Hidden in the Adelaide Park Lands: the parks less explored

It can be easy to overlook the green spaces that always surround us, especially when they're tucked along the road less travelled. Seeking them out and taking a moment to escape can do a world of good for your health.

“Living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits.” 1

Adelaide could not be more perfect for an easy escape, with a city wrapped in 7.6 million square metres of Park Lands. It would take a weekend wanderer almost a year to explore everything. Finding a spare year of weekends might be tricky so here are five hidden spots to explore next time you need a moment away.

A billabong in the city

The secret is out – tucked alongside the historic West Terrace cemetery is an oasis. Take an afternoon to discover the animal sculptures (and maybe some real animals!) tucked along this 2.1 km environmental education trail.

Trail map

The 18th hole

This is without a doubt the best place to view the city skyline. You don’t need to be playing golf to visit, but if you do, it’s an added level of adventure. There’s even a bench you can perch to watch the sun set and the flying foxes sail through the sky. Strangways terrace is the closest place to park.

Winding olive groves

Rows upon rows of wonderfully twisted olive trees make this a soft greenery of escape. Wander between the historic trees, observe the birds that arrive in droves when it rains, and if you’re lucky you may meet a local olive picker or you can pick your own.

A garden to remember

While this garden is not so tucked away, one of its features is hiding in plain sight. The Cross of Remembrance is easily spotted when visiting on foot, but to the birds and planes flying overhead, the more remarkable cross is the one made by the intersecting garden paths.

A carriage way

There is an elegant avenue which meanders through the far south east corner of the park lands. While now it’s visited most frequently by joggers and bike riders, the name gives away its original intended purpose – a shady path for horse and cart. It’s no surprise this avenue is particularly lovely in autumn.

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1. University of East Anglia. "It's official -- spending time outside is good for you." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 6 July 2018.