SA Stories - October 2012


Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel’s new executive wing

Executive wing Executive wing

Overlooking the shores of the stunning Murat Bay, the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel is located on the beachfront, only a short stroll from the Ceduna town centre, and is the perfect place to stay for visitors who want to experience the Eyre Peninsula’s stunning coastline. A new wing has recently been launched on the first floor, featuring the new modern, stylish and spacious Executive rooms with ocean views and balconies where guests can take in the view and smell the fresh sea air. For those celebrating a special occasion or just in the mood to really indulge, the new Executive Spa room is luxuriously decadent, situated on the corner of the hotel’s first floor, and boasting an ensuite spa with a view, perfect for winding down in after a day of exploring the charms of the Eyre Peninsula.

Yorke Peninsula Art Trail

Cafe on Yorke Peninsula Cafe on Yorke Peninsula

Yorke Peninsula is known for its fantastic beaches and fishing, but it also boasts a thriving arts community. A new website gives visitors all the information they need to take a self-guided driving tour from Balaklava and Edithburgh, experiencing the varied and creative work of local artists at 18 unique venues and displays along the way. Just one example of these is Blue Crab Studio Gallery Café, which is a working artists’ studio set in a unique café, where visitors can relax with a coffee while sitting among a rich array of artworks. As well as galleries, visitors following the trail will find some stunning collections of art housed in theatres, visitor information centres, hotels and restaurants

Thorn Park by the Vines expands

Thorn Park by the Vines Thorn Park by the Vines

Thorn Park by the Vines now offers boutique, small hotel-style accommodation for up to six people, thanks to its recently opened Mocha guest room. This spacious and sumptuous room, complete with luxurious ensuite, boasts a beautiful view over the vineyards and features a king-sized bed that can also be separated into two twin beds. Other features of the room are a large striped armchair perfect for snuggling into with a good book, and a collection of eclectic art including works by artist Russell Pick and antique Daumier cartoons. Thorn Park by the Vines, in the Clare Valley, offers luxury accommodation and superb regional dining in a beautiful private location, surrounded by bush and vineyards.

New Wilpena Pound Resort tours

Wilpena Pound Wilpena Pound

Wilpena Pound Resort has launched an array of new half and full-day guided four-wheel-drive tours, allowing guests to explore the stunning surrounds of the Flinders Ranges from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. However, all tours include ample opportunities for guests to walk around and explore the highlights of this unique, ancient landscape. The most comprehensive tour is called “Mining Mysteries, Feral Feasting and much, much more” and includes a trip to Blinman, the highest town in South Australia to explore the old copper mine. Lunch is at the famous Prairie Hotel, where guests can enjoy the famous “Flinders feral food”. The homeward journey includes Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges. Other tours explore the European and Aboriginal history of the area, plus there are tours which give an insight into the fascinating geological history, going back more than 100 million years.


Coonawarra Indulgence Package

Coonawarra Indulgence Package Coonawarra Indulgence Package

Zema Estate has combined forces with Must @ Coonawarra and leading Coonawarra restaurant and cafe Fodder to present a new Coonawarra Indulgence package, which is available until the end of December for $295 per person. Guests will stay for two nights at the luxurious Must @ Coonawarra, including a bottle of Zema Estate wine on arrival and continental breakfasts. During their stay, they can pedal around the vineyards with free bike hire and be chauffeur driven in a classic Bentley to and from Zema Estate for a complimentary wine and chocolate tasting. They will also have the chance to dine at Fodder and enjoy a multi-course grazing menu of fresh regional produce including home grown garden spring offerings and a complimentary glass of Zema Estate Sauvignon Blanc.

Plant 13

Plant 13 Plant 13

Plant 13 in the Adelaide suburb of Bowden offers guests a unique dining experience that is compelling, enriching and nourishing for both the palate and the soul. The rich history of the building where the restaurant is housed dates back to 1901 where industrial workers of bygone eras would gather to share a story over a drink or two and to share a meal. Plant 13’s staff and owners pride themselves on their hospitality and exceptional customer service and their aim is to become Adelaide’s premium destination for high-quality, affordable dining; a place where friends both new and old can gather over an exceptional wine or a perfect coffee both day and night. The owners believe food tells a story and Plant 13’s begins with its garden at the back of the restaurant, where they grow the vegetables that grace guests’ plate. The staff also make their own smallgoods, smoke their own meats, and bake their own breads.

Ladies’ Surf and Yoga Retreat

Ladies' Surf and Yoga Retreat Ladies' Surf and Yoga Retreat

For anyone looking for a fun and healthy weekend away with the girls, this new retreat is the perfect way to relax, enjoy and re-charge this summer. Held in the beautiful Port Elliot and Middleton area of South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula, only one and a half hours’ drive from Adelaide, over the weekend participants will enjoy two nights shared accommodation at the grand Port Elliot Beach House YHA, four surf lessons with qualified instructors from Surf and Sun, with all equipment included, five yoga sessions with the Joyful Buddhas and six healthy vegetarian meals provided by the team from Fleurieu Bites.

Murray Bridge Farmers Market

Stall owner Stall owner

Held every Saturday from 8am-12pm, this new market offers locals and visitors alike the chance to stock up on just-picked produce bought straight from the growers. Shoppers can choose from fruit, vegetables and herbs, as well as local fish, eggs, milk, honey, olive oil, jams and freshly-baked bread and baked goods. As well as staples, there are soaps and potted plants, plus delicious hot breakfasts and award-winning coffees to indulge in when the shopping is finished. Plus, each month, there is a morning of fun kids’ activities known as ‘Grubby Gloves’.


Kent Comley

Kent Comley Kent Comley

The Barn in Mount Gambier offers luxurious, contemporary accommodation, award-winning fine dining and a renowned winelist at its steakhouse, a large conference venue and catering for up to 5000 people. Soon to be launched are another 14 premium accommodation suites, a project that will take The Barn’s total number of rooms to 45. The man who oversees all this is The Barn’s owner, Kent Comley, who is involved in all aspects of the business. “My role is very varied and includes working in reception, cooking breakfast, menu and function planning and leading a team on an outside catering function,” he says. “In between, I keep an eye on finances, recruitment, marketing and compliance issues.” This all sounds slightly exhausting, but Kent says he loves his job because of its variety – and because of the people he meets through it. “It’s the customers and seeing them happy that makes my job very special,” he says. And not all his work is tough. He says The Barn’s award-winning winelist needs TLC as well, so he tries to taste as many new wines in the evenings as he can. His background is in the wine industry, and he is passionate the wines of the Coonawarra and the Limestone Coast. He’s also passionate about the local produce. “The Limestone Coast is a Mecca for food and wine lovers,” he says – which makes it the perfect place for a gourmet holiday.

The Germein Sisters The Germein Sisters

Up and coming South Australian indie-pop trio, the Germein Sisters, have just spent three weeks in an Irish studio recording their debut album with Billy Farrell, producer of The Corrs. The Adelaide threesome, made up of Georgia, Ella and Clara, will release their first single later this year and they are currently embarking on an international tour. Already being dubbed the ‘Australian Corrs’ by the press, the girls are also doing their part to promote their home state, with Georgia Germein’s song ‘Take Your Hand’ being used by the South Australian Tourism Commission as the soundtrack for its new international online marketing campaign. Georgia’s music draws on her experiences of growing up in the bush in the Adelaide Hills, her love of the ocean and travelling, and she is delighted to be involved in promoting her home to the world. “Music is our passion, especially if it has a message that inspires, engages, empowers and entertains,” Georgia says. “We all love living in the Adelaide Hills with its beautiful green rolling hills and Aussie bushland. We enjoy waking to the sound of kookaburras, magpies and parrots and enjoy the company of various native wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, possums and echidnas that wander through our place.” The sisters also love South Australia’s coast, and are all keen surfers.


Roses Roses

Beltana Centenary Celebrations 6 – 7 October, Flinders and Outback
Beltana will hold special celebrations to mark the centenary of the formation of the Australian Inland Mission.

Copper Cove Marina Festival 6 – 7 October, Yorke Peninsula
Experience the local seafood, wine, boating, fishing and coastal lifestyle.

Redheads Gourmet BBQ Festival 6 – 7 October, Adelaide
A unique celebration that combines that latest international food trends with an iconic Australian tradition.

2012 FINA World Junior Diving Championships 8 – 13 October, Adelaide
Over 10 days, thousands of spectators will witness more than 200 of the world’s best young divers, representing more than 40 countries. Held at the State Aquatics Centre at Marion.

Jamestown Fly-In and Air Spectacular 13 – 14 October, Flinders and Outback
A Fly-In and Air Spectacular held at the Jamestown Air Strip in northern South Australia.

Holden Netball Test Series 14 October, Adelaide
Come and see the International Quad-series where Australia will take on England and New Zealand will take on South Africa in one day.

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations 19 – 21 October, Limestone Coast
The Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations is an annual four day event held in October which showcases and celebrates Coonawarra’s Flagship wine – Cabernet Sauvignon.

Riverland Wine and Food Festival 18 – 21 October, Riverland
The Riverland Wine and Food Festival is held on the third Saturday in October every year and is the single biggest platform for local wine and food producers to showcase their product.

Departure 19 October, Adelaide Enjoy exclusive after-hours access, curator talks, food and wine, as you’re entertained by street performers, nail-biting acrobatics and the sounds of Adelaide’s hottest DJ’s at the Art Gallery of SA.

Adelaide Fashion Festival 19 – 27 October, Adelaide
South Australia’s largest festival supporting the local fashion industry and local fashion businesses.

Renmark Rose Festival 19 – 28 October, Riverland Rose and garden lovers will thoroughly enjoy a visit to Renmark in October for their annual Rose Festival. The festival is full of activities, displays and demonstrations that will enthuse and delight those who appreciate nature's beauty.

Fleurieu Folk Festival 26 – 28 October, Fleurieu Peninsula Set in the beautiful historic town of Willunga on South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula, alongside the McLaren Vale wine growing district, the festival presents a weekend of music concerts and sessions, dance, workshops, poetry, special youth program, children's entertainment and stalls.

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 community and visitors and is based on a centuries-old German tradition that culminates in a spectacular street procession.

Australian International 3 Day Event 22 – 25 November, Adelaide
The city parklands host Olympic standard, four-star equestrian competition, including 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 men’s and women’s events for only the second time.

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 Nov – 31 Dec, 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.


Connoisseur Gourmet Icecream Connoisseur Gourmet Icecream

Supermarkets now selling Kangaroo Island icecream
Nestle has released four new flavours in its Connoisseur Gourmet Icecream range, including Kangaroo Island Honey with Summer Fig designed by Kate Sumner from Kangaroo Island Source – one of Australia's hottest up-and-coming dessert chefs. The new icecream, which features Kangaroo Island’s unique Ligurian honey, is available at Coles and Woolworths supermarkets across Australia. For more information click here.

Four Adelaide bars among nation’s best
Four Adelaide bars reached the finals of the Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards last month. Apothecary 1824 was a finalist in the Winebar of the Year category, Cushy made the shortlist for Cocktail Bar of the Year, The Wheatsheaf was a finalist for Best Specialty Beer Venue and Limbo was one of the Nightclub of the Year finalists. For the full list of finalists click here.

Double win for Santos Tour Down Under
The prestigious Australian Event Awards in Sydney have delivered a double win for the 2012 Santos Tour Down Under, with the event claiming both the Best Sporting Event and Best Tourism Event awards. The 2013 Santos Tour Down Under will be held from 20 - 27 January 2013. For more information click here.

Best SA wine vintage in 20 years predicted
“Nigh-on perfect” weather in South Australia this year has produced the best growing conditions for grapes in two decades according to experts. James Halliday, one of the country's top wine writers, is predicting wines with exceptional colour and quality as a result of the consistent weather. Seppeltsfield Winery Bake House reopens The historic Barossa Winery, Seppeltsfield Winery, has reopened its Bake House, which dates back to the 1890s. The winery’s on-site caterer, Owen Andrews, is reinventing the tradition of on-site baking and has already launched the first artisan baked goods, gourmet Barossa beef pies, which are now available at the cellar door café.

Clare’s Savannah Lamb wins at Sydney Fine Food Show
Young farmers Phil and Michele Lally of Hill River near Clare, who released their branded lamb to the market just three years ago, have taken out the Open Lamb Championship with their product Savannah Lamb at this year’s prestigious Sydney Fine Food Show, part of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. Savannah Lamb prides itself on its ethical, humane and stress-free animal management philosophies.

South Australia’s cruise industry growth
A new report shows cruise ships delivered a record $11.7 million in direct expenditure to the South Australian economy during the past financial year. Twenty-six ship visits to South Australia are booked for the 2012/13 cruise season. Robe will host its first large cruise ship in the 2012/13 season, while three visits to Port Lincoln are booked. For more information click here.

Adventure Race heading to South Australia
Competitors from around the globe will gather in South Australia next year for the internationally renowned 2013 XPD Adventure Race. The event will be held in the Flinders Ranges from September 2 - 14 and will involve 50 teams of four competitors trekking, mountain biking, kayaking and completing roping sections across the Flinders for up to 10 days. The XPD Adventure Race is part of the high-profile international Adventure Racing World Series. For more information click here.

Westminster School lights up for Christmas
Westminster School’s annual Christmas Lights display is now in its seventh year, and has secured itself as one of Adelaide’s most popular seasonal events. From 14 December -23 December, Westminster Christmas Lights will be switched on at dusk every evening until around 10pm. Visitors can enjoy a variety a colourful light displays and a nightly music and carols sing-a-long in the School’s Chapel from 8pm.

Knappstein named best SA wine
Clare Valley’s Knappstein 2012 Hand Picked Riesling has beaten 1,000 other wines to be named Judges’ Wine of the Year in The Advertiser/Intercontinental South Australian Wine Awards. The Consumers’ Wine was the Year award went to Reschke 2004 Empyrean Cabernet Sauvignon, from the Coonawarra. For all the winners click here.

Copper Cove Marina Festival to create Australia’s Biggest Prawn Cocktail
On 6 October, as part of a sumptuous dinner at the Wallaroo Marina Coopers Ale House, lucky diners will be able to take a bite out of the largest prawn cocktail ever created in Australia. The Copper Coast Prawn Cocktail will be made up of over 80kg of prawns supplied by the Spencer Gulf and West Coast Prawn Association. The Ale House will provide all additional ingredients and construct the cocktail. Queensland currently holds the record for the largest prawn cocktail, weighing in at 60kg. The record prawn cocktail attempt is part of the Copper Cove Marina Festival.

Grant Burge Tawny named best in the world
Two South Australian wines have been declared the best of their type in the world at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London. O’Leary Walker Wines from the Clare Valley won the International Trophy for the best Riesling with its Polish Hill River Riesling 2009, while Grant Burge’s 20 Year Old Tawny, from the Barossa, was named the world’s Best Sweet Fortified Wine. The two South Australian wines were the only trophy winners from Australia at the awards. Often dubbed ‘the Olympics of wine making’, the Decanter World Wine Awards winners are chosen by 211 world-class judges from among wines entered from 47 countries. For all the winners click here.

Tiger returns to Adelaide
Tiger Airways Australia has announced its return to Adelaide with two daily return services from Melbourne Airport Tullamarine commencing in time for the summer holiday and upcoming new year festival season in South Australia. From 1 November this year Tiger Airways Australia will fly up to two daily return services providing over 5,000 visitor seats weekly through Adelaide Airport.


Outdoor dining Outdoor dining

1. Now that the sun is out, it’s time to go outside and get your daily dose of vitamin D. In SA, there is no shortage of interesting places to do it: try alfresco dining, enjoy a picnic in the Adelaide Hills Botanic Garden, sip a Coopers Pale Ale on the porch of a country pub, or cast a fishing line from a jetty.

2. We’ve featured the art of the Yorke Peninsula in this edition of SA Stories, and Kangaroo Island is renowned for its large artistic community but in creative South Australia, there’s great art to find in every region – you just need to know where to look.

3. If you’re a parent, now is the time to start planning the family summer holiday. South Australia has a huge array of kid-friendly summer holiday options, both by the beach and the Murray River. Why not ask the locals how they keep their children entertained when it gets hot?


Spring has arrived in full bloom, and it’s time to get out and about in South Australia to enjoy our varied and stunning natural landscapes. Here’s some visual inspiration to tempt you to explore one of our state’s beautiful, sunny regions.

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