The Adelaide Parklands are one of the treasures of South Australia, and have been recognised by the Australian government with a National Heritage Listing. The 7.6 square km green space in the parklands is one our favourite Adelaide attractions, with many playgrounds, sports fields, and recreational spaces for a huge variety of different types of activities.
Within the parklands there are 27 separate parks which are all individually numbered and named, and many of us have only visited a few of the more popular parks. While I have written about the indigenous art trail at Wirrarninthi (Park 23) and the prematurely born urban forest at Narnungga (Park 25), I haven't visited most of the parks north of Adelaide CBD.
When the Adelaide Parkland Preservation Association (APPA) recently announced a free guided walk through Nantu Wama (Park 6), I was quick to take up their offer. Accompanied by a friend and my two dogs, it was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon exploring new places in Adelaide. It was only later that I realised I had forgotten to bring a gold coin donation, which I will have to remedy another time.
Our visit to Park 6 in North Adelaide was an eye opener for me. I had no idea that the area was popular with horse riders, and has been used this way for many years. Our group walked at a leisurely pace along old bridle paths, listening to stories from knowledgeable guide Shane of Adelaide parklands history, and how they have changed over the years. A stop at the John Glover playground was popular with the younger members of the group, but my dog was less happy about meeting horses up close.
Will You See a New Holland Honeyeater on Your Adelaide Parklands Walk?
The Adelaide Parkland Preservation Association is holding a series of new guided walks in many parks of the Adelaide parklands. From Karrawirra (Park 12) on the banks of the River Torrens to the floral splendour of Veale Gardens in Walyu Yarta (Park 21), and the popular Victoria Park precinct (Park 16), there is a varied choice of guided walks available.
These walking tours are led by APPA's Park Ambassadors, who are all volunteers that have adopted their favourite parks in Adelaide. Each walk will be quite different but you will discover some unusual, interesting or quirky facts about parklands history.
What you will hear on these walking tours are interesting facts about the parklands, why some plants are important, what's special about the significant trees, where to find good bush tucker, and why this magnificent green space is good for Adelaide. See a new creative play space, get lost in an urban forest, and wander where Adelaide's riflemen once practised.
Fruit and Vegetables Grown in the Walyu Yarta Community Garden
It's a great opportunity to meet some of the parklands inhabitants too, so bring your camera in case you see some of the native birds and animals that we share the parklands with. Learn more about the native flora, and how some of the original Adelaide woodlands can still be found in places.
Bookings for the free guided walks aren't necessary, just show up (with your gold coin donation) for the parks that interest you. Children and dogs (on a lead) are both welcome. You will find details of the Adelaide Parkland Preservation Association guided walks on their Facebook events page, and on their website.