Sometimes the small things we do can have the biggest impact on how we feel.
Being outdoors is a natural mood lifter. Just stepping outside your office or home at lunch, taking a walk through a green space and breathing in fresh air can do wonders for your physical health and mental wellbeing.
Next lunchtime, gather up the kids or some workmates, stroll to one of these outdoor havens in the City of Adelaide and fuel your mind as well as your body.
Take a trip to Himeji, Japan
The Himeji Japanese Gardens are a serene sanctuary inside Peppermint Park / Wita Wirra (Park 18) off South Terrace.
Discover water fountains, a lily-filled ornamental lake, Zen Garden and the raked Sea of Sand.
Stop and reflect
Overlooking North Adelaide’s St Peter’s Cathedral, grassy Peace Park is ideal for rolling out a rug and cloud watching. Home to the Cross of Sacrifice Memorial Garden, its rose beds are a sea of colour through the warmer months.
Prefer a ledge over lawn? Grab some sushi and head to a public parklet.
The leafy planter boxes around the shaded wooden benches at the Foods for Life parklet in Gawler Place provide a great street buffer but still let you ‘people-watch’.
Splashing good spots around town include by the Victoria-era Rundle Mall fountain, the 14 Pieces water feature in front of the SA Museum and the fountain at the northern end of Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga.
It’s hip to be square
We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to city squares. Park yourself on a bench in Hurtle Square / Tangkaira and dream away half an hour or tip your hat to history and sit by the central fountain in Light Square / Wauwi which marks the final resting place of Adelaide surveyor, Colonel William Light.
Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga often has extra activities like live music and food trucks – check our What’s On calendar to find out any upcoming events. If you have kids, Hindmarsh Square / Mukata has a unique playground of giant fishbones, footwear, taps and hoses!