SA Stories - July 2012

NEW ACCOMMODATION AND TOURS

Kingsford Homestead

Kingsford Homestead Kingsford Homestead

One of South Australia’s most beloved properties, Kingsford Homestead, is now open for guests to experience. Known for its role in "McLeod’s Daughters" as Drovers Run, the homestead has been fully restored to capture the essence of rural Barossa living. The seven suites are all styled differently with all the comforts one expects from a luxury accommodation provider. The spacious dining room, overlooking the rolling Barossa hills, provides the perfect setting for a delicious meal and a glass of fine Barossa Shiraz.

Longview Apartments

Bedroom Bedroom

Longview Vineyard has extended its offering with six brand new apartments providing premium accommodation in the Adelaide Hills. Set in the rural surrounds of its Pinot Noir vineyards, each contemporary unit is furnished with a king size bed, en-suite bathroom and self-contained kitchenette, with locally sourced breakfast provisions and a bottle of wine complementing the setting. Longview Apartments are situated in close proximity to Longview's cellar door, function centre and many other Adelaide Hills cellar doors and attractions.

Adelaide Treadly Tours

Adelaide Treadly Tours Adelaide Treadly Tours

Explore the city from a different angle with Adelaide’s newest tour company Adelaide Treadly Tours. Guided by Gwendolyn and her beloved bicycle, learn about the city’s history, sites and secrets on your own ‘treadly’, carefully designed and crafted by Mrs Fairweather’s Bicycle Emporium. With four tours to choose from ranging from a one hour tailor-made tour to a two and a half hour Adelaide Unravelled tour, guests are sure to see the sights, sample the produce and meet the personalities that call Adelaide home.

Flinders Experience Tours

4WD 4WD

Nothing beats local knowledge and, with his lifelong association to the Flinders Ranges, veteran tour guide Ian Carpenter enjoys showing people the magnificent region he is proud to call home. As the owner operator of the new Flinders Experience Tours, he offers visitors a choice of half or full day four wheel drive tours, with a maximum of four passengers. The Flinders Ranges offers breathtaking scenery and these tours will give visitors a great understanding of the area, where they can enjoy the flora and fauna and fabulous views

Coorong Waterfront Retreat

Living area Living area

New to the Coorong National Park and Meningie area, Coorong Waterfront Retreat is a contemporary self-contained home comfortably accommodating up to four guests. This affordable accommodation option provides two queen sized beds, a full kitchen, laundry facilities, TV/DVD player, as well as heating and cooling. The retreat is a perfect escape for all seasons; enjoy the cosy fire with a book in hand during winter or enjoy the nearby lagoon and birdlife on one of the provided kayaks during South Australia’s warm summers.

NEW FOOD, WINE AND LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS

Pearl's Diner

Pearl's Diner Pearl's Diner

It’s only been open for a month, but Pearl’s Diner has already become a cult favourite on the Adelaide food scene. Pearl’s is a joint venture between wholesale business La Waffle and the Burger Theory Team, and its menu combines the best from both: burgers ground daily and waffles hot off the press, alongside omelettes, fried chicken, mac and cheese and pork buns. Found at 38A Briar Rd, Felixstow, 10 minutes drive from the CBD, this is a warm and tasty neighbourhood diner with lots of charm and no pretensions.

Barossa Taste Sensations' Grazing Days

Wine tasting Wine tasting

Jonathan Milne, of the food and wine touring company Barossa Taste Sensations, has teamed up with local artisan producer Saskia Beer to create a delicious new progressive Grazing Day. This exclusive new gourmet tour highlights the finest Barossa produce, which guests can enjoy at a range of locations while meeting boutique winemakers, farmers, producers and local characters along the way. The day culminates in a trip to Menglers Hill lookout, where guests can sit down, relax and enjoy a platter of goodies.

Tscharke Underground

Tscharke Underground Tscharke Underground

On the first Friday of every month, Tscharke’s Place in the Barossa will now be home to an exciting new wine tasting experience. Tscharke Underground will give wine buffs a special behind the scenes look into Tscharke’s Estate Wines and their unique origin, hosted by winemaker Damien Tscharke. Two experiences will interchange each month, including a showcase of Tscharke’s Single Vineyard wines that reflects the unique sites where the grapes are grown, and a master class featuring Tscharke’s emerging wine varietals

KI Food Safari II 2012

Cuisine Cuisine

On the back of the sell-out success of the KI Food Safari 2012, Southern Ocean Lodge in partnership with Australian Gourmet Traveller has announced a second culinary discovery program. Guests are invited to explore Kangaroo Island’s fine food produce, hand-picked straight from the source and cooked to perfection, this time with an Asian twist. The six-night KI Food Safari II departs 1 September 2012 and welcomes as ‘Safari leaders’ renowned Thai master Martin Boetz of Longrain and South Australia’s MasterChef standout, Poh Ling Yeow.

SA FACES

Trent Brown

Trent Brown Trent Brown

In 2012 visitors to the South Australian outback have the rare opportunity to witness the magnificent sight of Lake Eyre in flood, and it’s a spectacle that looks even more breathtaking from the air. One of the pilots ensuring visitors get the best view possible is Trent Brown, Director of GSL Aviation. When Lake Eyre started to fill with water in 2010, he saw an opportunity to start his own business, and “the rest is history”. While the water which has drawn so many visitors to the lake over the past three years has “been a bonus”, Trent says his passengers are typically surprised by just how big the lake is: “The sheer size is the real attraction of Lake Eyre,” he says. “The water is a bonus and really highlights the scale of the entire basin.” Trent has been flying since he was at school, but he almost spent his life at a desk rather than in a cockpit. “I was actually studying a double degree in business and commerce when I decided to change my career path to aviation. If I wasn’t flying aircraft I’d probably be mulling over the cash rate in an office somewhere.” GSL Aviation also flies aircraft over the Whitsundays in Queensland, and Trent says one of the highlights of his job has been the chance to experience “the two extremes of reef and desert”. “I’ve been very lucky in just a few years to see so many different things, and I think I would live a much more sheltered life it wasn’t for my career in aviation.”

UPCOMING EVENTS

Flower show Flower show

Meet the Artisans: Annual Cellar Door Day and Long Table Lunch 14 – 15 July, Barossa
The chance to taste more than 50 wines poured by the winemakers and grape growers themselves.

Willunga Almond Blossom Festival 29 July – 6 August, Fleurieu Peninsula
Food, wine, arts, crafts, festivities and fireworks in beautiful Willunga.

SALA Festival 3 – 26 August, Statewide South Australia
Living Artists Festival is Australia’s largest visual arts festival. An immense program of visual arts around the state involving more than 3,000 artists and 500 venues. Don’t miss your chance to view and purchase some of SA’s brilliant artwork.

NAB Barossa Gourmet Weekend 18 – 19 August, Barossa
The leading winery cellar doors of the region pull out all the stops to showcase Barossa hospitality, a range of outstanding wines matched with delicious food and musical entertainment.

Supaloc Targa Adelaide 22 – 26 August, Adelaide and Regions
Join the excitement and get behind South Australia’s newest motor sport event. This classic’s only car rally will hit the streets of South Australia, forming part of the Australian Targa Championship.

Australian University Games 23 – 28 September, Adelaide
South Australia will experience an influx of more than 5000 students from Australian universities and tertiary institutions, to compete across more than 30 sports.

Australian Inline Hockey Championships 28 September – 6 October, Adelaide
Come and watch this sporting phenomenon which is reputedly the fastest growing team sport.

Bay to Birdwood 30 September, Adelaide and Adelaide Hills
On the last Sunday in September each year more than 1500 historic vehicles line up at the start to play their part in perpetuating the legend of the Bay to Birdwood. The 2012 run will be for vehicles manufactured before 31 December 1955.

Beltana Centenary Celebrations 6 – 7 October, Flinders and Outback
Beltana will hold special celebrations to mark the centenary of the formation of the Australian Inland Mission.

Copper Cove Marina Festival 6 – 7 October, Yorke Peninsula Experience the local seafood, wine, boating, fishing and coastal lifestyle.

Redheads Gourmet BBQ Festival 6 – 7 October, Fleurieu Peninsula
A unique celebration that combines that latest international food trends with an iconic Australian tradition.

2012 FINA World Junior Diving Championships 8 – 13 October, Adelaide Over 10 days, thousands of spectators will witness more than 200 of the world’s best young divers, representing more than 40 countries. Held at the State Aquatics Centre at Marion.

Jamestown Fly-In and Air Spectacular 13 – 14 October, Flinders and Outback
A Fly-In and Air Spectacular held at the Jamestown Air Strip in northern South Australia. Holden Netball Test Series 14 October, Adelaide Come and see the International Quad-series where Australia will take on England and New Zealand will take on South Africa in one day.

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations 18 – 21 October, Limestone Coast
The Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations is an annual four-day event held in October which showcases and celebrates Coonawarra’s Flagship wine – Cabernet Sauvignon.

Departure 19 October, Adelaide Enjoy exclusive after-hours access, curator talks, food and wine, as you’re entertained by street performers, nail-biting acrobatics and the sounds of Adelaide’s hottest DJs.

Adelaide Fashion Festival 19 – 27 October, Adelaide
Frock up for South Australia’s largest festival supporting the local fashion industry and local fashion businesses. 

NEWS

Santos Tour Down Under Santos Tour Down Under

Bupa Challenge Tour registrations now open
Cycling enthusiasts can now register to be part of the Bupa Challenge Tour and ride a leg of the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under. Next year’s ride from Modbury to Tanunda has three different starts and lengths encouraging riders of all abilities to take part. Early bird registrations are open until Thursday 12 July, while regular registrations will be open from 13 July 2012 to 11 January 2013. The Santos Tour Down Under 2013 race routes were also announced this month, including a new stage route and the first-ever grass start.

Strong growth for SA tourism
New figures show South Australia is surging ahead when it comes to domestic tourism expenditure. The state recorded an 11.4 per cent increase in domestic expenditure for the 12 months to March 2012 – totalling $4.56 billion – while the rest of Australia averaged a 10.7 per cent increase. The latest National Visitor Survey results also show that South Australia attracted 5.21 million domestic visitors during the survey period, up 6.3 per cent year-on-year. Visit the South Australian Tourism Commission corporate website for the full details of the report.

Quality tourism gets the “tick” on new travel website
A new travel website has been launched to give peace of mind to travellers by providing a comprehensive listing of quality assured tourism businesses in South Australia. The Quality Tourism South Australia website features T-QUAL endorsed tourism products and experiences that participate in the quality assurance programs administered by the South Australian Tourism Industry Council.

Arkaba Station wins at the Gourmet Traveller Awards 2012
Wild Bush Luxury’s Arkaba Station, in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges, has won the Expert Panel Award for 'Best Outback Experience' at the Australian Gourmet Traveller Travel Awards. Now in their sixth year, these awards recognise the best Australia offers in the way of unforgettable holiday moments.

WOMADelaide worth $1.1 million for South Australia
A new report has revealed WOMADelaide continues to be a tourism winner for South Australia. The economic benefit to the state from the 2012 event increased to $11.1 million, according to an impact survey by Economic Research Consultants. The four-day music, dance and arts festival also attracted nearly half of its 87,500 attendees from interstate. For all the details about WOMADelaide, visit the event website.

Taylors wines best in nation
Clare Valley-based Taylors Wines has been named 'Best of Nation' at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, the largest and most prestigious wine competition in the US. This is the fourth time the family-owned winemaker has won this title as Australia’s best, having previously won in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Taylors also won a double gold medal for its 2011 Promised Land Riesling and a gold medal for the 2010 Taylors Estate Merlot.

Barossa Shiraz is the toast of London
Barossa winery Kellermeister's flagship Shiraz, Wild Witch, has taken the world's biggest international wine competition by storm, winning the Best Barossa Shiraz Trophy, Best Australian Shiraz Trophy and Best International Shiraz Trophy at the International Wine Challenge in London.

Outback Odyssey launched
Calling all off-road cyclists! Registrations for the 2013 Outback Odyssey are now open. This multi-day bike ride across the Flinders Ranges crosses some of Australia's most beautiful landscapes and is an experience you’ll never forget.

National finals next stop for young South Australian restaurateur
Co-owner and executive chef of South Australia’s Utopia @ Waterfall Gully, Justin Markos, has been named as one of the Electrolux Australian Young Restaurateur National Finalists in the 2012 Appetite for Excellence Awards. Justin will go on to compete in the national finals next month in Sydney. He is the first South Australian to make the finals of the Young Restaurateur category.

Grant Burge wins at the DecanterWorld Wine Awards
The Barossa’s Grant Burge has received global acclaim at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London with his 20-year-old Tawny taking out the Regional Trophy ‘Best in Show’ for the fifth time in the awards' history. The latest award makes it 16 individual awards in total that have now been awarded to Grant Burge’s fortified wines since this prestigious competition began in 2004.

Chateau Tanunda takes over the Prom each month
This winter, Chateau Tanunda is bringing a little bit of the Barossa to Adelaide on the third Thursday of each month. Hosted at one of Adelaide's best live entertainment venues, the Promethean, the evenings feature entertainment (with audience participation), good company and great wine. The next event, on 19 July, is ‘Girls' Night In’, featuring a fun night of bubbles and treats. For times, prices and more information visit the Chateau Tanunda website.

STORY IDEAS

Wine Wine

1) Whatever your bike riding ability and push bike preference, there’s a tour, challenge or adventure to be enjoyed on two wheels in South Australia.

2) Find out about South Australia's multitude of award-winning wines by talking to their fascinating makers.

3) Adelaide has an amazing amount of young artistic and designer talent around town, and you can discover their work at a growing range of funky, flourishing markets.

 

MEDIA GALLERY NEWS

Whale watching Whale watching

South Australia offers some of the best whale watching opportunities in the world. In the winter months, Southern Right Whales head into local waters on their annual migration path. These magestic creatures can be seen as they make their way around the coastline. The rugged cliffs of the Eyre Peninsula offer spectacular viewing points, particularly at Head of Bight. Closer to Adelaide, the whales visit waters off the Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island and the Limestone Coast. Be inspired by our whale watching gallery.

 

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