SA Stories - March 2013
NEW ACCOMMODATION AND TOURS
Loxton Hotel upgrade
The $2 million redevelopment of the Loxton Hotel is complete and open to the public. The upgrade, which commenced in February 2012, involved major renovations of the hotel’s Grandview and Riverview motel suites and a new function and conference centre. The renovated hotel rooms have all been fitted with brand new furnishings, including digital TVs with USB ports, split air conditioning and bedding. The motel rooms are situated in a beautifully landscaped barbecue area, which is under sails overlooking a sparkling pool with a new cover. This stunning hotel gives visitors the chance to enjoy their stay with a river or park view.
Luxury, privacy and tranquillity with magnificent 360 degree views across eight and a half acres of botanical garden combine to make Perimoor the perfect secluded retreat. Only a 30 minute drive from Adelaide, in the Adelaide Hills, Perimoor is a hosted bed and breakfast with top quality luxury amenities. Guests also have access to the studio and the library where they can choose from 6,500 books, have a go on the baby grand piano or view a movie from the collection of over 3,000 titles.
NEW FOOD, WINE AND LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS
Chocolateria San Churro
Chocolateria San Churro
Adelaide’s newest dessert bar brings a Spanish flavour to our streets. Chocolateria San Churro has opened on the corner of Rundle St and East Tce and is a sweet-tooth’s slice of heaven. San Churro sources chocolate from boutique chocolate artisans to make its delicious Spanish inspired creations of chocolate dipped churros, sundaes, cakes, tasting plates, Spanish hot chocolate and a whole lot more. With Adelaide abuzz at the moment with festivals and events it is a great time to check out the dessert bar, following a Fringe show or trip to the Garden.
Prancing Pony Brewery
Prancing Pony Brewery
Mount Barker’s newest brewery, the Prancing Pony Brewery, has recently opened in the Adelaide Hills and uses traditional German methods to brew its great tasting beer; they fire brew. The Prancing Pony Brewery prides itself on brewing its beer over an open flame, in order to release an array of complex caramel and toffee like flavours, resulting in a beer with a distinct malt profile. The brewery produces a number of different beer styles, including a variety of ales, lager and hefe weizen (wheat beer), which are sold at more than 30 hotels and restaurants across Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills.
Jason and Lauren Milich
It has been 12 months since Jason Milich launched his limousine company, Jupiter Limousines, on the Limestone Coast. He has since taken hundreds of clients to celebrate weddings, formals and other major events, as well as on winery tours across the region. “There hadn’t been a limo service in Mt Gambier for over six years and we (Jason and wife Lauren) felt there was a need for it,” Jason said. “We have been supported by great locals.” The couple focus on making the limousine trips a special experience for their guests. “When you step into our limousine you are quite simply stepping into a whole new dimension of luxury and celebrity treatment.” Jason said he loved meeting all the different people along the way and being part of their special days. “We have done a couple of trips to Adelaide or to Melbourne as well, for people attending concerts,” he said. When Jason isn’t behind the wheel, he likes to holiday along the Murray River. “My favourite South Australian holiday would probably be along the Murray on a houseboat trip,” Jason said. “I haven’t done it for a couple of years but I am really keen to do it again soon.”
Barossa Air Show
Australian Age Championships 8 – 15, April, Adelaide
More than 1,500 of Australia’s up and coming swimming stars will compete at the newly built state-of-the-art Aquatic Centre at Marion.
Coonawarra After Dark Weekend 12–13 April, Limestone Coast
Experience all the thrills, excitement and the lights of vintage as Coonawarra wineries open their doors to visitors at the peak of the grape harvest.
Rock n Roll Rendezvous 14 April, Adelaide Hills
Take a trip back in time. Celebrate the vehicles, music and fashion of the Rock and Roll era. The Rendezvous is also a car show, with hundreds of pre-1979 vehicles on display.
Barossa Airshow 14 April, Barossa
The Barossa Airshow takes flight every two years and is based at the Rowland Flat Airfield. With the beautiful Barossa Rangers as the backdrop, it is an event that is well respected and enjoyed by a wide range of people including locals, those from interstate and overseas, families, singles, aviation enthusiast and amateurs alike.
Kangaroo Island FEASTival 25 – 30 April, Kangaroo Island
Immerse yourself in Kangaroo Island's culture, food, wine, art and entertainment at the Feastival's main day featuring a Tourism Kangaroo Island signature dish competition judged by Maggie Beer. Kangaroo Island Feastival includes over 15 large and small exclusive dining and wine events.
Australian Swimming Championships 26 April – 1 May, Adelaide
Australia’s best swimmers will come together in South Australia for the nation's Swimming Championships which will also incorporate selection for the FINA World Championships.
Flinders Ranges Outback Epic MTB Race 27 – 28 April, Flinders Ranges and Outback
Mountain bike races of different distances over the Flinders Ranges with a 200km solo and unsupported race that must be completed within a time frame.
Shorts Film Festival 27 April – 4 May, Adelaide
Taking up its new home at the Depot in the heart of Adelaide, Shorts combines great film, fabulous food and a relaxed cocktail atmosphere.
Swimming with sea lions
Global campaign for the “Best Job in the World”
A global campaign to win the job of a lifetime is set to encourage more young international travellers to come and work in South Australia. The SATC and Tourism Australia are conducting a search for the perfect person to take on the role of a Wildlife Caretaker in South Australia, as part of the “Best Job in the World” campaign. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s amazing animals, including seals, dolphins and kangaroos on Kangaroo Island and great white sharks on the Eyre Peninsula. The campaign will focus on promoting tourism opportunities provided by Australia’s Working Holiday Maker program. For more information on the chance of a lifetime visit the Tourism Australia website.
Capture the madness of March
South Australians enjoying the festivals and events on offer throughout March are being encouraged to record their experiences. The South Australian Tourism Commission is asking people to take 10 to 15 seconds of footage at any event during the upcoming festival season, to be used in a four minute YouTube video to promote the state. The project, titled Capture Mad March, will highlight the excitement of the month’s events through a crowd-sourced film. The SATC is encouraging people to get involved through its social media campaign #CaptureMadMarch, which is being promoted via the SATC Twitter and Facebook pages. All videos can be uploaded to Capture Mad March, with the final video expected to be launched in April.
SATC launches Chinese tourism strategy
The South Australian Tourism Commission has unveiled an ambitious plan to triple the number of Chinese visitors to our state by 2020. The Activating China – 2020 strategy states South Australia has the potential to welcome 57,000 Chinese visitors, generating $450 million in expenditure by 2020. The strategy sets the direction for our tourism industry to achieve this goal through six focus areas:
• Marketing to grow awareness, consideration and intention for travel to SA
• Improving distribution and sales potential through Chinese travel agents and inbound tour operators
• Creating a direct airline access between mainland China and Adelaide
• Ensuring we leverage the state’s competitive advantage of clean green premium food and wine and also our unique wildlife experiences
• Better cater for guests such as language signage and Chinese services in hotels
• Leveraging partnership opportunities with Tourism Australia, relevant government agencies and operators and South Australian consumer brands that are well known in China.
For details visit the Specialised Research page.
South Australian operators excel
South Australian tourism operators excelled at the 2012 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in February, taking home a record ten medals. Narnu Farm, Hindmarsh Island, and Emaroo Port Hughes were both awarded the highest honour, winning Gold in their respective categories of Standard Accommodation and Deluxe Accommodation. Silver and Bronze medals were awarded to the following South Australian tourism operators:
• Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, West Beach: Silver in Specialised Tourism Services
• Pindarie Cellar Door, Tanunda, Distilleries and Breweries
• Sinclair’s Gully, Norton Summit: Silver in the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism
• Cellar Door Wine Festival Adelaide: Bronze in Festivals and Events
Barossa Visitor Centre, Tanunda Services
• Jacob’s Restaurant – Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, Rowland Flat: Bronze in Tourism Restaurants and Catering Service
• BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park, West Beach: Bronze in Tourist and Caravan Parks
• Rawnsley Park Eco Villas, Hawker: Bronze in Unique Accommodation
The awards were held at Princes Wharf 1 in Hobart, with 55 representatives from the South Australian tourism industry in attendance.
Grants available to boost SA’s event calendar
Applications for the 2013-14 Regional Events and Festivals Program are now open. The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) funding program provides financial and marketing support to events and festivals that help lift a region’s profile interstate through its events arm, Events South Australia. Within the Regional Events and Festivals Program also sits the Community Events Development Fund, which is aimed at growing smaller, more community-based events, with grants of up to $5,000. For more information on how to apply, visit the Funding and Assistance page. Applications close 28 March.
New Mandarin Tours for Barossa winery
Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre will soon introduce daily Mandarin interpretive tours to enhance the Barossa winery experience for the growing number of Chinese visitors. The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) has provided the Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre with $31,000 towards the development of its Mandarin walking trails and display vineyard, as part of its New Product Support Program. The project is in line with the SATC’s strategy to boost South Australia’s capacity to capitalise on the growing Chinese tourism market. A daily vineyard tour in Mandarin will start this month, while Mandarin walking trails highlighting flora and fauna will begin in the 2013/14 financial year.
New Stamford Plaza General Manager appointed
Stamford Hotels and Resorts have announced the appointment of Peter Gee as General Manager of Stamford Plaza Adelaide, having recently arrived after tenure of nearly ten years with Stamford in Auckland. Peter is looking forward to making Adelaide his home and is excited about the transformation of Adelaide through its major projects, like Adelaide Oval.
2013 Flinders Ranges and Outback Tourism Awards returns
The Flinders Ranges and Outback Tourism Awards have returned after a decade to celebrate tourism excellence in the region. Tourism operators are encouraged to nominate in one of the 12 categories before 18 March, and submit answers to a questionnaire by 1 May. Entries are open to all Flinders Ranges and Outback SA tourism operators with the Awards Presentation and Gala Dinner, to be held on Saturday June 15 at the Northern Festival Centre in Port Pirie. For more information on the categories and the nomination process please visit the South Australian Tourism Industry Council website.
Autumn is upon us! There is no better time to explore the walking trails throughout the state, from the Clare Valley to the Limestone Coast, and check out the gorgeous leaves as they transform to the warm yellow and red colours.
There is nothing more romantic and relaxing to do on a cool Sunday than driving to the Adelaide Hills for an intimate long lunch. Check out some of the great spots and stop and check out the new Prancing Pony Brewery.
Pack up the car and head to the Flinders Ranges and Outback for a holiday with the kids. With the temperature dropping, it is a great time to discover this beautifully rugged, 540 million year old landscape.
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MEDIA GALLERY NEWS
With the madness of March upon us, there is no better way to get in the spirit than by checking out our latest festival images on the Media Gallery. From WOMADelaide and the Adelaide Fringe, to the Barossa Vintage Festival and the Wooden Boat Festival, there are great images from festivals and events across the state. Be inspired by our Festivals and Events gallery.