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Anstey Hill Recreation Park

Home > Adelaide > Walks | National Parks | Escape the City | Environment | Animals and Wildlife
Published May 26th 2013
Exercise and nature all in one place
12 km north-east of Adelaide is a wonderful park ready for everyone to explore. Set on 362 hectares, it is a glorious natural setting so close to the city.

It is designed to be enjoyed by walkers and hikers, and people who just want to commune with nature, of all ages and abilities.

There are a large number of walking trails, ranging from easy little walks to some that feel like they can kill you (and, yes, I am looking at you, Torture Track!) just through their steep angle.

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Newman's Nursery ruins


There are also some interesting points of history, like the old quarry and the ruins of the original Newman's Nursery. The Nursery site, especially, is a fascinating look at a piece of South Australia's hidden history. There are also some places where the views across Adelaide are stunning.

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Adelaide from a hill


While walking, there are plenty of natural aspects to look at as well. The plant life is stunning, ranging from interesting fungi to out of place plants left after the nursery stopped functioning. Also walking through the park reminds you of just how well Australian flora recovers after a bushfire.



Then there are the animals. From kangaroos, wallabies and koalas to lizards and snakes, from insects and arachnids to the huge variety of birds, there is something there for everyone.

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Sleeping Koala


Joggers abound, and cross-country runners test their mettle. However, despite signs at the entrances, more than half the dog-owners we encountered decided that leashes were optional. One negative on an otherwise great day.

You can stay for an hour or spend the whole day, and you'll find plenty to do no matter what.
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Where: Perseverence Rd, Tea Tree Gully
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Re the plant that 'apparently' survived a bush fire. This is what they look like. No fire. In Queensland I was told they are called 'Black Boys' I have no idea why. Don't know their name down here. Quite rare.
by susan (score: 1|16) 2209 days ago
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