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Stockade Botanical Park

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by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
I enjoy writing about Adelaide and its many attractions. If you think Adelaide is boring, the problem is not with Adelaide. adelaideunearthed.blogspot.com.au/
Published September 26th 2013
It's not the Eureka Stockade
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The Disused Yatala Gaol Powder Magazine


Stockade Botanical Park is an attractive landscaped park set in a former quarry at Northfield, near Bridge Road. The once ugly area of bare excavated rock has been beautified through mass plantings, and the creation of a 12 metre high waterfall that cascades down the rock face.

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A Path Meanders From the Car Park


Paths meander from the car park through an open grassed area to tranquil sensory gardens, where the plants have been chosen to stimulate your senses of smell and vision.

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The Footprints Public Art Project


A public art project created by school children has a multitude of footprints, depicting how people have come to live in Adelaide from all parts of the world. Port Adelaide Enfield has particularly welcomed a large population of humanitarian arrivals, and they bring diversity and colour to the local community.

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Sensory Gardens at Stockade Botanical Park


The natural beauty and tranquility of the area has made Stockade Botanical Park a great favourite for young couples to use for weddings and receptions (more information here), and other community groups also use it as a meeting place.

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A Waterfall Cascades Over a Quarry Face


The park has a number of separate spaces of different sizes, so it's also great for families to picnic without feeling crowded.

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Shelters and Electric BBQ's are Provided


The facilities available include several large shelters, free electric barbeques, and toilet facilities suitable for the disabled. Drinking fountains and dog bags are also available, although pets must be kept on leash at all times in the park.

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The Dry Creek Linear Park


Stockade Botanical Park borders the Dry Creek Linear Park which follows Dry Creek from Walkleys Road to Bridge Road, and overlooks the old Yatala Gaol powder magazine. Prisoners from the nearby Yatala Gaol used to break rocks at the quarries as part of their punishment.

The linear park is a very popular route for dog walkers and cyclists, allowing a pleasant escape from the noisy traffic on nearby Grand Junction Road. It's easy to park at Stockade Park and then explore the linear park from there.

Stockade Park is open from 7am to 6pm during the cooler months and until 8pm during daylight savings.

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Why? Relax in landscaped gardens
When: From 7am to 6pm, and until 8pm during daylight savings times.
Phone: (08) 8405 6600
Where: Hoods Rd, Northfield, SA 5085
Cost: Free
Your Comment
It has a beautiful waterfall.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11379) 1426 days ago
Awesome! If the weather is nice this weekend I'm gonna go check it out :D
by wazup (score: 0|8) 1423 days ago
wow! Never knew this existed, must pay a visit! thanks Dave
by Paula McManus (score: 3|2592) 1424 days ago
Love your work with this story thankyou! Debbiex
by mehid (score: 2|131) 1426 days ago
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