North Adelaide Park Lands

This trail takes in three of the smaller Parks on the northern fringes of the Adelaide Park Lands. The three parks are:
• Yam Daisy Park / Kantarilla (Park 3)
• Reservoir Park / Kangatilla (Park 4) and
• Bragg Park / Ngampa Yarta, (Park 5)

Introduction to North Park Lands Trail

Taken together these three Parks represent just over two per cent of the entire area of the Park Lands. They are 16 hectares , combined, in total. By contrast, the large Park 6 nearby – where the horses are depastured is a large 42 hectares –…

Naming of Park 3

Park 3 is is the smallest of the three Parks in this trail. It is only 3.2 hectares, but it’s NOT the smallest of all the Parks in the Adelaide Park Lands. That honour belongs to Park 28 (Palmer Gardens) which is only 1.8 ha. However Park 3 is…

Native vegetation and biodiversity in Park 3

Yam Daisy Park / Kantarilla (Park 3) contains no special facilities except a drinking fountain, two park benches and a dog poo bag dispenser. Apart from a mighty English elm tree in the north-west corner, and two very large pines (the Canary Island…

Naming of (and entrance to) Park 5

Ngampa Yarta is a Kaurna language name. It means “Ngampa root ground”, referring to an edible root that was important to the diet of local Kaurna people. Pre‑colonisation, this area would have been used as a site for camping by the Kaurna people. …

Medindie Mansions

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…

North Adelaide Dog Park

This is an excellent example of how the processes of community engagement, consultation, planning and design can become something more than buzzwords, and actually create flourishing urban communities. In 2009, a 13-year-old girl from North…

Significant trees in Park 5

(a) Weeping Myall Quite close to this point you should be able to see two “Weeping Myall” trees. These trees get their name “weeping” because, like a “weeping willow” tree they have “weeping” or drooping branches. It's a type of acacia…

Re-alignment of Le Fevre Road – and native vegetation

The road re-alignment in the 1960's improved traffic congestion and made Bragg Park / Ngampa Yarta (Park 5) a little larger than it had been. Conversely, it shrunk the size of neighbouring Reservoir Park / Kangatilla (Park 4). …

Naming of Park 4 and Park Lands trail

The name 'Reservoir Park' refers to an underground reservoir which you will come to near the end of the trail – not far from where you started this walk. The Kaurna name for the Park “Kangatilla” “comes from the Kaurna word “Kangatta” a…

Former croquet club & River Red Gum

The Fitzroy Croquet Club was established here in 1910. It preceded the establishment of the South Terrace Croquet Club, a year later in 1911. The South Terrace club still exists in Park 17. For about 100 years, from the 1860's to the…

Two former sporting ovals

From this point, in the centre of the Park you can see each of the former sports grounds. To the west you can see one of the former sports grounds which has been left predominantly as open space. To the east you can see the other former sports…

Electricity substation

Behind the black metal fence is an electricity substation which has occupied this site since the 1960’s. In 2007, the City Council commissioned a cultural and heritage evaluation of the Park Lands. The assessment of Park 4 included this…

An Underground Reservoir

It is a 4.7 megalitre water tank, a reservoir, that is still in use more than 140 years after it was installed. In fact, it forms a critical part of the Adelaide Water supply network, supplying approximately 100,000 people throughout Adelaide. It…

Pine trees and bicycle path

The path was installed only in 2017. There are a number of “exotic” tree plantings alongside this pathway. They include Aleppo Pines, Canary Island Pines, and a grove of Hackberry trees. From this point, turn right which brings you back to the…