SA Stories - June 2014

NEW ACCOMMODATION AND TOURS

Lanzerac Country Estate

Lanzerac Estate Lanzerac Estate

A 100-year-old homestead in the heart of the Barossa Valley has been given a new lease on life by new owners Justin and Casey Carter. Set on five acres, the Lanzerac Estate's five bedrooms have been completely refurbished while work is underway on converting the barn into a function room for conferences, special occasions and small weddings. A garden upgrade, including timber arbours and a lake reconfiguration, is expected to be finished in March next year. Located in Tanunda, Lanzerac Estate is the perfect location to walk through 80-year-old vines or explore the nearby wineries and restaurants.

Tanunda House

Tanunda House Tanunda House

One of the Barossa’s finest family homes has opened its doors to visitors. The owners of Kingsford Homestead, the historic estate known as the set for McLeod’s Daughters, have released a new luxury accommodation property in the world-class wine region. Tanunda House accommodates five couples in luxury and supreme comfort, offering an exclusive and executive retreat in beautiful surroundings in the heart of the Barossa. The property has five rooms, four with ensuite bathrooms, a large kitchen and living area, pool, outdoor bar and tennis court.

NEW TOURS

Secret Tours

Secret Tours Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary, Secret Tours

Discover the hidden secrets of Port Adelaide and the Le Fevre Peninsula, just 20 minutes from Adelaide’s central business district, with Secret Tours. Explore the region’s maritime history and see the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary, ship graveyards, conservation and heritage walks, private marina viewing and the aviation, maritime or railway museums. You will also enjoy morning or afternoon tea, a South Australian tasting plate with wine, full commentary at a leisurely pace and hotel pick-up. Secret Tours offers custom or pre-packaged tours of the region, including Local Secrets and Boats, Beaches and Boutiques.

West Terrace Cemetery by Night

West Terrace Cemetery West Terrace Cemetery by Night tours

Adelaide’s oldest cemetery now comes alive after dark with the new West Terrace Cemetery By Night tours. Hear chilling stories of the state’s most colourful and mysterious characters through a theatrical sound and light show, complete with period actors providing an eerie and exhilarating atmosphere for visitors. Venture back to 1836 and discover South Australia’s rich and sometimes violent history, including stories about eccentric entertainer Percy Grainger and the mysterious ‘Somerton Man’ who was found dead at Somerton Beach in 1948. Two, one-hour tours are held every Friday night at 6.30pm and 8pm. Bookings are essential.

SA FACE

Claire Fuller

Claire Fuller Claire Fuller

Every morning when she wakes in winter, SA Whale Centre volunteer Claire Fuller looks outside her lounge room window to deliver her daily whale report. Her Fleurieu Peninsula home overlooks the Southern Ocean, offering ideal views for whale watching.

“Every morning before I do anything, I check the ocean in front of me,” Claire says. “Usually I see a spurt or a big black blob below, and then I log in around 7am to report say three southern right whales with two calves. They (the other volunteers) say I’m as regular as clockwork, but I just love seeing such amazing creatures every morning.”

The former real estate agent started volunteering at the SA Whale Centre in Victor Harbor after she retired in 2007. When she’s not out doing a spot of whale watching, Claire can be found behind the visitor desk or helping school groups in the centre’s classroom. While she enjoys the convenience of whale watching from her own home, Claire says nothing beats seeing – and sometimes hearing – the giant marine mammals up close. “I was walking near Port Elliot on a misty, calm evening when I could hear an eerie sound drifting over the hills,” she says. “When you are close enough to them, you can hear the whales wailing. It was just the most incredible, eerie sound to hear in the dark. It takes your breath away.”

Claire and a group of foreign tourists were watching two whales in a frenzy at her favourite viewing spot, Basham’s Beach, when they were startled by an “almighty roar”. “I think it was a male either calling to a female or telling another male to get away,” Claire says. “It was amazing – we all looked at each other in shock.”

She says the Fleurieu Peninsula offers visitors many ideal whale watching spots, from Goolwa to the Bluff. The SA Whale Centre is located in Victor Harbor and is open seven days a week, 10.30am to 5pm. Information on the latest sightings is also available by calling 1900 WHALES (1900 942 537).

 

NEWS

Best Jobs in the World winner bids farewell to SA

A Canadian adventurer who beat thousands of entrants from around the world to become South Australia’s Wildlife Caretaker will hang up his hat this month. Greg Snell has spent the past six months travelling across South Australia and road-testing our best wildlife and tourism experiences. The South Australian Tourism Commission and Tourism Australia chose Greg for the role last June – one of six positions offered as part of the Best Jobs in the World campaign. The former adventure tour leader, who listed shark cage diving and swimming with sea lions among the highlights, said he was amazed by the experiences and landscapes South Australia has to offer. Over the past six months, Greg has taken more than 5000 photographs and filmed more than eight hours of footage, which he has cut into 20 short videos.

Adventure through South Australia - Best Job in the World

Nostalgic motor fest to hit Adelaide streets

More than 1300 vintage, veteran and early classic motor vehicles are expected to take to Adelaide streets on a new course this September. Entries are now open for the 2014 Bay to Birdwood Run, which celebrates pre-1956 cars and fashion. Legendary flag waver Glen Dix will kick off the event, which will see a convoy of classics head towards Greenhill Rd and tour around the city fringe before turning onto Grand Junction Rd and finishing at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. A fundraising screening of Jersey Boys will be held to support the event at the Regal Theatre on July 8.

Accolade for Kangaroo Island operator

Both Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours and Seascape Lodge on Emu Bay have been awarded the 2014 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor. This certificate is based on client feedback and ranks both Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours and Seascape Lodge in the top 10 per cent of tourism products worldwide. Now in its fourth year, the award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on Trip Advisor.

Tailored workshops for the state's tourism regions

The South Australian Tourism Commission has begun touring the state, conducting a series of workshops across the regions. From Kangaroo Island in the south to Coober Pedy and Marree in the north, the workshops are tailored specifically for regional operators to learn more about the state’s tourism plan and the South Australian Tourism Commission’s marketing and public relations strategies. Regional insights, social media and product development will also feature in the half day, interactive workshops.

New festival for Morgan's riverfront

The first Morgan Living River Festival will bring the Riverland to life this winter. Featuring market stalls, restored putt putt boats, tug-o-war, horseshoe throwing and a dingy rowing race, the festival will be set amongst the River Red Gums on historic Morgan Riverfront Reserve on June 14-15. A three-course dinner will be held at historic Landseer Building on Saturday night, featuring entertainment by the Blaxland Pups Variety Band and Splash Theatre.

Not far down river, the PW Mayflower has found a new home for her 130th birthday celebrations. As the oldest paddle boat in South Australia, the Mayflower has been restored to her former 1913 glory and now sits alongside a fleet of heritage paddle boats at the Mannum Dock Museum.

STORY IDEAS

Whales on their way

Whales on the Fleurieu Peninsula Whale watching on the Fleurieu Peninsula

As winter arrives in South Australia, so too are dozens of southern right whales in search of warmer waters. Up to 80 whales head to the Eyre Peninsula and Fleurieu Peninsula to rear their young each May and stay throughout winter. Their favourite hangouts include Victor Harbor, Goolwa and under the Bunda Cliffs in the Great Australian Marine Park. Find a good vantage point and you’ll snap some great photos as they slap their tails and throw their entire bodies out of the water – often just 30 metres from shore. Get out and welcome the whales to South Australia this winter.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Pike & Joyce, Adelaide Hills
SALA

Adelaide International Guitar Festival (July 17-20), Adelaide

The Adelaide International Guitar Festival is a unique salute to the world’s most popular instrument. Held biennially, the event combines pioneering musicians with some of the most influential performers of their generation. Be part of concerts, master classes, hands-on workshops, late-night club sessions and the popular Meet the Maker series. www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/guitar-festival

Winter Reds Cellar Door Weekend (July 26-27), Adelaide Hills

This is the perfect weekend to enjoy hearty food, a warm atmosphere and to wash it all down with a stunning glass of red. www.adelaidehillswine.com.au

South Australian Living Artists Festival (August 1-24), Statewide

Recognised as the largest visual arts festival in Australia, SALA’s extensive program features more than 3000 artists and 500 venues. Events will be held across South Australia and showcase the diverse talents of local artists. www.salainc.com.au

Willunga 175 – Hit the Hill (September 7), Fleurieu Peninsula

Events are being held across the year as part of Willunga’s 175th anniversary celebrations. Hit the Hill will see cyclists of all ages and abilities test themselves against a three-kilometre hill climb on Willunga Hill. http://www.willunga.com/175/html/sep.php

AFL Masters National Carnival (September 27 – October 4), Adelaide

AFL veterans will be lacing up their boots for a masters carnival in Adelaide this September. The three-day carnival will feature 40 teams of AFL players aged over 35. http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-7804-0-0-0

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