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Parklands Trail (South 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
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Veale Gardens on South Terrace
After the Veale Gardens completely lush after the rain and the early Spring sunshine, the Parklands Trail from King William Street Rymill Park offers many attractions, all of them beautiful.

Even the BMX Track (medium and advanced) has a kind of mountainous magic, the peaks and valleys sadly a little worse for wear from the recent weather.

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Advanced BMX track in Adelaide Parklands

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Himeji Gardens since 1982
Across Pulteney and Glen Osmond Road to the simply incredible Himeji Garden. I can spend hours in this Japanese Garden with water features, sculpted trees and meditation spaces.

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Himeji Gardens - beautiful water features

Riding on, crossing the disused carriageway between Hutt St and Dulwich and the avenue of elms as ancient as they come in Adelaide, this street without cars is perhaps the best kept secret space in the whole of the Parklands.

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An avenue of Elms without cars

Moving on a few metres beside the audible clink of the South Terrace Croquet Club, the trail leads onto the vast expanse of Victoria Park. There are many possible highlights of the enormous space, but for me, the section of original bushland to the south end, the tiny picnic petanque piste at the end of Carrington St and the free fitness circuit are worth mentioning.

Cross Wakefield Road to the brand new play space for basketball and skateboarding for teens and adults on the former tennis courts. Wakefield street and road were named after the scoundrel, speculator and notorious opportunist, Edward Gibbon Wakefield. His machinations in England led to the start of the colony in South Australia, and also the English colony in the southern part of New Zealand, near Wellington.

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New adult recreation space on Wakefield Road

Around the corner, on the trail path lay the Olive Groves and then a crossing into Rymill Park. This section of the journey concludes with a stop at Arnie's Cafe on the beautiful boating lake.

Rymill Park Boating Lake
Waterside at Rymill Lake

For the full journey check out these articles:

Parklands Trail (South West)
Parklands Trail (North West)
Parklands Trail (North East)
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Why? Walking and Cycling
Where: Adelaide Parklands
Cost: Free
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I like the Himeji Gardens as well.However, I think they made them too small,
by noelp (score: 3|1199) 1558 days ago
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