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North Park Lands

A landscape of contrasts

Victorian style manicured gardens set amongst the historic buildings provide a glimpse into the past. Revegetation projects preserve the original landscape in other areas close by; natural bushland and biodiversity are a key priority. Adelaide Aquatic Centre and North Adelaide Golf Course provide people of all ages opportunities for play. Popular playgrounds abound and attract children and dog walkers alike, albeit in different spaces!

Rolling hills scattered with towering Moreton Bay fig trees set this park apart from its neighbouring green spaces. Perfect for a walk along the Riverbank, hike up a hill or to play a round of golf or tennis.

North Adelaide Golf Course has two 18-hole courses to challenge experienced golfers and a Par 3 course ideal for casual golfers and families. The "19th Hole Pro Shop & Bar" offers sandwiches, hot food, beer, wine and coffee.

Park features include:

golf courses x3 | grass tennis courts x2 | bushland 

Hop on a playground, skip to an oval and jump into the pool. This park is a fitness home for all ages with a fenced playground, public tennis courts and ovals for playing football, cricket and soccer. Fido won't miss out on the fun with an off leash area for dogs.

Park features include:

Adelaide Aquatic Centre | ovals x4 for soccer, cricket or football | Bush Magic fenced playspace | BBQ and picnic areas | tennis courts x4 | open woodland | off-leash dog area

Small but sweet, sometimes all you need is a short stroll amongst an abundance of native vegetation. As a designated off-leash area, this park is dog-friendly too.

Park features include:

native vegetation | off-leash dog area

Biodiversity and revegetation with native species is the name of the game here. You can stroll amongst the exotic and impressive Norfolk Island, Canary Island and Aleppo Pines and the Hackberry grove. Underground in this park is a heritage listed water reservoir built in 1879.

Park features include:

native vegetation | off-leash dog area | underground water reservoir, electricity substation

If you're a dog owner, North Adelaide Dog Park is paradise. Lit, fenced and full of space to explore, there are even dog-sized obstacles and play structures! Choose from the "small dog" or "all dogs" parks to suits your dog's size and then perch under one of the shelters while they run to their heart's content.

Park features include:

North Adelaide Dog Park with obstacles and lights | large Canary Island Pine | avenue of Canary Island Palms | avenue of Norfolk Island Pines | River Sheoak more than 100 years old | cycling/jogging paths 

Horses and a helicopter may seem unlikely finds in North Adelaide. Glover playground has a beloved play helicopter which is how it received its unofficial name "Helicopter Park". A neighbouring horse field is popular with people of all ages. Generations of people have visited this park to watch the horses on the bridle track or to simply relax and refuel.

Park features include:

horse and pony despasturing paddock | bridle track | Glover Playspace "Helicopter Park" | tennis and netball courts | sports fields | BBQ and picnic areas

A short stroll from the cafes and shops of Melbourne Street are olive groves with around 300 trees, listed on the South Australian heritage register. Pick olives (make sure you have your free permit) in the olive groves just as people have been doing for almost 200 years. The groves are also a gorgeous spot for a picnic or place to walk your pooch.

Park features include:

olive groves - public harvest with free permit | Aleppo Pines | River Red Gums | Sugar Gums | Moreton Bay Fig trees | native grasses

Spend time exploring the revegetated bushland trail with the self guided walking trail or meander to your heart's content in the community hub picnic areas. Let the younger ones loose to explore the playground complete with sandpit and rock field. There's plenty of sporting facilities to keep you busy with a tennis and half basketball court, petanque piste and public sports oval used year round for cricket and football.

Park features include:

walking trail - bushland trail | River Red Gums | Bundey's playspace with nature play | picnic and BBQ facilities | tennis court, basketball court, pentanque piste, sports field (cricket and football) | bicycle path

The 2.2km running loop, four fitness stations and multiple ovals in this park provide plenty of opportunities to get fit. The Adelaide Archery Club is also located here if that is more your style. This park houses the Soldier's Memorial Gardens as well as the City's nursery. Green thumbs will love the mulch and green waste recycling at the Green Waste Recycling Centre, accessible to all.

Park features include:

2.2km walking/running trail | sporting fields | Adelaide Archery Club | fitness stations | City of Adelaide Nursery and Green Waste Recycling Centre | Athel Pines, Moreton Bay Fig trees, Lemon Scented Gums | sculpture works along the Riverbank

Location, location, location. Whether you're here for fitness, commuting or leisure, the paved paths with gorgeous views along the Riverbank makes all the difference to your walking, running or cycling experience. If you're looking for a place to quietly reflect, the many formal gardens and memorials provide opportunities to find out more about our South Australia's history.

Park features include:

Prince Henry Gardens | Grundy Gardens | Angas Gardens | Peace Park | Garden of Remembrance | Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden | Torrens Parade Grounds | Boat sheds | 3 sporting fields | running loop | self guided walking trails | Linear Trail

Climb, swing and spin your way through the playspace here and watch as the children's imaginations fire on all cylinders. Watch their delight as they investigate the water play options here (don't forget to pack a change of clothes!). Kids on two wheels, especially those just getting started, might like to head to the SAPOL Learn-to-Ride School (if it's not being used for formal lessons) to practice their cycling skills.

Park features include:

accessible playspace | picnic facilities, model boat pond | Adelaide Gaol | olive grove | SA Police Barracks including paddock for police horses | SAPOL Learn-to-Ride School | BBQs | creeks | grassy plaza | biodiversity site | Helen Mayo Park | Kate Cocks Park 

In this park you can follow the Bunyip Trail. Based on the story "the Bunyip of Berkleys Creek" you'll find activities about local flora and fauna. The trail is 260m long and ends at the billabong. Download the activity book and complete the exercises! The trail has specific opening times and hazards to be aware of.

Park features include:

Bunyip Trail | Billabong | Cyclocross | The Deceased Workers Memorial Forest

Want to grow your own food but don't have the space to start? Join the green thumbs at the Park Terrace Community Garden to help grow a feast together!

Park features include:

Playing fields | Park Terrace Community Garden | basketball and tennis courts with lights | children's playspace | picnic shelter | cycling/walking trails | skate park | petanque piste