Adelaide's Park Lands are the City's defining feature and greatest asset. The encircling sea of Park Lands creates a sense of grace and spaciousness sought by the City's 1800s architect Colonel William Light. His plan for a series of parks to accommodate the "healthful recreation" of the City's aspiring citizens is as relevant today as ever.
The 760ha of green open space provides a rich social, environmental and recreational resource with opportunities for everyone - walking trails, cycle tracks, picnic areas, bird watching or secluded spots to watch the world go by.
Alternatively you can play golf, football or attend the races or one of the many events and festivals, from Writers Week to the International Horse Trials, that are held in the Park Lands throughout the year.
Park Lands Trail
The Park Lands Trail project is a staged development featuring a 24km recreational trail circling the City that creates greater connectivity through the Adelaide Park Lands.
The Trail is accessible to a range of users including cyclists, runners, walkers and rollerbladers, it is also wheelchair accessible.
Starting at the corner of North and East Terrace, the Trail already passes through the eastern and southern Park Lands currently finishing at Port Road in the western Park Lands. Once completed the entire loop will be approximately 24 km long and will showcase the diverse natural, historical and cultural elements of the Adelaide Park Lands.
Cultural Assessment Study
Adelaide City Council commissioned Dr David Jones from the University of Adelaide to research and develop a Cultural Landscape Assessment for the Parks that make up the Adelaide Park Lands.
This set of documents provides a comprehensive and definitive overview of the historical development and cultural heritage merit of the Park Lands.