Veale Park / Walyu Yarta (Park 21)
The Kaurna translation of Walyu Yarta is walyu root ground, and William Veale was the Town Clerk of Adelaide between 1947 and 1965. He presided over much of Adelaide’s post-war development which had a particular impact on the Park Lands.
The park is a semi-formal garden, influenced by European public garden designs, with Veale Gardens being an ideal spot for events ranging from informal picnics to grand weddings.
Take a closer look at the Adelaide Park Lands on this map.
Adelaide - Qingdao Rose Garden
In 2018, the City of Adelaide unveiled the Adelaide - Qingdao Rose Garden in Veale Gardens to celebrate the special Sister City relationship between Adelaide and Qingdao. The Garden features a sculpture, ‘Song of the Wind’, which was generously donated by the Qingdao Municipal People’s Government. A matching “sister” of the sculpture is located in Little Qingdao Park in the City of Qingdao. The two statues echo each other across the Pacific, bonding the friendship between Adelaide and Qingdao. You will also find the beautiful City of Qingdao Rose which was specifically created for the Adelaide – Qingdao Rose Garden. It was bred and donated by George Thomson, a renowned South Australia rose hybridist.
More than 10,000 hours are spent by volunteers getting their hands dirty in the Walyo Yerta community garden each year.
Did You Know?
Veale Gardens was built in the 1960s with soil from removing the rubbish tip from Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka!
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"What I love most about Adelaide is the diversity and versatility of all our green spaces. Being here feels like you’re in a different place and it provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city."
Veale Park / Walyu Yarta is also used by ‘organised’ model aircraft groups who have been granted a licence for approved use of a designated area of the park. Further information on the licence application process and City of Adelaide’s model aircraft guidelines and permissions are provided here.