SA Stories - September 2014


The Watson

The Watson The Watson

The newest Art Series hotel has opened in Adelaide. The Watson, on Warwick St in Walkerville, is the sixth Art Series Hotel and the first in South Australia. It pays homage to indigenous colourist and landscape painter Tommy Watson and features his work all throughout the hotel. The boutique hotel boasts 24 open plan self-contained suites, an onsite restaurant and a 25 metre lap pool designed by Michael Klim. The hotel officially opens on September 18.


Sprout Cooking School

Sprout Cooking Sprout Cooking

Callum Hann – runner up of the 2010 series of MasterChef and winner of MasterChef All Stars in 2012 – has joined forces with Themis Chryssidis, a dedicated dietician and health professional, to open Sprout Cooking in Hilton. For the past three years, the pair has been running classes all over Australia but increased demand saw a need for a permanent headquarters. The site, on Sir Donald Bradman Drive, has a 5 metre long wooden bench, a demonstration stage that overlooks 12 stainless steel worktops, ovens and a herb garden. Classes will run from one to five days and include healthy shopping, market to plate and even Christmas entertaining. The duo will kick off the cooking classes with a sports nutrition workshop on September 3.


David Heah

David Heah David Heah

A long held childhood dream was realised by David Heah, 22, when he became the youngest person to qualify for a steam locomotive licence on the Pichi Richi Railway. “There was a fascination about these living, breathing machines, that just grew,” David said. “This led me to reading books and later becoming involved in their preservation, operation and maintenance through the Pichi Richi Railway.”

The railway from Port Augusta through the Pichi Richi Pass to Quorn opened in 1879, and was part of the first stage of the Great Northern Railway that was intended to link Port Augusta with Darwin. The Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society (PRRPS) is a non-profit organisation formed in 1973 to preserve the railway through the Pichi Richi Pass – the most scenic part of the original Ghan railway, featuring deep rock cuttings, stone wall embankments and iron bridges.

David’s passion for trains led him to be involved with Pichi Richi from the age of 16 and to undertake both a mechanical engineering and petroleum engineering degree at the University of Adelaide where he has been supported by the Santos Scholarship.

He continues to help out with the PRRPS by managing the locomotive department and ensuring maintenance, overhauls and paperwork are all up-to-date. “Although the behind the scenes work isn’t as glamorous as driving a passenger train through the Pichi Richi Pass, it’s just as rewarding. To know that these wonderful mechanical machines can still turn a wheel under their own steam is why I and all the other volunteers keep coming to Quorn.”


SA gets serious about food

Passionate chefs and local produce are the focus of a new short film promoting South Australia as a tourism destination. ‘About Food’ features some of the state’s key food and wine personalities as they discuss their passion for the local culinary industry. The video was produced as part of the South Australian Tourism Commission’s Through Local Eyes film project by the creative team at new Adelaide magazine CityMag.

Through Local Eyes is a series of 30 YouTube videos where local filmmakers showcase the state through their eyes. So far more than 70 local filmmakers, producers and musicians have been involved, with each film featuring many SA business owners, operators and local identities. The films have collectively amassed more than 1.1 million views since the project was launched in May 2013. The release of ‘About Food’ coincides with Tourism Australia’s global advertising campaign Restaurant Australia.

About Food


New road trips across South Australia

Five new touring routes highlighting the best of our State will encourage more interstate and overseas visitors to come to South Australia. The South Australian Tourism Commission has developed five self-drive routes highlighting wine regions, scenic coastal and Murray River drives, outback discovery routes, and the state’s freshest seafood and produce. The five routes are: the Epicurean Way (McLaren Vale to Clare Valley via the Adelaide Hills and Barossa); the Explorer’s Way (Adelaide to Darwin via the Flinders Ranges); the Seafood Frontier (Adelaide to Eyre Peninsula via Yorke Peninsula); Mighty Murray Way (the Murray River from Renmark to the Mouth); and the Southern Ocean Drive (Mt Gambier to Adelaide via Kangaroo Island).

India Youth Engagement Strategy

Premier Jay Weatherill was in India earlier this month to launch the South Australian Tourism Commission India Strategy 2020 as well as the India Youth Engagement program and Dream Team 15. The project will give a group of young Indian cricketers the opportunity to experience South Australia’s world class cricket facilities as part of Adelaide’s 2015 Cricket World Cup program. 15 school-aged cricketers will be given the chance to visit Adelaide in February 2015 for a training camp, take part in matches with local schools and watch the India vs Pakistan game at Adelaide Oval. Dream Team 15 is a personal initiative of the Premier to use India and Australia’s shared love of cricket to help build new relationships.

Barossa: Be Consumed PANPA win

The South Australian Tourism Commission, along with the Sydney Morning Herald, has won the Best Digital Single Advertisement for a Client, National / Metropolitan for the Barossa: Be Consumed ad at the 2014 PANPA Advertising & Marketing Awards earlier this month. It joins a swag of other awards the ad has won including the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards – Grand Prix and Gold for Best Tourism Marketing.

Aboriginal cultural centre celebrates milestone

Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute will celebrate 25 years on October 1. To mark the milestone, the centre is holding daily events for 25 days. The program will kick off with the opening of Bluey Roberts’ art exhibition on September 19 and will followed by youth workshops, cultural performances, Kaurna Language Week, a gala event and film screenings until October 13. The centre is also refurbishing its café and gift shop.

Stayz campaign

The South Australian Tourism Commission is partnering with Stayz holiday accommodation to help drive more bookings to SA holiday homes. A series of campaigns will launch at the end of August to promote SA properties. This will include a SA specials page on the Stayz website, promotional banners on the site, a dedicated SA deals e-newsletter sent out to all Stayz travellers and additional search engine and social media marketing support for the promotion. To be part of this exclusive promotion, operators are invited to list their property on the Stayz website by joining here.

Mentor Me

The eight winners of The South Australian Tourism Commission and STA Travel’s Mentor Me program will arrive in Adelaide in September to start their month-long internships at renowned South Australian companies. The Mentor Me program offered eight mentorships across fields such as tourism and hospitality, food and wine, events, culture and entertainment. It is part of a campaign to promote the Working Holiday Visa aimed at encouraging UK students and travellers to visit South Australia. It follows STA Travel research that showed sales of the Australian Working Holiday Visa soared by more than 30 per cent in 2013 compared to 2012 as young people looked for alternative ways to bolster their CV and work experience. The participants and their journeys can be followed on twitter @MentorMe2014 and @tourismsa

Young tourism star announced

Anna del Rio will represent South Australia in the Australian Regional Tourism Network (ARTN) Young Regional Tourism Professional Award competition. Nominees for each state will attend the national conference which this year will be held in Port Stephens, on October 20-24. Anna is the Community and Tourism Development Officer at Coorong District Council and before that worked as a tourism officer with the Southern Flinders Regional Tourism Authority. For more information on the conference contact Peter Cahalan.

Social media toolkit

A major study into the influence of events on regional tourism has resulted in a new social media toolkit being developed for organisers of regional events. The 'Events: Drivers of Regional Tourism' study found the effective marketing and promotion of events was just as important as creating an event itself. Nearly 80 per cent of people who attended a regional event in Australia used social media, and nearly one-third (30 per cent) of them used social media to engage with the event before, during and after. The user-friendly educational resource is for planning and implementing communications via low cost and social media channels.

Magill Estate – best newcomers Gourmet Traveller

Scott Hugins and Emma McCaskill from Penfold’s Magill Estate have been named Australia’s ‘Best New Talent’ in the annual Gourmet Traveller restaurant awards, announced earlier this month. The restaurant was the highest-rated of the state’s restaurants in a national top 100, ranked at 10.

Adelaide Oval Hill of Grace now open

The Hill of Grace Restaurant at the Adelaide Oval has officially opened. A range of acclaimed Henschke wines will headline an extensive wine list, including more than 160 wines – all of which are South Australian. This means Adelaide Oval is now home to the world’s only complete set of Hill of Grace wines on display. The restaurant is located within the Audi Stadium Club at Adelaide Oval and will be open to the public for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday as well as for lunch on Fridays.


Chowilla celebrates 150 years

Chowilla Chowilla

A flotilla of paddle steamers and wooden boats will descend on the Riverland this month as Chowilla Station celebrates 150 years. The property is one of Australia’s oldest grazing properties and James and Kerrie Robertson will host a range of family friendly activities on Sunday, September 21.

The boats will travel upstream along the Murray from Renmark to Chowilla where they will moor under the gums in front of the historic Chowilla Woolshed and Shearer’s Quarters. There will also be blacksmith demonstrations, sheep shearing, blade shearing, guided tours, and live entertainment.

The PS Industry of Renmark and the PS Oscar W of Goolwa will offer short cruises on the day, while guided bus tours will be available to experience the RAMSAR listed wetlands including Werta-Wert, Chowilla Island and Coppermine. Entry is a gold coin donation.


OzAsia OzAsia

Adelaide Festival Centre's OzAsia Festival is the premier Australian event contributing to and engaging with the cultural landscape of our Asian region. The OzAsia Festival encompasses theatre, dance, music, film, literature, exhibitions and food. The program includes Australian artists who identify with an Asian heritage, as well as traditional and contemporary artists from Asia. South Australia's sister state, Shandong, will be the focus of the 2014 OzAsia Festival.


Oyster Fest
City to Bay

6/18 Hours of Melrose
September 5-6, Flinders Ranges and Outback
This bike racing event runs for 18 hours, starting at midnight on Friday and finishing at 6pm on Saturday. The race runs throughout the night as teams compete along 10km loops through the town of Melrose.

OzAsia Festival
September 3-20, Adelaide
OzAsia is a two-week festival that presents a range of performances, events and exhibitions to celebrate the artistic and cultural ties between Australia and Asia.

Royal Adelaide Show
September 5-14, Adelaide
The Royal Adelaide Show is an action-packed event for the whole family to enjoy. It boasts carnival rides, attractions, handicraft, produce, cookery, livestock, animal shows, show bags and more.

Willunga 175 – Hit the Hill
September 7, Fleurieu Peninsula
Events are being held throughout the year to celebrate the 175th anniversary of its settlement. This event features a bike climb up the impressive Willunga Hill.

Tandanya 25
September 19 – October 13, Adelaide
Adelaide’s Aboriginal cultural institute is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a program of daily events for 25 days. Events include art exhibitions, school holiday workshops and cultural performances.

Sunday Mail City – Bay Fun Run
September 21, Adelaide
The City to Bay Fun Run is a popular annual fun run that sees participants covering the distance from Adelaide to the beachside suburb of Glenelg. The run has different distance levels to encourage everyone to get involved.

Stirling Laneways – Spring
September 28, Adelaide Hills
Enjoy food, wine, fashion and street performances in a village style market. The event is held in the laneways and open spaces off of Stirling’s picturesque main street, just twenty minutes drive from the Adelaide CBD.

Bay to Birdwood
September 28, Adelaide and Adelaide Hills
On the last Sunday in September car enthusiasts come together to travel from the beach to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. In 2014 all vehicles manufactured until December 1955 are eligible to enter. Share the fun and relive memories of yesteryear.

The Suit
October 1-12, Adelaide
The Suit was written by South African Can Themba and was banned in his home country during the apartheid era. It premiered in Paris and has played to sell-out crowds around the world. The Suit will be the first English-language production by Peter Brook to visit Adelaide since the Mahabharata came to the Adelaide Festival 25 years ago.

Ceduna Oysterfest
October 3-5, Eyre Peninsula
The Ceduna Oysterfest is Australia’s largest oyster festival. Ceduna comes alive with magicians, comedians, celebrity chefs and local acts, live music, competitions and more on offer.

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations
October 17-19, Limestone Coast
The annual Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations showcase and celebrate cabernet sauvignon, Coonawarra’s flagship wine.

Renmark Rose Festival
October 17-26, Riverland
Treat yourself to this delightful display of nature through the festival’s program including activities, shows and demonstrations that garden lovers will thoroughly enjoy.

Adelaide Fashion Festival
October 17-26, Adelaide
The Adelaide Fashion Festival is Adelaide’s premier fashion showcase event and South Australia’s largest festival supporting the local fashion industry and local fashion businesses.

2014 Australian Duathlon Championships
October 19, Adelaide and Adelaide Hills
Participants run and cycle on closed-off roads in the heart of the Adelaide CBD, as well as the Adelaide Hills. Both junior and senior competitors can take part.

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    South Australian Museum
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    The South Australian Media Gallery provides a range of photographs, video footage and maps for use by the media and travel industry to promote South Australia as a destination.

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    Jam Factory
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    The South Australian Media Gallery provides a range of photographs, video footage and maps for use by the media and travel industry to promote South Australia as a destination.

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    Migration Museum
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    The South Australian Media Gallery provides a range of photographs, video footage and maps for use by the media and travel industry to promote South Australia as a destination.

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    Parliament House
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    The South Australian Media Gallery provides a range of photographs, video footage and maps for use by the media and travel industry to promote South Australia as a destination.

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    South Australian Art Gallery
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