The park has a few cool sculptures and a fountain, but its real use is in orienting y0urself. This park is square in the middle of the city, and as such , makes a great place to begin and end each day. The flag to the left is that of the aboriginal peoples. Just walking around and seeing Australia for the first time.
A morning walk on the old cricket field
NOTE: The photo below is a wide-format shot. Please click on the photo for full-effect viewing. : )
This is a bit of continuation on the "getting around on foot" tip that precedes.....
My personal favorite form of exercise and fitness is to walk. I have a personal goal of 5 millions steps a year, and in doing so, I've been able to reasonably maintain weight as I advance in years. So much for the walking as exercise commercial. ;)
Adelaide was such a wonderful place to walk. There were gentle neighborhoods, city streets, suburban shops and parks, school athletic fields... all sorts of interesting places to log steps. So, if and when you visit Adelaide, prepare yourself for an excellent opportunity to just walk. The morning that this photo was taken was especially quiet. I believe it was a Sunday morning, and the weather was still cool, a bit damp and misty. I'd left our cottage behind and gone out for an hour's walk or so. I came upon a local school cricket field, and saw this group of colorful birds feeding on the misty, glistening turf. Not being much of a birder myself, I took the photo anyway, knowing that my daughter and wife would set me straight on the species in my viewfiender. It turns out that they were pink-throated gahlas, which appear to my untrained-eye to be a festive member of the pigeon family??
The Monarto Zoo
We have two main zoos in Adelaide and Monarto Zoo is located just outside of Adelaide and houses the larger animals which need loads of space. Poor thing must be struggling with the heatwave here this week as these photos will show:
Mt Osmond Reserve
Featuring similar views to Mt Lofty, Mt Osmond reserve is located off the Mt Osmond turnoff on Princes Highway, Glen Osmond. This is really an off the beaten path location as the only place to park a car is in a fire truck entrance. Frequented mainly by cyclists and fitness fanatics, Mt Osmond provides more up-close views of Adelaide in a more picnic-like setting than Mt Lofty Summit. Driving to the reserve takes you past the houses of the well-heeled, who enjoy these views out of their windows.
To find the reserve, take the Mt Osmond exit along Princes highway a short distance uphill from the Cross Road Intersection. Stay on Mt Osmond Road, turning right at Mt Osmond Golf Course, and follow the perimieter of the golf course until encountering a vehicle gate. Park here, being careful not to park on the "keep clear" section.
The best pub in Adelaide
Set in Adelaide's ultra-cool-but-not-showing-it-off West End, this pub is excellent all day long. During the day it's fantastic for a bite to eat or a drink, either out on the street people watching, in the front bar, the pool room or the shady beer garden. At night it's a popular meeting place for almost everyone going out in the West end. Their food is fantastic value (you can get a great meal for about AU$6 - $12), the staff are friendly (they look scary but they're not) and the music is generally hip hop or funk (depending on what night you go). The crowd is always a mix, ranging from dressed-up posers to the multi-pierced, ultra-alternative types. Definitely no dress code. Anything goes in here.