Walking trail Pelzer Park / Pityarilla

Last updated 20 July, 2021
Suitable for mobility aids Short and easy walk City south

What to expect in Pelzer Park / Pityarilla

This park offers fantastic walking trails and paths leading to accessible play spaces for kids and dogs, and scenic picnic spots with barbeques, toilets and drinking fountains.

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Difficulty levelEasy
LengthTwo loops in a figure of eight. 800 metre larger loop, 200 metre small loop.
Walking surfacesBitumen and gravel
Mobility suitabilitySuits all prams
Suits walking aids 
Wheelchair access
DogsSuitable for dog walking
Path widthApproximately 2 metres at narrowest
Possible hazardsLeaves and sticks on paths
On road traffic 
Uneven surfaces
AmenitiesShaded seating
Drinking fountain
Playspaces and courts
Dog park
ParkingFree parking on Glen Osmond Road

Large loop: Starting at the park entrance next to the public toilets, follow the path into the park and turn right onto the gravel path around the back of the tennis court heading towards the dog parks, turn right at the dog parks and join the shared use path until you reach the main entrance.

Small loop: Walk past the entrance to the playground, veer left on the gravel path and follow around the back of the play space until you re-join the shared use path. Follow the shared use path back to the park entrance.


Kaurna Name
Pityarilla is the Kaurna name for this park, which means ‘marshmallow root place’ in the Kaurna language. The marshmallow plant was known as ngunna and its roots, which were eaten, as pityarra.

Pelzer Name
August Pelzer was one of the great planners of the Park Lands. He was born and educated in horticulture in Germany and worked as a city Gardener from 1899–1932. Since his passing he has been described as ‘one of the leading authorities of arboriculture, floriculture and landscape gardening in Australia’.