Ferry work leaps ahead
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.’’
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
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.