Bonython Park / Tulya Wardli (Park 27)
Bonython Park / Tulya Wardli has something for everybody. Children can use the fantastic accessible play space and anyone is welcome to use the SAPOL Learn-to-Ride School when it's not in use for formal lessons.
The biodiversity area to the north of the Park is a beautiful place to experience nature - you can walk along the Torrens or sit and relax and let the world go by.
A walk or ride south along the river will also take you to the Adelaide Gaol which is one of the oldest remaining buildings in the State, and the longest continually operated prison in Australia. The kids might also enjoy a hit of golf in neighbouring Possum Park / Pirltawardli where there's a par 3 course!
The Kaurna translation of tulya wardli is police barracks, named after the Thebarton Barracks which are situated close to the park. Sir John Lavington Bonython served as both Mayor and Lord Mayor of Adelaide. The Park is also home to John E Brown Park, Mary Lee Park, Helen Mayo Park and Kate Cocks Park.
- John E Brown Park is the area east of the River and is named after the well-known Park Lands planner whose 1860s report influenced the Park Lands as they exist today. John E Brown Road leads into the park from Park Terrace.
- Mary Lee Park is the area in the north used mainly for soccer and is named after the well-known suffragette who was the founding member of the South Australian Women’s Suffrage League. Her work led to South Australia being the first State in Australia where women could vote.
- Helen Mayo Park is named after the prominent medical campaigner who advocated for educating new mothers about looking after their babies, which led to the Mothers and Babies Health Association being formed in 1927. Helen Mayo Road leads into the park from Montefiore Road near Morphett Street Bridge.
- Kate Cocks Park is near the Thebarton Barracks and is named after the first female police constable in the British Empire who was an advocate for women.
The English names for various parts of this park remain, and the Kaurna name only applies to the Bonython Park section within the larger park.
The Bunyip Trail is a Children’s University and City of Adelaide initiative which engages the community in improving the natural environment of Bonython Park / Tulya Wardli. Based on the popular book ‘The Bunyip of Berkleys Creek’, you can complete a series of activities relating to the story at different points along the 200m trail.
Please note that this is a nature trail and the path is not paved and, therefore, is uneven and not suitable from prams. Please be aware that the area contains natural hazards such as water, wood debris and there may be snakes and insects common to the area. Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times. Venturing off the path is not recommended whether alone or not. Please ensure children do not go into the water as levels vary greatly and some areas can be quite deep. The area is also prone to flooding on days of heavy rain. It is recommended that children wear enclosed shoes, long pants, long sleeved shirts and hats. On hot days please ensure sunscreen is used and water is taken with you.
The Bunyip Trail is officially open from 9:00am and closed at 7:00pm, from October to March, and closed at 5:30pm between April and September. The trail is closed from May to August due to the RISK OF LOCALISED FLOODING in the area and is therefore also NOT TO BE USED on days of heavy rain.
Before you start the Trail download your Bunyip Trail Activity Booklet. You can also collect the activity booklet from the Bonython Park Kiosk during operating hours.
WARNING: If deciding to walk the trail during the above closed periods and on days of heavy rain, you do so at your own risk. Thank you.
Please call 8203 7203 in the event of vandalism, fallen branches blocking the trail, snakes, flooding or any other issues you may identify. Call 000 in the event of an emergency.