Bundey's Paddock / Tidlangga (Park 9)

This small wedge of Park Land is only 5.7 hectares which means it comprises less than one per cent of the total area of the Adelaide Park Lands.
Nevertheless it is a very popular area for local residents of North Adelaide and the suburbs immediately to the east, including Gilberton and Walkerville.

1. Introduction and Naming

Nevertheless it is a very popular area for local residents of North Adelaide and the suburbs immediately to the east, including Gilberton and Walkerville. Tidlangga is a Kaurna language name, which means ‘tidla root place’, referring to a bulbous…

2. Bundey's Paddock History

However this part of the Park Lands has not always been as carefully tended. Following European settlement in 1837, the combined effects of grazing and unchecked clearing for timber and firewood turned parts of the Park Lands into a dustbowl in…

3. Bushland trail

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…

4. Playspace and Community hub

Personal trainers often bring their clients here for workouts, and you can often see ad hoc usage by small groups of young men (usually) at the basketball facilities. This adventure playground was installed in 2016, by a firm called “ProLudic”…

5. MacKinnon Parade streetscape

Number 50 Mackinnon Parade was originally called Keith House, after Frances Keith Sheridan, who lived there with her family from 1850, and ran a school there with her daughters. Her elder daughter Alice Frances Keith Sheridan lived all her adult…

6. MacKinnon Parade residents' activity

The effort initially consisted of citrus trees in raised beds on the Park side of the road, and a vegetable garden on the verge (although this was left dormant after a while). The Council continued this initiative by planting fruit trees and herbs…

7. Mann Terrace – connection to the adjacent Park

Although the olives are gone from this Park you don't have to look far to see them. Just across Mann Terrace are Parks 7 and 8 known as 'The Olive Groves' or by their Kaurna names Kuntingga and Parngutilla. These two small Parks…

8. Bicycle path

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 stations…

9. Corner of Mann and Bundey's roads

A metal maintenance shed on this corner was used by Prince Alfred College, and its Old Collegians Association. Originally it housed a tractor but later was used for storage of sporting equipment associated with the College's use of the Oval. …

10. Hackney bridge over the River Torrens

During the nineteenth century the river supplied Adelaide with drinking water. Strangely, to protect the water supply swimming was prohibited but cattle were allowed to drink and muddy the waters. Despite the swimming ban, many people swam in the…

11. Sports oval and facilities

A controversial topic for many was the playing of sport on Sundays. In 1939, under pressure from a deputation from members of Protestant churches, the council banned organised sports from the Park Lands on Sundays. It took until 1967, 28 years later,…