SA Stories - October 2013


Through Local Eyes

Yorke Peninsula, South Australia through the eyes of local filmmaker Randy Larcombe.

Moviegoers to see SA through local eyes

A local filmmaker’s story of a family Yorke Peninsula shack holiday will be shown on the big screen in a campaign encouraging South Australians to explore their own state. Randy Larcombe’s three-minute film ‘Kids, crabs and the best day ever’ will run in cinemas to promote the region as part of the Best Backyard campaign. More than than 50 local filmmakers, editors, producers and musicians have been commissioned to showcase SA with their own vision and experiences in a series of films titled Through Local Eyes. The five newest films, which feature Adelaide, the Yorke Peninsula and the Barossa, were launched this month. The 12 films released during the first phase of the campaign attracted almost 250,000 views on YouTube and featured Adelaide’s ‘Mad March’ festival season, the Central Market and summer on the Fleurieu Peninsula. More films will be commissioned and released throughout the year.

Adelaide in a fashion frenzy

Lucy Bayet Lucy Bayet, face of the Adelaide Fashion Festival

The Adelaide Fashion Festival returns for its sixth consecutive year to celebrate Adelaide’s emerging and established fashion designers. Presented by the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters, the festival will feature 15 events, including Norwood Place Parades and the SA Designers Fashion Showcase. The Adelaide Fashion Festival will be held from October 18-26.

Cycling legend to visit Adelaide

The most successful Olympic track cyclist of all time, Sir Chris Hoy, will be coming to South Australia next January. The champion Scotsman will be honoured by fans at the Legends’ Night Dinner during the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under. The 11-time world champion and six-time Olympic gold medallist will share stories form his career at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Saturday, January 25. The 2014 Santos Tour Down Under will be held in Adelaide and regional South Australia from January 19-26, 2014.

New floats for Adelaide's favourite pageant

Two magical new floats, Little Red Riding Hood and Rudolph’s Christmas Lolly Trolley, have been unveiled as the countdown begins to the 2013 Credit Union Christmas Pageant on Saturday 9 November.

Art adventures in the sticks

Art in the Sticks is returning to Cluain, a grazing property 36km south of Lucindale. Located in the old woolshed and shearer’s quarters amongst aged red gums, the theme for this year’s exhibition is ‘family’. Artists include painters, an artisan furniture maker, jeweller and an electrician moonlighting as a milliner.

Professor conquers the Heysen Trail again

A university professor from the USA, Richard Savage, has hiked the entire length of South Australia’s Heysen Trail for the third time. The Tennessee maths professor, who recently retired, finished the 1200km solo walk on September 23, 2013. He previously conquered the trail, which stretches from Cape Jervis to Parachilna Gorge, in 2004 and 2006.


James and Paul Lindner

Paul and James Lindner Paul and James Lindner

Sitting in a quiet corner of Tanunda, a gnarly old vine is celebrating a significant milestone this month. The Freedom vine, planted in 1843 and believed to be the oldest surviving Shiraz vineyard in the world, is turning 170. But it is milestone that may not have happened without the dedication of three mates. Having lain abandoned and unused for several years, the original vines were rescued when Richard Lindner, Carl Lindner and Chris Bitter bought the derelict vineyard in 1996 and Langmeil Winery was born.  

The current custodians of the vines are Richard’s sons, James and Paul Lindner, the sixth generation of the Barossa family. James, who started his career at Yalumba Winery, now looks after Langmeil’s sales, marketing and distribution. “We have a rare piece of Barossa and SA history here, which we are bringing back to life,” he says. “We understand fully how lucky we are. As my brother puts it, we are the guardians of this ancestral Shiraz vineyard.”

Paul, who left the Barossa to pursue work in diesel mechanics, returned to help get the winery up and running in 1996. He put his skills to good use, fixing old pumps and retightening wires on crushing equipment, but it was the Freedom vine that paved the path to his current role as chief winemaker. His father and uncle put him in charge of the vines for the first time in 1998. That wine went on to win the Best Shiraz at the Barossa Wine Show, giving them the confidence to give Paul the full-time winemaker position.

While there will be no big celebration for the Freedom vine, it will be a different story when it produces its next wine. “When somebody has the chance to try Langmeil Barossa Freedom 1843 Shiraz, they will taste something one of the first Barossa migrants planted,” James says. “As dad would say, they’re having a glass of history.”


Bird in Hand Restaurant

Gallery Restaurant The Gallery Restaurant at Bird in Hand

Adelaide Hills winery Bird in Hand has opened a new restaurant. The Gallery Restaurant combines food, wine and art with views over the vineyard and rolling hills. Former Hilton Hotel chef Paul Gillespie has designed the new menu compliment the Bird in Hand wine portfolio. Guests are invited to take a wine pairing journey or order limited release wines, including a new Pinot Gris and Arneis, from the list. The restaurant features an eclectic mix of custom-made furniture, a light-filled room and contemporary works of art. The Gallery is at Bird in Hand Winery, Woodside and is open for lunch on weekends and public holidays.

Kangaroo Island Source

Kangaroo Island Source Kangaroo Island Source

Discover Kangaroo Island’s fresh local produce on this memorable gastronomic experience – a new market tour and cooking class. Join chef Kate Summer for a tour of the Kangaroo Island Farmers Market, followed by a cooking class at Kangaroo Island Source. Wander through the popular market, where you will meet local farmers, growers, bakers, home gardeners and artisan producers, enjoy tastings and choose the ingredients for your cooking class. You will then prepare lunch, while learning about gourmet food production with fine regional produce. After your hard work, relax and enjoy your lunch, overlooking picturesque Penneshaw with a local wine or cider.


Hillocks Drive Ocean Pods

Ocean Pods Hillocks Drive Ocean Pods

Offering a deluxe camping experience, Ocean Pods are the latest addition to the range of accommodation at Hillocks Drive on the Yorke Peninsula. Enjoy the tranquillity and rugged beauty of your secluded coastal location combined with the luxury of modern amenities. Offering magnificent views of Butler’s Beach and Hillocks Point, these caravan-style units are the perfect way to relax after spending the day fishing, hiking, swimming or lazing on the beach. Watch the whales from your dining room window, be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the surf and enjoy breakfast with the chattering of fairy wrens. Hillocks Drive features 7km of coastline and also offers camping, homestead accommodation and onsite vans.

Rawnsley Park Station

Rawnsley Park Station guided walks Rawnsley Park Station walks

Rawnsley Park Station has introduced two new tours for those wanting to explore the Flinders Ranges on foot or on wheels. The Daybreak Walk is a three-hour loop that introduces guests to the plants, wildlife and geology of the region, which includes a cooked bush breakfast. A more challenging, four-hour walk is also available, allowing walkers to climb to the rim of Rawnsley Bluff, which stands 943m above sea level and offers panoramic views of Wilpena Pound. The Echoes of the Past 4WD Tour showcases the Aboriginal, pastoral and mining heritage of the region. The full-day tour includes a visit to the Wilpena Pound Visitor Centre and old Wilpena Station settlement, a two-hour walk to the historic Hill Homestead and Wangara Lookout, lunch at Wilpena Resort grounds and visits to Stokes Hill Lookout and Appealinna Ruins.


River cruises

Captain Cook Cruises The P.S. Murray Princess

As winter fades away and spring arrives, you can’t beat the serenity of a Murray River cruise. Relive the river’s glory days on a restored paddle steamer. Spend an afternoon cruising away from everyday life or enjoy fine dining on a dinner cruise.

Ex-HMAS Hobart

Once one of Australia’s great naval destroyers, the ex-HMAS Hobart is now the country’s most exciting war wrecks. Located a short 10-minute boat ride from Marina St Vincent, visitors to the ship enjoy underwater visibility of more than 10m most of the year, making it a must-do dive on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

New and vintage fashion

Spring clean your wardrobe and visit the Gilles Street Market in the city. Held on a Sunday, once or twice a month, it offers vibrant designer samples, fashion clearances, jewellery and accessories. The Bowerbird Bazaar, which is held twice a year at the Adelaide Showgrounds, sells arts, crafts, interior design and homewares.




Flinders Ranges – A Brush with Art, 7 September – 7 October, Flinders Ranges & Outback

This colourful event is a spectacular art showcase featuring 15 exhibitions spanning more than 1000km. Visit the Flinders to meet the talent behind the art and the stunning scenery which inspired them.

Ceduna Oysterfest, 5-6 October, Eyre Peninsula

The festival features delicious oysters from Smoky Bay and Denial Bay, to be enjoyed with wine, entertainment, live music, competitions and more.  

6/18 Hours of Melrose, 6-7 October, Flinders Ranges & Outback

Starting on Friday at midnight and finishing on Saturday at 6pm, the mountain bike race runs throughout the night as teams compete along 10km loops through the town of Melrose. There is also a six-hour category starting on Saturday at 6pm. 

Barossa Australian Duathlon, 20 October, Barossa

The 2013 TriSA Duathlon State Series is a five-race series open to the general public. The Barossa leg is the last in the series and the winner will be crowned the SA Duathlon Champion.

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations, 18-20 October, Limestone Coast

The Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations is an annual four-day event, which showcases and celebrates the Coonawarra’s flagship wine – cabernet sauvignon.

Fleurieu Art Prize, 25 October – 25 November, Fleurieu Peninsula celebration of art, culture, food, wine and landscapes, the Fleurieu Art Prize is among the world’s richest landscape painting prizes.

Credit Union Christmas Pageant, 9 November, Adelaide

Don’t miss this magical Christmas parade through the streets of Adelaide. Look for more than 200 clowns and 1000 colourful characters.

Bay Sheffield, 27-28 December, Adelaide

A popular two-day athletics carnival held in Colley Reserve in the popular seaside suburb of Glenelg.

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