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Where is Adelaide's Best Car Park?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published May 1st 2012
A while ago I got slammed by a reader for uploading a picture of the Flinderslink Car Park. Hey, what can I say, some of us (maybe just me) like our car parks. Others just want somewhere cheap in the city to leave their car. We want your opinions on the best city parking, where it's found, what it's near, any why you park there every time. Share if you dare, after all, if you give away your top parking spot who knows which Weekend Notes reader will be parked there next time.

The Old Face of Register Street

On a weekend, if you're lucky, you can snap up a free car park. Most on-street parks are free on weekends; there are no time restrictions, ticket meters, and they're close to spots around town. Unfortunately most of the good locations go quickly, and instead you're left driving behind the University of Adelaide trying to find something that is free. If you're fine with a short walk you can usually find a park, but if there is an event in the city you'll need to get in very early or even the inconvenient parks will be taken.

None of us particularly like paying for parking, but if that is all you can find, some parks are definitely better than others. The Target carpark on the corner of Rundle Street and Pultney Street is a pretty good choice. If you buy something worth more than $5 in Target your first hour is free, and their early bird fees (enter before 10am and leave before 7pm) are just $12.

If you're grabbing dinner down Gouger Street, or going for late night drinks on the weekend, it's barely worth finding a free park on the street. The Central Market UPark has great nighttime rates. Monday to Thursday from 6pm, Friday from 9:30pm, and Saturday from 5pm you'll pay a flat fee of $3.50. Coming in on a Sunday? Then you'll pay $5 no matter when you come in, or how long you stay. You'll find similar rates at other UParks across the city.

Then there are the fun car parks. The ones people like me get excited about. There's the Flinderslink EziPark, where each level is named after a different planet. If you never really grew up it's pretty exciting getting in a lift and pressing Pluto as your destination. The Rosina Street Car Park features the street art instillation "Carpark-Members Only". Thousands of Matchbox cars mimic the street parking high on the car park wall. The Register Street car park gets a face lift from time to time, and while it's not the most convenient parking for the city centre it's always got some interesting street art.

So spill your secrets, where is Adelaide's best car park? Do you pay, or have you found a place to park for free. We want your opinions Adelaide.
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