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A Small City with a Big Backyard


As the world’s only ‘city in a park’, 9.4 square kilometres of Park Lands serve as Adelaide’s playground. The sweeping greens are where imaginations and bodies are invigorated through an abundance of experiences including playgrounds, exercise spaces and cultural festivals that draw thousands.  

The unique playspaces dotted throughout the Adelaide Park Lands encourage exploration and adventure and are also equipped with extensive sporting and barbeque facilities. Among them is Bonython Park playspace, designed to be accessible for children of all ages and abilities, including those with hearing, vision and mobility impairments. Marshmallow Park in the South Park Lands has been recently renovated to include interactive water features, a tennis court and a renewed creek bed that encourages nature play. A new addition to the ranks includes TreeClimb, Adelaide’s first inner city aerial adventure park.

For families with furry members, there are various dog-friendly Park Lands to take your dog for both on-and-off lead adventures. Pelzer Park / Pityarilla Activity Hub has sections for dogs of all sizes and includes natural obstacles. North Adelaide Dog Park has dog tunnels and sheltered seating areas when a rest is required.

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The mesmerising Adelaide Botanic Garden stretches across 50 hectares and is a green sanctuary offering magnificently maintained gardens, diverse plant museums and stunning architecture. Highlights include Palm House, a restored Victorian glasshouse imported from Germany in 1875. Take a guided tour or explore at your own pace. Nearby is Botanic Park, often the host to world-class outdoor music concerts and moonlight cinema events. 

Adelaide Zoo is Australia’s second oldest zoo and has built a reputation for creating environments for its 3,000 exotic and native residents which champion sustainability and conservation. Set in a leafy oasis off Frome Road, the Zoo seeks to educate through an immersive experience.

The North Adelaide Golf Course delivers a premier golfing experience, just minutes from the CBD. Fifty-four holes across three courses can be enjoyed on immaculate fairways that are enveloped by majestic gumtrees, with the spectacular city skyline in the distance.

Nearby is the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, which has been the South Australian heart of swimming and recreational activities for over thirty years. Beyond the Centre’s extensive facilities, the surrounding lawns and play spaces have long been a favourite gathering spot for the community.

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