If you have never walked or ridden the Parklands trail then this is something to add to the list of things to do this spring, Mounting my trusted 15-speed steed, I set off to commence at the beautiful new piece of track near the corner of Prospect Road and the Ring Road.
The council has been busy, connecting this part of the parklands with War Memorial Drive, and Bonython Park (Tulya Wodli in Kaurna).
Sailing past the innovative "Bush Playground" outside the Adelaide Aquatic Centre and resisting the temptation for a swim, you head towards North Adelaide and through the Aquatic Centre car park.
Stopping to smell the roses near the Caledonian Hotel, there is a quick steep session down the hill, through the golf course, watching carefully for flying white balls, and across War Memorial Drive. You can the follow my lead and stop at the Red House Cafe in the North Adelaide Railway Station, for a lovely cuppa.
Red House Cafe at the North Adelaide Railways Station on Memorial Drive
Across the railway line and through the brand new recreation space of Park Terrace community Playground (with tennis courts, basketball and skateboarding facilities and a playground) to the Westend Brewery Corner and the along the Torrens, where the flood damage is still evident and quite fascinating. It has drawn the birdlife, picking through the disturbed remnants of mud and trees.
Then up to the new Bonython Park play space, and the reinvigorated cafe, where Natasha makes fabulous coffee, breakfasts, and lunch, with a view across the Torrens. The next piece of the journey takes me past the new traffic training facility for children on bikes, and along Port Road almost to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, looking sparkling in the morning sun. Then across the road to the Narnunga Cricket Ground where the cricket must be good because the workmen were out in force this Saturday morning preparing the turf pitch for play.
Cricket underway, in sight of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital