A writer keen to share knowledge of South East Asia and loves exploring and writing about the gems in the community, art and culture of Adelaide, as well as towns and cities further afield.
Published April 4th 2014
Free BBQ area, zoo, native animals & sculpture next to city
Need a space to relax, enjoy lunch, let the kids let off some steam after a day at the zoo, or feel far away from the city when really just metres away? This special little river side park is just that spot. Tucked in along the Torrens River just behind the Adelaide Zoo (just five minutes walk from the old Zoo entrance) is this picnic and BBQ area. Whilst enjoying the free BBQ and picnic table facilities provided by Adelaide City Council you can also bring yourselves up to date with the Tainmundilla Riparian Revegetation Project active in this area.
As you kick back and relax you can inform your family and/or friends that this particular area is home to the Brushtail Possum (currently at risk of extinction) and the White Striped Free Tail Bat, a microbat of which there are 7 species in the Adelaide Parklands.
Efforts to bring back the riparian (riverside) vegetation in the area prior to European settlement aims to increase and secure the habitat for these and other native animals living in the area. These efforts are part of a collaboration between the Adelaide City Council and the State Government's Million Trees Programme where 3,000 trees in total have been planted.
If you have the time and energy walk a little further east along the track from this site to look at the sculptures permanently in place further along the river.
The park is accessible along the riverside track from the Frome Road bridge and metred parking exists along War Memorial Drive between Frome Road and Bundey's Road, UBD Map 2 G13.
Fun, relaxation, art and a natural history lesson all in one.