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Walking trail Gladys Elphick Park / Narnungga

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

What to expect in Gladys Elphick Park / Narnungga

This park opposite the Royal Adelaide Hospital features several sporting fields used for football and cricket, as well as walking tracks and reflection areas.

More trail details

Difficulty levelEasy
LengthTwo loops.
Large Loop approximately 1.5km Bitumen path, undulating with incline at the beginning.
Small Loop approximately 600m. Bitumen and unsealed paths.
Walking surfacesBitumen and unsealed
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
Uneven surfaces
AmenitiesShaded seating
Drinking fountain
Reflection areas
ParkingCar park entry from Glover Avenue and Port Road


Narnungga translates to ‘native pine place’ in Kaurna, the traditional owners of the land. This was likely adopted due to the quantity of native pine in this area. This park honours the life and work of Gladys Elphick (1904–1988).

Aunty Gladys was a prominent Kaurna Elder and founding president of the Council of Aboriginal Women of South Australia (1964–1973) and known as a strong advocate for Kaurna women. She worked to raise the status of Aboriginal people in the community. She was appointed MBE (The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1971 for services to the Aboriginal people. In 1984, she was named ‘SA Aboriginal of the Year’. This park evolved from Colonel William Light’s 1837 plan of a city surrounded by Park Lands.

In 2006, the State Government announced the closure of the former SA Water Depot which occupied the portion of Park 25 to the west of the rail lines; the reintegration of the site back into the Park Lands was completed in 2015. This was symbolically important because it reinstated the continuity of Adelaide’s ring of Park Lands on the western side of the city.