Comfort Inn & Suites Sombrero
288-292 Main North Rd
Adelaide, SA 5082
Phone: (61) 8 82693655
Fax: (61) 8 83445642
Boasting water slides, shower caves, play pools and a 50 meter Olympic-size pool, the Adelaide Aquatic Center has all the facilities necessary to satisfy any family of water-babies! For those who fancy an early morning workout, lap swimming starts at 5a. Others who wish to get fit but prefer to keep their land-legs may choose a session in the center's well-equipped gym. Swimming lessons take place daily and child-minding facilities are available during term time.
The Adelaide parklands host three separate public golf courses. All are nicely groomed, set in pretty surroundings and a pleasure to play. The 18-hole, par-three course is ideal for beginners or old hands who need to fine-tune their nine-iron game. The more experienced hobby golfer can choose from a par 69 "north" course or a par 72 "south" course. Players access the par-three course from War Memorial Drive and the main courses from Strangways Terrace. Please check the website for open due to changes in daylight through the year.
The History Trust of South Australia is part of a directorate that helps run three of Adelaide's major museums: the Migration Museum, the South Australian Maritime Museum at Port Adelaide and Birdwood's National Motor Museum. The Trust is based in a grand old building used for hosting formal functions and occasional Royal Society art exhibitions. It is worth a visit if only to admire the decorative splendour of 19th century Adelaide. The Trust supplies pamphlets on historic sites, heritage walks and tours; and promotes events and current exhibitions. A small bookshop supplements the larger collection at the city's Migration Museum. Entry is free.
Adelaide's largest rock climbing gym spans 800 square meters and offers exciting climbing facilities for the novice and experienced alike. An afternoon spent here is sure to prove a challenge, with graded walls from three to 29 and bouldering from vertical to 45 degrees. Instruction is included in climb costs and the giant ladders, abseiling opportunities and speed climbs are great exercises for team building and group bookings.
Snow may sometimes fall on Mount Lofty in winter: but there's only ever enough to make a few snowballs! Enter Icearena. Everything and anything you want to do on a pair of skates is encouraged here. Facilities at Icearena include skating rinks for both top-notch skaters and beginners, plus a bar, café and thrilling games of ice hockey. All in all, not only a great way to workout but great entertainment as well. Kindly check the website for practice timings as they differ from public timings.
The horse trials in Adelaide's beautiful Adelaide Parklands have truly become a world-class event, earning an international four star rating - equivalent to an Olympic level competition. Horses and riders from around the world compete for three days, testing their skills in dressage, cross-country and showjumping. The cross-country phase takes contestants through the parklands, up and down hills, across creeks and over the formidable Rymill Park water jump. On-course catering is provided. To top it all off, the entry is free for all the three days.
Sanctuary Surfers specializes in surfing trips for beginners to advanced surfers. They have a deluxe coach bus to travel to the beaches through-out South Australia and even around Australia. During winter, they travel to the Victorian snowfields for snowboarding and skiing. They are a ministry of Sanctuary Christian Ministries.
A group of friendly volunteers got together in 1986 to maintain the 1000 kilometer Heysen Trail. This famous walkway stretches from Cape Jervis at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula to Parachilna in the majestic Flinders Ranges; via the wine making region of the Barossa Valley and the lush hills of the mid North. This group regularly walks different sections of the Trail. Every fortnight other treks are also run including the "Starter" and "Walker" Trails, which are four and eight hours long respectively. The "Rambler" Walk allows leisurely enjoyment of bird life and flowers. Everyone is welcome. Contact the office for further details.
This friendly company is well established and operates a number of good value half and full day tours that suit tighter budgets. Tours depart from 38 King Street. From city explorations to the wine regions of the McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitor Centre (The) , Barossa Wine & Visitor Centre and Clare Valley , these trips incorporate specialist shops, museums, history arts and crafts and wildlife. There are also two and three day trips using four wheel drive vehicles and planes to cover the stunning Flinders Ranges, and Kangaroo Island.
Explore the streets of Adelaide on a bike without spending a cent. The Adelaide City Council and Bicycle SA are trying to encourage the use of environmentally friendly modes of transport by providing people with free use of a bike for up to two hours. Cyclists are given a bike, helmet and bicycle lock in exchange for handing over their driver's license, proof of identity card or passport for the duration of the hire. Bike pick-up is from the Cycling Information Center or Cannon Street Backpackers opposite the bus station in Franklin Street. Please check the website for other details.
Fly or cruise, choose your preferred route to and from Kangaroo Island. But be warned there is a lot to pack in! A Park Ranger will guide you through Seal Bay Conservation Park while the Wildlife Tour discovers the flora and fauna of Flinders Chase National Park plus the dramatic Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Rocky River. Disabled access with a companion is available, apart from at Admirals Arch. Ask about overnight packages.
Situated on Norwood's fashionable Parade, this busy squash center is perfectly located for those who wish to sweat off a few kilos before putting on a few kilos at one of the local eateries! To help patrons do just that, the center has seven squash courts and is open until late during the week. Squash lessons can also be arranged to suit. The well-stocked shop is an excellent place for buying squash racquets and other equipment at value for money prices.