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Published August 7th 2018
Apex Park is a lovely park situated on Julian Terrace, parallel to Murray Street, Gawler's main street. The park is on the bank of the South Para River and has plenty of shady Moreton Bay Fig trees, planted way back in the 1870s. With a range of facilities, Apex Park offers something to suit people of any age, regardless of whether your interest is exercise, history, relaxation or a place to eat a barbecue or picnic.
Apex Park is a spacious park with shady Moreton Bay Fig trees
If you are coming from Adelaide, turn left onto Julian Terrace after crossing Gawler Bridge. Fitness-minded folk will appreciate the outdoor gym equipment located near the bridge. The detailed instructions will help you use each piece of equipment and there is a drinking tap for hydration after your work out.
Working out in a natural environment is beneficial to your health
A bitumen cycle/walking path runs along by the river. This is part of the Gawler Rivers Path (Tapa Pariara) which is about 10km long. I enjoy walking along this path when there is water flowing in the river and the frogs are croaking.
A bituminised track suitable for walking or cycling runs along by the South Para River
There is plenty of space in the park to kick a ball or just run around to burn off energy. There are a number of benches where you can sit and relax, perhaps read a book. If you have brought along a picnic lunch, choose a table, spread out your feast and enjoy. Continuing on you will find barbecues where you can cook snags or steak if you would prefer.
There are two barbecues where you can cook your snags, burgers or steak
If you haven't brought food with you and are feeling peckish or in need of tea or coffee, walk a bit further along Julian Terrace and look out for Poetic Justice Cafe And Gallery in Walker Place. There are other cafes in Murray Street.
For those interested in the history of Gawler, there are several information boards.
There is information about the early history of Gawler
There is a toilet block opposite Walker Place. A few steps further on is a marble statue of James Martin, a manufacturer and politician who played a significant role in the early history of Gawler. The statue was erected in the main street in 1903 and moved to its present location in 1969.
James Martin was a manufacturer and politician who was influential in nineteenth century Gawler
Special events in Apex Park Each year an Australia Day Breakfast is held in Apex Park, followed by the presentation of Australia Day Awards.
In recent years there have been free outdoor screenings of several movies during the warmer months. Moviegoers have the choice of bringing along their own food and drink or purchasing from stalls which are set up to cater for the event.
During the festive season, the Rotary Club puts up a lovely Christmas display across the river from the gym equipment.
Santa and his six white boomers are on display on the river bank each Christmas season
If you are spending several hours exploring Gawler, Apex Park is a great place to sit down and enjoy a picnic lunch and let the kids play. Alternatively, it is a fun destination if you are just looking for somewhere to go on a pleasant day and it's free.