SA Stories - October 2015


Dudley Peninsula Scenic Coach Tour

Sealink Sealink Ferry

Sealink has partnered with Kangaroo Island Wildlife Safaris to launch a new day tour for market lovers. The Dudley Peninsula Scenic and Wine coach tour takes passengers to the Penneshaw Markets, KI Farmer’s Market and KI Community Markets. A three-and-a-half hour tour of local landscapes is also included, taking you to local landmarks around the Dudley Peninsula on the eastern end of Kangaroo Island. Guests also experience local cafes and cellar doors throughout the tour. 

Wombat Tracking Tour

Wild Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat Wild Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat

Australia’s only Wild Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat Tracking tour is now available from Adelaide. The two-day tour runs on more than 7000 hectares of private land and includes wine tasting in the Barossa, all meals and overnight camping experience as well as souvenir photos and videos of your time on the tour. Enjoy learning about the species whilst surrounded by stunning South Australian landscape. Every booking of the tour helps the protection and conservation of the wombats whilst providing an educational and memorable experience. 


Leonards Mill

Leonards Mill Leonards Mill

Located in the scenic coastal community of Second Valley, Leonards Mill has expanded their offerings opening a brand new cellar door, ‘Wines of the Fleurieu’. Wines of the Fleurieu features premium wine, beer and spirits from the Fleurieu Peninsula and neighbouring Kangaroo Island including Islander Estate Vineyard, Lady Bay Vineyard, Mosquito Hills Wines and Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard. A range of Goodieson beers, made in McLaren Vale, are also available.


Brenton Carle Brenton Carle

Brenton Carle, owner and operator of Canoe the Coorong, is an eco-tourism graduate who has a passion for eco-tourism and in particular the Coorong. Brenton graduated in 2008 and as part of his final assessment completed an assignment where he set up a mock eco-tourism business which explored the Coorong in kayaks – called Canoe the Coorong. “This project went on to win the best third year eco-tourism project, a small business planning award as well as third prize in a university-wide award judged by the Dean of Flinders University,” said Brenton. “It was an easy decision, after graduating, to bring Canoe the Coorong to life.”

Brenton spent the next 12 months getting necessary qualifications to take guided kayak tours. These included a flat water lifeguard licence, a flat water guide kayaking qualification, public liability and a commercial tour operator licence. “During this time I worked five jobs and set up a recycling scheme with family and friends in order to raise extra funds to pay for the set up costs,” Brenton said. The first tour was taken in January 2010 and the business has boomed since then.

A day in the life of owning and operating Canoe the Coorong can vary. From peaceful sunset tours, to jam packed six hour tours, Brenton is always busy helping guests explore and learn about the Coorong. Canoe the Coorong caters to a wide variety of ages and offers both school and corporate group packages. “Education and enjoyment is the most important aspect of my job,” Brenton says. “Many people come here and love kayaking but the thing they love the most is being educated about the beautiful place they are experiencing.”

The Coorong is Brenton’s favourite place in the world and he says the best bit about his job is being able to showcase the Coorong to people who have never experienced it before. “Seeing people fall in love with the place right in front of my eyes is so special,” Brenton says.


Adelaide Fashion Festival

The 2015 Adelaide Fashion Festival presented by Mercedes-Benz Adelaide is fast approaching and there is something suited to everybody. This annual celebration of South Australia’s growing fashion industry will run over four days, from October 22 – 25, and showcase both established and up-and-coming South Australian designers over an abundance of events. From runway shows to high teas and lunches, there is something for everyone to support and enjoy all the South Australian fashion industry has to offer. An event highlight is the Fashion Insider Breakfast, hosted by Channel 10’s Rebecca Morse at Jamie’s Kitchen on Friday, October 23. The breakfast includes a stunning line up of fashion insiders including the effervescent Chris Kontos, the “stylists’ stylist” Nicole Bonython-Hines and social media expert Tania De Bono just to name a few. Tickets are on sale now for the Fashion Insiders Breakfast as well as all the spectacular events that make up the Adelaide Fashion Festival. Book now through Eventbrite to avoid disappointment.

Santos Tour Down Under secured

Approved new principles, as part of a review of professional road cycling and the associated WorldTour calendar, have assured the Santos Tour Down Under’s place as a UCI WorldTour event. The new principles include confirmation that all existing UCI WorldTour races will continue in the ‘new’ calendar from 2017 onwards. The Santos Tour Down Under is a great success story for South Australia with the 2015 event contributing almost $48 million to our state’s economy.

Santos Women’s Tour receives international status

In another big win for South Australia, the Santos Women’s Tour has been granted international status by the world’s governing body. The Union Cycliste Internationale has confirmed the event will be listed on the UCI Oceania calendar and will also double as a National Road Series event. The Santos Women’s Tour was first introduced in 2015 with 95 entries and 17 teams involved with the final stage in Victoria Park attracting more than 4000 spectators.

National Motor Museum

The National Motor Museum in Birdwood is turning 50 years old this November. Originally established by motoring enthusiasts Jack Kaines and Len Vigar in the landmark Old Birdwood Mill, the museum was opened on November 20, 1965. As the collection has grown, so has the museum. The museum was significantly improved in size and scope when the current pavilion opened in 1998. Today’s collection of 400 vehicles and motoring memorabilia and stories attracts visitors from near and far.

Clare Valley wines head to Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Kilikanoon Wines is to be the official exclusive still and sparkling wine partner of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO). The partnership will see Kilikanoon wines from South Australia’s Clare Valley served at the SSO Vanguard Series, Salon Series, lectures, lunches and special fundraising events for the next two years. As part of the partnership, Kilikanoon Wines has produced two new exclusive wines for the SSO and members, the Cello Shiraz and Cello Riesling.

A Table in the Country

The opportunity to wine and dine with a five course degustation lunch is available at the homestead of Pangkarra Foods, ‘Anama Park’, in the Clare Valley. Matched with local beer and wines, the lunch also includes a visit to a winery, a farm tour and crop walk. This epicurean journey is a fantastic opportunity to explore and get better acquainted with the Clare Valley.

Unprecedented 25th Win for Penfolds

Every year, the Wine & Spirits panel of critics blind taste more than 10,000 wines. From this intense tasting, the best performing wineries are held up for recommendation in the magazine’s annual “Top 100 Wineries of the Year” issue. This year, Wine & Spirits will once again honour Penfolds with an unprecedented 25th ‘Winery of the Year’ Award. This achievement is held by no other winery in the world and is a testament to winemaker Peter Gago and the Penfolds team.

Chicken & Pig

Pirie Street is now home to a new lunch takeaway eatery, Chicken & Pig. Offering freshly baked bread and three different slow cooked meats, Chicken & Pig is the perfect answer to lunchtime hunger. With a simple and no fuss approach, Chicken & Pig offer two prices and options - a meat roll or a meat and salad box.

Osteria Oggi

Offering modern Italian cuisine, Osteria Oggi is a must try for food lovers. Located on Pirie Street, Osteria Oggi offers contemporary décor with a large marble bar the centrepiece as you walk in. Towards the back of the restaurant is a wider restaurant space perfect for a long lunch or dinner, or both. The menu focuses mainly on pasta and gnocchi and offers modern takes on the more traditional Italian cuisine.

South West Supper Club

A series of pop up dinners are being run by Tim Bourke and Sarah Feehan who previously worked at the Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island. Currently preparing to open a permanent restaurant, Tim and Sarah have begun hosting pop up dinner events at various locations in Adelaide, calling it the South West Supper Club. Dinners are posted on Facebook and spaces are limited.

Monarto Zoo welcomes baby rhino

Endangered South White Rhinoceros, Umqali, gave birth to a female calf on Saturday, September 12 at Monarto Zoo. The birth of the zoo’s fifth rhino calf, kicks off an exciting time at Monarto Zoo as zoo keepers eagerly await the birth of two chimpanzee infants. The new calf will act as an ambassador for her species, representing hope for its long-term survival. Visitors can now see Umqali and the rest of her family at Monarto.

Petaluma Winery opens new cellar door

If you’re planning a trip to the Adelaide Hills, make sure you drop by the new cellar door at Petaluma Winery. You can meet the winemakers and enjoy tastings of Petaluma and Croser wines including limited releases, museum back vintages and cellar door exclusives. Boasting amazing views over the Adelaide Hills, the wines will beckon you to stay a while and enjoy the experience.


Springtime Events

CUCP Crowd Crowd at the Credit Union Christmas Pageant

Spring has sprung and this season South Australia has a jam packed events calendar suitable for everyone. From the Adelaide Fashion Festival to the Credit Union Christmas Pageant, the wide range of events on in South Australia is set to become a spring version of Adelaide’s popular ‘Mad March’. With more than 800,000 people expected to attend the events in October and November the atmosphere in the state, especially Adelaide, will be buzzing.

Whether you are looking for a family-friendly event or somewhere to go to with friends, Adelaide is the number one place to be this spring. From Asiafest and the Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art to the Adelaide Motorsport Festival and the Australian International 3 day event, the events will be the perfect backdrop to create lifelong memories. Showcasing some of South Australia’s world class food and wine, CheeseFest is a cheese lover’s dream. If music takes your fancy, the Gorgeous Festival is a must and there is also the ACDC concert.

This spring, head to South Australia for fun festivals, events and an atmosphere that will leave you wanting more.


Australian International 3 Day Event
Flinders Ranges Outback Epic

Australian Masters Games
3-10 October, Adelaide
More than 10,000 participants from around the nation will gather in Adelaide for this event, which features competition across 50 sports. It will be the sixth time the city has hosted the Australian Masters Games.

Adelaide Festival of Architecture and Design
8-13 October, Adelaide
The Adelaide Festival of Architecture and Design will provide a fun, vibrant and educational program of architecture and design talks, panel discussions, installations and films, children’s activities and architectural tours on foot and bicycle. The theme of ‘LIFE ON THE EDGE’ will explore and discuss the role of architects and designers in South Australia, how they contribute to our quality of life and how they can shape our future.

Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
8-18 October, Adelaide
The Art Gallery of South Australia is presenting the inaugural Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art. The Festival encompasses a series of exhibitions, public programs, community events and an Art Fair on the opening weekend. The Festival’s supporting public programs and community events will bring the artists voices and vision to a broad audience of international guests, artists, collectors, curators, students, cultural industry professionals and academics.

2015 ITU Duathlon World Championships
14-18 October, Adelaide
The International Triathlon Union Duathlon World Championships will bring more than 1,500 international endurance athletes to South Australia. They will run and ride their way to the hotly contested world championship title.

Adelaide Film Festival
15-25 October, Adelaide
The Adelaide Film Festival highlights the best of locally-produced films. With a program consisting of an eclectic mix of cinema, television and the moving image, this is a festival you will want to be a part of.

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations
15-18 October, Limestone Coast
Australia’s favourite spring time wine festival is in Coonawarra! The Coonawarra Cabernet Weekend is rated one of the top events in South Australia and it’s not to be missed! Choose from over 30 exciting events and exclusive tastings at Coonawarra’s outstanding cellar doors. The weekend will be filled with great food, sensational wine, live music and once in a life time experiences for you to indulge in. Come and meet the locals, share in the community spirit and open your eyes to life under the big sky!

Motorsport Festival and Classic Adelaide Rally
16-18 October, Adelaide, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula
The Adelaide Motorsport Festival, which will be held for the second time in 2015, will include the Classic Adelaide Rally and the Victoria Park Sprint. The Classic Adelaide Rally will be staged in Adelaide (Victoria Park), the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula and will utilise many of the stages and roads used by the original Classic Adelaide Rally held from 1997 to 2009. The Victoria Park sprint will this year celebrate 30 years since the first FIA Formula One World Championship Grand Prix was held on the streets of Adelaide in 1985.

Renmark Rose Festival
16-25 October, Riverland
If you are a rose or garden lover you will thoroughly enjoy the Rose Festival in Renmark. Treat yourself to this delightful display of nature through the festival’s program including open gardens, activities, shows and demonstrations that will enthuse and enchant all who attend.

Riverland Wine and Food Festival
17 October, Riverland
Celebrate the Riverland’s rich wine and food culture on the banks of the majestic Murray River. The Riverland Wine and Food Festival is a fantastic way to sample fabulous wine and beer of the Riverland, taste regional produce and enjoy live entertainment.

The World Solar Challenge
18-25 October, Adelaide
The World Solar Challenge is a biennial solar-powered car race which travels more than 3000km from Darwin to Adelaide. The event seeks to inspire some of the brightest young people on the planet to address the imperatives of sustainable transport. The World Solar Challenge attracts more than 40 entries, mostly from interstate and overseas with many of the teams being fielded by universities. There are three distinct categories, Challenger, Cruiser and Adventure class.

Adelaide Fashion Festival
22-25 October, Adelaide
The 2015 Adelaide Fashion Festival (AFF) will showcase South Australia’s rapidly growing local fashion industry and provide design houses with the opportunity to engage on the international and national stage. Media attention will highlight Adelaide as an innovator and leading contributor to the Australian fashion design industry. The AFF will also provide a platform for Adelaide’s unique inner city and metropolitan venues to be explored while highlighting the State’s impressive food, wine and art culture. Stay tuned for more program details which will be announced in the lead up to the event.

23-25 October, Adelaide
CheeseFest is a celebration of the Australian specialty cheese industry and this year they are celebrating their 10th anniversary. Cheese lovers will enjoy every element of the festival – sampling, cooking, cheese making demonstrations and master classes – while overlooking the picturesque Rymill Park in Adelaide. New for 2015 is Friday night Twilight CheeseFest.

Flinders Ranges Outback Epic
24 October, Flinders Ranges and Outback
Race the clock across an ancient landscape. The Flinders Ranges Outback Epic is the ultimate mountain bike challenge, with entries in a range of categories.

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.

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.

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