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Parridla Taikondi Park at Gawler

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by Marie Vonow (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer who enjoys exploring Adelaide and nearby regions, usually travelling by public transport. I particularly appreciate street art and other free to view art. I blog at https://minamaries.blogspot.com.au/
Published August 13th 2016
A great spot to walk, cycle or eat a picnic
Parridla Taikondi Park is located on Lawrence Avenue at Gawler South. It is a nice spot for walking, cycling or having a picnic. A variety of birds can be seen during the daytime; my favourite being the kookaburra which may be heard before it is seen.

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Information sign. Image: Marie Vonow

If you wander along the gravel path leading from the corner of Lawrence Avenue and Marsh Avenue toward the river, you will come across a sign with information about the park's name and history. When Colonel William Light chose Gawler as the site for South Australia's first country town, the Kaurna people lived in the area. 'Parri' is a Kaurna word for river and 'taikondi' means to come together. The park was developed as both a reconciliation and environmental project. The name is apt as it refers to the place where the North and South Para rivers join forming the Gawler River and also a coming together of people with different cultural backgrounds,

There are tables and bench seats near this sign where visitors can sit and enjoy a picnic lunch. This area is shady and there is plenty of grass where the children can run around and play with a ball. However, be aware there are no bins, toilets or taps.

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There are a number of tables where you can eat a picnic. Image: Marie Vonow

There is a bitumen walking/cycling track running past the Parridla Taikondi sign, making it easy to explore the park. Although this is a popular area for locals to walk their dogs or go jogging, the park is quiet and not crowded.

Walking/cycling path
Walking/cycling path Image by Marie Vonow

As winter progresses there is an increase in the amount of water in the river and plenty of frogs croaking. Sometimes there are ducks on the water, flying above the river or waddling around the park.

River, South Para
South Para in late winter. Image by Marie Vonow

Near the river junction, the Gawler Central railway line crosses the river. There is a footbridge across the river and a path leads to the Gawler Oval or you can walk on further, skirting the oval.

Railway bridge, river
Railway bridge over the river Image by Marie Vonow

There is also an information board. The history and map are interesting but my favourite item is the sketch of the mythical Gawler Bunyip.

Bunyip sketch
Bunyip sketch. Image by Marie Vonow

Some distance away is a second railway bridge. It is no longer in use as the line to Roseworthy and beyond was closed years ago, like many other rural lines in South Australia. There is a bin near this bridge, on the far side of the footbridge.

Near the first bridge, up the path leading past the oval is a board with information about the history of the railway lines. There is also a seat if you want to contemplate life or need a rest.

bench seat, information sign, railway bridge
Information about the railway lines. Image: Marie Vonow

Indigenous vegetation has been reintroduced to some areas of the park. There are also plenty of tall gums which must be quite old.

A variety of native birds inhabit the park. These include kookaburras, magpies, lorikeets, ducks, honeyeaters, pigeons, wattle birds, willie wagtails and crows (also called Little Ravens).

Kookaburra
Laughing Kookaburra Image by Marie Vonow

The park is a lovely area to spend some time wandering around looking at the trees, rivers, bridges and birds. At different times of the year, there are varying floral attractions including wattle, gum blossom or nasturtiums (an introduced species but very pretty). It is a location I never tire of.
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Why? A great place to walk or cycle
When: Anytime of the year
Where: Lawrence Avenue Gawler South
Cost: Free
Your Comment
We are so lucky in Australia o have so many wonderful parks. I particularly like reading information boards for the history of the area. Love the drawing of the bunyip.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6154) 823 days ago
Welcome to WeekendNotes Marie - great article (love the photos).
by Jenny (score: 3|1647) 821 days ago
Very pretty area, Marie - I love your photo of the kookaburra - well done!
by Elaine (score: 3|5597) 824 days ago
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