Rundle Park is a large sprawling space in Adelaide's East End. It is so close to the food and fashion filled Rundle Street, and nearby North Terrace locations like the Museum, Art Gallery, and Adelaide Botanic Garden. Once a year the park comes alive during festival season.
The War Horse Memorial at the Start of Rundle Park
Entering the park from East Terrace you can see the Australian light horse and war horse memorials. These would be an interesting educational point for families, who could teach their children of the important roles animals play in wars. The park opens to lots of wide open space, perfect for playing casual ball games. You can set up a picnic or just enjoy the serenity.
While there is no playground at the park there are other worthwhile facilities. Toilet facilities can be found at the western side of the park and there are multiple barbecue facilities. Grab some fresh produce from nearby shops or the Adelaide Central Markets, and cook them up at the park. There are walking and riding paths that wind through the gardens, it is a nice escape from some of the busier city streets.
The park is at its best during the Adelaide festival season, when it lights up to become a hub of Fringe activity. Rundle Park is the home to the Garden of Unearthly Delights. The simple park is set up with a ferris wheel and the renowned Spiegeltent and brightly coloured lights, food stalls, and stores join the weird and wonderful, and generally funny Fringe residents.
So take a break from the busy city that surrounds the park, and enjoy the fresh air. To get the most of the park make sure that you do pay a visit after it has done its transformation to the Garden of Unearthly Delights. This is a lovely spot for a quiet day when the city is in quiet time, or a magical night during festival season.