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Best Parks in Adelaide

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Elder Park

Bounded by Torrens Lake, King William Road and the Festival Centre, Elder Park is the park closest to the city's heart. And if its happening in Adelaide festivals, concerts, rallies, firework-displays or exhibitions then it is often happening here. On quieter days many folk simply use the park to escape the office or throw down a blanket and laze a while in the sunshine. Toilets and a kiosk are located next to the Festival Center.

Adelaide, SA, Australia
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Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Perfect for a day out, the Adelaide Botanic Garden is a wonderful place for both a recreational and educational outing. The place is used by many organizations to host local events and private functions too. Inside the gardens are water sculptures, secluded garden spaces and plant conservatories. A great spot for family outings, learn about exotic species of plants and flowers.

Adelaide, SA, Australia
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Himeji Gardens

A gift from Adelaide's Japanese sister city, this peaceful site offers both a senzui and kare senzui, or "lake and mountain garden" and "dry rock garden." Guided tours of the scenic attraction are available, allowing visitors the chance to learn as they relish in nature's striking color palettes. The serene beauty of the site's pond, waterfall, summerhouse, and tea house have a meditative quality that is sure to calm and relax visitors. Situated in Adelaide's south parklands, this is a can't-miss stop in a must-see location.

Adelaide, SA, Australia
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Botanic Park

South of the Botanic Garden perimeter fence lies the spacious Botanic Park, a favorite spot for picnics and cricket with the kids. Tranquil, open spaces lend the park a lazy Sunday feel, like summer is here to stay. And under the canopy of shady plane trees and mighty figs, what better place than this to throw down a rug and share out the cold-cuts? On less lazy days, the park may host corporate functions or events like the ethnic-music extravaganza of Womadelaide.

Adelaide, SA, Australia
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Adelaide Park Lands

Colonel William Light envisioned parklands encircling the city center when he designed Adelaide's layout. Made up of separate parks, gardens, and sports grounds, there is plenty for everyone at the Adelaide Park Lands. Walking trails and cycle tracks entertain active visitors while picnic areas and rest spots delight a more relaxed crowd. A major attraction for both tourists and locals, the Adelaide Park Lands also hosts events and festivals, ranging from Writers Week to the Adelaide International Horse Trials, throughout the year. Visitors looking to spend a relaxing day in South Australia's capital, need to look no further than the always enjoyable Adelaide Park Lands.

Adelaide, SA, Australia
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Bonython Park

Hugging the River Torrens along the north-eastern aspect of the city parklands is Bonython Park. The main entrance to the park is via Port Road and free car parking is available amidst a charming olive-grove. Established in 1962 for family recreation, Bonython Park features a magic forest for smaller children, a couple of adventure playgrounds for bigger children. Owing to its size and central location the park often plays host to special events such as the circus, beer festivals and the Adelaide Skyshow fireworks display.

Adelaide, SA, Australia
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Cleland Wildlife Park

Operating within the heritage-listed Cleland Conservation Park, this wildlife habitat is filled with creatures that call the surrounding eucalyptus forests home. Guests are welcome to wander freely with waterfowl, hand feed hungry kangaroos, and cuddle cozy koalas. Visitors can also book guided night walks to enjoy the best of the park's nocturnal marsupials. Cleland Wildlife Park has a bistro on-site that caters conferences, weddings, functions, and private events. Otherwise, bring a picnic lunch and take advantage of the site's free gas barbecues as you enjoy unforgettable nature and wildlife.

Crafers, SA, Australia
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Belair National Park

Belair National Park offers an appealing mix of native wildlife and colonial heritage. While brightly colored parrots and koalas are common, the center piece of the park comprises the elegant sandstone buildings and gardens of Old Government House. Walkers can enjoy a stroll around Playford Lake or join a network of marked trails that wind along scenic hilltops and straddle creek beds. For families the park is peppered with barbecue areas, sports ovals and 54 ramshackle tennis courts: all part of the charm! Please note there may be a fee for parking or vehicle entry.

Adelaide, SA, Australia
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Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

The seasonal moods of the Adelaide Hills are seen nowhere better than in Mount Lofty Botanic Garden. Observe the native wildflowers flaunt their audacious pinks in spring or enjoy the shady fern gully greenery in summer. Alternatively wait for the russet hues of autumn or the eerie winter mist that sometimes descends across the entire hillside. It takes three to four hours in any season to appreciate the garden fully, but for those in a hurry there are shorter walks available.

Piccadilly, SA, Australia
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Sturt Gorge Recreation Park

Located in Adelaide's southern suburbs, 13 kilometers south of the city, this attractive park straddles the course cut by the Sturt River as it winds towards the Adelaide plains. Some of the rocks, known as tillite, were formed here during a long-gone ice age. The geological significance of the park was recognized by Antarctic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson. Non-geologists can also enjoy Sturt Gorge by simply following the walking trails or sitting a while by the river to take in the bird-life.

Flagstaff Hill, SA, Australia
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Gorge Wildlife Park

Leave suburbia behind you and take the scenic journey into Torrens Gorge. The Gorge Wildlife Park is home to various species of native and exotic animals, and over 160 bird species. Set amongst an eucalyptus forest, the sprawling park has large walk-through enclosures for some of the friendlier residents and offers daily opportunities to cuddle a koala under the guidance of an experienced handler. Enjoy a picnic in the cooler climate of the hills, a small kiosk provides snacks and there are pleasant picnic areas with free gas barbecues.

Cudlee Creek, SA, Australia
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