SA Stories - July 2013


Set sail on a tall ship

One and All One and All tall ship

Join the crew of a working tall ship when the One and All sets sail for Sydney Harbour later this year. The Friends of the One and All are selling berths to help fund the two-month return journey, which is part of the Royal Australian Navy’s 100th anniversary celebrations. The One and All will be one of 20 tall ships sailing into the harbour on October 3 and will be joined by 40 warships for the actual anniversary the following day. The ships will take part in an International Fleet Review, before celebrating with fireworks and a lightshow on the harbour. The One and All will sail via Melbourne and Hobart. Berths start at $2000. For more information phone Stan Nowakowski on 0414 488 317.

Canadian adventurer becomes SA's wildlife caretaker

Greg Snell Greg Snell

Canadian Greg Snell has won a global competition to become South Australia’s Wildlife Caretaker, beating thousands of entrants from around the world. The Canadian will promote South Australia to the world after winning one of six roles in the Best Jobs in the World competition. The prize includes a salary package worth $100,000 and a six-month job caring for South Australia’s wildlife, working on Kangaroo Island and the Eyre Peninsula with sea lions, dolphins, koalas, seals, tuna and great white sharks. Greg, an adventure tour leader based in South America, will start his new role in December.

Luxury safari tents to attract glampers to the Flinders

Artist's impression of the Wilpena luxury safari tent camp Artist's impression of the Wilpena luxury safari tent camp

Visitors to South Australia will be able to enjoy an African savannah-style experience with the construction of a $1.4 million luxury safari tent camp in the Flinders Ranges starting this month. The camp will be part of Wilpena Pound Resort and feature 15 safari tents with en-suites and king-size beds, a dining area, bar and fire pit on a tranquil section of the Wilpena Campground. The South Australian Government has contributed $200,000 to the project along with the Federal Government’s commitment of $250,000. Wilpena Pound Resort is a joint venture between Indigenous Business Australia and the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association which represents the traditional custodians of the area. It is operated by Anthology, a company specialising in nature-based tourism.

Tasting Australia 2014 dates announced

Tasting Australia Tasting Australia

Plans for Tasting Australia 2014 are well underway, with Australia’s premier culinary festival returning with a focus on involving the wider public. The event will be held from April 27 – May 4, 2014 throughout Adelaide and regional South Australia. Next year’s festival will feature eight days of activities, including four headline events for die-hard foodies and a range of events for the wider public. Renowned local chef Simon Bryant and wine expert Paul Henry head up the event’s creative team and are joined by food icon Maggie Beer as the festival patron.

Spread the word about Adelaide's new event

Matt Lucas - Word Adelaide Matt Lucas

In case you haven't heard, the city has a brand new festival - Word Adelaide - on from August 15 - 18. It’s a celebration of conversation that will take place in venues across the city. Word Adelaide is your chance to see Matt Lucas (Little Britain) in his only Australian appearance. Matt will join comedian Kitty Flanagan, Professor Roly Sussex and musician Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd, Icehouse) for In Their Own Words at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. Delve into the mysteries of comedy with these creative minds and discover how they put the fun in funny. Visit the Word Adelaide website for details and to book tickets. Check out Word Adelaide’s great range of other events while you’re there.


Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari

Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari

Encountering pods of dolphins and their calves swimming alongside the boat and spotting colonies of New Zealand fur seals and Australian sea lions are an added bonus when you’re on an adventure with Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari. You could even see Southern Right whales pass through the winter waters as seabirds fly overhead. KIOS is a family-run tour company offering 75-minute coastal and wildlife tours in a seven-and-a-half metre Gemini Waverider. Tours depart from Christmas Cove Marina at Penneshaw and visit Dolphin Cove, Kangaroo Head and Snapper Point. Put Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari on your to-do list and visit here for more information.

Woolshed Brewery tours

Woolshed Brewery Woolshed Brewery

Woolshed Brewery, housed inside a 100-year-old shearing shed and part of Wilkadene Station north of Renmark, is now open to the public for regular tours. The brewery is part of Wilkadene Above Renmark Experiences, which includes a heritage-listed homestead, a fleet of five houseboats, a three-bedroom cottage and the region’s first micro brewery. Visitors are now able to moor their houseboat at the marina and pop upstairs to sample a craft beer and local produce, take a self-guided tour of the property or sign up for the Brewer’s Secret Tour. The brewery, which produces two commercial beers and limited releases of seasonal brews, has been open by appointment only until now.



Velo-Porte Velo-Porte

Adelaide’s world-class cycling now has a bike rental service to match. If you’re away from home and keen to experience great cycling, Velo-Porte will have you tackling hill climbs and whizzing through South Australia’s stunning scenery in no time. Offering performance bike hire and door-to-door delivery in the CBD, Velo-Porte was developed for cyclists who travel. Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, wake up in Adelaide - the heart of Australian cycling - and find a top-of-the-line bike waiting for you.

Le Carpe Diem

Le Carpe Diem Le Carpe Diem

Enjoy a taste of France in Adelaide’s east end at Le Carpe Diem – one of the city’s newest creperies. Opened in May, the cafe offers a mix of traditional favourites, such as savoury egg, ham and cheese galette, and modern delicacies, including caramelised onion, artichoke and smoked salmon. Those with a sweet tooth are in good hands, with Grand Marnier or strawberry sorbet crepes and a range of pastries on offer. Owners Djani and Dale Goodes moved to Adelaide last year from Paris, where they owned cafes and perfected their crepe-making skills. Le Carpe Diem is at 230-232 Grenfell Street, Adelaide.


Saskia Beer

Saskia Beer Saskia Beer

Born and bred in the Barossa to food icon Maggie and game bird famer Colin, Saskia Beer was always asked whether she would be a chef. “I would always say ‘no way’, because I could see what hard work it was,” she says. But spending half of her day between the farm and the vineyard and the other half in her mother’s restaurant, Saskia gained “a unique perspective of food not many restaurant kids get”. “I could see how mum would control her ingredients by telling dad what she wanted her pheasant to be like – that’s how I learned. Growing the food and cooking it in our restaurant was fantastic – we were living it well before it became something sexy to do.”

Combining Saskia’s knowledge of the paddock to plate process, her chef training and even the 1000 pheasants she received from her parents as a wedding gift, Barossa Farm Produce was born in 1997. The range of poultry and pig products includes whole chickens and portions and seasonal products such as minestrone, terrines and smallgoods. All products are grown on SA farms, preservative free, inspired by Beer family recipes and adhere to her sustainable farming principals of free-range farming and using the whole animal. Saskia controls the flavour and texture of her produce by maintaining close relationships with farmers and managing the animals’ diet, exercise and sunlight hours. “It is always about food and flavour and making high-quality produce by knowing everything about the animal and determining how the animal is raised,” Saskia says. “The big challenge for us and others is to recognise we are part of the food chain.” Products are exported interstate and until now, have only been available in SA at the Barossa Farmer’s Market, where Saskia gets feedback on new recipes from her loyal clients.

This month Saskia is bringing the Barossa to the city, with her products now available at the Adelaide Farmer’s Market at Wayville. The proud Barossa woman says there is something special about the region’s food scene. “The Barossa still lives food traditions,” she says. “Particularly when I was growing up, you would and still do see the smoke house working at the butchers, the bakers waking up early and farmers dropping produce they’d grown themselves off to restaurants.” Saskia says food is an integral part of life in the Barossa. “I don’t think we realised what we had, but there is still a staunch local culture where we have fruit trees, chooks in the backyard and slaughter pigs – that’s what we consider to be normal.”


SALA Festival SALA Festival

SALA Festival, 2 – 25 August, Statewide

The South Australian Living Artists Festival is Australia’s largest visual arts festival. It features an immense program of visual arts around the state, with more than 3000 artists and 500 venues. Don’t miss your chance to view and purchase some of SA’s brilliant artwork.

Word Adelaide, 15 – 18 August, Adelaide

Adelaide’s newest festival explores the power of words. The event includes a series of free and ticketed events, including panel discussions with well-known comedians, a freestyle MC competition and Words Without Music, where musicians discuss the lyrics to their world-famous songs.

Supaloc Targa Adelaide, 21 – 25 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.

XPD Adventure Race, 2 – 14 September, Flinders Ranges and Outback

The XPD Adventure Race is part of the Adventure Racing World Series, an international circuit of 10 high-profile races. Competitors will trek, mountain bike, kayak and complete roping sessions across a spectactular 700-km Flinders Ranges course.

Flinders Ranges – A Brush with Art, 7 September – 7 October, Flinders Ranges and Outback

This colourful event is a spectacular art showcase featuring 15 exhibitions spanning more than 1000km. Visit the Flinders to meet the talent behind the art and the stunning scenery which inspired them.


Adelaide Hills Classic Country Drive

Driving in the Adelaide Hills Driving in the Adelaide Hills

Drive through the Adelaide Hills and discover why locals don’t want to live anywhere else. See where the mood takes you or follow one of these Classic Country Driving journeys. Spot wildlife at Cleland Wildlife Park and see Adelaide from Mount Lofty Summit. Stop at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden for a picnic lunch. Finish with a food platter and wine at Chain of Ponds Winery.

Lake Eyre

If you have been dreaming about an outback adventure, lace up your boots, pack the 4WD and head to Lake Eyre. Huge and remote, the vast expanse of the shimmering dry white salt lake surface is matched in intensity only by the impossibly blue desert sky. The lake has only filled to capacity three times in the past 150 years, but it receives a significant amount of water about every eight years. The best time to visit is between April and October. Find out about Lake Eyre's current water levels.

Barossa breweries

The Barossa may be famous for its world-class wine, but its rich, German heritage extends to beer making as well. Discover the region’s two main breweries - the Barossa Brewing Company in Greenock and Barossa Valley Brewing in Tanunda - or sample local beers, such as Barossa Bock and Barossa Blonde, at Seppeltsfield cellar door.


Ekhidna Wines Cellar Door & Restaurant

Tease your taste buds on the Fleurieu Peninsula with a new selection of images now live on the Media Gallery. Venture into the Southern Vales, where you can feast on fresh produce at local restaurants or step outside in the dappled sunlight and enjoy a long lunch in the vineyards. If you’re feeling thirsty, visit the boutique wineries McLaren Vale is known and loved for and rewind with a glass or two.

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