If you’re looking for a glorious spot to throw down a blanket and simply watch the kids run around, kick a ball and climb trees, this is the perfect spot. With 34 hectares to stretch out on and only a short walk from the Adelaide CBD, Botanic Park can be a relaxing spot to daydream or a hive of activity, depending on the day.
The lush green grass is ideal for laying out a picnic with family and friends and simple enjoying each others company. There is plenty of room to bring a bat and ball or the footy for the kids to kick around. On a lazy day spend time reading books, creating images in the clouds or staring up into the canopy of the century-old Moreton Bay Fig trees. Good old fashioned fun climbing over the tree’s bases, collecting twigs and leaves or playing hide n seek.
These trees are just incredible – with their huge trunks and gnarled buttress roots the kids are drawn to them, and they make for a gorgeous backdrop if you’re looking for a photo shoot location.
Botanic Park sits alongside the Adelaide Botanic Gardens on one side and the Adelaide Zoo and River Torrens on the other. The peaceful drive, along Plane Tree Drive, showcases an avenue of plane trees planted way back in 1874. There is usually ample parking (parking meters – bring coins!), but on extremely busy weekends and public holidays it can get a little hard to find a park without a bit of a walk.
Public holidays such as Australia Day sees dozens of families bring their chairs, rugs, esky’s and bbq’s for a day of family fun. Botanic Park is also the venue for major events including WOMAD, Parklife and Moonlight Cinema. On these occasions the park is closed to the general public unless attending the event on show.
If catching the bus it’s Stop 2, Hackney Road (North East side).
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Botanic Gardens of SA website.
What: Botanic Park
When: All Year Round
Where: Enter via Plane Tree Drive, off Hackney Road, Adelaide (see map)
All photographs by Play & Go 2012.
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