Australian rock legends, including the Hoodoo Gurus, James Reyne, Mondo Rock, Diesel, Daryl Braithwaite and Boom Crash Opera. This popular annual event will be held on the banks of the River Murray, with camping available at Bolto and Haythorpe reserves across the river. www.soundsbytheriver.com.au
Santos Tour Down Under
17-25 January 2015, Adelaide and regions
The world’s best cyclists will do battle on South Australia streets, as they race for UCI WorldTour points. The Santos Tour Down Under is the largest cycling event in the southern hemisphere and continues to welcome stars of the sport. www.tourdownunder.com.au
23-26 January 2015, Eyre Peninsula
Port Lincoln hosts this much-loved family event to celebrate the local tuna fishing industry. Enjoy a street procession, fireworks, delicious meals and the famous tuna toss. http://tunarama.net/
23-25 January 2015, Adelaide Hills
Wine and so much more are on offer at this summer festival. Join parties of ever kind imaginable and celebrate all the best things about life in the Adelaide Hills. www.crushfestival.com.au