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The Adelaide Parklands Tours

Saturday 11 November

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ORDER FORM for Symposium Proceedings

If you are interested in attending any of the tours listed below, please download and complete the registration form from the web site and fax or mail, with payment, to the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre.  Unfortunately booking and payment must be received in advance. No bookings will be taken on the day of the tours. 

Maps of each tour will be available from your tour leaders on the day as well as a bottle of water, but we suggest bringing additional water, if very hot, as well as sun-screen/hats and comfortable walking shoes (for walking and bicycle tours). Bicycle helmets will be supplied.  At the end of your tour, you will return to your starting point (unless otherwise stated).

Walking Tours

W1: Back streets and three corner jacks

Danger, the unexpected, fast cars, speedways, tracks, questions, challenges, dialogues, discoveries, dilemmas, possibilities and exotic surprises

People, planning, planners, priorities

A 2hr slow walk through the south west end of the city and part of the west parklands, looking at the built environment, the relationship of the city to its squares and parks, and the role of the vehicle – Veale Gardens, Whitmore Square, West Terrace, ANZAC Highway, the rail tracks, Sir Donald Bradman Drive – and back.

Meeting Place: Meet at Veale Gardens – corner of Morphett St and South Tce Adelaide
Time: 9.45am for 10am start (finish around 12pm)
Get there by tram to Veale Gardens/ bus to Sturt St/ walk from the market/free B-line bus to Whitmore Square
Requirements: Comfortable shoes/hat/sunscreen/water – No smoking
Recovery/ discourse/ coffee and/or lunch at Wilsons Snack Bar – 153 Sturt St – for those with stamina
Tour Leader: Gerry Patitsas [W1: route map *]

W2: Geographical heritage tour

This tour will focus on South Australia's first Surveyor-General, Colonel William Light, and his connections with various sites in the Adelaide Park Lands.  Starting at Light Square the tour will include Light's Monument where William Light is buried, the Survey Marker opposite the Newmarket Hotel denoting where the city survey commenced, Light's Vision on Montefiore Hill, and sites on North Terrace associated with Light.

Meeting Place: Light Square
Time: 9.45am for 10am start (finish around 12pm)
Requirements: Comfortable shoes/hat/sunscreen/water
Tour Leader: Kelly Henderson

W3: The Heart of the Park Lands

This tour will visit and consider the evolution and heritage of the Creswell, Pennington and Angas Gardens including War Memorial Drive, Town Clerk's Walk, the development of King William Street as a symbolic corridor, the role of William O'Brien, John Ednie Brown and August Pelzer in creating this tract of park land, and significant trees and features in this location.

Meeting Place: Elder Park Bandstand, Elder Park on King William Street
Time: 2.15pm for 2.30pm start (finish around 4.30pm)
Requirements: Comfortable shoes/hat/sunscreen/water
Tour Leader: David Jones [W3: route map *]

W4: Yaitya Bulto tour

The Yaitya Bulto (Indigenous Heritage) tour will focus on sites of importance to Kaurna people with a particular focus on places of linguistic significance. We start at Piltawodli, site of the ‘Native Location’, where so much of the Kaurna language and knowledge about Kaurna people was recorded. Many sites which have utilised the Kaurna language in public art and signage will be included in the tour as well as Tinninyawodli, an important site with a known Kaurna name, which is yet to receive any public recognition.

Meeting Place: At the Piltawodli installation adjacent to the Red Ochre restaurant car park near the weir. Entrance to the car park comes off War Memorial Drive.
Time: 2.15pm for 2.30pm start (finish around 4.30pm)
Requirements: We will be walking on the golf course. Participants should be wary of flying golf balls. Comfortable shoes/hat/sunscreen/water
Tour Leader: Rob Amery [W4: route map *]

Bicycle Tours

B1/B2: Parklands Bike Tour

Showcasing a myriad of Parklands’ elements, this tour will highlight the varying landscapes of the Adelaide Parklands, including recreation and sporting facilities, significant biodiversity sites, major event venues and the riverine environment.

The tour will mainly follow the route of the new ochre coloured 'Adelaide Park Lands Trail', which has been recently constructed through the southern and eastern Parklands.

Points of interest (and no doubt topics of debate), will be the Bush for Life site in Tuttangga (17) – a fantastic urban example of pre European vegetation, Victoria Park/Bakkabakkandi and its varied uses and landscapes, Rymill Park/Mullawirraburka – one of the City’s most popular family picnic locations, Frome Park (unofficial name) and its pending role as a new gateway to the Botanic Park Precinct, and Elder Park – a major event venue likely to undergo change soon.

Meeting Place: B1: 10am tour to start at Hurtle Square, Bicycle SA Office (south east corner of the Square)
  B2: 2.30pm tour to start at Elder Park (Popeye landing)
Time: B1: 10am – 12pm
  B2: 2.30pm – 4.30pm 
Requirements: Note: Participants should arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to ensure proper fitting of bicycles and helmets
Finish Location: B1: 10am tour to finish at Elder Park (Popeye landing)
  B2: 2.30pm tour to finish at Hurtle Square, Bicycle SA Office (south east corner of the Square)
Tour Leader: Ray Scheuboeck [B1/B2: route map *]

Additional Information:
Bicycles and helmets will be supplied. Participants should bring a drink bottle, sunscreen, shoes and comfortable clothing.  The majority of the tour will be on off-road paths; however some riding on the road will be required.

Coach Tours

C1: A Cooks Tour of the Adelaide Parklands

The extent and historical and contemporary uses of the Adelaide Parklands will be highlighted in this coach tour which takes in the fringes as well as near city areas. The route will follow a network of roads around and through the Parklands stopping at several locations to highlight points of historical interest, landmarks, and sites with stories to tell.

See gracious homes, the golf course and stately trees in North Adelaide and catch views of the Torrens Lake and city as well as the Adelaide Oval and nearby sporting facilities. Travel along the eastern boundary of Victoria Park Racecourse. Pass Ochiltree House, a Victorian Italianate mansion built in 1882 in the south-east corner of the city, the Himeji Gardens on South Terrace, and the playing fields and open spaces of the South Parklands, before journeying west to the West Terrace Cemetery and the Adelaide High School. Note the Adelaide Gaol and Bonython Park en route to the northern fringes of the Parklands featuring grand houses, parks, and city and foothills views as well as former grazing and quarrying sites. Travel back to the city via Brougham Place and Frome Road passing a section of parkland previously used as a car park but soon to be returned to open space designed as a link between the University of Adelaide and the Botanic Park and Gardens.

Meeting Place: Lawns adjacent to the Victor Richardson Gates, Adelaide Oval
Time: C1: 10am – 12pm
Requirements: Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time.  Coach will return to Adelaide Oval at the end of the tour.
Tour Leader: Patricia Summerling


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