Way back in 1889 the urban woodland in what was then Park 16A was the site of the inaugural Arbor Day in Australia. This predecessor to the Landcare movement took place as a mass communal act of tree planting. About 5,000 schoolchildren were…

Prior to 1869, market gardeners would travel to Richard Vaughan’s East End Markets, which by 1869 was frequently at capacity, with traders who could not fit or refused to pay the fee spilling out onto the footpaths surrounding the market…

The area was fenced in 2012 (at first temporarily) in order to prevent trampling during the annual car racing event. The City Council has a formal management plan in place with the State Government Environment department to protect these species.…

The white concrete planter bowl you can see here was previously the centrepiece of a rectangular garden, which was itself at the centre of the former stables area. If you look around you at the arrangement of ash, cedar, elm, plane, and Norfolk pine…

By the 1850s, due to the effects of grazing and clearing for firewood, most of the Park Lands had become bare dust-bowls in summer and quagmires in winter. Concern over the aesthetic degradation led to an increased public demand for something to be…

First held in the Park Lands in 1997, it is one of only five four-star events in the world. Off to our left towards Wakefield Road you can see some semi-permanent jumps that form part of the cross country course, which also takes in the neighbouring…

This waterway doesn't flow all year, but after rain it channels water through the eastern Park Lands and eventually drains into the Botanic Gardens lake about a kilometre north. Before European settlement, this would have been a major camping area…

The sweat course includes opportunities for running, step-ups, bar dips (for triceps) a sit-up station, pull-ups (i.e. chin-ups) for biceps, log-lifts, and hurdles There are also other, more recently installed exercise stations which create a…

While this route has long been used by residents, it was enhanced in 2013 with the creation of native garden beds, which also provide a demarcation line between the southern sporting fields and the northern race track area. Looking eastwards offers…

Famously overturned by the Dunstan Government in 1967, restrictions on trading past 6pm were actually introduced in 1916 following a popular referendum and decades of campaigning from the State’s Temperance movement. But not everyone in town was…

Adelaide’s earliest water supply was drawn from wells or bought from carters who siphoned water from the Torrens. From December 1860, water was pumped into the city from waterworks infrastructure built in this corner of Rundle Park. Later, in 1879,…