Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
August 26, 2002
To the south, around Risby Cove and only a kilometre from town, a tangle of streets access a bushland ridge that overlooks the harbour, catching the sun for most of the day and providing unobscured sunset views when the weather obliges. It’s here you’ll find some of the best accommodation options, including the award-winning, self contained units of Gordon Gateway Chalet.
All the Comfy Details…
We arrived in town without a reservation and, after an espresso in the local café, headed for the Visitor Centre. Of our four preferred options, none were available.
"Is it always this busy? It’s the end of April, isn’t this low season?" I ask Rob, who I swear I’d seen ten minutes ago serving in the café.
"Silly season stretches from November to May now," he responds, scanning an updated list of available options in our price range of A$100.
We reserve a studio apartment at the Gordon Gateway on the southern side of the cove.
A gravel driveway leads to reception, a stylish timber-built chalet oozing warmth on a cool autumn afternoon. Surrounding reception and on a ridge-top overlooking the harbour are ten self contained studio units and two magnificent two-storey chalets.
A ginger cat stares indifferently as an overfed little black dog runs to greet us, then urinates on one of my tyres. Karen laughs and we’re met by Janet, owner and resident operator of the property.
"That’s Percy. I think he likes you," smiles Janet.
"Well, he seems to like the car, lucky it’s a rental," I joke.
Percy accompanies us along a covered walkway to our unit. I get my first surprise immediately the door opens.
"Wow, it’s warm in here."
"Beautiful," agrees Karen, quickly finding an explanation. "I bet these units face north."
She was right, and that’s when I got the second surprise. Large bay windows overlook the harbour, also catching the sunset on a good day. Today was one of those days. What a view.
Huon pine features in the spacious, open plan rooms, with a queen size bed and fluffy doona, writing desk and fully equipped kitchen. A small table and cane chairs set by the windows complete the picture. I can only get one decent radio station but the television reception is good.
Karen’s impressed by the spotless bathroom, especially the heater, complimentary toiletries and polite instructions on more responsible water use. I’m sure many people are content not to change their towels every day.
Outside, we pass barbecues that take advantage of the views and a sign directing us to the gardens – Janet’s pride and joy. Crafted from 2 acres of scrub, the delightful grounds seem to merge with the environment. We enjoy the sunset from an arched bridge as Percy arrives with a ball.
I think we’ll like it here.
From journal Australia's Great Southern Island (The Wild West)