Aerial view of Adelaide looking down over the river torrens across the CBD and suburbs all the way to the hills. Parklands and trees feature as a vibrant green.
Image: Airborne Media

Let's make Adelaide

a National Park City

South Australians are concerned about the environment. Let's do something about it.

Cities don’t have to be concrete jungles, full of cold high rises and brick boxes sprawled out across the land.

We can think about cities differently. More green spaces, and alternative spaces like green walls and green roofs. Cities buzzing with nature from birds, bees and butterflies, to turtles and fish, and our iconic Australian animals. They have their habitat to live in, and we feel good and enjoy our nature connected lifestyle.

Now is the time to create a city where people live with nature, not against it. Let's make Adelaide a National Park City.

We need your help

One of the first steps to become a National Park City is demonstrating people support to the international National Park City Foundation.

You can show your support for Adelaide’s environment by signing the National Park City Charter.

By claiming this title, South Australia will draw local, national and international awareness, focus and investment to become an even more liveable city.
Artist illustration of life in a National Park City. A father and son walk along a pathway with a green wall in the background.

The proposed Adelaide National Park City area would cover all of Greater Adelaide.

Benefits for everyone

An Adelaide National Park City means all the conveniences of a metropolitan lifestyle, paired with looking after nature for our wellbeing. This means a focused community effort to bring:

  • The beauty of nature for everyone to enjoy.
  • More employment and job opportunities.
  • Further nature-based tourism opportunities.
  • Healthier plants and animals.
  • Support for people's physical and mental health.
  • Better air quality.
  • Increases in property values.
Artist illustration of life in a National Park City. Two women walk in front of green shop fronts with a cycle parking rack and planter boxes in the foreground.

Why Adelaide?

Adelaide has been consistently rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities, with amazing food and wine, clean coastlines, pockets of wilderness, beautiful hills and parks.

Our nature is special and unique, and we already have 30% green space, and diverse wildlife from 1,080 plant species and 300 species of birds, to 60 fish species and 40 mammal species, plus more than 45 species of reptiles.

We also have a community with a love of nature. We know that 95% of Adelaide residents only need to travel around 400 metres to connect with an open, green area.

With your support, Adelaide could be the next National Park City.

Bold re-wilding projects are being delivered to demonstrate support on-ground for Adelaide to become a National Park City. Visit the Green Adelaide website for more about them.

Adelaide National Park City Stories

We're collecting stories to illustrate what life in a National Park City would might be like. Lots is already happening in Adelaide, so we have stories of existing projects as well as speculative ideas of what might be possible in the future.
If you have an existing project we should know about or an idea for a future one, please send it to us so we can feature it here.

Pedalling Adelaide onto the world’s green map

Show your support for Adelaide to become a National Park City by signing the Adelaide National Park City Charter.

The Charter has been created by Green Adelaide based on the Universal Charter for National Park Cities, and in consultation with many of Adelaide’s local leaders from environment, industry and government sectors, Kaurna Nation, and the community.
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Adelaide National Park City is a movement to improve greater Adelaide’s liveability through a better connection between people and nature. It extends across the northern plains, eastern hills, southern vales and out into the marine environment.

Let’s all work together to create a cooler, greener and wilder Adelaide and beyond.

Let’s create a city that is rich with nature, and a place where people take action to be better connected with the environment and each other.

Marni ngadlu tampinthi ngadlu Kaurna yartanga inparrinthi
It is good that we all acknowledge we are living on Kaurna Country.

We are working together for better:
Thriving urban spaces for nature and people
Collective decision-making, learning and local action
Air, land, freshwater and marine habitats for plants and animals
Connections between people and nature, Kaurna Yarta (Country) and community
Health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion
Climate resilience
Shared stories and celebrations

Sign the Charter

Sign this Charter to show your commitment to working together for Adelaide National Park City.

Thank you for signing! 

Your support is critical to help us make this happen. Please invite your friends, family, and colleagues to sign as well.

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Recent

signatures

Mike
,
Adelaide

With so much housing development and the loss of trees and other vegetation from gardens we need to ensure wildlife is not isolated and cut off from resources and others of the same species. A National Park City would help to protect the wildlife corridors which are so important in allowing animals, insects, etc. the ability to live, breed and forage safely within their chosen environments.

Magenta
,
Taperoo
Because we need to preserve our environment and make sure Adelaide’s flora and fauna are protected.
Conny
,
Flinders Park

Adelaide already has large areas of parklands, but these need to stay protected and become part of our climate change adaptation. Adelaidians enjoy their green environment.

Daniel
,
Adelaide

Adelaide is surrounded by natural beauty from the Adelaide Hills, beaches and landscaped parks in the CBD. There are not many (if any) other cities in the world where most residents can drive 15 mins and be walking through a gorge or swimming at a beach. It would be fantastic to see the natural setting of Adelaide enhanced through the investment required to gain and maintain the status of a National Park City.

Voula
,
Pasadena
To preserve and restore the green spaces in and throughout our region for the health of our water, air, soils, plants, animals and people. They have great value.

What if...

What if we restored nature wherever we can? What if everybody could lose themselves in nature without leaving the city? What if we shared more knowledge, ideas, tools and experiences to connect with nature? What if there was more space for reconciliation with Kaurna Miyurna (Kaurna People) and recognition that all living things are a part of Kaurna Yarta (Country)? What if more people grew their own food? What if there were more beautiful sights and sounds in the city? What if we thought more about those who will be living in the city seven generations from now? What if there was more celebration and spontaneity? What if we did more things to care for the people, places and nature we are interdependent with? What if we had more balance and harmony within ourselves, our city and our world? What if there was better communication and collaboration between all levels of government and community?

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