SA Stories - November 2013

NEWS

Adelaide Uncovered

Adelaide named in Lonely Planet's Top 10 Cities to Visit

Adelaide is “effortlessly chic – and like a perfectly cellared red, it’s ready to be uncorked and sampled” according to leading guidebook publisher Lonely Planet, who have named the city as number nine in the Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2014. Adelaide, the only Australian city to be included in the list, has been named alongside cities including Zurich, Paris, Shanghai and Vancouver in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 publication. Adelaide was chosen because of its transformation into the perfect host city thanks to the redevelopment of Adelaide Oval and the variety of events and festivals including the Santos Tour Down Under, WOMADelaide, the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Adelaide Festival. The emergence of Adelaide’s small bar scene and refurbishment of the city’s eating precincts including the revitalised Leigh Street, Gouger Street and Rundle Street were behind the publication’s decision to include Adelaide. The South Australian Tourism Commission has launched two video campaigns highlighting Adelaide’s transformation and challenging people’s current perspective of the city.

AirAsia X touches down in Adelaide

Low cost international airline AirAsia X touched down in Adelaide for the first time in a new venture that is set to bring thousands of Malaysian and Chinese visitors to South Australia. The inclusion of AirAsia X highlights South Australia as a more affordable and appealing destination for the state’s key Asian markets. The new airline is expected to generate more than $30 million in local economic activity each year and create more than 170 jobs. Direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Adelaide will occur four times a week and increase to five in mid-November until the end of the peak summer season. AirAsia X plans to launch an online campaign outlining a series of challenges to Malaysians to explore different aspects of South Australia.

Mobile site wins award

The South Australian Tourism Commission’s smartphone friendly website has won the Best Travel Guide at the 2013 Australian Mobile Awards, edging out Telstra and Destination New South Wales for the award. The site utilises standard swipe style navigation found on touch screen devices allowing the user to discover more about South Australia’s regions. Each map is integrated with the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse which gives the user access to accommodation, tours and attractions, food and cellar doors. The SATC is calling on tourism and food operators to register to feature on the new mobile state tourism site.

Cadel Evans set to ride in Santos Tour Down Under

2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans has confirmed he will be racing as part of his BMC Racing Team at the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under. This will be Evans’ first appearance at the Santos Tour Down Under since 2010 and thousands of locals and visitors are expected to turn out to see Evans in his first Australian appearance since winning the most prestigious cycling race in the world. Evans’ decision to start his season earlier than previous years with the Santos Tour Down Under comes as he has set his sights on the Giro D’Italia in 2014. The 2014 Santos Tour Down Under will be held from 19-16 January.

New look for Appellation

Award-winning Barossa restaurant Appellation has undergone a transformation, introducing a more contemporary visual look and new menus. Owners Jim and Helen Carreker have welcomed a stunning new glass art wall installation and the new lighting and background music offer a more lively experience. Appellation is renowned for its regionally inspired cuisine, featuring local produce from the Barossa.

Adelaide to host international dragon boat championships

Thousands of dragon boats athletes and supporters will compete in Adelaide when it hosts the 2016 Club Crew World Championships. Adelaide has been announced as the host city for the week-long event. Up to 5000 paddlers, coaches, managers and supporters are expected to attend the championships, which will be held on the AM Ramsay Regatta Course at West Lakes in 2016.

NEW ACCOMMODATION AND TOURS

Air Adventure Australia

Air safaris Air safaris

South Australia’s rugged landscapes, pristine beaches and world-famous wine regions will be even easier for Victorians to access with the launch of three new luxury Air Adventure air safaris. Departing from Melbourne, the new itineraries explore the Barossa, Clare Valley, Kangaroo Island, Limestone Coast and the Flinders Ranges. The eleven seat luxury aircraft takes less than 90 minutes for the journey from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island. The ‘Gourmet Getaway’ and ‘Luxury Lodges of South Australia’ tours visit iconic properties such as the Prairie Hotel, Kingsford Homestead, the Louise, Southern Ocean Lodge and Arkaba Station. Visitors can also experience the exclusive Mayura Station Wagyu Masterclass in a one-day tour of the Coonawarra region. Air Adventure Australia’s new air safaris range from 1-6 days, with each itinerary offered twice a year.

Cockburn House

Cockburn House Cockburn House

Cockburn House in Jamestown is a 100 year old Federation, built by the Davies family in 1912. The house was passed on to their daughter, who lived there til her death in 1977. Well-known surgeon Doctor Shepherd consulted and lived there from 1978 for 30 years. Warren and Jane Luckraft bought the house in 2010 and have opened it up for guests to experience the romance and excitement of staying in one of the region’s truly iconic dwellings. After almost a century in private hands, Cockburn House in Jamestown is now open to the public as a B&B and wedding venue.

NEW FOOD, WINE AND LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS

ArtWine Cellar Door

ArtWine Cellar Door ArtWine Cellar Door

Art and wine lovers can rejoice with the opening of the ArtWine Cellar Door at Woodside. ArtWine owners Judy and Glen Kelly have opened their first cellar door in addition to their Woodside vineyards and Clare Valley vineyards. ArtWine focuses on alternative wines, offering lesser-known varieties which are new and exciting to both existing and potential wine drinkers. The award winning wines are made by Joanne Irvine who has won ArtWine two trophies, double gold for its Fiano, and numerous other awards and accolades. The cellar door is the perfect space for an art gallery, where internationally recognised local artist Jen prior is showcasing her collection of originals and limited editions exclusive to the vineyard.

 

JamFactory at Seppeltsfield

JamFactory JamFactory

Barossa winery Seppeltsfield has collaborated with JamFactory, opening an art studio and retail space in the historic stables building at the renowned winery. The studio space accommodates a dozen professional artists, and is set up to enable the public to watch the skilled artists at work, learn about the materials and processes behind the products. The opening of JamFactory at Seppeltsfield represents a unique tourism offering and establishes a cultural and creative hub in the Barossa.

SA FACES

Bianca Sowik

Bianca Sowik Bianca Sowik

Bianca Sowik’s rising position in regional tourism has been recognised by the Australian Regional Tourism Network (ARTN). The 1834 Hotels marketing manager was awarded the 2013 Young Professional of the Year award at the ARTN national convention. Bianca was selected for the award from five national finalists, recognising her as an emerging leader of the regional tourism industry. Bianca’s introduction to the tourism industry was in 2004 when she began her career at Phil Hoffmann Travel, before taking a marketing coordinator role at Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism in 2007. Since joining the team at 1834 Hotels six years ago, Bianca has driven visitation from both corporate and leisure markets across numerous regions.

Bianca is a passionate member of the tourism industry and is committed to strengthening regional tourism in South Australia. “I feel very honoured to have been recognised with this award,” Bianca says. “Not only will this be an opportunity for me to advance my career in the tourism industry, which I love, but I’m excited to have the chance to contribute to regional tourism at a national level by sharing my own insights and experiences.”

STORY IDEAS

Fly over an Aboriginal landmark

Anna Creek Painted Hills Anna Creek Painted Hills

The Anna Creek Painted Hills are a spectacular and recently discovered section of the pristine Breakaways country in the far north of South Australia. Breakaway country is the area around Coober Pedy, Oodnadatta, Copper Hills, Arckaringa Hills, William Creek and Evelyn Downs. The Anna Creek Painted Hills offers an amazing sight by air. It is a rocky outcrop of large and small hills, which emerge suddenly out of a flat, desert landscape. The area can only be accessed by air, due to its fragility and natural beauty.

Fish South Australia's seafood frontier

The ultimate fishing adventure awaits you on the Eyre Peninsula. Hire a boat or choose a fishing charter and go in search of mulloway, salmon, trout, snook and King George whiting in the open waters. You will find abalone, razor fish, scallops and southern rock lobsters in the bays. If you’re the competitive type, be rewarded for your efforts and enter one of the Eyre Peninsula’s two fishing competitions: the Australian Snapper Championships are held in Whyalla at Easter and the Australian Salmon Fishing Championships is held in Elliston over winter.

Rock the Limestone Coast

Beneath South Australia’s earth lies vast a network of underground caves. The World Heritage Listed Naracoorte Caves are home to a rich fossil deposit. Bones from the caves have been used to reconstruct the giant marsupials, diprotodons and native cats that once roamed the area. The Limestone Coast also boasts several water-filled caves. The deep blue caves are the haunt of divers who explore their inner depths. Narrow, rocky mazes lead to fossils, giant pools and dead ends. You will need a scuba diving license, cave diver training and experience to explore these.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Adelaide oval
Riverstock

Feast Festival (9-24 November 2014) Adelaide

Australia’s leading festival of queer arts and culture, including an extensive program of events ranging from theatre, cabaret, film, forums, literature, visual arts, radio, sporting and community events. www.feast.org.au

Australian International 3 Day Event (14-17 November) Adelaide

The city parklands host Olympic standard, 4-star equestrian competition, including dressage, show jumping and cross country. www.australian3de.com.au

Riverstock (15-17 November) Riverland

Three days of nonstop music by the Weekend Warriors alongside the beautiful River Murray at Moorook. Fully licensed, great food, security, family friendly with easy parking. www.sawarriors.org.au

Gorgeous Festival (22 – 24 November) Fleurieu Peninsula

An annual music, food and wine festival held in picturesque McLaren Vale. www.gorgeousfestival.com.au

Australia vs. England - 2nd CommBank Ashes Test (5-9 December) Adelaide

There are few events in the Australian sporting calendar that evoke as much passion as the Ashes. This December at Adelaide Oval Australia and England will play for the urn, in the 2nd Commonwealth Bank Ashes Test.www.cricket.com.au

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