SA Stories - May 2013


Quest on Franklin

Quest on Franklin Quest on Franklin

Quest Serviced Apartments has opened its seventh property in South Australia to cater for a growing number of extended-stay travellers doing business in Adelaide. Quest on Franklin is the city’s newest serviced apartment building and has a five star green energy rating. Apartments offer the latest in luxury living and feature wireless internet, kitchens, private laundries, dining rooms and lounge areas. Quest caters for long-term business travellers, giving guests access to conference facilities and services such as pantry shopping, dry cleaning, baby sitting bookings and business administration. The building is in walking distance to the Central Markets and Rundle Mall.

Pindan Tours and 4WD Training

Pindan Tours and 4WD Training Pindan Tours and 4WD Training

With more than 30 years of four-wheel driving and 15 years of training under his belt, Norman Bee has come to the aid of many adventurers in his time. He has recently ventured into the tourism industry, offering tag-along 4WD tours across South Australia and the rest of the country. Enjoy a weekend away to the rugged Flinders Ranges, explore the Simpson Desert or venture further north to the most remote regions of Australia. Pindan Tours and 4WD Training also caters for corporate groups, photographers and camper trailers.


Port Lincoln Seafood Cooking School

Port Lincoln Seafood Cooking School Port Lincoln Seafood Cooking School

Port Lincoln residents and visitors have been turning to the Fresh Fish Place for factory direct, local seafood for more than a decade. Now shoppers can learn how to get the very best out of their purchases, with the owners launching Port Lincoln Seafood Cooking School. Locals, tourists and schools can learn the tricks of the trade at classes by guest chefs from around the region and the company’s own in-house chef. The school held its first class during last month’s school holidays – a crash course in basic sushi for children aged 8 and older. The children learnt how to peel, clean and tempura batter Spencer Gulf prawns and locally caught gummy shark before turning them into sushi.

Cooking School Without Walls

Cooking School Without Walls Cooking School Without Walls

Barossa-based foodie and former Appellation executive chef Mark McNamara is passing on his culinary secrets through his new venture – the Cooking School Without Walls. Class venues change with the seasons and are held in a range of unusual settings, from shiny commercial kitchens and winery out buildings to rural barns and manor house kitchens. Common to all classes, though, is a hands-on approach to cooking using traditional techniques and age-old skills that put flavour first every time. The cooking school is part of Mark’s Food Luddite program – a series of one-off culinary events at farms, gardens and wineries.


Brother John May

Br John May Br John May

Brother John May has been at Sevenhill Cellars for 50 years, but he will never forget the vintage of 1972. The Melbourne-based Jesuit came to the Clare Valley in 1963 to become an assistant winemaker to Brother John Hanlon. Br May returned to Melbourne in 1969, but he became winemaker overnight when Br Hanlon died suddenly in 1972. He was called back to Sevenhill, where he found his biggest challenge – his first ever vintage. “Fortunately, during my seven years with John Hanlon, I had made copious notes, so I had some idea about how to make wine,” Br May says. “However, I still maintain that the Lord made the wine in 1972.” Whoever made the wine, the baptism of fire won him a gold medal for the Shiraz/Cabernet at the Royal Perth Wine Show. The last in a line of seven Jesuit Brother winemakers at Sevenhill, Br May retired from the position in 2003, but is still involved in the winery’s day-to-day operations. Sevenhill launched the 2008 Brother John May Reserve Release Shiraz in his honour last month to mark half a century of service. His milestone coincides with the 29th Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend, being held this month.


Kernewek Lowender Kernewek Lowender

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend, 18 – 19 May, Clare Valley
The Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend was the first food and wine event of its kind in Australia.

Kernewek Lowender, 20 – 26 May, Yorke Peninsula
A festival celebrating the culture and heritage of the Copper Coast, featuring Maypole and Furry dances, the procession, street stalls, Cornish pasty bake-offs, Queen’s Square entertainment, and an official opening.

Hoot! Adelaide Hills Jazz Festival, 6 – 10 June, Adelaide Hills
The pre-eminent jazz festival in South Australia, celebrating jazz from across the world, showcasing the Adelaide Hills with 60 acts over five days.

Melrose Fat Tyre Festival, 7 – 11 June, Flinders & Outback
Celebrate the long weekend with a single track mountain bike riding festival in the southern Flinders Ranges.

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.

Supaloc Targa Adelaide¸ 21 -25 August, Adelaide & 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.


Top candidates for Best Jobs in the World announced

Best Jobs in the World - Wildlife Caretaker Best Jobs in the World - Wildlife Caretaker

A marine biologist, photographer, zoologist, animal trainer, archaeologist and adventure tour leader are among the top 25 candidates for South Australia’s Best Job in the World ‘Wildlife Caretaker’ position. They come from 11 countries, including Spain, the UK, USA, France, Italy, Canada, Taiwan, Korea, Germany, Australia and Indonesia. More than 8000 video applications for the Wildlife Caretaker job were uploaded for consideration by the judges. The position is one of six dream jobs being offered as part of the Best Jobs in the World campaign. Find out more about our top 25 candidates.

Pageant float designers wanted

South Australian school children have a chance to be part of the magic of the 2013 Credit Union Christmas Pageant by entering the Design a Mini Float competition. Children aged between five and 14 are invited to design their own mini float, with the winning entry to be built at Stardust Castle and showcased in the Credit Union Christmas Pageant on November 9. This year’s theme is Fantasy, Fairy Tales and Christmas Magic. Entries close July 5.

Koala delivery for Hong Kong

South Australia has signed an agreement to provide eight koalas to Ocean Park in Hong Kong. Ranked as one of the 10 most-popular theme parks in the world by Forbes magazine, Ocean Park is developing a $5 million enclosure to house the koalas, being transferred in August next year. Premier Jay Weatherill said the agreement was a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the state’s goal of increasing the number of Chinese visitors to South Australia.

Wine treasures

Australia’s first regional wine cellar has been launched in the Barossa. The Barossa Grand Cellar will house the region’s top wines, donated each year by local winemakers and safely cellared for their optimum time. More than 1400 bottles were received after the first call for donations. The wine will be cellared for more than 10 years, leaving a legacy for future generations of winemakers to learn from and be inspired by. The Barons of the Barossa, a group made up of the area’s wine fraternity, modelled the project on regional wine cellars in Europe, but this is the first one in Australia.


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Hiking Hiking in South Australia

Autumn marks the start of the walking and hiking season, when South Australia’s national parks and wetlands are at their very best. Walk amongst glaring white sand dunes and thick, wooded forests. Camp over for a night or two at beachfront sites. Be surrounded by stunning, natural beauty.

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Become a winemaker for the day at the home of Australian wine. Renowned for housing some of the biggest names in wine worldwide, there is no better place to learn how to create your very own drop than the Barossa. Visit the famous Penfolds cellar door and blend Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre grapes to suit your own personal taste. Visit the winemaker’s laboratory, where an expert will guide you through a tasting and blending experience. You will receive a bottle of your very own wine to take home and treasure or enjoy.

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Cooking schools are popping up all over the state. Foodies can now serve up Italian in Angaston, cook up an Asian storm in the Adelaide Hills, sign up for seafood school at Port Lincoln or rediscover traditional cooking methods in the Barossa. Meet the people behind each region’s fresh produce, those who cook it and be inspired to create your own culinary masterpieces.


Santos Tour Down Under Santos Tour Down Under

Relive the action from the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under with a selection of new images now live on the Media Gallery. Take your pick from thrilling stage finishes, the world’s best cyclists racing through South Australia’s finest scenery or the excitement of the Bupa Challenge Tour. See all the highlights of the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under as the state gears up for the next one.

Log in to the Media Gallery to discover these new images for yourself.

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