Ferry work leaps ahead

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WORKon a new $4 mil­lion ferry pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal at Pen­neshaw on Kan­ga­roo Is­land is un­der way in what Tourism Aus­tralia says will be a ma­jor boost for South Aus­tralian tourism. SeaLink is con­tribut­ing $2.5 mil­lion and the State Government $1.5 mil­lion to cre­ate an en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient ter­mi­nal with an un­der­cover wait­ing area for bus ser­vices, cafe, gift shop, toi­lets, vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion cen­tre, lug­gage stor­age and what will be only the sec­ond el­e­va­tor on KI.

The in­vest­ment by SeaLink fol­lows the $2.4 mil­lion it spent on the Cape Jervis ter­mi­nal in 2005 and will cre­ate what SeaLink chair­man Gi­u­liano Ursini calls ‘‘ Back­stairs Pas­sage Book-ends’’. ‘‘ Kan­ga­roo Is­land is one of the na­tion’s great­est tourism trea­sures along­side Uluru, the Great Bar­rier Reef and Syd­ney Har­bour,’’ Ursini said. ‘‘ This is our gift to the com­mu­nity and our way of sup­port­ing a ma­jor Aus­tralian icon by de­vel­op­ing es­sen­tial in­fra­struc­ture to en­sure Kan­ga­roo Is­land re­mains one of Aus­tralia’s most loved and pop­u­lar tourism des­ti­na­tions.’’

Tourism Aus­tralia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor An­drew McEvoy wel­comed the work, say­ing: ‘‘ Kan­ga­roo Is­land is a world-class is­land that features heav­ily in our global mar­ket­ing cam­paigns and this type of in­fra­struc­ture is vi­tal if we are to de­liver on the prom­ise.’’

See sealink.com.au

Fare deal for all

PLAN an ex­otic break in the cooler months with spe­cial fares exAde­laide from Sin­ga­pore Air­lines, on sale to Wed­nes­day for travel un­til Novem­ber 30. For ex­am­ple, Sin­ga­pore is priced from $930 re­turn, and Bei­jing from $1242 re­turn, in­clu­sive of taxes and sur­charges. Re­turn flights to Delhi are priced from $1210 for travel un­til Au­gust 31. Ph 13 10 11 or see sin­ga­pore­air.com

Eg­gs­act­ing task

MOUNT Lofty House will have a mas­sive Easter egg hunt on Easter Sun­day fol­lowed by an af­ter­noon bar­be­cue and an ex­tended Easter menu in the Pic­cadilly Restau­rant. Start­ing at 11am, the egg hunt will see chil­dren en­joy dis­cov­er­ing more than 5000 Easter eggs scat­tered across the manor’s grounds. En­try is $5 a child, no book­ings nec­es­sary. The Easter Bunny will visit and other ac­tiv­i­ties such as face paint­ing will be on of­fer. From noon on­wards there will be live en­ter­tain­ment and bar­be­cue. For those who want to ex­tend the visit, a bed and break­fast package priced from $239 a room in­cludes ac­com­mo­da­tion and con­ti­nen­tal break­fast for two. Ph 8339 6777 or see mt­lofty­house.com.au CHECK out new ideas and old favourites for hol­i­day ideas among the state’s 11 tourism re­gions in the lat­est Shorts Hol­i­days book, now avail­able on­line and through vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion cen­tres. The lat­est edi­tion features more than 15 new op­er­a­tors. From walking tours in the Flin­ders Ranges to chauf­feured mo­torhomes on Kan­ga­roo Is­land, the com­pact Shorts Hol­i­days guide cov­ers ac­com­mo­da­tion, tour­ing, din­ing, spe­cial events and ‘‘ must do’’ ex­pe­ri­ences across the state.

See southaus­tralia.com

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