City Squares & Formal Gardens

A park, in a city, in a park

From the refined Adelaide Himeji Garden to the wild beauty of Moreton Bay Figs, the city’s formal gardens and squares are both functional and beautiful. Visitors will appreciate the elegance of the gardens and memorials across the city. 

The squares provide flexible spaces for the community, green walking links to the surrounding city and accommodate a variety of activities from informal picnics to large-scale events. These unique green spaces were a key element in Colonel William Light’s original “city in a park” design and continue to enhance the character of the surrounding precincts today. 

Slow down and take in the detail of a manicured gardens and or escape the buzz beneath a canopy of trees.


A beautiful place for a walk along the paths or to take a quiet moment on one of the many benches. See jacaranda, roses, cherry blossoms throughout the year.

Features include:

rose garden beds, pedestrian and cycle paths, jacaranda

Host to many events across the year, including Tasting Australia, this is the central hub in the city. King William Street which runs through Victoria square marks the point at which streets running east-west change their name... no person may cross the King! 

Four quadrants make up this inner city square, originally disected due to the tram tracks laid through the square. Now you can find a children's sculptural playspace and a Bunya Bunya Pine, the tallest tree in Adelaide.

Features include:

rose garden beds | pedestrian and cycle paths | jacaranda | Bunya Bunya Pine (tallest tree in Adelaide) | playspace

Home of "The Forest of Dreams" art installation there are four quadrants to this park. Look out for the large Moreton Bay fig tree.

Features include:

large Moreton Bay Fig tree | "Forest of Dreams" artwork | flower beds

Travel along the rainbow coloured "Pride Walk" and follow the events of milestones and achievements, with a focus on South Australia which paved the way being the first state to decriminalise homosexuality. Also on this site is the only person to be legally buried within the city square mile, Colonel William Light who was responsible for selecting the site we now call Adelaide.

Features include:

Public artworks | Colonel William Light's burial site and memorial | Pride Walk

A place for play as well as commuting, this park has a basketball ring, table tennis and a giant chess board.

Features include:

Public artworks | large Moreton Bay Fig trees | basketball ring | table tennis | giant chess board

Formal Gardens

Step past the ornate gates of the Adelaide Himeji Garden and take a little green getaway to experience the beauty of Japan. The two styles of garden within the walls offer plenty of nooks, ideal for settling into a deep mediation. Sit beside the ‘kare senzui’, dry garden, where patterns combed into the rocks and sand evoke the presence of water, and even the sea itself. Perch on a rock by the water in the ‘senzui’ (lake and mount garden), where the water coupled with your imagination create images of vastness and grandeur.

Open: 8:00 am daily

Closing times daily:

Daylight Saving Time (DLS) start to October 31: 7:30 pm

November: 8:00 pm

December & January: 8:30 pm

February: 8:00 pm

March to end DLS: 7:30 pm

Non-daylight Saving: 5:30 pm

Due to current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, please note that opening hours of the Himeji Garden may be subject to change. 

The sunken garden has more than 50 varieties of roses on display. The South Terrace entrance to the gardens features two beds of the City of Adelaide rose. Queen Adelaide rose bushes are planted east of the garden bed at the corner of South Terrace and Sir Lewis Cohen Avenue.

Celebrating the relationship between the City of Adelaide the Chinese City of Qingdao, the Veale Gardens are surrounded by red roses which symbolise life and celebration in Chinese culture.

Specialist gardens for all interests abound in Adelaide Botanic Garden. There’s a Mediterranean Garden, Rose Garden, Kitchen Garden, Cactus and Succulent Garden, Australian Native Garden and more!

The Cross of Sacrifice memorial is accented by the adjacent Garden of Rememberance. The garden beds and paths form a large cross that can be clearly seen when viewed from above. The garden, a tribute to the women of South Australia and their contributions during the First World War, is surrounded by a immaculate hedge and the selection of roses includes Iceberg, Europeana and Kentucky Derby and the Spirit of Peace Rose.

This garden features more than 1,000 roses planted in circular beds arranged around a circular patio and a statue of Sir Donald Bradman surrounded by Sir Donald Bradman roses.

This small gardens contains a remarkable number of landmarks given it's size with a memorial to Sir Ross Smith, the towering war memorial oak and iconic Creswell Garden gates.

This beautiful garden has a feeling of peace and privacy as it is surrounded by trees and a low wall with ornate gates. The garden contains a statue commemorating to the pioneer women of South Australia and seating and lighting to complement.

The stunning scultptures and columns that form the Angas Memorial, built in memory of pioneers and pastoralists George Fife Angas and his son John Harris Angas, are worth a special visit.

Two statues are the highlights of this garden. The Angas Memorial, a State Heritage Place was built in memory of pioneers and pastoralists George Fife Angas and his son John Harris Angas. The second statue “Simpson and his Donkey”, commemorates John Simpson Kirkpatrick who is used a donkey to carry men from the front line in the Gallipoli campaign at Anzac Cove during World War I.

Featuring a statue of His Majesty King Edward VII, this garden was ten years in the making, due to outbreak of World War 1. The delay was fortuitous as the King's grandson, the Prince of Wales was able to unveil the statue on his visit in July 1920.

The Lady Ester Lipman Gardens, south of Victoria Drive, is designed as a knot garden of box hedging surrounding roses. Gravel pathways lead to a central area where four seats overlook an urn on a plinth. Lady Ester Lipman Jacobs was first elected to the Council in 1956 and was the first woman Councillor and Deputy Lord Mayor

See why Adelaide is a rose-grower’s paradise when you wander through the Rymill Park Rose Garden in Spring and Autumn. You’ll love the beauty variety and sheer number of roses here.

Peaceful by name, peaceful by nature. This garden was dedicated to the late President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat and the late Prime Minister of Israel who were both Nobel Peace Prize recipients.

Immaculate landscaping, a flower covered rotunda make the Osmond Gardens as beautiful as the Himeji Gardens which are located within them.

The lush lawn in this quiet corner of the city is dotted with beautiful garden beds. The popular Princess Elizabeth Playspace is located within arm's reach.

The centre of the Kingston Gardens is a ornate rotunda which is surrounded by a series of circular garden beds.

This moving memorial garden commemorates the near 50,000 people who were buried in unmarked graves in the West Terrace Cemetary during the 19th century and 20th century. This space also includes a memorial specifically for children buried in unmarked graves at the cemetery.  Caroline Clark was a 19th century philanthropist and children's rights campaigner.

The Deceased Workers Memorial Forest celebrates the lives of people who died as a result of workplace incidents. The trees planted represent workers who died on site, from injury or illness due to work, transport deaths and work-related suicide.

Rosemary McKenzie-Ferguson, head of the Work Injured Resource Connection, started the forest in 2003 in the Adelaide Park Lands near Bonython Park as a way of remembering her brother, who died at work in 1969. Every year since 2003 on International Day of Mourning (28th April) more trees are planted to represent the number of workplace deaths for the previous calendar year.

Whilst the reason for the forest is workplace deaths, the forest is a happy place where families of those who have died can hold celebrations such as birthdays and weddings - as a way of connecting with deceased relatives. Inter-state and overseas visitors are now very common to the Deceased Workers Memorial Forest. More information is available on the Monument Australia website.

Park deceased workers memorial forest

The strong Victorian character of both the open, garden setting, wide surrounding roads and ornate residences creates an atmosphere that’s unique to Adelaide.

Park features include:

rose gardens | Sugar Gum tree | wide pathways

Corner of intersection between Palmer Place and Pennington Terrace

Reminiscent of a Victorian style public garden reinforced by the axial pathway configuration that is framed externally by numerous two-storey Victorian era houses. Look out for the floral clock installed in 1986 and the rose gardens which have been maintained here since 1905.

Park features include: 

floral clock | rose gardens

Corner of intersection between King William Street and O'Connell Street