SA Stories - November 2015


First flights to Flinders Ranges from Adelaide

Wilpena Pound Wilpena Pound

For the first time, visitors to Wilpena Pound can now fly there from Adelaide in less than three hours flying time and enjoy sensational aerial views at the same time with a Scenic Flight Transfer. The Scenic Flight Transfer consists of two flight sectors, starting with a one hour and a half flight from Adelaide to Roxby Downs with Alliance Airlines. Following this there is a one hour flight to Wilpena Pound Resort with WrightsAir. The flight to the resort is a scenic air tour with guided commentary giving guests the ultimate bird’s eye view of the South Australian outback and the iconic Wilpena Pound.


Cleland Cleland in the Adelaide Hills

Half day nature based tours are now being offered in Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills. Visitors who seek adventure and want to explore, experience and engage with South Australia’s most iconic natural environments can join one of four tours that visit Cleland Wildlife Park and Mount Lofty Summit, Morialta Conservation Park, Waterfall Gully or cycle along the Linear Park trail to Henley Beach. The guides will take you bushwalking through impressive scenery andhelp you learn about local wildlife all within half an hour of Adelaide city.

Air Adventure

Kangaluna Camp Kangaluna Camp

Experience the Flinders and Gawler Ranges in style with Air Adventure on a new 5 day tour departing from Melbourne on board the Outback Jet. Highlights of the all-inclusive tour include Arkaroola’s Ridge Top tour, Wilpena Pound by air, the iconic Prairie Hotel, Lake Gairdner, glamping at the Kangaluna Camp and seeing the wildlife at Baird Bay.


Facelift for Wine Bar at National Wine Centre

Wined Bar Wined Bar

The National Wine Centre’s popular Wined Bar has undergone a major facelift as an exciting new space for casual drinking and dining. The sleek and sophisticated bar has an urban feel and features natural and rustic finishes. Food and wine matching will be more prevalent with a variety of tours and tastings available for visitors to experience plus the bar offers 120 wines for visitors to sample from Penfold’s Grange to boutique wine labels.

Indulgent dining at Kangaroo Beach Lodges

Kangaroo Island Lodges Kangaroo Island Lodges

Luxury stays at Kangaroo Beach Lodges just got a little more indulgent. You can now enjoy local flavours with an all-inclusive experience at Kangaroo Beach Lodges who have invested in a new onsite catering facility to better service guest’s needs. Seasonal menus will be offered that have a strong Kangaroo Island produce focus as well as new experience choices including sunset drinks, marroning on the Demole River followed by a marron lunch and eventually guided coastal walks.

Port Vincent Foreshore Caravan Park New Accommodation Option

Oz Shacks Oz Shack

Enjoy a new way to camp at the Port Vincent Foreshore Caravan Park with the addition of Oz Shacks to the park. Oz Shacks are just like a tent only they are made out of wood and can withstand windy and rainy weather. They come with one queen and two single size beds and have ample storage space for guest’s convenience. Located right across from the foreshore the Oz Shacks have a lovely view and are just next to the BBQ gazebo area.


Michael Griffiths Michael Griffiths

Michael Griffiths, experienced cabaret performer and entertainer, has been chosen as this year’s Feast Festival Ambassador. Studying Music Composition in Adelaide and Musical Theatre in Western Australia, Michael has been working in the industry for 15 years. During this time Michael has performed and toured Australia in musicals such as Jersey Boys and Priscilla. When he is not involved in a musical, Michael travels the world performing cabaret in different countries.

Michael has been a performer in the past two Feast Festivals and this year organisers decided to take his role in the festival to the next level. “Being asked to be an ambassador for this very friendly festival was flattering,” said Michael. “As a proud gay South Australian there is no festival better for me to be an ambassador for.”

This year’s Feast Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever with Conchita being part of the festival and the festival operating under a Fringe model. Being a Feast Ambassador means that Michael travels a lot to promote the festival. “On my travels abroad I encourage artists who perhaps haven’t been involved in Feast before to come and visit our beautiful city and soak up the festival,” said Michael. He is also the chair of the newly formed artistic committee that has put together the whole programme. “The committee and I have given the programme a particular flavour, making sure it is friendly and welcoming in keeping with our tag for this year ‘Come as You Are’.”

Coming on board with Feast has given Michael the opportunity to take on a new role in the industry that he is passionate about whilst connecting with people and telling the world about the festival and our state. When asked about his favourite things about South Australia Michael kept it simple saying “I love the seasonal weather, the easy pace and the fabulous produce. I always travel with Haighs chocolate and South Australian red wine as gifts, I’m very proud that way!” The 2015 Feast Festival will take place in Adelaide from 14 – 29 November.

Southern Ocean Lodge only Australian property to MakeWorld’s Top 100 Hotels and Resorts List

The Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island has made the world’s top 100 hotels and resorts in Conde Nast Traveler’s readerschoice awards for 2015. The awards list were based on more than 128,000 travellers ratings and tens of thousands of comments. The Southern Ocean Lodge came in on the list at number 77 with a rating of 94.231 out of 100 and was the only Australian property to make the top 100.

2016 KI Food Safari

Maggie Beer’s return to the KI Food Safari has been announced ahead of the week-long program in August next year. Maggie will return to the Southern Ocean Lodge to head up the KI Food Safari as it traverses the paddocks, dairies, vineyards and distilleries of KI. The KI Food Safari is an experience of fine food and wine and familiar company guaranteed to delight. Reserve your spot on the safari now.

Rendezvous Hotel re-brands to Peppers

Popular Adelaide CBD hotel, The Rendezvous, has recently re-branded and become Peppers Waymouth Hotel. The hotel offers 202 five-star hotel rooms and suites, two food and beverage outlets, a heated indoor lap pool, spa, sauna and fitness centre. Peppers is the premium brand in the Mantra Group portfolio and ensures a high standard is maintained for guests . The group plans to undertake ongoing upgrades to rooms and public areas over the next 12 months.

Hutton Vale opens its doors to tourists

One of the state’s most famous farming properties, Hutton Vale, is opening its doors to a few lucky visitors who will sample a rural way of life, dating back to the 1840s. Partnering with Australia’s leading luxury brand in-bound tour operator, The Tailor, Hutton Vale have created the Hutton Vale Experience that offers a fascinating behind the scenes look at this historic 2000-acre Barossa property. The tour is available as a one day intensive food, wildlife and winery adventure or a more relaxed two day format.

Port Elliot Beach House YHA Celebrates 100 years

The Port Elliot Beach House YHA is located in Arcadia Guesthouse which was built by Harry Handby and his wife Ann in 1914. The guesthouse was built for family and friends to stay in and enjoy a summer holiday in Port Elliot. 100 years later and the guesthouse is still offering a place for people to come and stay and enjoy Port Elliot.

Adelaide’s Newest Lunch Option Opens

Bringing the sandwich back to life is Hello Sarnie, Adelaide’s newest CBD lunch spot. Located in Pirie Street, Hello Sarnie offers a range of traditional and gourmet sandwiches, wraps, baguettes and salads as well as snacks such as fresh fruit, dip pots and yoghurt pots. Hello Sarnie is perfect for people on the go who are looking for something healthy and fresh with all products sold made fresh daily and any leftovers donated to charity. The best thing about Hello Sarnie is that everything is under $10.

The Stag Hotel reopens

The Stag is back after going through a $2.5 million renovation that has bought new life to the iconic Adelaide pub. Offering modern décor and three different dining areas, The Stag is well and truly back. Head chef Camillo Crugnale has designed a modern pub menu that matches The Stag’s new look with different food offerings in the Vardon Restaurant, Main Bar and Champagne Bar.

Hilton Hotel opens new restaurant

The Hilton Hotel has opened its new restaurant and lounge bar called Coal Cellar + Grill. The restaurant and lounge bar seats up to 180 people and offers guests to Adelaide and locals alike with a unique and high quality dining experience. The restaurant menu highlights the best of South Australia’s produce by using a variety of different cooking methods including the feature charcoal grill and rotisserie. The wine list also highlights South Australia with an abundance of South Australian wines to choose from.

Mexican Society of Chinatown now open

Offering Mexican food with Asian influences, Mexican Society of Chinatown is the newest restaurant to hit Gouger Street. The décor is bright and colourful and with shades of pink and blue both inside and out. There is an extensive cocktail menu for pre-dinner drinks and the food menu will leave your tastebuds wanting more as the flavours of Mexico and Asia come together. 

Adelaide Shores new pool development

In keeping with the Adelaide Shores vision to be South Australia’s most popular destination for holidays, events and sport, Big 4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park is currently undergoing a major reconstruction of its swimming pool area. With a resort style lagoon pool scheduled for completion in December 2015, Adelaide Shores will be encouraging guests to enjoy their more modern and larger facility which includes a surfaced sun deck with BBQ area. Adelaide Shores hopes to enrich their guest’s overall experience with the perfect place to unwind, relax and stay cool during their time at the Caravan Park.


Exceptional Kangaroo Island

Craig Wickham and wife Janet Craig Wickham and wife Janet

Adventure travel company OutsideGo, based in the United States, has recently announced their top five best travel guides in the world, with Craig Wickham of Exceptional Kangaroo Island named as one of the top five. This is an outstanding achievement and is a fantastic coup for Craig and his business. Exceptional Kangaroo Island is a touring company that offers guests extraordinary wildlife encounters, excellent local produce and warm hospitality. There are a range of tours on offer that give guests the perfect Kangaroo Island itinerary that includes all the ‘must do’ attractions and activities on the island. It comes as no surprise that Craig has achieved this ranking as these tours truly are exceptional.

Kangaroo Island is just a half hour flight or 45 minute ferry ride from the mainland and is popular all year round. With a stunning coastline of picturesque beach spots why not head to Kangaroo Island this summer and discover the beauty that is right at your doorstep. Described as a zoo without fences, Kangaroo Island is abundant with wildlife. Be sure to stop at Admirals Arch and watch the Australian and New Zealand fur-seals up close and personal. There are seven regions to explore on Kangaroo Island so make sure you come for more than a few days to be able to explore the Island and find all the secret bays and beaches. If you prefer food and wine holiday don’t worry, Kangaroo Island has some of South Australia’s best produce and it is available fresh on the Island. Kangaroo Island is also home to amazing wineries to visit and you can spend the day tasting wine in picturesque locations. For the ultimate summer escape you can’t go past Kangaroo Island.


Australian International 3 Day Event

Credit Union Christmas Pageant
14 November, Adelaide
The Credit Union Christmas Pageant is a spectacular family event held to celebrate the approaching Christmas. A magical array of Christmas floats travel through the streets of Adelaide bringing a smile to all who join in the fun.  

Feast Festival
15-30 November, Adelaide
Feast Festival is South Australia’s leading queer arts and culture celebration. Diversity is celebrated with international performers and visitors from all over the world. In 2015, the Festival welcomes Conchita Wurst, former Eurovision winner, and icon for the LGTIQ community.

Australian International 3 Day Event
19-22 November, Adelaide
The Australian International 3 Day event is Australia’s premier equestrian competition and Adelaide is delighted to host the three days of dressage, show jumping and cross country in its city parklands. This event is unique to the world as it is the only one staged in the heart of a busy city.

Equestrian Grand Final
19-22 November, Adelaide
For the first time in the event’s history, the Equestrian Grand Final will be held in Adelaide. Showcasing two Olympic disciplines, Jumping and Dressage, the event also presents a one-hour format of Exhibition Eventing. Featuring over 60 horse and rider combinations, visitors will be able to experience the best in the Olympic disciplines, offering big thrills, big suspense and big prize money.

Pacific School Games
21-29 November, Adelaide
More than 4500 primary and secondary school students are set to gather in Adelaide for the Pacific School Games, which will feature sports including swimming, diving, softball, baseball, soccer, touch football, table tennis and basketball. Students will compete in world-class venues including the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre at Marion.

2015 AFL Draft
24 November, Adelaide
The NAB AFL Draft 2015 has found a new home in South Australia. The event will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre and will be the first time in nearly 20 years the city has hosted the annual meeting of clubs. It will start at 5.30pm Australian Central Daylight time at the Adelaide Convention Centre with a live site activation nearby. Footy fans will have the opportunity to attend the 2015 NAB AFL Draft in Adelaide and be among the first to see the future stars of the game. Tickets will be free and only a limited number will be available.

Carols by Candlelight
13 December, Adelaide
Carols by Candlelight in Elder Park is a Christmas community event designed to entertain the whole family. It’s headlined by outstanding Australian acts and includes a special appearance by Father Christmas and a spectacular fireworks finale.

Lights of Lobethal
14-30 December, Adelaide Hills
In the spirit of Christmas, the town of Lobethal has lit up the night sky for 60 years with its lights display. The Lights of Lobethal is the largest community Christmas display in the Southern Hemisphere. This is an event to enjoy with family and friends to create a memorable Christmas.

Bay Sheffield
27-28 December, Adelaide
The Bay Sheffield is a unique two-day athletic carnival held at Colley Reserve in the popular seaside suburb of Glenelg. Since its beginning the footrace has grown with many well-known athletes involved each year.

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