Comfort Hotel Highlander
647 North East Road
Gilles Plains, SA 5086
Phone: (61) 8 82615288
Fax: (61) 8 83690643
In the Adelaide Hills, Thorndon Park is a delightful watery hideaway. Whether picnicking with the family, walking the dog around the perimeter trail, or simply enjoying the abundant bird life, this picturesque reserve and reservoir is a real treasure often missed in Adelaide's east. For those with relaxation on their minds a lazy visit to the reserve could last all day. Although it is presently drained due to reclamation, it is still a beautiful spot and the water will be filled again soon. The more energetic may wish to move on to nearby Black Hill and Anstey Hill recreation parks which offer challenging bush walks.
The visitor to Black Hill has a simple choice-whether to climb or not! The nature-trail to the summit is steep and narrow, winding through a heath land of she-oak and grass-trees which cling defiantly to the precipitous slopes. Although best left for the cooler months of the year, the climb yields views over Adelaide which are worth every bead of sweat! Of course Black Hill can still be enjoyed by the less energetic. On the foothills rests a quaint wildflower garden, while the blue gum trees fringing Fifth Creek are delightfully busy with lorikeets.
In Morialta Conservation Park, just 12 kilometres to the east of the city, Fourth Creek has left its unique mark on the landscape in the shape of deep wooded gorges and a trail of tumbling waterfalls. A walk along the creek to the falls remains the park highlight. Bird life abounds, with a chance of seeing herons, fairy-wrens and rosella parrots. Other areas of the park are designated for rock-climbing and abseiling.
Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold planted his first Shiraz vines here in 1844. Overlooking Adelaide, the refurbished and iconic estate today remains a working winery and houses a five-star restaurant. Penfolds Grange is considered Australia's greatest red wine, so why not taste other great reds that have originated from these aged Shiraz vines? Tours of Penfolds historic winery take place daily between 11a and 3p. Penfolds wines are distributed worldwide.
The Spire Clayton-Wesley Uniting Church is a heritage listed church which draws the eye as you wait at the Portrush Road intersection for a break in traffic. If you are looking to touch base with the Uniting Church of Australia this would be a good place to start. Situated at the end of East Adelaide's shopping strip at Norwood, this 130-year-old church has served the local community for a long time. The church extends a welcome if you are just passing by or are here to stay. The church hall is also open for weddings and other social events.
South of the Botanic Garden perimeter fence lies the spacious Botanic Park, a favorite spot for picnics and cricket with the kids. Tranquil, open spaces lend the park a lazy Sunday feel, like summer is here to stay. And under the canopy of shady plane trees and mighty figs, what better place than this to throw down a rug and share out the cold-cuts? On less lazy days, the park may host corporate functions or events like the ethnic-music extravaganza of Womadelaide.
Humidity-hungry plants thrive in the misty cocoon of the Bicentennial Conservatory-the largest glasshouse in the Southern Hemisphere. Rising in the east of the Botanic Garden like a glass crescent-moon, this unique hot-house is home to a wealth of rain-forest species native to tropical Queensland and the Pacific Islands. Take the upper walkway through lush rain-forest canopy or a lower walkway for forest-floor dwellers. With gentle rain falling into a forest pool it is almost possible to imagine the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest being right here in Adelaide!
A brewery which aims to produce the country's best brews, Coopers Brewery Adelaide is famous for its fine ales. A venture started by Thomas Cooper who used to deliver his products by horse and cart, the brewery is now run by his sons. Special tours of the brewery are also available from Tuesday to Friday where one can discover the entire process of producing beer.
Situated next to St Peters Girls College, the Ferguson Conservation Park a small pocket of unspoiled native flora offers a peaceful escape in trendy Burnside. Step away from the grumble of traffic and into the eucalyptus scented, soft, milky green light of this densely vegetated park. Allow yourself to be soothed by the chorus of birds and the murmur of the creek, as you stroll along one of the walking tracks. Bikes and dogs are not permitted so it is just you and the birds.
The National Wine Centre of Australia is an architectural fantasy, but it has a stunning view inside. Situated on the periphery of the Botanical Gardens, this place is a wine lovers paradise. They offer to take you around the entire winery, showing how the finest Australian wine is made. The Center also has a Cafe serving the finest wines and delicious meals. There is also a open terrace at the National Wine Center where you can get a clear view of the Botanical Gardens and the Vineyard. Give your tasting buds a treat and taste some of the finest wines on display at the exhibition.
Established in 1883,Adelaide Zoological Gardens is the second oldest in Australia. Located adjacent to Torrens Lake and Botanic Park the zoo's lush mature gardens, heritage buildings and tranquil setting contribute to a delightful day's outing. The zoo's collection is diverse and continually changing and for the kids there are lawns to play on secret paths to explore and a children's zoo. You can dine at the "Lyrebird Cafe," stop for a snack at the kiosk, or simply bring a picnic lunch to enjoy under the canopy of a shady tree.
Standing proudly amongst other fine architectural houses and businesses of times gone by, the North Adelaide Baptist Church a 130-year-old heritage listed Church building has a character all of its own. A large, square yet rounded building extends back from the street frontage and is quite striking to the eye. The interior is no less impressive with regard to early Church design and structure. The Baptist congregation of North Adelaide call this church home.