The sheer number of Adelaide parks means you may not have time to see them all. It’s worthwhile adding a few to your sightseeing list though! While Adelaide may be known as the city of churches, the stunning park lands spread throughout the city offer a quiet spot to people-watch, to wander and admire, or to simply unwind for a few minutes.
Adelaide’s green belt features 29 individual parks that surround the inner city. Each park has its own personality with monuments, garden beds, and picnic areas spread throughout. Take some time to find one you love.
Found in the heart of the city, the Adelaide Botanic Garden is home to a diverse array of native and exotic plant life. Stretching across 50ha of land, the garden has numerous walkways with stops along the way for admiring the various plant life. The Garden of Health, International Rose Garden, and Mediterranean Garden demonstrate the beauty and diversity of the plants found here.
On the southern bank of the River Torrens, Elder Park brings a touch of natural beauty to the city. Bordered by a walking and cycling track, Elder Park is a stunning spot to stop with a coffee and watch the world go by. Watch rowers power along the river, wave to Popeye the boat, and admire the way Adelaide parks fit so perfectly within the city.
Found in the bushland of the Adelaide Hills, Cleland Conservation Park preserves natural surroundings for native wildlife. With many walking and cycling tracks, the park offers a unique opportunity to explore this scenic spot your way. No visit is complete without a look at Waterfall Gully, the largest of seven waterfalls in the area.
The oldest national park in Adelaide, Belair National Park is part heritage and part natural bushland. Explore Old Government House, or take a walk along the many trails available here to find the perfect picnic spot. One of Adelaide’s favourite attractions, Belair National Park is also home to tennis courts and cricket pitches (available for hire if you fancy fitting a little sport into your holiday).
Located right beside the tram line into the city, Victoria Square is a beautiful sight in daylight or after the sun sets. With the square’s namesake, Queen Victoria, overlooking the area and some of Adelaide’s most beautiful buildings surrounding it, this is a haven in the city centre. Three Rivers Fountain and the water feature are popular spots in the summer.
Located in the East Parklands, Rymill Park is a gorgeous spot if you’re seeking a little recreation. The lake being the centrepiece, Rymill Park has rowboat hire to allow you to enjoy it from a different perspective. Hosting major events during the festival season, the park is also home to a beautiful rose garden and community barbecue facilities.