SA Stories - February 2014

NEW ACCOMMODATION AND TOURS

Ikara Safari Camp

Ikara Safari Camp Ikara Safari Camp

If you love the idea of sleeping under a star-studded sky in the South Australian outback but are not keen on roughing it, this new stylish safari tent camp is for you. Opening this month, Ikara Safari Camp will allow visitors to enjoy an African savannah-style experience in the Flinders Ranges. Part of Wilpena Pound Resort, the camp features 15 premium safari tents with en-suites and king-size beds, luxury amenities, dining area, bar and fire pit on an isolated and tranquil section of the Wilpena Campground. The safari tents are the ultimate glamping experience for holidaymakers seeking a nature-based getaway without sacrificing comfort or style.

Port Adelaide Backpackers

Port Adelaide Backpackers Port Adelaide Backpackers

Port Adelaide Backpackers is the only backpacker hostel in the heart of historic Port Adelaide. Steps away from shops, supermarkets, banks, pubs and restaurants, it is also surrounded by Port Adelaide’s historic buildings, museums, seafaring history and the river’s resident dolphins. Located in the former Seafarer’s Centre, the hostel offers quality, budget accommodation. From a cold beer with the locals and nearby Semaphore beach to paintball and dolphin cruises, there is no shortage of things to do – just 20 minutes from the Adelaide CBD.

NEW ATTRACTIONS

Decked Out Australia

Decked Out Australia Decked Out Australia at Henley Beach

Visitors to Henley Beach can now enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean, with beach chairs and umbrellas available to hire. Inspired by those available on Greek beaches, Decked Out Australia offers retro-style deckchairs, Palm Springs-style sun lounges and UV-protected beach umbrellas for hire by the hour or half day. The beach furniture is owned by Vicki Ravell, whose family is from Greece and enjoyed hiring chairs and umbrellas on holidays to her parents’ homeland. She chose vintage-look furniture to invoke memories of childhood trips to the seaside. Decked Out Australia offers 40 chairs to hire and can be found south of Henley Beach jetty, between the lifesaving club and Joe’s Kiosk.

BIG4 Marion Holiday Park

BIG4 Marion Water Park New water park

A new $400,000 water park at BIG4 Marion Holiday Park is offering visitors relief from the South Australian summer heat. The new water park, located 12km out of Adelaide in Bedford Park, features three slides – one three metres high, a huge dump bucket and water cannons. It joins the park’s existing 45-m outdoor lagoon pool, indoor swimming pool, toddler pool, jumping pillow and indoor tennis court. New two-storey poolside apartments are being built and are due to be finished by Easter this year.

 

SA FACE

Greg Snell

Greg Snell Greg Snell

When Canadian adventurer Greg Snell applied for one of six Best Jobs in the World as South Australia’s Wildlife Caretaker, he didn’t think he would win. “When you apply for a job that 48,000 other people have applied for, you don’t think you could ever win,” the 27 year old says. “It was more of a why not? It sounded like such a great opportunity and I felt I was qualified so I applied and decided to see what happens.” Almost a year later, the former South America tour leader is getting paid to spend each day in South Australia’s stunning locations and working with some of the state’s top tour operators.

Having only known SA as a wine destination prior to his adventure, Greg says he has been “blown away” by South Australia’s stunning landscapes and the interaction he has enjoyed with local wildlife. “My mother and father think SA produces the best wine in the world, so when I first told them about the competition, the first word that came out of mum’s mouth was Barossa. I had heard about the wine, but I had no idea you could swim with sea lions and dolphins.”

Two months into the role, Greg has already enjoyed adventures such as diving with sharks off the Eyre Peninsula and trekking the Nullarbor. Some of his most memorable experiences so far include swimming with dolphins off Kangaroo Island and Glenelg and visiting the deserted beaches of the western Eyre Peninsula, which he says were a “complete surprise”. “The number of beaches that are world class without a person on them is stunning,” Greg says. “One after the other, from Coffin Bay to Cactus Bay, it is such a unique part of the world.”

With four months left to go, Greg is looking forward to getting back in the shark cage in July to “see the big females visiting Neptune Island” and meeting more of South Australia’s tourism operators, locals and wildlife. “I want to experience as much as possible and share it with the world through social media. It’s called the best job in the world for a reason.”

NEWS

Adelaide as you've never seen before

A powerful new campaign showcasing Adelaide and its surrounding regions premiers on national TV and cinema screens this month. Set to a new version of the INXS classic ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ performed by the ad’s star, Emma Louise, the commercial features evocative images of Port Willunga, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. It also includes shots of city icons, such as Adelaide Oval, the Art Gallery, the Rundle Street lantern and Adelaide’s laneways. The commercial’s tagline is ‘Adelaide. Breathe.’ Directed by Jeff Darling, who also directed the award-winning Kangaroo Island and Barossa commercials, the ad comes after Lonely Planet named Adelaide as one of its top 10 cities to visit in 2014.

Adelaide. Breathe.

SA shines at Australian Tourism Awards

South Australia has won a record 14 medals at the most prestigious event on the national tourism calendar, along with the rights to host next year’s gala awards night. The 2014 Australian Tourism Awards will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre in April 2015. Meanwhile, three SA businesses – Tour Barossa, Pindarie Cellar Door and Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions – won their category at the 2013 awards, which were held in Sydney this month. SA tourism operators won a further 11 medals, four silver and seven bronze.

Snap happy in the Riverland

Destination Riverland has launched a competition encouraging people to post photos of their summer holidays to social media. Attracting hundreds of entries since late December, the competition asks people “How does the Riverland float your boat?” and to upload happy snaps on Instagram, using the hashtag #myriverland. Eight weekly winners will win a local produce pack worth $100, while the major prize winner will score a dinghy, motor and trailer valued at $6500. Meanwhile, the South Australian Tourism Commission has released a new commercial encouraging South Australians to clock on to ‘river time’ and visit the Riverland, as part of its Best Backyard campaign.

Mentor Me

Young Brits have the chance to win a month-long work placement at a prestigious South Australian company. The Mentor Me program offers eight mentorships across fields such as tourism and hospitality, food and wine, events, culture and entertainment. Roles include an assistant shark scientist at Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions on the Eyre Peninsula, a sports and events intern at Adelaide Oval and festival coordinator at the Adelaide Fringe. The program is part of a campaign promoting the Working Holiday Visa aimed at encouraging UK students and travellers to visit South Australia. Entries close March 7, 2014.

Big honour for underground accommodation

The Underground Bed & Breakfast in Coober Pedy has been named the top B&B in Australia in Trip Advisor’s 2014 Travellers’ Choice Awards. Allowing visitors to experience the underground living Coober Pedy is famous for, the property is a luxurious home with three bedrooms. It is dug into the side of a hill in the same way many of the opal town’s houses and churches are. The home features a barbecue, solar-heated spa, air conditioning, wood fireplace and a year-round underground temperature of 22-23 degrees – allowing you to enjoy a comfortable stay despite Coober Pedy’s extreme conditions.

Milestone year for Murray River icon

From celebrating the 20th anniversary of its rebirth to overnight cruises and festivals, 2014 is set to be a big one for the PS Marion. Built in 1897 and painstakingly restored by volunteers almost two decades ago, the paddle steamer is a national icon and synonymous with the River Murray. The first All Steamed Up Mannum Engine and Steam Festival will be held at Mannum on November 15-16 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the PS Marion being recommissioned, following thousands of volunteer hours to restore the grand old lady of the Murray. If you’re a country music fan, short cruises featuring live music on board will be held as part of the Country Music Festival at Swan Reach in late March.

New faces at Kingsford

Guests at Kingsford Homestead – the grand manor featured on McLeod’s Daughters – will be looked after by new hosts John and Kathy O’Shea.  John and Kathy have joined Kingsford Homestead after seven years managing luxury destinations in South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. The homestead has also recently opened its new swimming pool and outdoor lounge, with work starting on plans to transform the historic shearing shed into a function centre.

Adelaide Convention Centre goes green

The Adelaide Convention Centre has earned Gold Certification under the globally recognized EarthCheck environmental program, becoming one of the country’s greenest meeting and function centres. The venue is the first of its kind to use earthworms to recycle its organic waste and has reduced gas consumption by more than eight per cent, water consumption by 10.7 per cent and has reused or recycled 90 per cent of its waste. EarthCheck, run by environmental advocacy group EC3 Global, is the standard environmental best practice program used by convention centres, travel and tourism organisations around the world.

STORY IDEAS

Experience 'Mad March'

Festival season Adelaide Fringe Festival

Lonely Planet recently described Adelaide as the “perfect host city”, featuring “some of Australia’s most popular sporting and arts events”, when it was announced as one of the top 10 cities to visit in 2014. This is especially true during Mad March – right in the middle of event season and when Adelaide’s weather is at its best. Join the party, feel the buzz in the air and see Adelaide come to life when events such as the Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, WOMADelaide and Clipsal 500 V8 car race come to town during March.

Tease your tastebuds on Gouger

Gouger Street is right next to the Central Market and hosts restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world including French, Argentinean, Malaysian, Vietnamese and Thai. Chinatown is also here, where there are loads of restaurants for you to choose from. The buzz of the adjoining market permeates Gouger Street, making the strip a colourful hive of activity with a distinct Asian flavour. Asian cuisine certainly rules the roost, with restaurants serving up the likes of Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, Malaysian and Indian fare, leaving room for just a handful of other cuisines, including French and Argentinean. Seafood cafes are also popular here.

Clock on to 'river time'

The Riverland is where the cool waters of the Murray River feed wetlands and floodplain forests; where warm sandy landscapes are transformed into carpets of vineyards, citrus and almond groves. Discover ‘river time’ - a relaxed pace of living where the days stretch before you. Stunning conservation parks, a thriving fruit industry and the rush of water sports makes the Riverland the place to keep the family entertained. Discover stories of bushrangers and ghosts at the Historic Overland Corner Hotel, see Australia's largest rose garden and sample delicious fruits, chocolates, nuts, lavender and wines. Find the magic, and be surprised, in the Riverland.   

UPCOMING EVENTS

Kangaroo Island Cup
Yorke Peninsula Saltwater Classic

Coopers Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival (February 14-16), Kangaroo Island

The carnival is a three-day celebration of racing alongside food, wine and entertainment. This is Kangaroo Island’s premier horse racing event and gives guests an atmosphere only available on the country island. www.kiracingclub.com.au 

Fork and Cork (March 1-2), Limestone Coast

Mount Gambier’s Garden Square will come alive with local wine and produce as locals deliver a festival fuelled with flavours, where guests get hands on with local chefs at workshops and celebrate the region’s delicious delights. www.forkandcork.com.au

WOMADelaide (March 7-10), Adelaide

Held in Adelaide’s beautiful Botanic Park, WOMADelaide is where people come together to celebrate world music, arts and dance. Held over four magical days and nights, the park will come alive with the world’s most extraordinary musicians, artists and dancers. www.womadelaide.com.au

Yorke Peninsula Saltwater Classic (April 4-6), Yorke Peninsula

Since it started in 2003, the Saltwater Classic has become a must-attend event for boat building enthusiasts keen to preserve their craft. It also includes the award-winning Stansbury Seaside Market. www.ypsaltwaterclassic.org.au

Fleurieu Peninsula Golf Championship (April 7-11), Fleurieu Peninsula

Featuring four golf courses over five days and some of the region’s best attractions and restaurants to enjoy, this event is on every keen golfer’s calendar. www.fleurieupeninsulagolfchampionship.com.au

Tasting Australia (April 27 – May 4), Adelaide and Regions

Australia’s premier culinary festival returns to deliver the best in Australian produce, wine and beer. Held over eight days, it will feature a range of activities in the city and regions with a focus on youth activities and the arts. www.tastingaustralia.com.au

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  • Clock on to 'river time'

    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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    New to the Media Gallery
  • Clock on to 'river time'

    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.

    Find out more
    New to the Media Gallery
  • Clock on to 'river time'

    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.

    Find out more
    New to the Media Gallery
  • Clock on to 'river time'

    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.

    Find out more
    New to the Media Gallery
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