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Parklands Trail (North East)

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by Outrageous Jones (subscribe)
but you can just call me Ray. My life is full of great experiences, made better for sharing.
Published October 9th 2016
Spectacular in Spring
Cafe, Coffee, Arnie's Cafe
Coffee at Arnie's Cafe
Starting with brunch at Arnie's Cafe on Rymill Lake, navigate the best way you can around the 'big dig' O'Bahn works, and through the part of the parklands that becomes the Garden of Unearthly Delights during the Adelaide Fringe.
Lake, Rhymill Lake, Arnie's, CAfe
Rymill Lake in Spring


You may note the former play-lake in a bygone less public health-aware era, now filled with grey dolomite gravel that comes alive with the Feral Aussie Boulistes Petanque Club on Wednesday evenings and Sunday Mornings. They welcome visitors, and from personal experience, they are a great bunch of people.

The Botanic Gardens need no explanation, though two things are worth noting.
1. If you are on your bike, you will need to dismount and walk
2. Diggers Shop is a must visit, with hundreds of organic seeds for sale in their seed library, and unique gifts, seedlings and advice abound.
Diggers Club, Botanic Gardens, Parklands
Diggers Club in the Botanic Gardens

Then onto Botanic Park, a mecca for family picnic events, scene of Womad in March and the Moonlight Cinema over Summer and a walk near the Zoo with its magical sounds and smells.

Torrens,River, Parklands
Torrens lush with Spring rain
Just east of the Zoo, the path leads down to the Torrens and across the bridge and up to the Hackney Bridge. This part of the Torrens between Hackney and Frome Roads is delightful, with some excellent places to stop and have a private picnic for two or a crowd.

Across the bridge, you can either head down Melbourne St for its
of skip by to the East, and around near the horse paddocks of the Northern Parkland.
Parklands, Horses
Horses in the Adelaide Parklands


Playground, Free, Horses
Glover Playground North Adelaide
Skirting by the Glover Playground - North Adelaide with its iconic Helicopter and free swap-library for kids, the pathway heads to another new section of path that tangents by the arguably best Dog Park in Adelaide.

And then back to the starting point for this four part journey near the Caledonian Hotel.
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Why? Tourism and Exercise
Where: Adelaide Parklands
Cost: Free
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