Adelaide Park Lands Walking Tours

Half Day or Less

We offer Guided Walks to explore little-known nooks and crannies of Adelaide’s greatest treasure: the unique open spaces of its Park Lands.

Adelaide is the only city in the world garlanded by Park Lands. In effect the city is built inside a park, and each part of the Park has its own unique features, heritage, and current usage.

Our Guided Walks are led by volunteer Park Ambassadors, each with a special knowledge of their particular part of the Park Lands. A tour can take between one hour and two hours depending upon the location.

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Walking and Biking Tours

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Basic

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A stroll through one of the most picturesque and well-used parts of the Adelaide Park Lands, combining history, nature, sport & recreation. A choice of two start times: 1.30pm or 2.00pm (numbers limited to 20 in each group)

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From $5 to $7.5

A two-hour Guided Walk through the heart and soul of Adelaide’s eastern Park Lands.

Skirting the Adelaide Zoo, the Walk will take in a sculpture park and lush native re-vegetation alongside the River Torrens, a stroll through Adelaide’s rich social history in Botanic Park, some little-known highlights within the Botanic Garden, recent controversial Park losses, and opportunities to glimpse Adelaide’s unique flying fox colony.

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A guided tour through the home of circuses, river birds, railway lines, a billabong, playground, a community garden, police “greys”, and the old Gaol, Park 27 has suffered more than any other Park, over the years, with huge tracts of this Park removed to make way for public buildings. Yet so much of beauty still remains. Discover this Park’s history, its hidden treasures, and its continuing role in Adelaide’s culture.

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With APPA’s Park 21W Ambassador, Marjon Martin, starting at the corner of Sir Lewis Cohen Ave and South Tce, we’ll take in the historic Lundie Gardens, the Princess Elizabeth playground, the playing fields, native bush regeneration, the Park’s historic connection to an annual “Wattle Day” and controversial record of tree plantings. Suitable for children, and bring your dog as well (on a lead). Gold coin donation (free for APPA members)

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Join APPA Deputy President Valdis Dunis for a stroll through the two formal gardens of North Adelaide – Brougham Gardens & Palmer Gardens

Find out about the role of Palmer Gardens and Brougham Gardens in Adelaide’s history, their hidden secrets, and their continuing role in the city’s life. Wear sturdy shoes for a walk of about 1.6km. Approximately 1.5 hours duration.

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From $5 to $7.5

Join Park Ambassador Iris Iwanicki for a 90-minute guided tour of a Park with two halves, a Park split in two by a railway line, with two very different stories.
One part of this Park is a newly-planted urban forest. The other part is reserved for sport.

This 90-minute guided walk will explore both halves of Park 25. You’ll see and learn about Adelaide’s newest urban forest and its resurrection as Park Lands after 130-years of being a water depot. You’ll also see the multi-million dollar new sporting facilities and landscaping opposite the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the links between this Park and 20th century railway workers

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From $5 to $7.5

Join APPA Park Ambassador Alice Davidson for a guided walk through the jewel of Adelaide’s eastern Park Lands – featuring an ornamental lake, a huge rose garden, and majestic avenues of plane and cedar trees. Learn about this Park’s controversial history including as a former rubbish dump, and the 2017 construction of a busway trench.

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Join park Ambassador Heather Nimmo for a guided stroll through one of the most beautiful though little-known parts of the Park Lands. Home to an historic relic of Adelaide’s 19th century infrastructure, two croquet grounds, playing fields and the magnificent 1880’s “carriageway” of huge elm trees. The trail includes segments across grass and through forest. Dogs (on leads) most welcome.

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A Guided stroll through an arguably under-appreciated and sometimes overlooked part of the eastern Adelaide Park Lands.

This Park is the pivotal centrepiece in three massively popular annual sporting events (the Tour Down Under; the equestrian 3-day event, the supercar racing.)

It’s also home to an ancient olive grove, the ephemeral Botanic Creek, school sporting fields, a children’s playground, a pepper tree boulevard, and much more.Find out about “King Rodney” the man after whom this Park was named. Wear sturdy shoes for a walk of about 1.6km.

Approximately 1.5 hours duration. Meet at the corner of East Tce and Bartels Rd. (southern side of Bartels Rd) Children and dogs most welcome

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Learn not just about the Square; but also the historic buildings and people from this part of the City. You’ll seer how life has changed around this part of Adelaide over 180 years, from the City’s oldest blacksmith’s shop and hotel (1838) to a 23-storey apartment building (2018).

In the square, there’s a tribute to 19th Century Afghan cameleers, a long-lost tram route, and the site of air raid shelters from World War Two, as well as the 21st century innovations that have made the square a focus for local recreation.

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A walk of 75 to 90 minutes visiting and learning about one of the most central and well-used parts of the Adelaide Park Lands.

The site of the annual ‘Garden of Unearthly Delights’ was once a despised rubbish dump and a quagmire. Learn about the huge efforts as early as the 1880’s to turn it into a much-loved outdoor venue space, as well as this Park’s role providing air raid shelters in WW2. Wear sturdy shoes for a walk of just over 1.5 km; 75 to 90 minutes duration. Children and dogs welcome

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From $5 to $7.5

A guided walk, learning about one of the best-loved parts of the Park Lands, along the banks of the Torrens, home to a variety of public art works, significant heritage trees, University facilities, many ducks, and much more.

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From $5 to $7.5

An exploratory walk around one of the most historic parts of the Adelaide Park Lands. Learn about its horse-racing and motor racing history as well as its surprising ongoing role in providing rare habitat for an endangered butterfly. See the exercise track, construction progress on the new wetlands, and the open woodlands. Bring the kids! Dogs on leads are most welcome. Wear sturdy shoes for a walk of about 2 hours duration.

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An exploratory walk around a Park that is cherished by the residents of lower North Adelaide, who’d love to show it off, to you! Featuring a bushland trail, a kids playspace, bike trails and sports facilities, you’ll also learn some quirky history about the nearby heritage houses.

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A guided stroll around one of the most beautiful parts of the Adelaide Park Lands –

Veale Gardens. Hosted by APPA Park Ambassador Peter Sansom. You’ll learn some surprising history about not just the Gardens but also the larger Veale Park, and discover some of its hidden treasures – including a community garden and a dense thicket of re-greened bushland.

Children; and dogs on leads are most welcome. Start at the tram stop on Peacock Road, near the corner of South Tce.

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A walk through three small parks in one afternoon. We’ll investigate bush regeneration sites, historical underground water infrastructure, some 20th century cultural heritage, a ghost story, Medindie’s connection to the origins of BHP, along with the popular Ngampa Yarta dog park.

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A 90-minute exploration of one of Adelaide’s western Parks, best known as a venue for sport, but with some hidden remnants of rare native vegetation, plus some memories of fascinating former built heritage within this Park, now long-forgotten.

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A guided stroll amongst a strange forest of gnarled, ancient olive trees and giant pines.

Find out how, when and why these olive groves were planted, and why they are nestled in-between the major ring route roads on the City’s north-western corner. Discover hidden walking trails and see some of the biggest pine and eucalyptus trees in the Park Lands, dotted in-between the olives
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Learn why a convicted offender was given approval to plant olives as the first and only cash crop in the Adelaide Park Lands
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Discover a walking trail that replaced one of the former roads through the Park and learn about the 1960’s road widening project that slashed the width of the Olive Groves

Learn about the City Council’s plans to transform the Olive Groves with new facilities for visitors.

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Join APPA Deputy President Valdis Dunis for a guided walk, learning about one of the best-loved parts of the Park Lands where horses run free (and with the best views to the Adelaide Hills!) and with very special remnants of native vegetation.

Insights into Park 6’s heritage, history, sporting facilities and more. . Wear sturdy shoes for a walk of just over 2km. Approximately 2 hours duration. Children and dogs most welcome 🙂

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