In the words of the Adelaide Mayor of the time, Charles Glover, playgrounds were important to “promote the happiness and well-being of the children of the City”. The Mayor himself provided personal financial support to enable the development of a…

Hindmarsh Square's 'Playspace' is a series of large scale artworks made from fibreglass reinforced concrete, that blurs the line between art and public park space. With contributions by artists including Ryan Sims, Andrew Stock, Gerry Wedd and Taylor…

A century before Izera the keyboard guy, the flute-playing ‘bikie’ or the pipe guy, Adelaide’s street corners and thoroughfares hosted a different generation of memorable musical characters. Half a century ago, the streetscape was populated by…

Cycling is a convenient way to explore the Park Lands. With its original broad, flat streets and a growing network of dedicated cycling paths, Adelaide is made to be seen on bike. Adelaide City provides free bikes for hire. The two nearest…

If you're walking here in open shoes or sandals, watch out for ants swarming around their underground nests, especially in warmer weather. The ants won't do lasting damage but you can be bitten repeatedly if you don't watch your feet. Walk about…

Cycling is a convenient way to explore the Park Lands. With its broad, flat streets and a growing network of dedicated cycling paths, Adelaide is made to be seen on a bike. Adelaide City Council provides free bikes for hire. The nearest stations…

Unlike in the eastern States, most of the 19th century gentry of South Australia chose to build their mansions close to the city rather than on rural estates. Some of these mansions represent the vast fortunes that could be built in the early days of…

Often confused for a pine, it is actually a flowering casuarina. Casuarina derives its name from the word for cassowary, and it’s easy to see the similarity between the she-oak’s foliage and the cassowary’s feathers. Species related to this one have…

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…