Learn to Ride a Bike at Victoria Park Racecourse
Victoria Park/ Pakapakanthi (Park 16) located in the South Eastern Parklands is bordered by Fullarton Road, Greenhill Road, East Terrace and Wakefield Road. It hosts a variety of major events throughout the year including cycling, car racing, the Adelaide International Horse Trials and Pedal Prix.
The park’s most prominent feature is the Victoria Park Racecourse, formerly the home course of the South Australian Jockey Club; the main track was 2,360 metres long, with the longest home-straight of any horse racing track in Australia.
The old Racecourse also happens to be an excellent place for kids to learn how to ride a bike. The huge slab of concrete in the middle provides a smooth, flat, uninterrupted surface, free of obstacles – perfect for little bike riders.
This is where my 4 year old son farewelled his training wheels recently and joined the 2 wheels club.
As you can see it was a great success. A little push to start with and then he was on his own. He has spent a great amount of time previous to this, balancing well on a wooden balance bike, so was ready to take this step.
This smooth surface and wide open space is a perfect place to play with many different types of wheels and toys. We have also rode scooters here as well as our rolling coaster ride on car. Kids can rollerblade and skateboard too.
It’s a great place to fly kites, model aeroplanes and helicopters, or play with remote control cars and trucks.
The park is also popular with people using the exercise trail, walking their dogs and running.
Near East Terrace there is a picnic area with bbq facilities.
Things to do at Victoria Park:
What: Victoria Park Racecourse
When: Free access all year round (whenever the park is not holding an event)
Where: South Eastern Parklands bordered by Fullarton Road, Greenhill Road, East Terrace and Wakefield Road, Adelaide | Closest parking for Racecourse is on Fullarton Rd or Wakefield Rd
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