Luisa Panuccio

South Australia is a welcoming state with a beautiful heart.

Are you SA born and bred, or has it become home more recently? Tell us about why SA is home for you.

I was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia but recently moved to Melbourne for love. In my current role as a Project Manager, I am managing projects in Victoria and South Australia which means that I get to come home every few weeks. South Australia always has been and always will be my home because it is where I feel most comfortable and safe.

Where do you spend your time?

When I am in South Australia, you can find me at:

  • Henley Square
  • Argo on the Parade
  • Brighton Beach
  • Morialta Conservation Park or Morialta Falls as the locals call it
  • Golden Boy
  • Marino Rocks to Hallett Cove Boardwalk
  • Abbots & Kinney on Pirie Street

What do you do and why here?

I am a qualified Civil and Architectural Engineer and I currently work as a Project Manager for major infrastructure projects across Victoria and South Australia.

I would not be where I am today without the education that I received in South Australia, particularly my tertiary education at the University of Adelaide.

What are your favourite things to recommend to people new to South Australia?

Some of my favourite things about South Australia are:

  • The beaches all year round – nothing compares to walking the Henley to Grange track on a Saturday morning, even in winter.
  • The walking / running / hiking tracks – Morialta Conservation Park is a personal favourite and the Hallett Cove Boardwalk is definitely up there as well.
  • FruChocs of course!

What is your tip for other locals?

My top three tips for other locals are:

  1. Bottega Gelateria in Henley Beach, need I say more?
  2. Grab a snorkel, a pair of flippers and head down to Port Noarlunga beach to snorkel the incredible reef.
  3. ‘Bella Goes East’ smoothie at Argo on the Parade – hands down the best smoothie that I have ever had!

Describe SA in one sentence.

South Australia is a welcoming state with a beautiful heart.

What’s the best thing about living here?

The best thing about living in South Australia is without a doubt the people. As a welcoming and connected state, South Australians are always willing to help out a mate.