Comfort Hotel Highlander
647 North East Road
Gilles Plains, SA 5086
Phone: (61) 8 82615288
Fax: (61) 8 83690643
Fly sky high with the Adelaide Tandem Skydiving, a company that offers skydiving courses and activities. If you are merely an enthusiast or a beginner, then you can enroll for their courses that offer training and practice. The company offers the free fall course through nine stages, each designed for a better guidance.
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.
Leafy Kensington Gardens, a short bus ride from central Adelaide is a haven for numerous sports including hockey, rugby, bowls and tennis. The East Torrens tennis club nestles amongst gum trees at the southern end of the park and possesses nine hard courts with partial floodlighting. The club accommodates seniors, doubles and junior competitions with social tennis a popular alternative. Coaching is available through private lessons and holiday clinics. Courts may be hired privately.
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.
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 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.
Nestled amidst the gum trees of Hazelwood Park, Burnside open-air swimming center is an enticing summer cool-off spot in Adelaide's Eastern suburbs. Facilities include a full-sized pool for serious swimmers, two sun-screened splash-about pools plus areas of shady grass that invite a blanket and a good book. In addition there are tables for lunch, free barbecues and a couple of small playgrounds. Swimming lessons can be booked at the center, which is also the location of Burnside Swimming Club. The center is open from October to April.
The Victoria Park is located in the South Eastern Parklands of Adelaide and busts with activities throughout the year. The park's most attractive feature is its home race course which covers an area of 2,360 meters (7742 feet). But its not only the horses that ride this terrain as part of the race course forms the Adelaide Street circuit, a temporary motor race track. It is at this race track that speedsters compete at the Annual Clipsal 500. So its 'horse power' all the way.
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 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.
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.