SA Stories - December 2013

NEWS

New video showcases the Hills

‘More than just fizzy yellow stuff’ is the latest short film to be released as part of the Through Local Eyes project. More 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. 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.

Beer tasting in the Adelaide Hills

First day for Wildlife Caretaker

Greg Snell Greg Snell

A 27-year-old Canadian adventurer who beat thousands of entrants from around the world to become South Australia’s Wildlife Caretaker has started his new role. The South Australian Tourism Commission and Tourism Australia chose Greg Snell for the role in June – one of six positions offered as part of the Best Jobs in the World campaign. Greg will work with tourism operators and wildlife experts across South Australia, blogging about his experiences and promoting the state via social media.

New Adelaide flights and base for Jetstar

Jetstar will establish a base in South Australia, creating more than 120 new jobs for pilots, cabin crew and operational staff. Four A320 aircraft will be stationed in Adelaide. It follows news Jetstar will start flying from Auckland to Adelaide this month.

Big name returns to TDU

Crowd favourite German cyclist Jens Voigt will make his 11th appearance at the Santos Tour Down Under when he returns with the new-look Trek Factory Racing team. At 42, Voigt will be the oldest cyclist in the peloton and will be joined by Luxembourger Frank Schleck in his debut appearance.

NEW ACCOMMODATION AND TOURS

The Vineyard McLaren Vale

The Vineyard The Vineyard

A peaceful and stylish vineyard retreat, The Vineyard McLaren Vale features spectacular views over one of South Australia’s idyllic wine and food regions. Nestled amongst a working vineyard, four log cabin guest houses have been upgraded to four-star standards. Each private lodge is surrounded by 11 acres of vines and features a log fire, flat screen television, Wi-Fi, espresso machine and French doors leading to private outdoor verandas with views across the vineyards and to the hills beyond. Located just a short distance from McLaren Vale’s cellar doors and restaurants, the property also features a heated, outdoor Jacuzzi.

Cleland NightWalks

Cleland Wildlife Park Cleland Wildlife Park

See what goes on when the sun goes down at Cleland Wildlife Park. Discover a world never before seen by visitors with a Cleland NightWalk. See the park come alive after dark with potoroos, bettongs and bandicoots foraging for food, bats waking up and possums searching for adventure. Hear the sounds of Cleland’s nocturnal residents fill the park. Cleland NightWalks are held on the last Friday of the month during daylight saving and include a night feed of Tasmanian Devils and light refreshments from the surrounding Adelaide Hills. Private night tours are also available.

NEW ATTRACTIONS

Animal Farm Goolwa

Animal Farm Goolwa Animal Farm Goolwa

Opened this month, Animal Farm Goolwa is full of friendly creatures waiting to meet your family. The ideal destination for children this school holidays or kids’ birthday parties, the farm features animals such as alpacas, goats, emus, kangaroos, wallabies and rabbits. Guests can feed the animals, wander the grounds, enjoy the playgrounds and take a pony, tractor or train ride. The property also features a soft play area suitable for children two years and under.

Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinema

Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinema Openair Cinema

Openair Cinemas is kick starting summer at Glenelg Beach, bringing music by day and movies by night until December 22. The movie program features cult classics, latest releases, award-winning features and premieres. With a 2K HD digital cinema system and a huge outdoor screen, guests can enjoy an alfresco cinema experience. Deck chairs, bean bags and blankets can be hired as part of ticket packages, while star class tickets include weather-protected seating and ice cream.

SA FACES

Rodney Fox

Rodney Fox Rodney Fox

This month marks 50 years since the shark attack that nearly took Rodney Fox’s life and inspired him to pioneer shark cage diving.  While Rodney could have turned the attack into an assault on one of the most feared predators in the ocean, he instead used his experience to educate the world about sharks. Cage diving with great white sharks has since become one of South Australia’s most valuable tourism experiences. Now 72, Rodney remembers the attack at Aldinga Beach like it was yesterday.

“It’s not something easy to forget,” Rodney says. “The thing my attack really showed me though was how little we knew about the great white and how fearful we are of things we don’t know much about. Since my attack, I have been determined to share what I have learnt about great white sharks and let people know that they are not the crazy man eaters as many people think. There’s still a lot to learn, but for people to be able to safely view them is a start.”

As well as an Australian survivor of one of the world’s most infamous shark attacks, Rodney is also a well-known film maker and leading conservationist who is passionate about protecting wildlife and the environment. He founded the shark cave diving industry in 1976 when he hosted a group of US tourists in Port Lincoln – a trip recognised as the first cage diving expedition for non-professional divers. His biography, Sharks, the Sea and Me, is being released this month to mark the 50th anniversary of the attack. Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions, now run by his son Andrew, continues his legacy and run tours from Port Lincoln.

STORY IDEAS

Take a detour

Detours Detours

Interested in cycling but want to spend more time exploring the landscape than the riders speeding through it? Find out what there is to see and do across each stage of the Santos Tour Down Under.  Plan your day out at the race using the Detours Down Under guide and take in special food, wine and lifestyle attractions. From the city and Adelaide Hills to the Barossa and Fleurieu Peninsula, there are many special places to explore along the race route.

Go on a floating holiday

Escape from life in the fast lane with the ultimate low speed holiday on the mighty Murray River. Cook a barbecue as you cruise past vistas of limestone and ochre coloured cliffs, majestic river red gums and abundant birdlife. Dangle a line while you cruise, swim off the deck or pull ashore at a secluded sandy riverbank for a picnic. South Australia’s stylish houseboats mean you can holiday down the river in style, with many featuring spas, ducted air-conditioning, king-size beds, sun decks, entertainment units and even your own private chef.

Family holidays at Yorkes

The Yorke Peninsula is a big coastal playground with no shortage of things to see and do this summer. Visit Stansbury Foreshore and Yorketown for some great playgrounds. Check out the Copper Coast adventure playgrounds, tucked away in Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta. For the bigger kids, try the skate parks at Kadina and Moonta. Aboriginal cultural tours operate throughout the region, giving kids an experience to learn about the Adjahdura people, Aboriginal dreaming and heritage. Hop on board the Moonta Mines Tourist Railway for a 50 minute journey past historical sites that played a role in Moonta's copper mining past. See the restored horse drawn tram and the old blacksmith shop.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Lobethal Lights
Adelaide Oval and footbridge

Bay Sheffield (December 27-28), Adelaide

A two-day athletics carnival held in Colley Reserve, in the popular seaside suburb of Glenelg. www.saal.org.au

World Tennis Challenge Adelaide (January 7-9), Adelaide

Four teams, featuring current champions and past heroes of the game, come together from across the world to compete over three action-packed nights. www.worldtennischallenge.com

Sounds by the River (January 18), Murray Lakes and Coorong

Sounds by the River is an outdoor entertainment event on the riverbank, showcasing South Australia’s iconic waterway. www.soundsbytheriver.com.au/info.htm

Crush Wine and Food Festival (January 18-10), Adelaide Hills

More than 30 cellar doors will take part in Crush 2014. Festival goers can enjoy photography exhibitions, fashion parades, live sculpture, street art and live DJs. www.crushfestival.com.au

 

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    Coffin Bay Oysters, Port Lincoln Hotel
  • Treat your taste buds

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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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    Star of Greece
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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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    The Australasian Circa 1858
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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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    Proud Mary lunch
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