Sporting facilities in Adelaide

When it comes to sporting and recreation facilities, we’re spoilt for choice here in Adelaide. The City of Adelaide provides over 207 hectares of sporting open space, covering a range of sports, suitable for all ages and abilities.

Leased and licenced facilities

Council indirectly manages many of these sports facilities through sporting licences and leases. Groups such as educational institutions and/or incorporated, not-for-profit recreation and sport organisations (affiliated with their respective peak body) are eligible to apply for a Park Lands sporting licence.

You can see a full list of current licence and leaseholders and the facilities they maintain on the clubs and associations page.

How it works (What it means for you)

Once licenced, the responsibility for scheduling activities and maintenance lies with the relevant community organisations. Therefore, if you would like to get access to the facilities, or receive information about the club or association, please contact them directly in the first instance.

Lessees and licence holders must abide by certain conditions of use. You may also be interested in the full Adelaide Park Lands Licencing and Leasing Policy.

General access facilities

The City of Adelaide also has a range of facilities that are open for use to the general public all year round. Some can still be booked by sporting clubs, associations or fitness professionals for closed events (and fees may apply), but generally, the facilities are free for all to enjoy on a shared basis.

Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi

Spanning 72 hectares, Victoria Park /Pakapakanthi is the largest segment of the Adelaide Park Lands. Pakapakanthi is the Kaurna word for trotting and refers to the former use of this park as a racecourse from 1846-2007. Queen Victoria, who the park was named after, reigned from 1837 until her death in 1901.

The City of Adelaide has recently developed a number of sporting facilities in Victoria Park that are managed and programmed by the Council. These include:

  • The Victoria Park Criterium Track. This 1.1 to 1.4km circuit is designed to accommodate cyclists, from racers to weekend warriors. The track can be booked for cycle racing, multi-sport events, and formal training activities. Booking fees apply.

Please note: Use of remote-controlled models including cars, aircraft and drones is not permitted on the Criterium Track at any time. Other conditions of use apply. 

View calendar of Victoria Park bookings

For full details of facilities and conditions of use please read the Victoria Park brochure.

  • The Premium Field. This 140m by 90m grass sports field is serviced directly by a 600seat grandstand, with two change rooms, first aid room, disabled access and toilet facilities, and separate spectator toilet facilities. You can book this area for events. Booking fees apply.
  • Victoria Park Southern Sports Fields. Four full-size soccer pitches (100m x 65m) and one three quarter size pitch (75m x 45m) are located on the western side of the park. For your convenience, there are also public toilets, locked change rooms and a storage area. Available for summer or winter use, you can register your interest via our Community Consultation process.

Nantu Wama Community Oval

Located in North Adelaide, this small oval is ideal for your corporate get together or “come and try” activity. The oval contains a hard wicket cricket pitch, AFL goals and hockey goals. Booking fees apply.