SA Stories - January 2013

NEW ACCOMMODATION AND TOURS

Haus Studio Apartments

Haus Studio Apartments Haus Studio Apartments

The Haus Studio Apartments have officially opened, marking the completion of a three-stage accommodation and restaurant development. The 14 luxurious self-contained apartments complete the Haus development which includes the much-loved Haus Café+Bar+Kitchen which opened in late 2010. The 4-star apartments are ideally located in the centre of Hahndorf, only 20 minutes from the city of Adelaide.

Fun Wheels Pedal Go-Kart Tours

Fun Wheels Pedal Go-Kart Fun Wheels Pedal Go-Kart

There is now a new way to explore the Clare Valley’s Riesling Trail with Fun Wheels Pedal Go-Kart Tours. Hire a pedal go-kart or bike and enjoy the Riesling Trail bike path which provides a safe, easy to ride trail with great views, cellar doors and places to eat. Take the family, enjoy a day out with friends, or go for a romantic ride with a two-person pedal go-kart. With a variety of pedal go-karts available to suit all ages, this provides the perfect day-out for all.

Kangaroo Island Heli Experiences

Kangaroo Island Heli Experiences Kangaroo Island Heli Experiences

 Kangaroo Island Helicopters Heli Experiences and Scenic Flightswill show you the island from a different angle. Departing from an exclusive heliport on the south west coast of Kangaroo Island visitors will take to the sky for an exhilarating helicopter scenic flight along the stunning coastline, taking in sights not readily available from the ground.

NEW FOOD, WINE AND LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS

Casacarboni Italian Cooking School

casacarboni Italian Cooking School Casacarboni Italian Cooking School

Matteo and Fiona Carboni’s love of authentic Italian food led them to establish Casacarboni Italian Cooking School and Enoteca in Angaston. Focusing on the preparation of Italy’s traditional food, Matteo uses the Barossa’s wonderful produce fresh from the farmgate for small, hands-on cooking classes, demo classes with tastings and even ‘kids in the kitchen’ (bambini nella cucina). Matteo has worked in restaurants throughout Italy, Europe and Australia and has been an instructor at the Academia Barilla in Parma, a culinary institution dedicated to Italian gastronomy. The cooking school uses recipes inspired by Matteo’s homeland and his dear Nonna Pia, and brings them to life using extraordinary farm gate produce available in the Barossa. The cooking school is designed for intimate groups of up to six people for completely hands on cooking classes, which teaches you from antipasto right through to dessert.

SA FACES

Rob Dean and Dan Mendleson

Rob Dean and Dan Mendleson Burger Theory's Rob Dean and Dan Mendleson

Rob Dean and Dan Mendleson have turned the simple hamburger patty into a recipe for success. The pair’s Burger Theory food van, which moves around Adelaide, often has people queued down the street at lunchtime. The pair stumbled onto the idea for a food van in December 2010 when Rob returned from a working holiday in Canada and Dan was in the midst of a PhD in philosophy. “The idea for a food truck came very late in the piece, when a leasing application came unstuck and we saw the truck for sale on eBay,” Rob said. “One week later and we had driven the truck back to Adelaide from Brisbane.” Rob and Dean’s success was recognised recently when they were voted 2012 SA Young Entrepreneurs of the Year. Rob said South Australia was the perfect place to run a food van. “South Australia has brilliant produce and brilliant weather,” Rob said. “If food trucks can work so well in cities that aren’t blessed with these things, and there are many such cities, it just made sense that they would also work in Adelaide.” The guys have experimented with their burgers, even going as far as doing a series of “Art Burgers”, where they paired burgers with themes drawn up by six local Adelaide artists. “Of these, probably the ‘quandong’ burger was the most daring,” Rob said. “With quandongs sourced from Tumby Bay, we made chutney to accompany the Charleston Brie produced by Woodside Cheese Wrights. These were set atop a Coorong Angus beef patty and some baby rocket for a bit of balance.” When he is not on the road flipping burger patties, Rob said he would most like to be spending time at the Port Elliot Bakery. “I spent a lot of time in Victor Harbor as a kid,” Rob said. “Then as a teenager I endured surfing trips with my mad keen mates purely for the pleasure of a pie and iced coffee once we were out of the water.”

Tony and Julie Smith

Tony and Julie Smith Rawnsley Park Station owners Tony and Julie Smith

Tony and Julie Smith of Rawnsley Park Station in the Flinders Ranges are the epitome of people who work the land diversifying their skills. Former sheep station owners, the couple have turned their hand to tourism and now not only run Rawnsley Park Station, but also show the true beauty of the Flinders Ranges through their three and five-day walking tours, Flinders by Foot. “The Flinders has magnificent scenery and fabulous wildlife, which makes it a great place for walking,’ Tony said. Including hikes to the top of St Mary’s Peak and Chace Range, the bushwalking tours also allow for luxury, with tours returning to Rawnsley Park Station overnight. “Our aim is to give people a great adventure during the day and at night they can relax with fine dining and reflect on the day’s adventures,” Tony said. Walkers will be led by expert guides, including bushwalking author Kym Tilbrook and former National Parks ranger Volker Scholz. Kym and Volker know how to show off the best of the Flinders Ranges and choose some ‘absolute gems’ to share with the walkers.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Coopers Kangaroo Island Cup Coopers Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival

Port Lincoln Tunarama Festival 25-28 January, Port Lincoln
Help celebrate Port Lincoln’s infamous Tunarama festival with local seafood, fabulous hospitality and great produce of the region. There are events and activities for all ages, including the famous Tuna Toss.

Charles Sturt Adelaide International Tennis Tournament 2-10 February, West Lakes
West Lakes Tennis Club is set to host the tournament, which will be one of two $50,000 tournaments run as part of the Australian Pro Tour in early 2013.

Taste the Limestone Coast 9-10 February, Limestone Coast
The annual Taste Festival promises an explosion of tastes, continuous music and activities from the stunning Limestone Coast region. Held in the town of Naracoorte, this event offers visitors exquisite tastes from over 25 of the region’s award-winning wineries, gourmet food producers, music and entertainment.

Adelaide Fringe 15 February - 17 March, Adelaide
Adelaide Fringe is the largest arts event in the southern hemisphere. Adelaide Fringe literally takes over the entire city with more than 900 events staged in pop-up venues in parks, warehouses, lane-ways and disused buildings as well as established venues such as theatres, hotels, art galleries and cafes. For an experience like no other, see exciting and entertaining contemporary work in art forms spanning cabaret, comedy, circus and physical theatre, dance, film, theatre, puppetry, music, visual art and design.

Coopers Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival 15-17 February, Kangaroo Island
The Coopers Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival is Kangaroo Island's premier horse racing event. It's got everything you would expect from a cup day, including fashions, local food and wine and free entertainment for everybody.

Cellar Door Festival 22-24 February, Adelaide
Featuring more than 100 wineries from across the state, the festival welcomes you to enjoy wine tastings, master classes, food sampling, a regional farmer’s market, live music and more!

SA Wooden Boat and Music Festival 23-24 February, Fleurieu Peninsula
Held at Goolwa, this festival features wooden boats of all shapes and sizes, music performances, art and maritime craft workshops, boat building, entertainment and delicious food and wine.

Port Lincoln Cup Carnival 27 February - 1 March, Port Lincoln
An exciting week of events and popular functions centered around two exhilarating days of thoroughbred racing.

Clipsal 500 28 February - 3 March, Adelaide
Watch Holden and Ford battle it out at the famous round of the V8 Supercar Championship on the streets of Adelaide. Tickets include entry to the after race concerts.

Adelaide Festival 1 - 17 March, Adelaide
This large-scale multi-arts event has extraordinary richness, diversity and a strong tradition of innovation. The festival program includes opera, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, cabaret, new media events, Adelaide Writers’ Week and much more.

NEWS

Sneaky Sound System Sneaky Sound System

Sneaky Sound System set to celebrate Tour
Acclaimed Australian dance act Sneaky Sound System is set to entertain thousands at the Santos Tour Down Under’s 15th birthday celebrations on January 19. The ARIA award-winning duo will take the stage following the official team presentation in Victoria Square, with a free event open to all. The celebrations will begin at 6pm on January 19 with the team presentation, at which all teams and riders taking part in the event will be introduced to the crowd. Renowned cycling commentators Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen will interview the teams on stage until 7pm, while Sneaky Sound System will perform from 7.30pm onwards. Find out more about the Santos Tour Down Under.

A star-studded line-up for Legends’ Night Dinner
Five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault will be among the stars to appear at the Legends’ Night Dinner, at the Adelaide Convention Centre, on Saturday 26 January 2013. UCI Road Race World Champion Philippe Gilbert, 2010 Tour de France winner Andy Schleck and Australia’s golden girl of the track, Anna Meares will also join Hinault to be honoured at the event. Visit the Santos Tour Down Under website for more information and to book for the Legends’ Night Dinner. Tickets are $250 per person and are on sale until Friday 11 January 2013 at 5.00 pm.

Cellar Door Wine Festival wins national awards
The Cellar Door Wine Festival, established and run by the Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC), to showcase the best South Australian wines and local produce to visitors, has been recognised with two national awards for excellence by the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA). The Festival was announced as the winner of the Best Consumer Show under 10,000 square metres and overall winner of the best Australian Show at the Association’s annual awards ceremony, held recently in Melbourne.

Last chance to register to be part of the Tour
Cycling enthusiasts have until 11 January to register to ride the same route as world-class cyclists in the Bupa Challenge Tour, presented by The Advertiser, as part of the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under. Riders of all abilities can participate with a 127km route from Modbury to Tanunda, a 92km ride starting at Kersbrook, a 46.5km from Mt Pleasant, and a 20km short ride from Nurioopta. The Bupa Challenge Tour, part of the ŠKODA Breakaway Series, will be held on Friday 25 January 2013. For the first time riders have the opportunity to gain free entry in the ride if they raise $1,000 or more as part of the Cancer Council’s Ride for a reason fundraising campaign. For more information and to register, visit the Santos Tour Down Under website.

Improved waste facilities for RV travellers
More black water waste disposal points will be installed across South Australia to cater for recreational vehicles touring through regional South Australia. The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) has provided the Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) $45,000 towards the set-up of eight waste disposal points through its Tourism Development Fund. The waste points will be strategically placed at priority locations across the state including Elliston, Kapunda, Yunta, Hawker, Marla, Quorn, Mount Barker and Lock. For more information visit the CMCA website.

Mount Gambier accommodation set for upgrade
The Limestone Coast will receive a boost to its 4-star accommodation with a $50,000 grant from the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC). Commodore on the Park motel in Mount Gambier received the grant as part of the SATC’s Tourism Development Fund (TDF), which enables operators to improve their tourism infrastructure. Commodore on the Park Motel has recently undergone significant improvements over the past five years and this grant will enable a further upgrade of 15 rooms. The first stage of the project opened last month, offering four Grand King rooms and one Grand King two-bedroom suite.

Line-ups revealed for major 2013 events
The official programs for two major 2013 events, the Adelaide Fringe and the Barossa Vintage Festival, have been launched. The jam-packed 2013 Adelaide Fringe program features 930 events and for the first time, a section dedicated to events for children. The Adelaide Fringe will run over four weeks next year, instead of the previous three, with the opening night parade on Friday, February 15. The public can browse the program and purchase tickets at the Adelaide Fringe website.

Meanwhile, the 2013 Barossa Vintage Festival, which runs from 30 March to 7 April, has released its official guide. Some of the festival’s highlights include a cooking demonstration from Masterchef contestant Callum Hann, a Barossa Degustation Art and Wine Trail, a Winemaker for a Day experience and a Twilight Concert. For a full copy of the guide, visit the Barossa Vintage Festival website.

STORY IDEAS

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1) Mad March isn’t far away! The 2013 Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival and Clipsal 500 have all released their programs so now is the perfect time to plan your stay in vibrant Adelaide.

2) Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day just around the corner! Explore why the Clare Valley is the romance capital of South Australia and the perfect place for a romantic getaway this year. The cosy Clare Valley B&Bs provide the perfect accommodation for the getaways.

3) Boutique breweries are popping up all over the state. Explore the phenomenon and why they are so popular.

MEDIA GALLERY NEWS

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Fresh to the Media Gallery are great new images of the Santos Tour Down Under, with this year's event hitting the streets from January 20 - 27. Take a look at the images now in anticipation for the thrills and spills of the upcoming event.

Also, a glass of wine and some spectacular seafood is the perfect recipe for a warm summer’s day. There is no better place to experience this than the Eyre Peninsula; the seafood frontier of South Australia.  For those you prefer something just a little bit scary, shark cage diving is a must! To whet your tastebuds take a look at newest images of the Eyre Peninsula on our Media Gallery.

Follow the link to view the newest images of the Eyre Peninsula.

 

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