SA Stories - September 2012

NEW ACCOMMODATION AND TOURS

Wigley Retreat

View from the river View from the river

Wigley Retreat is set in the perfect environment for guests to enjoy a special occasion or romantic escape, with the mighty Murray River right on its doorstep. This secluded luxury boutique accommodation offers stylish country style hospitality in a two bedroom self-hosting bed and breakfast featuring modern amenities in an original settlers’ cottage. Guests can use it as a base for a few languid days of regional discovery while they relax and enjoy the beautiful natural setting.

SeaLink Adelaide, Barossa Valley and Kangaroo Island Experience

Wildlife Wildlife

SeaLink Travel Group now offers an affordable combo tour package over four days and nights, which allows visitors to experience South Australia’s famous food and wine, wildlife and nature, and vibrant capital city. The package includes three nights’ accommodation at a premier Adelaide hotel, a full day Barossa and Hahndorf Wine Experience Tour with lunch and wine tastings, plus a two-day Kangaroo Island Coast to Coast tour with overnight accommodation at the Aurora Ozone Hotel. Highlights of the itinerary include the chance to sample renowned Jacobs Creek and Saltram wines at their cellar doors, enjoy a sumptuous lunch at the Barossa’s South Australian Company Store and a visit to the picturesque Adelaide Hills town of Hahndorf, with its many craft shops, produce stores and galleries. The Kangaroo Island portion of the itinerary allows visitors to walk among Australian Sea-lions at Seal Bay, visit local cottage industries, watch pelicans being fed, see Remarkable Rocks and experience the local wildlife with an experienced guide during a small group tour.

Marandoo Estate Homestead

Undercover barbeque area Undercover barbeque area

Located in the picturesque Langhorne Creek wine region, and with an Indigenous name that translates as “land of plenty”, Marandoo Estate Homestead is a self-contained house divided into two sections, the Guest Wing and the Vineyard House. Both sections boast panoramic views over the surrounding vineyards. The Guest Wing is air-conditioned and heated with four bedrooms, three ensuites, a kitchen and lounge area along with an outdoor undercover barbeque area which makes for easy entertaining. The Vineyard House features five bedrooms, two bathrooms, open plan kitchen, dining room, rumpus room, television and outdoor setup. The sections can be hired separately or together for larger groups of up to 22 people, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind with friends and family during a relaxing getaway.

Rosebank Cottage

Living area Living area

Rosebank's newest addition is a self-contained, four and a half star modern two bedroom cottage, with rich timber floors and eclectic, cosy furnishings, offering warmth, comfort and class, all within walking distance of McLaren Vale's main street. Guests will enjoy its spaciousness, privacy and style, as well as its large, inviting living area opening on to a magnificent outdoor deck complete with barbeque. A welcoming bowl of fruit, home-made cake and a bottle of McLaren Vale wine is provided to guests upon arrival, along with ample continental breakfast provisions, eggs, bacon, tomatoes and mushrooms. McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Peninsula, where the cottage is located, charms visitors with pristine beaches, golf courses, cafes and award winning restaurants, art galleries, walking and bicycle trails and much more. The cottage’s owners Kay and Reg have lived in this beautiful area for nearly forty years and have an intimate knowledge and appreciation of what it has to offer, which they happy to share with their guests.

NEW FOOD, WINE AND LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS

Lucky Lupitas

Diner front Diner front

Adelaide’s proud multi-cultural character means we are blessed with a wide range of fantastic restaurants and cafes offering authentic cuisine from all parts of the globe. Those diners craving an authentic Mexican and Latin American feast should head straight to the new Lucky Lupitas restaurant, located near Flinders University in the Adelaide suburb of Bedford Park. The restaurant’s vibe is casual, welcoming and family-friendly. The food here is a mix of familiar favourites and Comida de callejera (Mexican street food) – but it’s all prepared by chef Greggory Hill in a way authentic enough to make any native Mexican feel right at home. It’s hard to pick highlights from the menu, but the Lucky ribs, hamburguesa (hamburgers) and vegetarian tortilla bake are all receiving especially rave reviews. The margarita menu on the restaurant’s green wall is also proving extremely popular. For those who’ve never been to Mexico, the short drive from the city to Lucky Lupitas will allow diners to taste a real taco, the way it is served in the cafes of Puebla.

Siam Retreat

Siam Retreat Siam Retreat

Siam Retreat is a new massage and spa complex located in the heart of the chic shopping and dining precinct of Norwood and just a few minutes’ drive from the heart of Adelaide. It is decorated in a luxurious and contemporary Thai style while offering great service and affordable prices. Once guests are welcomed inside, they enter an atmosphere of serenity, allowing them to relax, free their mind and forget the busy city outside. Siam Retreat offers traditional Thai massages designed to improve flexibility and promote wellbeing, as well as rejuvenating the body and spirit. Guests can also enjoy aromatherapy massage, Thai herbal compresses, Thai body scrubs and a luxurious aroma bath. Together, these experiences are designed to totally relax and refresh the retreat’s guests.

Veggie Velo

Veggie Velo cart Veggie Velo cart

Vegetarians and omnivores alike are raving about a Frenchman called Manu and the delicious meals he serves up from his three-wheeled cargo bike. Manu is an experienced chef with a passion for healthy vegetarian food, and his burgers are good enough to satisfy even the most devoted carnivore. When he sets up his roving restaurant, the crowds flock to the “Manumobile” to get a taste of his grilled mushroom and haloumi burger. Equally mouth-watering is Manu’s vegan, gluten-free option: the organic quinoa and amaranth burger. Both burgers are served in a wholemeal bun with mixed salad, grated carrot, alfalfa and beetroot. Also on the menu is a huge, seasonal Veggie Velo salad topped with a quinoa pattie and a choice of homemade sauces, plus a vegan banana and chocolate tart for those with a sweet tooth. The whereabouts of Veggie Velo’s pop-up, pedal-powered restaurant are posted ahead of time on its Facebook page.

The Loose Caboose Café

The Loose Caboose Cafe The Loose Caboose Cafe

The Bowden Railway Station has been lovingly restored into a welcoming, contemporary cafe that mixes the historic ambience of the 1856 building with a funky, vibrant ambience. Its kitchen is open 7am to 3pm every day, and has quickly become one of Adelaide’s favourite new brunch spots. Its evolving menu includes all-day breakfast options, plus lunch offerings, and features treats such as toasted banana bread with marscapone, a banana chocolate sandwich, hazelnut dukah eggs, a chicken and chorizo burger served with hand-cut chips, cured king salmon with shaved fennel and crème fraiche, smashed avocado with mushrooms and fetta and a range of gourmet sandwiches. Desserts include mini lemon cream sponge cakes and chocolate pots, plus muffins and tarts. The coffee is house-ground, and there are also an intriguing range of local teas and freshly-squeezed juices. The service is warm and friendly, and the long, communal tables encourage the sense that this is not just a café, but a community hub where everyone is always welcome and well-fed. The Loose Caboose is just one train stop from the city on the Outer Harbor line, or a short tram ride to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre stop away.

SA FACES

Phil Sims

Phil Sims Phil Sims

It doesn’t get any more South Australian than Menz Fruchocs. These delicious chocolate-coated treats are officially recognised as a BankSA Heritage Icon and 40 million of them are produced and enjoyed by the public each year. The company behind the Fruchoc is Robern Menz, South Australia’s largest confectioner. It is a fourth-generation family company, proudly South Australian-owned and operated, producing a wide range of sweet snacks available throughout Australia, including Menz Crown Mints and Medlow Fruit Gels. Philip Sims is the company’s CEO, and says that being South Australian is at the core of everything Robern Menz does. “We see our success as South Australia's success: We would not have been able to grow or evolve without their support. Therefore it is with great pride we say that we have been able to help satisfy the palates of South Australians for over a hundred years. We feel that all our products – especially Menz FruChocs – are a part of the lives of South Australians as they grow up. No matter your age, background or stage in life, everyone remembers their first Menz FruChoc. We like to think as soon as the flavours of a Fruchoc touch your tongue you are transported back down memory lane, with memories of growing up and living in South Australia.” Phil says that our state’s lifestyle, culture, ease of getting around, clean green environment and our unique destinations make it a great place to live and holiday. His own favourite South Australian holiday destinations include Kangaroo Island: “Visiting there was like being transported into a totally unique world.” He also says that SA’s beaches on the West Coast are magnificent, and that, having grown up on the Murray, he has wonderful memories of what the river has to offer from a recreational and leisure perspective.

Sally Pfeiffer

Property Property

Today, Whistler Wines is a well-regarded name among wine aficionados across the state, but in 1982, the 80-acre Barossa block where the grapes for the label’s wine are grown was still used for sheep grazing and family barbeques. In 1994, its owners, Sally and Martin Pfeiffer, established their first vineyard on the property while Martin was still working for Penfolds and Sally was still teaching at a local school. From there, the dream to create an estate grown, single vineyard wine became a reality and in 2010, a year after the Whistler Wines cellar door opened, Sally gave up teaching to concentrate on the family business full-time. By then, other members of the family had joined the business, and Whistlers remains a proudly family-owned and run winery. Sally says working together as a family means there is a shared sense of purpose, ownership and long-term future. “It’s exciting, rewarding and fulfilling to be part of a business that we are all proud of,” she says. The way the business is run is reflected in the experience it offers visitors: Whistler Wines is known as a very “family-friendly” cellar door. As Sally says, “We see our business as a whole tourist experience, not just a wine experience. This is expressed in a saying we use: ‘more than just a winery’.” At the cellar door, there’s a picnic setting with a real Australian flavour, including the natural bush setting, flora and fauna. A signed walk around the vineyard and the eight hand-reared kangaroos add to the visitors’ experience, and there are activities especially for children. This, together with the wine, food and music events held at Whistler Wines every month, mean the Pfeiffers have built up a loyal following who don’t just buy their wine, but come to visit the winery as repeat customers. Sally, as Cellar Door Manager, is responsible for ensuring all the visitors are welcomed, and she also co-ordinates all children’s activities and events, as well as gardening, packing, and acting as community liaison, wildlife ‘ranger’ and environmental ‘watchdog’. It sounds like a lot of work, but Sally says she loves her job. “Having lived in the Barossa all of my life I enjoy sharing information about the history of the Barossa and other stories of local interest.” She says the Barossa is very good at networking and supporting everyone’s businesses with genuine information and a readiness to help. “At our cellar door we have menus from all local restaurants and offer advice on eateries, accommodation and activities, with an extensive range of brochures that we share with visitors.” She sees tourism as vital to the local economy, and says that the success of one small business such as Whistler Wines reflects well on the whole of the Barossa.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Fringe Festival Fringe Festival

Royal Adelaide Show 7 – 15 September, Adelaide
Carnival rides, attractions, handicraft, produce, cookery, livestock, animal shows, show bags and more!

OzAsia Festival 14 – 30 September, Adelaide
Celebrating the artistic and cultural ties between Australia and Asia.

Toop and Toop Rock n Roll Festival 15 – 16 September, Fleurieu Peninsula
Pull out the blue suede shoes and dust off you dancing jacket. Victor Harbor is set to rock to the sounds of the Toop & Toop Rock n Roll Festival 2012. With two stages, two large dance floors and heaps of vehicles on display.

Sunday Mail City to Bay Fun Run 16 September, Adelaide
Celebrating its 40th year anniversary in 2012, the City to Bay Fun Run is a popular, annual fun run from Adelaide to the beachside suburb of Glenelg.

Xavier Rudd at Mt Gambier Gaol 21 September, Mt Gambier
Xavier Rudd’s only South Australian regional show will be held in the atmospheric Mt Gambier Gaol.

Australian University Games 23 – 28 September, Adelaide
South Australia will experience an influx of more than 5,000 students from Australian universities and tertiary institutions, to compete across more than 30 sports.

Australian Inline Hockey Championships 28 September – 6 October, Adelaide
Come and watch this sporting phenomenon which is reputedly the fastest growing team sport.

Kangaroo Island Art Feast 28 September – 7 October, Kangaroo Island
An annual celebration of the Island’s art, food and wine, held at venues island-wide.

Bay to Birdwood 30 September, Adelaide and Adelaide Hills
This year is the Classic Rally, where you can watch gorgeous classic vehicles manufactured between 1956 and 1977 travel from the beach to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood.

Goolwa Alive 30 September, Fleurieu Peninsula
Each year the Goolwa Traders close the main street in Historic Goolwa for a street festival showcasing local produce and businesses.

Beltana Centenary Celebrations 6 – 7 October, Flinders and Outback
Beltana will hold special celebrations to mark the centenary of the formation of the Australian Inland Mission.

Copper Cove Marina Festival 6 – 7 October, Yorke Peninsula
Experience the local seafood, wine, boating, fishing and coastal lifestyle.

Redheads Gourmet BBQ Festival 6 – 7 October, Adelaide
A unique celebration that combines that latest international food trends with an iconic Australian tradition.

2012 FINA World Junior Diving Championships 8 – 13 October, Adelaide
Over 10 days, thousands of spectators will witness more than 200 of the world’s best young divers, representing more than 40 countries. Held at the State Aquatics Centre at Marion.

Jamestown Fly-In and Air Spectacular 13 – 14 October, Flinders and Outback
A Fly-In and Air Spectacular held at the Jamestown Air Strip in northern South Australia.

Holden Netball Test Series 14 October, Adelaide
Come and see the International Quad-series where Australia will take on England and New Zealand will take on South Africa in one day.

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations 19 – 21 October, Limestone Coast
The Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations is an annual four day event held in October which showcases and celebrates Coonawarra’s Flagship wine – Cabernet Sauvignon.

Riverland Wine and Food Festival 18 – 21 October, Riverland
The Riverland Wine and Food Festival is held on the third Saturday in October every year and is the single biggest platform for local wine and food producers to showcase their product.

Departure 19 October, Adelaide
Enjoy exclusive after-hours access, curator talks, food and wine, as you’re entertained by street performers, nail-biting acrobatics and the sounds of Adelaide’s hottest DJ’s at the Art Gallery of SA.

Adelaide Fashion Festival 19 – 27 October, Adelaide
South Australia’s largest festival supporting the local fashion industry and local fashion businesses.

Renmark Rose Festival 19 – 28 October, Riverland
Rose and garden lovers will thoroughly enjoy a visit to Renmark in October for their annual Rose Festival. The festival is full of activities, displays and demonstrations that will enthuse and delight those who appreciate nature's beauty.

Fleurieu Folk Festival 26 – 28 October, Fleurieu Peninsula
Set in the beautiful historic town of Willunga on South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula, alongside the McLaren Vale wine growing district, the festival presents a weekend of music concerts and sessions, dance, workshops, poetry, special youth program, children's entertainment and stalls.

Barossa Rose and Flower Show 3 – 4 November, Barossa
A show of stunning displays of roses and other flora offering visitors to the Barossa a different thrill for the senses.

Berri Resort Hotel Murray Man 3 - 4 November, Riverland
South Australia’s only long course triathlon, plus the South Australian state long course championships and an official ITU world championships qualifier event.

Moonta Antiques & Collectables Fair 3 – 4 November, Yorke Peninsula
Come visit the historic mining town of Moonta for the 16th annual Antiques and Collectables Fair. There will be dealers from South Australia and interstate exhibiting in two undercover venues with refreshments and light meals available.

Rescue 2012, Life Saving World Championships 7 – 18 November, Adelaide and Fleurieu Peninsula
More than 4000 people from 40 countries will compete across nine surf lifesaving disciplines. Events will be held at Glenelg, Christies Beach and the State Aquatic Centre at Marion.

Credit Union Christmas Pageant 10 November, Adelaide
A magical Christmas parade through the streets of Adelaide. Look for more than 200 clowns and 1000 characters as this iconic event celebrates 80 years.

National Championships Over 60s Cricket 10 – 15 November, Adelaide
Get ready for National Championships Over 60s Cricket. In 2012, Adelaide will host teams from around Australia and the world including England, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore and Malta.

Riverstock Rockfest 9 – 11 November, Riverland
Riverstock showcases three days of music on the beautiful banks of the Murray River.

Feast Festival 10 – 25 November, 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.

Hahndorf Lantern Festival 11 November, Adelaide Hills
The Hahndorf Lantern Festival embraces community and visitors and is based on a centuries-old German tradition that culminates in a spectacular street procession.

Australian International 3 Day Event 22 – 25 November, Adelaide
The city parklands host Olympic standard, four-star equestrian competition, including dressage, show jumping and cross country.

World Bowls Championships 24 November – 9 December, Adelaide
Attracting more than 5000 participants from all over the world, the 12th World Bowls Championships are the ultimate international bowling event, combining men’s and women’s events for only the second time.

Air New Zealand Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival 25 November – 2 December, Adelaide Hundreds of amateur cricketers from all over the world will converge on South Australia for a week of “fun, friendship and fraternity”.

Gorgeous Festival 24 November, Fleurieu Peninsula
An annual music, food and wine festival held in picturesque McLaren Vale.

Loxton Lights Festival 24 Nov – 31 Dec, Riverland
A celebration of the magic of Christmas featuring numerous inter-related events.

Franklin Island Triathlons and Fun Run-Walk 25 November, Fleurieu Peninsula
A four-event sporting festival catering for the whole family participating with no barriers to fitness at South Australia’s premier tourism destination, Victor Harbor.

NEWS

CBD property CBD property

Mantra on Frome is calling all Romeos
There's no doubting Adelaide has its romantic side, so Mantra on Frome is calling all Romeos to make the most of the stylish city hotel's newly opened balconies. Council approval has been granted to open up the hotel’s 69 juliet balconies, which were installed as part of a recent refurbishment. Guests can now enjoy the full features of Mantra on Frome's standout four-star self-contained apartments and spacious studios, with the door handles finally fitted on their classical French doors which lead to the balconies. To celebrate, couples can enjoy a stay in a Studio Room from $219 per night (Fri-Sun). The price also includes a late check-out plus dinner for two and bottle of wine at nearby Sq restaurant.

National award for Barossa businesswoman
Victoria McClurg, the dynamic young founder of South Australia’s Barossa Valley Cheese Company, was honoured with the Award for Entrepreneurship at the 2012 Australian Family Business Awards last month. This prestigious award is given annually to an exceptional family business entrepreneur by Family Business Australia, the peak body representing family-owned business across the nation. Victoria was chosen above all state finalists in the national award program. The judges said that Victoria, through her business, was making a profound contribution to the Barossa region and to tourism in South Australia. The Barossa Valley Cheese Company was born out of Victoria’s vision but the success of the company is a result of her hard work and business abilities. She created the business as an opportunity to enhance the Barossa’s traditional food culture with a true artisan product and to add depth and value to its wine offerings. Victoria opened the doors of the company in Angaston in 2003, sourcing milk from local farmers. With the support of her mum, she has grown the business to the extent that she now has nine staff, Australia-wide distribution and offers 19 styles of artisan cheeses. The company’s cheese cellar is also an increasingly popular tourism destination for visitors to the Barossa, welcoming more than 46,000 visitors each year.

Hentley Farm triumphs at wine show
Australia’s only sub-regional wine show, the Marananga wine show, took place for the ninth time in the Barossa last month. Single-estate vineyard, Hentley Farm won five of the 12 trophies awarded, including best wine of show and best young Shiraz for its 2010 Hentley Farm Shiraz, and best exhibitor of show. This came on the back of a five trophy heal at last year’s show for the boutigue winery. Other winners included Whislter, Rolf Binder at Veritas, Seppeltsfield, Milhinch, Balthazar, Tscharke and Kalleske who also took out the ‘People’s Choice’ trophy voted for by the public. All entries came from the iconic Western Barossa sub-region, which lies to the Western side of the Para river and South of Moppa road in the Barossa.

Come Out Festival reveals details of 2013 event
The 2013 Come Out Festival will encourage children and young people to dream big; to imagine and create new worlds by making their own works of art and responding to the events presented as part of the festival. Many of the pieces will be immersive, with audiences participating in the creation and realization of the work. The 2013 theme, “Dreaming the Future”, will not only encourage children to think about how different the world might be in the future but also how they might contribute to the changes that take place and how they can be part of creating the world they’d like to live in. Come Out is South Australia’s preeminent arts festival for schools and families, to be held 22 – 31 May 2013.

Bupa Challenge Tour registrations now open
Registrations for the Bupa Challenge Tour, which attracted 7000 amateur cyclists last year, are now open. This event provides an opportunity for cyclists to ride the same Santos Tour Down Under Bupa Stage 4 route as some of the world's best cyclists, just hours before them. Challenge participants can choose to ride the route in its entirety or in part, depending on how far they want to ride. This year, the shortest ever distance option for the Bupa Challenge Tour - 20km - has been introduced, and is expected to attract even more people to participate in the iconic public ride. Registrations are open until 11 January 2013. Cyclists can register as an individual or as a team of five or more members. Teams can have their team name printed on their jersey and will also go into the draw to win VIP hospitality tickets to Stage 6 of the Santos Tour Down Under. Participants will, for the first time, gain free entry to the Bupa Challenge Tour if they raise $1,000 or more for the Cancer Council SA’s Ride for a Reason. The 2013 Santos Tour Down Under will be held in Adelaide and regional South Australia from 20 – 27 January 2013.

Credit Union Christmas Pageant trail celebrates 80 year milestone
A free four day event trail along the North Terrace precinct will celebrate 80 years of the Credit Union Christmas Pageant in South Australia. Running from 4 – 7 October, the trail will follow a route along North Terrace and pass through the Library of South Australia, the South Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Migration Museum and showcase the Pageant’s history along the way. At each of the sites there will be something to celebrate the Pageant including old Pageant video footage, colourful float designs, costumes and props, Pageant entertainers, bands, dance groups, face painters and costume workshops. There will also be an eighty metre ‘paint by numbers’ canvas depicting Credit Union Christmas Pageant day for the whole community to paint and a brand new Pageant float will also be unveiled Since 1933, millions of people have watched the event from the streets of Adelaide or on television. For more information about the celebrations, click here.

Sir David Attenborough receives iconic Barossa gift
Iconic Australian wine estate, Seppeltsfield has been placed in the spotlight alongside Sir David Attenborough. The natural history legend was presented with a personalised bottle of 1926 Seppeltsfield Para Tawny - his birth year vintage - during a performance at the Sydney State Theatre last month. Seppeltsfield lays claim to the world's largest unbroken lineage of fortified wine, spanning more than 130 consecutive vintages dating back to 1878. Previously only ever available after 100 years in barrel, Seppeltsfield recently unveiled a new Centennial Collection, releasing small amounts of Seppeltsfield Para Tawny. The Centennial Collection starts at $300 for a 100ml bottle, including luxurious gift box and personalised packaging.

SA restaurants among the nation’s hottest
The Australian newspaper has published its list of 2012 Australia’s 50 Hottest Restaurants and South Australian eateries are well-represented. Making the list were Adelaide’s Vincenzo's Cucina Veran and Press Food and Wine, as well as regional restaurants Fino, in Willunga, and FermentAsians, in the Barossa. According to The Australian, the restaurants were because they “share a commitment to great food and hospitality”, and they “excelled in two categories: food and fun”.

Appellation Restaurant’s wine list wins again
The Barossa’s Appellation restaurant, has been awarded the prestigious South Australia Wine List of the Year Award by Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine and Fine Wine Partners. This is the fifth consecutive year Appellation has won this award and Appellation’s second year as a Hall of Fame winner. Appellation restaurant is co-located with luxury vineyard retreat The Louise in the Barossa and is open nightly for dinner from 7pm. On offer are its signature wine-paired Chef’s Tasting Menu and Seasonal Selections Menu, along with its wine list featuring more than 430 choices.

The Louise appoints US marketing representative
The Louise Barossa Valley luxury vineyard retreat has announced the appointment of Libby Cooke as its sales and marketing representative for the US. Ms Cooke, the principle of the newly formed Antipodal sales representation company, will provide detailed product training about The Louise and its award-winning restaurant Appellation as well as destination awareness of Australia’s Barossa wine region to luxury travel buyers throughout the US.

Major boost for SA tourism projects
South Australian tourism projects have received $942,161 in federal T-QUAL grants. Successful projects include further development of Seppeltsfield Wines and Chateau Tanunda Estate in the Barossa, along with establishment of platinum eco-friendly accommodation at Paringa. Grants will also support conversion of the Glen Roy Shearing Shed in Coonawarra to an interactive community facility focused on food and wine, along with construction of a purpose-built cellar door at Ngeringa Vineyards, Mount Barker. South Australia registered 15.5 per cent of eligible T-QUAL applications and received 12.4 per cent of the $6.7 million allocated. Significantly, three of the 12 successful South Australian applications are for digital projects, including commercialisation of the Great Australian Journeys website, and support for the South Australian Tourism Industry Council to run digital seminars and workshops for tourism operators. For more information about the grants, click here.

Support for regional cruise ship visits
Tourism Minister Gail Gago has launched a new landing structure at Penneshaw that will support a surge in cruise ship visits to Kangaroo Island. The new structure, funded by the SATC, means large international cruise ships can now anchor off Penneshaw, and is an important step in ensuring South Australia continues to grow as a cruise ship destination. Recent research has shown that every one-day cruise ship visit to Kangaroo Island delivers $100,000 in passenger expenditure to the local economy. The SATC has confirmed nine cruise ship visits to Kangaroo Island between 2012 and 2014, and expects further bookings to be made for the 2013/14 season. For more information about the future of cruising for Kangaroo Island, click here.

New push to increase golf tourism
An SATC grant will help boost the profile of Adelaide's top golf courses. The commission, through its New Product Support Program, has put $12,000 towards the marketing collaboration Great Golf Courses of Australia (GGCA). Funding will be used to develop a single golf brand that represents the best in South Australian golfing experiences, with the Royal Adelaide, Kooyonga, Glenelg and Grange courses to be featured. Developing a recognised link between the courses will help the SATC attract high-yield interstate and international golfing visitors. The four participating courses are well placed to work together and develop golf packages for this discerning market. This project will also involve the courses becoming better equipped to welcome visitors from China. Golf is worth $3 billion to the Australian economy each year. For more information about the GGCA project, click here.

STORY IDEAS

Cruise Cruise

(1) With the launch of the new landing structure at Kangaroo Island, South Australia is set to welcome more and larger cruise ship visitors in the future. What is it that draws these passengers to Adelaide and regional South Australian ports and what do they do while they’re here? Find out why we’re such a fast-growing cruise ship destination – and why once a cruise ship comes here once, it often returns again and again.

(2) It’s the perfect season to think about gardening, and South Australia has an abundance of incredible private gardens on show through Open Gardens Australia – many drawing large crowds to regional parts of the state to meet our master private gardeners.

(3) This edition of SA Stories features success stories by family businesses in South Australia, including a cheesemaker, a winemaker and a lolly producer. They’re just some of the proudly-South Australian family businesses flourishing around the state, and creating all sorts of exciting (and often delicious) products.

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