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Parklands Trail (South West)

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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
Springtime in the dead centre of Adelaide
Heading south from the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Parkland Trail journey surrounds the cricket grounds at Narnunga and crosses Henley Beach Road on the pedestrian bridge beside James Congdon Drive.

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Symbolic Huts "Lie of the Land"


Following through some lovely plantings and secluded spots you eventually arrive at the controversial art hut installation "Lie of the Land" celebrating the incumbency of the Kaurna people and acknowledging the intrusion of the European settlers. Despite the appearance, this art installation has little to do with the Kaurna heritage. But it is a gateway to the city, and the 25 huts are interesting public art.

Travelling on, the trail enters the historic West Terrace Cemetery, last resting place for Percy Grainger, and my grandfather. You can easily occupy a morning or a whole day in the cemetery alone.

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West Adelaide Cemetery full of interest

There are many spectacular sites, including monuments, crypts and statues, and a lovely old chapel. At the cemetery entrance, there is a touch screen to assist you in finding relatives or famous people.

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Don't Pick the Olives !

Leaving the military graves near the Keswick Bridge, the next landmark of note is the Bitumen Paddock of the old netball courts, then across Anzac Highway to the new courts, on this day the location of a collection of players celebrating the end of the season.

From here the trail is a little unremarkable, though full of oxygen and eucalypt as we approach the end of the South West section of this journey and on to the beautiful Veale Gardens.

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Veale Gardens on South Terrace

The Veale Gardens have many structured plantings and a delightful creek that meanders through the site. It's a perfect location for a picnic stop, before ending this section of the journey at King William Street.

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Picnicking with Mum, Dad and the kids

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Why? Walking and Cycling
Where: Adelaide Parklands
Cost: Free
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